Monday, August 8, 2011

Vacation Zombie Hair

Duke University Digital Collections
Trust me, Vacation Hair is the least of this guy's problems. For one thing, he appears to have escaped from a department store window. Wearing a striped bathing suit from 1919. And really unsubtle eyebrow pencil and eyeliner. Also there is a scared badger clinging to his head.

But if the badger uses a little Kreml shampoo, things will be much better. And neither of them will have the dreadful problem that is Vacation Hair.

Actually, you know what Vacation Hair problem I have? It doesn't involve stripes, badgers, department store mannequins or Kreml. But when I'm traveling, my carefully chosen shampoos and conditioners just don't work very well. They don't like unfamiliar water, I think. And then I run out and buy new stuff and try that, but it's sort of hit or miss. No one else notices (I think) but I do! And I promise I'm not using what this ad calls (and I love this wording): "sticky, dust-catching, gigolo concentrations that plaster your hair down tight to your scalp."

This ad is from 1936; many thanks to the fabulous Duke University Ad Access collection, which is full of good things, although no ads (alas!) for Gigolo Concentrations. I'm going to look for one, though.


Tori Lennox said...

I was startled to find out this was a guy. I thought it was an underendowed woman. LOL!

Dee said...

I had to look at the larger ad. That guy is scary! He looks like a corpse, or a wax dummy.

Mimi said...

My hair really does look like that on vacation. Can I still get Kreml? Do they carry it at Walgreen's?

Kath Lockett said...

...unless it's Michael Jackson who, like Elvis, is still alive and living on a beach somewhere?