Vintage Beauty Salons (1920s and 1940s)

Before the invention of hair dryers, women would often attach hoses to the exhaust ends of vacuum cleaners to blow-dry their hair.

ca. 1928 --- Woman in Beauty Parlor --- Image by © CORBIS

ca. 1928 — Woman in Beauty Parlor — Image by © CORBIS

Metallic hair-dryer, with a young woman underneath, in the 1930's.Séchoir à cheveux métallique, avec une jeune femme en dessous, dans les années 1930.

Metallic hair-dryer, with a young woman underneath, in the 1930’s.Séchoir à cheveux métallique, avec une jeune femme en dessous, dans les années 1930.

1929: The new sunlight ultra-modern cubicle for hairdressing on show at the Hairdressing Fair of Fashion at London's White City. (Photo by Puttnam /Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

1929: The new sunlight ultra-modern cubicle for hairdressing on show at the Hairdressing Fair of Fashion at London’s White City. (Photo by Puttnam /Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The English boxer Phil Scott is now Hairdresser in Thornton Heath / London. 18th September 1930. Photograph. (Photo by Austrian Archives/Imagno/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

The English boxer Phil Scott is now Hairdresser in Thornton Heath / London. 18th September 1930. Photograph. (Photo by Austrian Archives/Imagno/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Lodon, England, 5th November, 1930, A woman tries out one of the latest types of hair drying machines seen at the hair dressing Fashion Fair held at Olympia in London (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Lodon, England, 5th November, 1930, A woman tries out one of the latest types of hair drying machines seen at the hair dressing Fashion Fair held at Olympia in London (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

1930 (Imagno/Austrian Archives/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1930 (Imagno/Austrian Archives/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A woman demonstrates a hair-steaming apparatus at the Hairdressing Exhibition in London, 1930. (Imagno/Austrian Archives/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A woman demonstrates a hair-steaming apparatus at the Hairdressing Exhibition in London, 1930. (Imagno/Austrian Archives/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The girl using a heat lamp and hairdrier made of hot glass. (Photo by Ralph Royle/Pix Inc./The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

The girl using a heat lamp and hairdrier made of hot glass. (Photo by Ralph Royle/Pix Inc./The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Marjorie McWeeney sitting under a hair dryer while her son Mark is in a bassinet nearby at a hair dresser in New York, 1947. (Photo By Nina Leen/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Marjorie McWeeney sitting under a hair dryer while her son Mark is in a bassinet nearby at a hair dresser in New York, 1947. (Photo By Nina Leen/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

A hair salon in Cannes, France, 1937. (Imagno/Austrian Archives/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A hair salon in Cannes, France, 1937. (Imagno/Austrian Archives/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A hair salon in Moscow, Russia, 1933. (EmilStrassberg/Ullstein Bild/Getty Images)

A hair salon in Moscow, Russia, 1933. (EmilStrassberg/Ullstein Bild/Getty Images)

22nd September 1932: The Supreme Pedestal hairdryer being demonstrated at the Hairdressing Exhibition at Olympia, London. (Photo by Miller/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

22nd September 1932: The Supreme Pedestal hairdryer being demonstrated at the Hairdressing Exhibition at Olympia, London. (Photo by Miller/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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