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80 years of Vintage Celebrity Ads • • •

It takes more than talent to have a long career in Hollywood, and our beloved stars of past and present have turned to many a lucrative endorsement deal to pump up their incomes and their images. Selling everything from fur coats to furniture to face cream, many of these ads have shaped our popular culture and influenced trends for decades. 

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Monday
Apr232012

Vidal Sassoon is so good it works even if you don't have hair. I swear.

These 1985 ads for Vidal Sassoon hair care products are a trip down minor-celebrity lane with a detour down Andy Warhol Grand Boulevard. Vidal gathered together the most random group of 80s personalities to hawk his mane-taming wares.

Whoever the copywriter was for this campaign has an obvious love puns, puns and more puns. The puns are a little out of control. Like pun pie with irony meringue on top. The creme of this campaign crop is the bald stage actor, Geoffrey Holder endorsing Vidal Sassoon's stuff by ironically stating that "If I had hair, I'd use Vidal Sassoon for men."  Ha, ha, get it? He doesn't have hair. It gets funnier from here folks... Next— Andy Warhol extols the fashionable virtues of "Vidal Sassoon Natural Control Hairspray for men— the art of style." While actor Tony Roberts exclaims "Vidal Sassoon Shampoo. Nothing performs like it." 1984 Olympic gymnast Mitch Gaylord gets in on the action and shares, "Vidal Sassoon Finishing Rinse— I give it a perfect '10'." And perhaps the most obscure of this foursome, new wave band Animotion's Bill Wadhams muses "I wish I could control my fans the way Vidal Sassoon Grooming Gel for men controls my hair."

This is just one year before Andy died during routine gall bladder surgery - he's looking healthy and that hair is lookin' fierce. I guess Vidal is looking fierce too - because if you don't look good, we don't look good... Vidal Sassoon. For reals.