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10 Vintage Hair Supplies

Book research: my hair supplies from the 50s, 60s, and 70s

  1. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo–no more tears–my first memories in the bathtub
  2. Breck Shampoo and the Breck Girls–a magazine wasn’t complete without a Breck girl on the back
  3. Toni home perms–my mother gave me 1st degree burns on my neck and back when I was 8
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Home dryers–this was a life saver because it meant I didn’t have to go to bed with rollers in my head 
  7. 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.
  8. Electric rollers–these were even better than a home hair dryer because they gave me the freedom to walk around the house
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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