If there was one thing about 80s hair, it required copious amounts of hair spray. The needed volume could not be achieved any other way. I was partial to L’Oreal’s Studio Line, mostly because the smell appealed to me. But, my best friend was an Aqua Net girl, all the way. I’ve had the same, one sad thing of hair spray now for several years. I just don’t use it enough to ever finish the bottle. Not so in the 80s. It was the sheer quantity needed that lead to Aqua Net’s popularity. When you needed hair spray in bulk, you couldn’t afford the fancy stuff. You just needed the cheapest route possible to gravity-defying awesomeness.
But, what’s an 80s girl to do when she finds herself away from home and the supplies needed to maintain such a coif? Enter the combo comb / hair spray pump. I had this puppy in the 8th grade, and it came to the rescue in many a mid-day-hair-deflation crisis. While there’s a certain genius in the simplicity of the design, using the handle to hold the spray, there was a fatal flaw in its use—hair spray is sticky, and the whole device got very sticky as a result. I know, I know, the end is supposed to have the cover to keep the sticky spray nozzle locked away, but how long do you think this contraption could bang about in your purse before that cap popped off? Not that long.
I can’t say if the reason they are no longer made is related to the aforementioned design flaw or if the overall de-escalation of hair dried up demand for this fun beauty product. But one thing’s for sure: when a quick poof and spray were needed, this comb was there for me (even if it gummed up the inside of my purse).