History of Hair Styling Products

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history of styling products

The history of hair styling products has evolved over the centuries. From using animal dung to oils to today’s more modern pomades and gels. Below are examples, in order, of some applications to style the hair.

In ancient Africa, “stiffed hair which was achieved by applying dung” according to UKhairdressers.com. Aren’t you glad that we found alternatives to dung eventually? I am.

In the Elizabethan era, namesake Queen Elizabeth would apply a thin glaze of egg-white paste to hold her hair in place.

In the 19th century men tended to keep their hair relatively short, sometimes curled and dressed with macassar oil.

During the “Roaring Twenties,” fashion-conscious men wore their hair parted in or near the center and slicked back with brilliantine — an oily, perfumed substance that added shine and kept hair in place.

In the 1940s, Men continued to wear their hair short and often slicked back with oil.

The 1950s saw men wearing their hair in a D.A. (short for Duck’s Ass). Formed by combing the hair back on the side of the head and holding it in place with hair grease, the hairstyle was created by Philadelphia barber Joe Cirella in 1940 and took off when it was worn by television, movie, and music stars such as James Dean and Elvis Presley. The D.A. was usually coupled with long, thick sideburns — making their first appearance on men’s faces since the 19th century — and a high-crowned poof of hair brushed straight back off the forehead called the pompadour.

By the late 1960s, bands such as The Beatles introduced the “mop top” that was obtained without the use of styling aids. The influence of psychedelics and the hippie movement advocated a natural, wild look for men and women and a complete rejection of cosmetics.

For most of the 1970s, men and women wore their hair long, natural, and above all free. Toward the end of the decade the punk movement arose in opposition to the hippie-influenced values of the era. Punks created a deliberately shocking, provocative look that included spiked hairdos dyed bright fluorescent colors, shaved and tattooed scalps, facial piercings and spectacular makeup.

n the 1980s the “age of excess” was easily translated into hairstyles, in general — the bigger, the better. Michael Jackson sported the “jheri curl,” a sparkling wet-looking, heavily processed version of the Afro. Decidedly less audacious middle-class white teen-age boys adapted the punk-influenced spiked hairstyle, which sometimes included a small braid at the back of the neck (the “rat tail”). In opposition to these trends, a neoconservative “preppy” look was also in, popularizing traditional short hairstyles for men and women.

 From the 1980s to today, the products we use to style our hair hasn’t changed much – the the styles themselves have evolved. The 2000s and beyond have seen an increased interest in more natural hair styling products and ones that do not contain harmful chemicals that may cause cancer or other health problems. For example, Chad Michael hair styling products are sulfate and paraben free. See the Chad Michael products on Amazon.com for more information about each product and to purchase yours today.