Clairol Freshens Your Hair Instantly #socs

Thanks to Linda, this song is now running through my head.

Psssssst! didn’t actually clean your hair, from what I gather: it was talcum powder mixed with alcohol and put in an aerosol can. I guess when you sprayed it on and fluffed your hair, the talcum dried up the oil, and brushing your hair got rid of the oily talcum powder, leaving your hair less oily and smelling better. I think Mom bought it once. I tried it, and was underwhelmed by the results. But I bet some of you have used it…

I realize that has nothing to do with “psst! or any other attention-getting noise or word.” I just thought it was appropriate, plus I had the damn song stuck in my head.

I used to get phone calls from people selling auto insurance all the time. I already have auto insurance, but I get the calls anyway. Evidently someone likes to go around the Internet plugging my name and phone number into things. For a while, they were ordering pizzas from Pizza Hut and Papa John’s, then they figured out I had contacted my local restaurants and told them that if they get an order from me, it might not actually be me. So whoever it is (I have a very good idea who’s screwing around with me, so if any of you live in or around Brownsville, Texas, I’d like you to run an errand for me…) started instead giving my name and phone number to auto insurance agents. Now, if I don’t recognize a number, I won’t answer. If they want, they can leave me a message, and if it’s a robocaller, I report them on Truecaller as a spammer.

Anyway, I got a call from one person selling insurance who launched into her spiel, which I wasn’t interested in, so I tried to get her attention. I started with a polite “excuse me,” then a louder “EXCUSE ME,” then “HEY!”, then “HEY!” and finally “HEY!” She said, “That’s very rude, you know,” and hung up. I didn’t care. She had it coming.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now, a word about Jell-O Instant Pudding.

Looks like butterscotch… mmmmm…

10 thoughts on “Clairol Freshens Your Hair Instantly #socs

  1. We are big fans of American Pickers on History Channel. They had an episode where they bought a vintage, horse drawn Jello wagon used to sell and distribute the product. Several episodes later they were selling it to a museum and the curator of the museum asked one of the pickers if he knew what the main ingredient of original Jello was. Turns out original Jello was made from ground up animal bones!

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  2. Dry shampoo is all the rage these days. I’m not a fan, but I’ve been known to add a bit of cornstarch to my oily part.
    That’s a rotten prank and I hope it stops soon. That would infuriate me. I almost never answer my landline.
    I desperately want butterscotch pudding now, John.

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  3. I remember when I was in 7th grade, our Science class went on a field trip that was a weekend out in the country, some type of wilderness camp thing where we had to pitch our own tents, etc. One of the girls in my tent brought some of that aerosol no-wash shampoo. I don’t recall if it was the Psssst brand but I thought it was pretty cool Of course I was in 7th grade so lots of weird shit was cool to me…

    The Jell-O commercial was a trip. And I watched a few more of those old classic commercials. They are really something. Having spent a majority of my career in advertising, I have to wonder: was it exciting back then, like it was when I was doing it? Some of the copywriting is, well, dull… But I guess a lot of it was effective.

    So what on earth is going on with someone pranking you?? And you know who this might be? I’m hoping it’s just some old friend who is playing with you and not someone being malicious and purposely trying to wage psychological warfare of irritation. Have you retaliated yet? If not, do you plan to? It always intrigues me to try to understand the reasoning behind why someone would do stupid things like that…if it’s just not for the sake of good-natured joking, of course.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  4. Having known a couple of former clients who worked as telemarketers, I feel sorry for them, until they call me. It’s not easy being nice when they call my phone. My mom thought Psssst was pretty cool. The last time I used it, I was probably a teenager and remember my scalp feeling unclean. Kinda like being called by a telemarketer.

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  5. I remember Psssssst! I am not much of a dry shampoo fan but they have come a long way since Psssssst!. We don’t have a landline and don’t answer our cell phones unless we know who it is. I add those unwanted calls to my reject list.

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