Monday, June 28, 2010
Retro Product Fail #1: Sun-In
Of all of the beauty products I saw advertised in the pages of Seventeen magazine as a teen and that I actually bought, I wanted Sun-In hair lightener to work the most for me. For someone who had once been naturally platinum blonde as a child, but who couldn't dye her hair with traditional permanent coloring because the copper pipes in our plumbing turned my hair green (true story - and just another reason why I can't spread the love for my high school years), Sun-In sounded like a simple and effective solution. Just spray it into damp hair, sit a few hours in the sun (while slathered with your Coppertone oil...in the 80s we still hadn't caught on to the dangers of sun exposure) and voila, instant blonde! Right?
Wrong! Sun-In was horrible - it never succeeded in turning my hair anything unless you consider reddish highlights in mousy dark blonde hair as "lightening." Not even close to the beautiful buttery shades portrayed in their advertising. I know of at least a few poor souls at school who overdid it and ended up with orange hair. Plus it smelled. Simply squeezing lemon juice on your head would probably be more effective. Remarkably, Sun-In is still being manufactured today, and still claims to lighten hair. Anyone ever have any luck with it? I would love to know...