Book research: my hair supplies from the 50s, 60s, and 70s
- Johnson’s Baby Shampoo–no more tears–my first memories in the bathtub
- Breck Shampoo and the Breck Girls–a magazine wasn’t complete without a Breck girl on the back
- Toni home perms–my mother gave me 1st degree burns on my neck and back when I was 8
- Headbands–the plastic ones used to dig into my skull behind my ears and the stretch ones used to slip toward the back of my head as the day wore on
- Dippito Doo–we used it for bangs and for pincurls and for rollers. First we had those brush rollers with bristles that bit into my scalp while I tried to sleep, then they were hard plastic and it felt like sleeping on a grenade. The best were the sponge rollers, but if I left them in too long they didn’t work.
- Home dryers–this was a life saver because it meant I didn’t have to go to bed with rollers in my head
- Snoods–in high school I wore a little crocheted pocket slipped over a long ponytail. The snood formed the hair into a bun. I can’t find this type of snood online because they only show big snoods.
- Electric rollers–these were even better than a home hair dryer because they gave me the freedom to walk around the house
- Orange juice cans–To straighten my long hair in high school, I put it all on top of my head in a rubber band and then rolled the ponytail on orange juice cans or giant rollers. They were the small cans of 1970, not the big cans of today.
- Sun In–spray and go on my long hair in college. It gave my hair that sun-kissed look and was easy as anything. If only it were that easy for me today .
BONUS HAIR SUPPLY
Dry shampoo–this was a trick my mother taught me when I didn’t have time to wash my greasy 7th grade hair–you put a little strip of terry cloth on your comb, sprinkle some dry shampoo powder on it and comb. The dirt and grease collect on the fabric.