Press Release

Hair Style


 Charles Schuler 
Director of Marketing & Communications
San Francisco International Airport
(650) 821-5031

Hair Style
New exhibition explores how women have styled their hair over the course of the twentieth century.

SAN FRANCISCO—For centuries, women have styled their hair in all manner of fashions. Historically, women’s hair care and styling took place at home with the help of family, friends, or domestic staff until the late 1800s, when salons began to open. By the late 1920s, thousands of beauty parlors had opened across the United States. Hooded dryers arrived in salons during the 1930s and permanent wave machines became commonplace fixtures. The late 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s served as the golden era of the beauty parlor, when women regularly flocked to salons to socialize and have their hair “set.” High-volume hairstyles created a greater demand for hairspray, and by the mid-1960s, hairspray became the top selling beauty product in the United States. 

Hairstyles and styling aids continue to change and evolve, demonstrating that hair remains an important part of popular culture. This exhibition features historical tools, hair products, and novelty items, from early curling irons and hair dryers to afro picks and one-of-a-kind hair sculptures, mostly from the collection Jeff Hafler’s Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum in Joshua Tree, California. 

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Hair Style is located post-security in Harvey Milk Terminal 1, Departures Level, San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is accessible to ticketed passengers from December 19, 2020, to August 22, 2021.

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