Top Beauty School Has Second Campus on West RandThroughout the many years since our top beauty school was founded, initially in Johannesburg but now also represented by a campus on the West Rand, we have heard virtually all the sayings and clichés about what is deemed attractive. These range from “beauty is skin deep” to “it is in the eye of the beholder” and “it comes from within”. Everyone is familiar with these statements, from those at our beauty school on the West Rand to the cattle farmers of the American West, but the looks and qualities which are considered attractive nowadays were probably thought of as being awful at certain times or by certain cultures. China and Greece A petite figure, graceful movement and a white, powdered face with a clearly defined, dark red or black painted mouth typified ancient Chinese beauties. Foot binding, considered horrific by Western cultures, was the height of aesthetic splendour. When an upper class girl was aged between four and six years, this painful practice was initiated. Her toes would be folded up under the ball of her foot and bound in place. Because she had to place her weight on her feet in order to walk, coupled with the tightness of the binding material, the foot was repeated broken and bound, eventually resembling a small, compact hoof. Amongst ancient Greeks, blonde hair was considered particularly lovely and a woman’s hairstyle indicated her marital status at one stage. Once married, a woman’s crowning glory was worn up, no longer loose. Elaborate hairstyles for long tresses were extremely popular, but locks were cut short when a woman was in mourning. Slaves had to wear short hair. Rome As with much else, ancient Romans borrowed much of their cosmetics and idea about good looks from the Greeks and Egyptians. Pale skin was desired, since it created the impression that the woman was wealthy or noble, had plenty of slave to work in and around the home and could spend her time in a leisurely manner, out of the sun. Romans were known for their preoccupation with bathing, cleanliness and hygiene, all of which was akin to a pleasing appearance. Make up was worn by prostitutes and wealthy women. The latter had specially trained female slaves, who had studied and perfected the art of applying cosmetics to their mistress’s face, which leads one to believe that they must have been taught this art by someone in the know, perhaps at an ancient beauty school. In Gauteng, South Africa If beauty is your passion and you want to receive world-class, internationally accredited training in various relevant disciplines, book now for an enrolment interview with our registrar at either our Johannesburg or West Rand school campus; the next intake is in February 2015.
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