Apparently, the first hair dryer was invented in the late 1800’s by a French stylist, and handheld dryers have been around since the 1920’s. However, in the 1950’s & 1960’s women were either in the hairdresser’s chair once a week for a “set” or using one of those nifty home dryers with a bonnet cap that you had to sit under to achieve your look. No wonder hairspray was a woman’s main tool — you had to lacquer your hair down to keep it looking good — who could afford the time or money to go through the salon or home drying process every day?
Plus, let’s be honest, two hours at the hairdresser under a dryer may have been a welcome break from being the “happy housewife” of the fifties. Despite this benefit, Conair began selling handheld blowdryers in the US in 1971. As the tools changed, so did the styles. Thanks to Vidal Sassoon and other style icons, we learned to love Mia Farrow’s short crop, Dorothy Hamill’s wedge and Farrah Fawcett’s feathered locks, all which were made to be styled at home by us with a handheld dryer rather than at the salon under the hood.
Cut to the 1990’s — Jennifer Aniston’s layered locks are the rage and women are flocking to the salon once (or more) to get a blow out. It all comes full circle, doesn’t it? Nowadays, Tyler has her hands full trying to get me to understand that Betty Draper hair does actually require some time & effort. Like every other client who comes in the door at Trixie’s, I want fabulous hair (just like the picture) with no muss or fuss. What I have learned, however, is that the right tools ( like the abovementioned blowdryer or a flat iron) and the right products (we’ve got so many choices now — no aquanet necessary) anything is possible!