A Brief Time Line of Odd Hair Treatments Throughout History – New York Magazine

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sometimes, when confronted with a pile of shiny, new, miracle hair products, it’s hard not to wonder if any of it is better than what our forebears used. After all, man did just fine for thousands of years without hair CC cream. 

To that end, Hair Days searched through the archives for the best hair products and procedures used throughout history. But before you judge our predecessors, just think about stinky ’80s perms, toxic Brazilian blowouts, and this curling iron. If there’s one thing that we can learn from history, it’s that people will always be compelled to try odd hair contraptions and dangerous chemicals in the quest for perfect hair. Below, a list of the strangest hair treatments throughout history:


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