Monday, February 17, 2014

Evolution Of Hair Spray

Shopping for hairspray ain’t what it used to be!

In the beginning (not as in the Bible, but in1948), the newly created lacquered invention, known as Spray Net, was introduced by Helene Curtis. One of its competitors, Aqua Net, became my spray of choice  - I liked the red can.

By 1964, with the onset of bouffant and beehive hairstyles, spray products were said to have outsold even lipstick (which has its own evolutionary story).

In the 1970’s, sales declined when long, straight hair and the natural look gained popularity.  It was also at this time companies had to admit the dangers of vinyl chloride to humans and the environment forcing them to make changes.

These advancements were completed just in time for the ‘80’s when the need for “new and improved" sprays were created for punk rock music enthusiasts.

What used to be available only in flexible, medium and maximum holds evolved into selections such as: anti-humidity, freeze, flat iron, beach, hard head, sprunch, comb through touchable, and hair insurance.  (Hair insurance?  How much is the deductible?)

Evolving spray products have been beneficial for the hair trade industry as well as the consumer.   Businesses make money and, as consumers, we have a greater selection of merchandise.

Change and improvement are not synonymous.  Weight change can be good or bad.  Healthy weight is an improvement.

As you evaluate the evolution of your life, is there measured progress or do you still battle habits that inhibit your growth? 

Recognize what needs to be corrected and develop an action plan to achieve victory.  Refuse to be discouraged if the list seems overwhelming.  Focus on one thing and take small steps to reach your pinnacle of success.

In the meantime, on your journey to joy, celebrate your progress!

~~ Kay A. Eaton

Kay is the author of two children's books: Gleason, the Christmas Giraffe, and Gleason and the Dewdrop's Dream.  She also serves as the secretary for SWA. Check out her website:

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