It’s a tale as old as time — the never-ending pursuit of beauty. We often rely on cosmetics and fashionable hairdos, but what are the origins of these? Did they always serve the same purpose, or did they change over time? And where did one go to achieve these looks? In Sioux Falls, many of the earliest businesses to pop up were barbershops. Both women and men opened shops, salons, and academies to train new professionals.
In the upcoming Beehives & Smokey Eyes: From Bathrooms to Barbershops, we’ll explore the fascinating world of makeup and hairstyles. We will take a look at the origins of makeup and the part it played in ancient societies, how makeup and hairstyles have changed throughout the decades, and finally look at how barbershops and salons helped women and men look their very best. But of course, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so let’s take a look at beauty through the lens of history. Join us for the exhibit opening reception at the Old Courthouse Museum on Thursday, August 12th from 5-7 p.m. Admission is free!