Hair bobbing event for Locks of Love at Shawnee Town 1929
In 1929, hair bobbing was the new, radical, it-thing to do to your hair.
So, when Shawnee Town 1929 finished it's 1929 replica barbershop on the museum's grounds, Sharron Uhler, the museum's curator of education, began thinking of a good event to incorporate the history of hair bobbing. That's when she came across Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
"When we were putting this up, it just seemed like such a perfect fit," Uhler said.
So, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 11, the barbershop at Shawnee Town 1929 will turn into a hair bobbing salon for the first ever "Hair Bobbing for Love" event, and the donated hair will all be donated to children through Locks of Love. Children, women and men are invited to donate but must have hair at least 10 inches long. It needs to be bundled into a ponytail or braid and cannot be bleached. Hair that has been colored or permed can be used.
Two stylists from Choppers Hair Studio in Shawnee will giving the donors traditional "bob" haircuts.
In the 1920s, the bob haircut style became the fashion statement of the decade and heralded the era of free-spirited young women. The haircut is traditionally a straight cut at jaw level around the back of the head. It was, as Uhler describes it, a dramatic change from any previous hair style and challenged the morays of the previous generations.
Fittingly, since original bobs were cut by barbers because hair styling was mostly a male-dominated occupation, the bobs for Locks of Love will be cut in a replica of the Bouseman's Barbershop of 1920s Shawnee.
Uhler said Shawnee Town 1929 knows that women in Shawnee were getting their hair bobbed at the time because the museum has found two advertisements from the time for bob haircuts at Charpie's in the old Northeastern Johnson County Herald.
"We know this was happening in Shawnee in 1929," Uhler said.
Because of that connection, Uhler said the hair bobbing for Locks of Love perfectly fit the mission of the museum to convey the history of not only the 1920s, but of Shawnee, with an added important benefit.
"This is for the children," Uhler said. "It's great that we can contribute to this cause."
For more information about the Hair Bobbing for Love event, visit www.shawneetown.org or call 913-248-2360.