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Title: Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians (GHABA) Training Centre, Spintex Road, Accra
Authors: Ansah, Caroline A.
Issue Date: 16-Sep-1996
Series/Report no.: 2376;
Abstract: Historical background of African Beautification: a. Africa is said to be the mother of cosmetology way back in 3000 BC. The spread of this skillful art climaxed during the early stages of Egyptian civilization. Spices, ointment, balms, dyes etc were sold to other parts of the world. Certain areas like France, England, Rome and Greece adopted the use of perfumes wigs and hair dyes as well as body massage with spiced ointments respectively. b. In Africa, beauty care has always been elaborate and dexterous as well as having a significant bearing on their life style. It depicted the social status, ceremony, religion, age set and clan of the community. The skills of cosmetology or beauty care were taught and maintained by skillful masters who had the ability to teach younger generation who would master it and hand it over to the next generation. By the 13th century a similar practice appeared in western Europe with the organization of craft Guilds which supervised the quality and method of production of employment of each occupational group in a town c. The coming of the industrial revolution altered attitudes toward training. Machines created in host of unskilled jobs for which formal training seems unnecessary. Somewhere along the line, this causes the emphasis on the training of skills in cosmetology to be compromised. Lack of thorough knowledge and common practical experience led to a lack of self confidence which undermined the potential of the profession. The skill of beauty care was then adopted by Africans from their colonial masters, which in actual fact was a replica of their own lost heritage. In order to retrieve this art back into our land, the
Description: A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, 1996
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3561
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