Sugar Gives Sweet Hair-Do (Jun, 1939)

You sure would be popular with insects.

Sugar Gives Sweet Hair-Do

A sugar-coated hair-do is a new type of beauty treatment now being given to film stars. Sydney Guilaroff, hair specialist for a major film studio, is shown in the photograph at the right, setting curls in the coiffure of Ina Claire, stage and screen actress, with a solution of plain water and sugar.

  1. vin edsel says: January 15, 20088:24 am

    interesting to see that they knew to do this way back then…since the 70’s it was used by punk rockers to spike up their hair…it’s still done that way today…it makes your hair like concrete and very brittle…and yes it will attract bugs too…

    this is a great site…i’m glad i stumbled upon this blog…

  2. Stannous says: January 15, 20089:30 am

    This was a real problem in the late 50s/early 60s when women wore bouffant hair styles. There were horror stories of bugs laying eggs.

    I don’t know any punks who used sugar water (and I joined the scene in ’78), we used BEER!

    And then the hair-stylin’ folks turned us on to setting gel, improving our lives and making us waste less beer.

  3. Mike Brisendine says: January 15, 20083:23 pm

    Hmmm…I wonder if it comes in flavors? That reminds me, I think I’ll get some cotton candy at the carnival.

    A friend of mine who used to spike her hair in the 80’s used corn starch.

  4. nlpnt says: January 15, 20087:28 pm

    I’ve heard of egg whites being used too- spoofed in “Freaks and Geeks” where the kid used so much egg it dried white.

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