Posted by Nicci | Posted in Beauty, Personal Care, Way Back Wednesday | Posted on 07-07-2010
This week’s post was inspired by my flat iron. Whenever I leave the salon, my hair is smooth and shiny, but when I try to duplicate the results at home, my hair snags on the straightener and just looks fuzzy. I’ve decided that I need to get a new straightener, and I’m trying to decide between the InStyler and the Paris Hilton Celebrity Styler. Mulling my possibilities, I started to think about hairdos of the past, when I wanted anything but straight hair. Frizzy perms, big bangs . . . ah, the mall hair of the 80′s.
And hair of the 80′s is what brings me to the topic of today’s post. How could I possibly consider Way Back Wednesday to be an in-depth expose of popular infomercial products of the past without dredging up the FlowBee?
The FlowBee was the vacuum-slash-haircutting tool that people all across the nation were snatching up in order to give really bad haircuts to defenseless children. The FlowBee was first seen on TV infomercials in 1988, and it was hawked by its creator, Rick Hunt. Hunt was a carpenter who thought that there had to be a good way to get the sawdust out of his hair . . . and give himself a haircut at the same time. Thus, the FlowBee was born.
Hunt took his invention to the television airwaves and launched a home-styling phenomenon. How could the FlowBee fail to be successful when it was marketed with such lines as, “I’m a carpenter. I’m not a hairdresser,” and the oh-so-convincing line, “As you can see, it’s a pretty good haircut for one I did on myself.”
That’s right. It’s not just “pretty good.” It’s pretty good for a haircut that a carpenter with no experience or training as a stylist gave himself.
Doesn’t that just make you want to rush right out and buy one?
But wait. There’s more.
The FlowBee wasn’t just a motorized haircutting apparatus with spinning blades. The blades were actually attached to a vacuum hose. With its rotating blades and vacuum hose, the FlowBee was one infomercial product that really . . . um . . . sucked. No more difficult, unweildy broom to help you sweep up the remnants of your home-haircut. The FlowBee just whisked all that mangled hair right down the hose, getting rid of all the evidence of your do-it-yourself ‘do.
Well. Not all the evidence. You still had to walk around in public with your FlowBee haircut. But hey–it’s pretty good for a haircut you did yourself.