18 Feb


Hair gel is a hairstyling product that is used to harden hair into a particular hairstyle.

Analysis of ancient Egyptians mummies has shown that they styled their hair using a fat-based gel. The researchers behind the analysis say that the Egyptians used the product to ensure that their style stayed in place in both life and death. Natalie McCreesh, an archaeological scientist from the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at the University of Manchester, England, and her colleagues studied hair samples taken from 18 mummies. The oldest is approximately 3,500 years old, but most were excavated from a cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis in the Western Desert and date from Greco-Roman times, around 2,300 years ago.[1]

The Irish bog body Clonycavan Man, which has been radiocarbon dated to between 392 BC and 201 BC, was found to have been using a hair gel made from pine tree resin imported from Spain or South-west France.[2]

In 1929, the British company Chemico Works invented Brylcreem, which became the market leader among hair styling products in both the U.K. and the U.S. during the following decades.

In the 1960s, modern hair gel was invented in the United States, by what would later be renamed the Dep Corporation. Marketed under the brand name Dep, modern hair gel was given this name by its inventor, Luis Montoya, in recognition of the substance that gave it its unique, non-greasy consistency: diethyl phthalate, commonly abbreviated as DEP.[citation needed]


Posted by on February 18, 2017 in vintage tv commercials




  1. Bernadette

    September 12, 2016 at 8:20 am

    OMG I remember that stuff. My hir used to come out hard as a rock.

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  2. America On Coffee

    September 12, 2016 at 11:38 am



  3. Roos Ruse

    September 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I might still have an unopened jar of Dippity Do in a box somewhere… Sister never throws anything away. The stuff probably still works the same as it did in the 1960’s!

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  4. vickigoodwin

    September 14, 2016 at 2:55 am

    The short pink jar sitting in my bathroom. Oh yes, I have memories of Mama and Dippity Do.

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  5. America On Coffee

    September 14, 2016 at 8:06 am

    …Oh, let us not forget the hair rollers. LoL!

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  6. vickigoodwin

    September 14, 2016 at 9:35 am

    What about those bristly wire rollers that were supposed to be more comfortable to sleep on? Oh what a tangled mess our hair was in the morning. I had very fine hair, I had less of it after those rollers were removed. ouch!

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  7. America On Coffee

    September 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    They were all ugly and uncomfortable, whether large, small, sponge, plastic metal,clamp or clip, pull stretch or string. And, you could still end up having a bad-hair day. LOL!!

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  8. America On Coffee

    September 14, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    LOL ..No, No, if it works, there will be an improvement as fine and cheese…getting better with age. :)


  9. Shiva Malekopmath

    February 18, 2017 at 8:50 am

    It was amazing to know the history of the hair gel dating back to pre historic periods.
    The video regarding the hair styling made me remember women during the 60s used to do lot of hair styling which we do not see at the these days. It was such a fashion during those days to see ladies with the done of different styles.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. donnamarie

    February 18, 2017 at 9:29 am

    😄 I so remember this commercial and those rollers!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. America On Coffee

    February 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Ha ha ha! Thanks Shiva, it was amazing…. hair rollers, I understand are making a comeback. Love your comment. :-)

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  12. Shiva Malekopmath

    February 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Even if they come I think that shall not be as charming. You know so many varieties they would make. You just had to turn back or keep staring at them for the design created. Awesome! Isn’t?
    Women with long hair where lucky.

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  13. America On Coffee

    February 19, 2017 at 1:11 am

    In the USA, Dippity Do was used by women of different hair lengths. And, if not used with hair rollers, donut and other roller design forms were used.

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