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History of Hair and Makeup: Home

The Assignment

To create a presentation, display piece, and a written research paper describing the trends, social customs and traditions of a specific time period in history. The information collected should exhibit the influence that society had on the styles and practices of that time as it pertains to beautification.


This project will count as 2 Test Grades

Research Paper: 25%

Slide Presentation: 25%

Practical Design: 30%

Presentation: 20%

The Research

You may choose from the following time periods:

  • Ancient Africa                                                                       
  • Egyptians                                                                                
  • Golden Age of Greece                                                          
  • Romans                                                                                    
  • The Renaissance
  • Sixteenth Century Venice
  • Eighteenth Century France                                                                    
  • The Victorian Age
  • Any Decade between the 1900s-1980s​

If you need a video unblocked from YouTube, please go to the TAB ABOVE and fill out a request form.  The Librarian will unblock and approve the video as soon as the email request is read.


For Databases sources, try the Gale Virtual Reference Library: Fashion, Costume, and Culture (enter montytech1 as password).

Or try this database:   and from home use the login and password  montytech1 - montytech1

We also have a print book with 20th century women's hairstyles: Style Me Vintage by Belinda Hay.  You may make free copies from this book.


1.  Write a research paper describing the time period as well as the beautification practices and what may have influenced these practices.The project should include specific information about the time period such as the trends, tools and products used, and noteworthy cosmetologists and/or social figures.

Final copy should include:

  • Cover page (Title of historical period, your name and date submitted)
  • Three pages of research information, double spaced, Times New  Roman font, 12 pt. font size.
  • Works Cited Page

2. Create a visual representation of your report using Prezi: 8 slides minimum; 10 slides maximum.

The slides should include:

  • Title Slide
  • History of social climate
  • Trends
  • Tools and products
  • Noteworthy cosmetologists and/or social figures
  • Other

3. Design a hair style and make-up design on the mannequin of your choice. This design should reflect the style of your chosen time period. 

4. Prepare a 10 minute class presentation of your slide show as well as your practical piece. 

Subject Guide

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Jennifer Jourdain
Montachusett Regional Voc Tech School
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-9200 x5125


Record citations while taking notes

Use to keep your citations organized and for the final Works Cited.  

You will cite at least three reliable sources in APA style on your Reference page.