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Hairdressers Of The Eighties

October 3, 2021
by the gentle author

I am delighted to publish these photos from A London Inheritance – written by a graduate of my blog course.

A few places are available for my course HOW TO WRITE A BLOG THAT PEOPLE WILL WANT TO READ on October 30th & 31st. Come to Spitalfields and spend a weekend with me in an eighteenth century weaver’s house in Fournier St, enjoy delicious lunches from Leila’s Cafe, eat cakes baked to historic recipes by Townhouse and learn how to write your own blog. Click here for details


Dennis Gents Hair Stylist, note the razor blade sign

Ron’s Gents Hairdressers, Three Colts Lane, Bethnal Green, is still there but has changed from ‘Hairdresser’ to ‘Barber.’

His & Hers, ‘Executive Mood’ and ‘Avant Garde Mood’ hairstyles offered

June’s Ladies Hair Stylist. STE was the code for Stepney Green, letters were replaced by numbers around 1966.

Dave & Syd Strong, Gent’s Hairdresser

Gent’s Hairdresser moving into Ladies’ Hairdressing

Gent’s Hair Stylist, Puma Court, Spitalfields, run by Kyriacos Cleovoulou from 1962 until 2005.

Apples, Hair Stylist

Peter, Individual Gents Hair Stylist

The Saloon, customers peering out from the left of the window

Gentlemen’s Hairdressing Salon, Carter Lane, City of London

Mario’s Men’s Hairstylist

Hairdresser at 10 Laystall Street, Clerkenwell, with a plaque commemorating Giuseppe Mazzini as ‘the apostle of modern democracy inspired young Italy with the ideal of independence, unity and regeneration of his country.’

The Pleasant Gent’s Hairdresser is still going in Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell

Photographs copyright © A London Inheritance

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This course will examine the essential questions which need to be addressed if you wish to write a blog that people will want to read.

“Like those writers in fourteenth century Florence who discovered the sonnet but did not quite know what to do with it, we are presented with the new literary medium of the blog – which has quickly become omnipresent, with many millions writing online. For my own part, I respect this nascent literary form by seeking to explore its own unique qualities and potential.” – The Gentle Author



1. How to find a voice – When you write, who are you writing to and what is your relationship with the reader?
2. How to find a subject – Why is it necessary to write and what do you have to tell?
3. How to find the form – What is the ideal manifestation of your material and how can a good structure give you momentum?
4. The relationship of pictures and words – Which comes first, the pictures or the words? Creating a dynamic relationship between your text and images.
5. How to write a pen portrait – Drawing on The Gentle Author’s experience, different strategies in transforming a conversation into an effective written evocation of a personality.
6. What a blog can do – A consideration of how telling stories on the internet can affect the temporal world.



The course will be held at 5 Fournier St, Spitalfields on 30th-31st October, running from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.

Lunch will be catered by Leila’s Cafe of Arnold Circus and tea, coffee & cakes by the Townhouse are included within the course fee of £300.

Email to book a place on the course.


10 Responses leave one →
  1. October 3, 2021

    Great collection of salons. Thank you.

  2. Paul loften permalink
    October 3, 2021

    Thanks for showing all these local hairdressers . They were places for men to hang out in . Taxi drivers, local shopkeepers, all manner of people. You could pick up some interesting local titbits whilst they whittled away at your hair. I used to frequent Ginos in Church Street Stoke Newington. A great barber with his son as his protege who later took over. He cut what was left of my dads hair as well. A very timely article as tonight on BBC a new drama series begins on a hairdresser in Ridley Road .
    . Your blogging course is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to write. I think it must be the best on the internet .

  3. October 3, 2021

    I remember Kyriacos in Puma Court from the early ’90s when I lived in Brick Lane but think I only got my hair cut there once.

  4. Angie whiley permalink
    October 3, 2021

    A bit more civility is what we need today.

  5. October 3, 2021

    Great images!

  6. October 3, 2021

    Love this !!!

  7. Bill permalink
    October 4, 2021

    Giuseppe Mazzini, the idol of my Italiano ancestors!

    So, I suppose these places are all now defunct, despite the contemporary look and feel of the photographs? That’s rather too bad, if so. Happy looking places. I’d like to get shorn at any one of ’em, just so I could say I had done so!

    Great bog you have, by the way. Love it.


  8. John Campbell permalink
    October 4, 2021

    ‘A London Inheritance’ is a wonderful Sunday morning treat. A brilliant achievement and always interesting and informative. Interested in London then take a look, it’s excellent!

  9. October 4, 2021

    What we needed with these shopfronts were some emerging customers. Then we could gauge whether the charming lack of style and artistry displayed outside continued inside to create wonky haircuts and bizarre colours.

  10. Pamela Traves permalink
    October 8, 2021

    I Loved these pictures of Great Hairdressing stores. They look similar to the ones in Vancouver BC 50 years ago when Mom sent me out to have me look pretty again!!??????

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