1913 Hair Extender (Switch) Advertisement

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, October 21, 1913: It’s been so rainy and dreary this week that I begin to feel awful grouchy. I certainly am under the weather these days. Any way October never was a favorite month of mine. I don’t have much to write about for her.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1013)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (October, 1013)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Did Grandma read Ladies Home Journal to while away the time on cold, rainy days?

And, now that the corn harvest was finished—and Grandma had been paid for helping husk corn—did she dream of using her money to improve her looks? . . . Maybe she wanted some of the hair switches advertised in the October, 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

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10 Responses

  1. Not sure if these would suit me!😕

  2. Some things don’t change, do they? Love the way the advert refers to “Extreme effects” – oddly modern language!

  3. I like the old ad. The ‘Fairy Fluff’ could refer to some illegal drug today. :-)

  4. Hmmm,Fairy Fluff seems an excellent protection for nasty weather;0)
    Great post!

  5. Love reading these diary posts with your comments! Such a great idea.

  6. $15??? that was dear for those times! those other prices for getting your own hair straightened or curled are much more reasonable!

  7. That’s a great ad.

  8. Seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same–women always worrying about their hair . . . I hope Helena had better sense than spend her hard-earned money on these!

  9. Good hair makes me happy! I hate bad hair days…

  10. Gads, who knew they had hair extension back then? That surprises me. I think most of the hair now comes from India. Women leave it as an offering at a temple and it’s collected and dyed. I saw it on a program.

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