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Posted by Riptide (Member # 457) on :
I never had headbanger long hair back in the 80's but I did know some guys that did. I used to use some mousse and gel when I had a semi mullet but I went antural twoard the end of high school and just used water. I know girls tenede to use much more than guys, and just wanted to know if people used a lot more of the stuff than now.
Posted by Stitch (Member # 2895) on :
I should have had shares in a gel company. I had a mullet, but the top half was almost like a shell! I swear my head was waterproof...

I've never gone a day without some sort of product in my hair for nearly 20 years. I've used gel (and I still have some for emergencies), wax, fudge, gum, you name it. Right now I'm using Tigi Hard Head mohawk gum. It's great stuff, a little bit goes a very long way and it keeps my rat tail and fauhawk in place all day.
Posted by MotleyRulz (Member # 3598) on :
I used lots as I had headbanging hair from the 8th grade until about a year ago....
Posted by eightieschick (Member # 4385) on :
In the 80's I used a lot of mousse on my curls, I think it added body to my hair. Also lots of hair spray. Then in the early 90's I quit using so much product, using just hair spray on my bangs. Then in the early 2000's when my hair was growing back in after chemo, I used a lot of gel to keep it in place- I had an Alphalpha thing going on in the back of my head and needed the gel to hold it down! Now my hair is long again and I just use some smoothing cream and hair spray. If I were to use all of that product that I used in the 80's, I think my scalp would peel off.
Posted by mamamiasweetpeaches (Member # 1715) on :
I could never really get my hair to do what I wanted with mousse...I liked hairspray. Remember STIFF STUFF? That gave the best headbangin height.
Posted by eightieschick (Member # 4385) on :
mamamia, my best friend used to use Stiff Stuff- she had the biggest hair ever! I never had huge high hair, just semi-high. Another friend of mine, her bangs were so high, they barely fit into her senior picture! She used like 1/2 can of hairspray a day!
Posted by StevenHW (Member # 509) on :
Peaches asked:
Never heard of it. Nowadays, that sounds more like the name of a Viagra-type of male enhancement drug! [Big Grin]
Posted by Stitch (Member # 2895) on :
Stiff Stuff? Wasn't that what Cameron Diaz had in her hair in "Something about Mary"?
Posted by mamamiasweetpeaches (Member # 1715) on :
I also remember reading what celebrities supposedly used and the trying ity....with disasterous results: BILLY IDOL claimed he used toothpaste and Robert Smith claimed he used sugar and water.
Those guys must have had bees chasing them down the street!
Posted by eightieschick (Member # 4385) on :
I remember hearing of guys with mohawks using super glue to get it to stay up, heh,heh.
Yes the stiff stuff does sound like a Viagra-type drug!
Posted by Riptide (Member # 457) on :
I also heard of punkers using model glue or something to get that stiff spiky look. I also heard that Ian Mcculloch of Echo and the Bunnymen used to use coca-cola in his hair to get that high altitude, he also once said that when he would play a gig outdoors, the flies and such would be attracted to his mane.
Posted by stephlovahhh (Member # 4664) on :
still am. LOL
Posted by Devolution (Member # 1731) on :
Devolution here,

Stiff Stuff, very north east US.

Posted by cindymancini (Member # 679) on :
I think I used to use L.A. Looks or Dep.
Posted by Devolution (Member # 1731) on :
Devolution here,

I use Dep now. Dep Styling Glue.

We are DEVO
Posted by Jessie the Sunflower Goddess (Member # 1877) on :
This is so funny because I wasn't even certain that they still made mousse. Like they used to anyway, there is so much gel and silkening solutions out there now I think that mousse had a place in today's hair world.

I loved Finesse shampoo/conditioner and mousse. Whenever I smell Finesse to this day I am taken back to 8th grade, getting ready for school in the first house that I lived in where I got my very own bedroom.

I also remember the Aussie stuff that came in a purple bottle.
Posted by Stitch (Member # 2895) on :
Just a few years back when I had blonde hair, I used coloured Sunsilk mousse to give myself a new colour every couple of days. My favorite colour was tangerine.
Posted by mamamiasweetpeaches (Member # 1715) on :
Does anyone remember ZAZU? You could temporarily put colors like pink and purple in your hair and it would wash out in 2 weeks.
I had my hair frosted and then put pink Zazu in it and IT NEVER WASHED OUT!!!!
Soon after the stuff wasnt for sale anymore so I guess a few people had that happen and complained.

This might be a NYC thing: MANIC PANIC hair dye? More permanent than ZAZU. I used to do colors like red and green.
Posted by jimpickens (Member # 5801) on :
Tried it looked looked like a fag so i stuck to hair tonic.
Posted by DEE1980 (Member # 5766) on :

Posted by Canyoudigit The Sequel (Member # 4506) on :
What abour good old dax? or brylcream? very English and 80's.
Posted by Jessie the Sunflower Goddess (Member # 1877) on :
I remember the amount of Aqua Net that my cousin used to go through. It used to be only 88 cents a can and would only last her a couple of days because she used so much. Had to keep the big hair big, you know!
Posted by NowhereGirl (Member # 465) on :
haha hey jess, i too had a cousin who had some wild bangs going on.. she used a grip of aqua net.. and tried doing my hair the same way.. but my mother wasn't havin it. i never used mousse or gel in my hair and still don't really.

my b/f uses something called CREW?? but i remember l.a. looks and DEP. i had no idea that DEP was still out on the market..
Posted by Jessie the Sunflower Goddess (Member # 1877) on :
One thing about it, your hair never got caught in the wind with Aquanet! I remember DEP too! HAHAHA Those were the good old days of hair!
Posted by Nick (Member # 404) on :
My hair was just like "Ivan Drago" from Rocky IV at the time, so I was a big Mousse and Gel user, obviously [Wink]
Posted by paige (Member # 5923) on :
Well I'm 13 years old but I must adit I use quite alot of hair spray....
Posted by Riptide (Member # 457) on :
I guess the 50's and 60's were the brylcreme era and the 80's was the gel/mousse era. It was much bigger news in the 80's. I remember the TV advertisements for Vidal Sasoon and such.
Posted by Smayt Shatner (Member # 1500) on :
If i get rained on my hair will turn to glue.hehe
Posted by Phanstar (Member # 4235) on :
yeah I too used to start with a baseball size wad of mouse, spike my hair back like a dirty used car salesman, then spray a healthy cloud of hairspray on top of that.

Man I hated it when someone touched my hair and made it fluffy instead of 'wet'.

Sometimes I wish I could still do my hair like that. But I would just feel way too retarded.
Posted by Smayt Shatner (Member # 1500) on :
So you're saying hair gel challenges your personal growth, mentally, emotionally and physically!!
[Wink] [Big Grin]
Posted by Ziggy (Member # 6269) on :
Mousse! Lots of it! If you used the right stuff, you could have the slick look, and then brush it out you had the blown look.

I was in a small band for awhile and used TONS of hairspray...
Posted by Riptide (Member # 457) on :
Mousse was great for a while, but the smell made me nauseous and maybe it contributed to the whole in the ozone.....

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