By "hair spray," I'm not referring to this Broadway play-turned-bad movie starring John Travolta in drag.
I'm talking about a hair product we used before we knew there were other products you could use that would make your hair look better. Like gel. Or mousse. Or a brush.
I'm talking about hair spray.
In the 80s, hair spray was the one product you used to get your hair to look big.
|Me in 1987|
You'd first spend serious time with a curling iron, then hose your hair down with this:
Toward the end of the 80s, we began hearing a lot about what all that aerosol was doing to the ozone layer. As one legislator pointed out, we all gave up Aqua Net because our science teachers told us it was killing the planet. I don't remember that being the reason. I believe we all were inspired to trade our big bangs in for straight hair by shows like this:
Although we did have to pull out our hair spray again when this hairstyle took over in the mid-90s:
Make fun of the hairstyles in the 50s, 60s, and 80s all you want, but at least women did something with their hair besides brush it. When was the last thing anything but "long and straight" was in for fashionable girls? I think we're in for a hairstyle revolution. Bring back the Aqua Net!