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Men’s Hair Products

June 8, 2010

Men’s hair products are any substances that alter the shape or texture of the hair. As with any discussion of proper hair care, one about hair products must begin with shampoo. While there is evidence that early humans used soaproot to clean hair, the process of shampooing is relatively new. The word was borrowed by the British from the Hindi word champo, which originally referred to a practice of massaging the scalp with oils. By the early 1990s, the meaning of the word shifted to the application of soap to the hair. The British first started using shaved bar soap boiled in water with herbs to make the hair shinier and smell better. This was an improvement over the previous use of plain bar soap, which left a residue, made the hair appear dull and caused scalp irritation. It wasn’t until the 1930s that shampoo as we know it today began to be manufactured.

The first modern men’s styling products debuted around the same time as commercial shampoo. In 1928, the Birmingham, England-based company, Chemico Works, created Brylcreem for keeping men’s hair in place. While the company originally made exactly what the name implies — abrasive household cleaning agents — its first hair product began a revolution in men’s grooming. The water, mineral oil and beeswax in the concoction held hair and gave it a wet look. By the 1970s, drier looks had become more fashionable and the need for other men’s hair products that offered a range of textures and holding properties surfaced. That’s why today an entire multi-billion dollar industry is dedicated to the development and sale of every spray, paste, wax, and mousse imaginable.

via Men’s Hair Products – AskMen.com.

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