Condom caps for ‘streaks’. Portable hairdryers that made you look like a space alien. Rollers. Cedel hairspray that kept its smell for days. Your mother’s weekly appointment for her ‘do.
Chances are you spent days of your lifetime sitting in the local salon waiting for your mum to have her hair done.
Now think of the hairdresser you visit today. Not only has the technology changed, but so has what you can do. Keratin + the flat iron + the curling iron + product have long replaced the weekly ‘do, and no longer will you hear, ‘Whack on the condom cap and we’ll have your streaks sorted in no time, lovey.’
Going to the hairdresser today looks nothing like it did 50 years ago. But are we better off?
1. Hair dryers and heat machines.
Then: We still don’t understand how women held conversations while sitting under these things.
Then they went portable. Sort of:
You'dd plug this contraption in at home. It would fill with hot air and expand into an oval shaped balloon which you would leave on your hair for an hour or so. Of course, you couldn't actually move around because it had to be plugged into the wall. It was still known as a portable machine. Technology at its best.
The air dryer became the hair dryer.
2. Highlights (aka 'streaks')
Then: To achieve natural-looking, sunkissed hair you's book in for what were then known as 'streaks'. These were achieved via a thick plastic cap that looked a bit like a giant condom and required your hair to be plucked through its many tiny holes with a miniature crochet hook. It was torturous and took hours:
Now: It's much easier and a lot less strain on the head.
Which is heaven.
You just look like a tinfoil martian for 40 minutes.
Here's our Content Director Mia Freedman getting highlights: