Hello lovelies, today I will be discussing vintage haircare products that you can still buy today.
Mason Pearson Brushes is a British company specializing in the manufacture of hairbrushes. In the mid-1860s, a Yorkshireman called Mason Pearson came to work at the British Steam Brush Works, in the East End of London. In 1885 he invented the “pneumatic” rubber-cushion hairbrush, which became the company’s first product and is still on sale, little changed from the original design. The “Junior” model, which has a mix of boar nylon bristles, has been called “the Ferrari of brushes.”
Mason Pearson hairbrushes are sold worldwide. The family business is still passed down through generations and is currently run by the Pearson family in London today.
Prell was introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1947. The original formula was a clear green concentrate packaged in a tube. In 1955 Prell was marketed for women “who want their hair to have that radiantly alive look.” A woman held the Prell bottle with her hands on both sides, directly in front of her face. Prell and Head & Shoulders, also made by Procter & Gamble, were the two best-selling shampoos in the United States in June 1977. Procter & Gamble had the highest advertising budget in the shampoo industry. The firm of Wells, Rich, Greene carried out advertising for Prell.
The company was founded in 1930 by Richard Estrin, a salesman for a private label manufacturer. Estrin named the company after his daughter, Helene, who was born during one of his long sales trips. Their company history says that many of the products were formulated by Ina Lee, a beauty consultant.
Luckily, Vitalis came around long after the “patent medicine” chicanery. Debuting around the 1940s, Vitalis Hair Tonic was advertised as a means of styling hair without having to delve into excessively greasy products. Vitalis instead uses mainly alcohol and something the label mysteriously refers to as “V7.”
Founded in 1953, Vitapointe os a hair cream application that is used on dry and damaged hair.
Invented in 1965 for setting curls, the gel, with its unique, jellylike texture, later gained popularity among young men. Subsequently, the packaging went from a jar to a blue squeeze bottle, which can still be found on shelves today.
From 1974 to 1980, Audrey Hepburn and Philip Kingsley worked together to create the world’s first pre-shampoo hair treatment. Hepburn was doing a lot of filming, and her hair was in bad condition because of all the styling and coloring they were doing on set. She requested Kingsley develop a moisturizing treatment that wasn’t going to weigh her hair down, as she had quite beautiful hair. Hepburn loved the finished product so much that she ordered pots and pots to be sent over to her home in Switzerland.
In 1960, L’Oréal Paris chemists created a breakthrough hairspray. Elnett Satin’s fine formula provides a brushable hold that disappears at the stroke of a brush. Unique micro-diffusion technology creates a mist of light micro-droplets dispersing the spray finely and evenly for strand-by-strand hold.