The History Of Hairspray: How Updos Became A Thing

Joan Collins, British actress, with her hair in a beehive hairstyle with a white bow, circa 1955. Source: (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

A look through a timeline of historical hairstyles will show you that women of the past liked to wear their hair up. Buns, braids, and updos gave women a chance to show off their style as well as keep their long hair out of their eyes at a time when the wrong step would find you knee-deep in horse poop. But have you ever wondered how women in the past created these gravity-defying hairstyles prior to the introduction of aerosol hairsprays? Let's look at the history of hairspray to see how women of the past were able to keep their curls from falling.