Leah remembers her father's shop
at 234 Mitcham Road:
"He was trained
by Norwood Orphanage,
but he never started barbering
until after he came out the army.
They moved to Croydon
and had this shop
and started learning ladies hairdressing.
My father never learnt ladies hairdressing
but my mother did,
and she also worked in the men's shop
doing hair cutting and shaving
and also the ladies' work.
And when perms first came out.
First started doing perms.
The most popular one was a kirka machine
which had a long pole
and a ring round the top
with all these curler things hanging from it
and you had to divide the hair
into about inch squares
and they were put onto long curlers
and then that was wrapped round
with wax paper
and then a little clip inserted
between the curler and the scalp
to stop the scalp burning from the heat
and that was put into these things
that were hanging
and of course the customer had to sit
for a matter of minutes,
perhaps five, ten minutes
and then it had to cool off."