Thursday, March 13, 2014

Vintage Ad - Minit Curl

from April 1949 Workbasket
Has anyone ever heard of this product? It almost sounds too good to be true - no smell, quick and easy to use, and lasts for months.

I got my first permanent in the 1970s and a handful since then. My hair takes the curl too well, and I end up looking like a poodle for about three weeks. I got my last permanent about two years ago.

What kinds of experience have you had with permanents?

13 comments:

  1. I had my hair permed a few times in the 80s when big hair was the style. I have the opposite problem you do. My hair doesn't hold a curl very well, so I always had to get it curled tighter than I wanted just so it was worth the money and effort.

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  2. I've never heard of that product or process before. Too good to be true, especially considering the technology of that time. My last perm was probably in the mid 1980s. I had waist length hair until 1982, then just kept cutting it shorter. I got a perm at some point and looked like a poodle, so never did it again.

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  3. Never heard of that product.

    Perms --- oh my --- what an awful memory. My mom tried giving me a Toni once. Some parts curled. Some parts didn't. The smell and the burning was awful! I never had a home perm again. She tried "spoolies" on my hair. She would get them all curled up, dried and then brushed out and it looked curly . . . for about 10 minutes and then it all fell out of curl and I had my same old hair.

    I think by the time I was 10 or so, she gave up. She made me wear it cut short. That way it was semi under control.

    Now I just let my hair do it's own thing. I have straight parts and wavy parts with a whole bunch of cowlicks.


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  4. I never heard of that one, but it was a little before my time. My mom used to give me perms all the time. I had wavy hair and with a perm, I too was a poodle. Now I just keep my hair fairly short and let it curl the way it wants.

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  5. It's been about 10 years since my last perm and when I had shorter hair I looked like a poodle too :)

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  6. I've never heard of that either. However, I have had plenty of perms in my life.I think I started in the late 70's and had perms periodically through the 80's. I had the big hair Afro for many years. It was easy to take care of...but I shake my head at the thought now! Not just about the look...but about how it dried out my hair too. I can also remember having short hair, going in for a "body" perm, and coming out a poodle. Devastating!

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  7. My hair doesn't do perms well!! it takes and it is completely out in a week. After the first wash it is half out and goes downhill from there.

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  8. I've never had a permanent. But I always wanted "Prell" hair. and remember borrowing my mother's curling iron and it was always an epic fail. I remember my parents having tight perms in the late 70s. hehehe. My aunt always had beautiful hairstyles. She went to the beauty parlor every week.

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  9. I have not had a perm since about third grade. It was a disaster but back then a Toni or Lilt Home Perm were supposed to be the ticket to have beautiful hair...me not so much:)

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  10. Sounds like a miracle product!
    Have had my hair permed a few times but like you I turn into a poodle. A perming rod only has to be waved over my head and I have curls!

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  11. When I was little...mom would perm my hair every once in awhile... that would of been in the 60's.... I probably had my last one in the 80's....I've had some nasty tight ones!!

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  12. My hair has a mind of its own. I have had two perms and they both just made my wild hair even wilder.

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