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Hair and Hairstyling

Twenty Minutes of 1960s Hygiene Commercials



If all these products had been properly employed, Americans would have had perfect lives!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 23, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1960s, Hair and Hairstyling

Chartreuse

A song even more topical today than it was seventy years ago.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 21, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

Chief Long Hair

The modern-day Vietnamese man named Tran Van Hay reputedly had hair "over 22 feet long."



Other modern record-holders are in the 18-ft range.

But they can't hold a patch to Chief Long Hair of the Crows.

Itchuuwaaóoshbishish/Red Plume (Feather) At The Temple (born ca. 1750, died in 1836) A Mountain Crow leader during fur trade days and signer of the 1825 Friendship Treaty. Traders and trappers called him Long Hair because of his extraordinarily long hair, approximately 25 feet long. At his death, his hair was cut off and maintained by Tribal leaders.


Now because Long Hair lived before photography, there is no visual record of this. However! Supposedly his tresses are part of the exhibit at Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Montana. (Plenty Coups was a descendant of Long Hair.)



Source of quote.

If any WU-vie is passing by the museum, perhaps he or she can confirm!

Here's a photo of another Crow tribe-member named "Curley."



Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 30, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Human Marvels, World Records, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Hair and Hairstyling, Native Americans

Danderine Grows Hair

As far as I know, Jeanette Wallace's only claim to fame was appearing in an ad for Danderine Hair-Growing Remedy. The ad ran in numerous magazines and newspapers between 1906 and 1908.

She claimed that Danderine made her hair "fairly crawl out of my scalp"... which sounds like it could be the premise for a horror story.



Incidentally, according to Google maps, her address in New York is now occupied by a noodle shop.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 08, 2020 - Comments (8)
Category: Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, 1900s, Hair and Hairstyling

Fourth of July Hairdos

The Muncie Star Press - July 4, 1963



Lancaster New Era - Jun 28, 1984



Orangeburg Times and Democrat - July 4, 1986



Fort Lauderdale News - July 3, 1971



Helena Independent-Record - Mar 14, 1948


Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 04, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Holidays, Hair and Hairstyling

Hair Freezing Contest

Ever since 2011, the Takhini Hot Pools in the Yukon have hosted a Hair Freezing Contest. More details and pics at hairfreezingcontest.com.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 26, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Hair and Hairstyling

Shave-O-Mat

Harry Thalheim believed that “a need has existed for a long time for a shaving emporium where people may shave cheaply and rapidly at all hours of the day and night.” So, in 1964 he patented the Shave-O-Mat (US Patent No. 3,120,886). It was a coin-operated shave-yourself establishment, open 24 hours a day.

Did this address some kind of market need in the 1960s? Were there men who, in the middle of the night, really wanted to shave but couldn’t?

I'm guessing not, because, as far as I can tell, Thalheim's Shave-O-Mat never opened.





Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 02, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, 1960s, Hair and Hairstyling

A woman dressed only in her hair

Now arises Mrs. Lydia McPherson of Los Angeles, California… Her friends claim that if Lady Godiva had possessed hair like Mrs. McPherson, she would have been more than adequately attired in her famous ride through the streets of Coventry. Mrs. McPherson surpasses Mother Eve, by wearing, as her picture shows, only nature’s covering, whereas the world’s first lady had to borrow from the fig tree. The tresses of Mrs. McPherson measure seven feet two inches from root to tip, and are of a find, bright red color.
San Francisco Examiner - Jun 26, 1927


(left) In her birthday suit; (right) fully clothed



Below: Looking a bit like that girl from The Ring movie.

St. Louis Post Dispatch - Apr 24, 1927



The Ring girl, for comparison:



Some more images of Lydia McPherson and her long hair:

(left) at the 1933 Chicago Odditorium, where she was advertised as having "the longest red hair in the world" (via pbs.org); (right) undated photo (via sisterwolf).

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 15, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: 1920s, Hair and Hairstyling

Follies of the Madmen #431



Has this fellow decided to masochistically shame himself by creating this pitchfork doppelganger? Or did the local bad boys construct it and leave it on his lawn, and he is now gazing at it ruefully, realizing the veracity of their taunt? Or thinking, "There, but for the grace of Vitalis, go I."


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 03, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

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