It’s a Saturday night. Mrs. Cohn Zohn  is resting, still recovering from hip replacement surgery. Grant went out to dinner and a movie with his girlfriend. And here I am.

So, I have something to say. I went to get my haircut at a fancy place recently and the hair-cutter, a nice lady, asked if I use product on my hair. Product is a new word to me. It sounds very L.A.


Do you use product?

Do you know how product got to be called product?

I didn’t use product but she sold me product and now, when I remember, I use product on my hair such as it is.

When I was a kid we used Brylcreem and before that Be-Neat. We called it hair cream or something like that. When did hair cream become product? Has the world progressed?

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  1. K.G.

    Lowell, you are a hoot…LOL! If you have ever laid eyes on the former Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, you’d know what product is…tee hee.

    February 23rd, 2013 8:30 pm

  2. Johnc

    Product is a sneaky word for Vitalis, Brylcream’s enemy.

    February 23rd, 2013 8:30 pm

  3. gary

    you were a “little dab a do ya” guy?
    Learn something new every day :)

    February 23rd, 2013 9:09 pm

  4. Nancy R

    Yes, indeed product is an interesting word which I realize I have come to accept without even thinking about it. Probably started in the ladies’ salons! Yes, they ask you every time if you use product. In my mind it means any lotion, gel, stuff, goop that costs a ton of money and usually doesn’t do my hair a bit of good so I go back to the cheap stuff at Walmart which works just as well if not better. But I have spent plenty of money on product over the years and have tons of it sitting on shelves in my bathroom dying or growing or going past its due date in the bathroom. Produce has become generic. Like, doesn’t everyone wear black? Doesn’t everyone use product? Not me! Not anymore! I don’t even buy the fancy face soaps and creams any more that are so expensive.

    February 24th, 2013 5:57 am

  5. Nancy R

    Or even better than Wallymart, the dollar store. There is nothing that gives me more satisfaction than buying a bottle of Prell or White Rain or VO5 shampoo for one dollar. And my hair looks just the same as when I use the “Product” that cost $25 from the hair salon.

    February 24th, 2013 6:03 am

  6. Neal

    I remember the Mickey Mantle commercial, a little dab will do you, and vitalis products.Yes I use product too.

    February 24th, 2013 7:15 am

  7. Werner

    I am with you my friend. The first time I heard “product” from one of my kids, I was baffled. Once they explained it to me, I told them about Vitalis…..they were equally as baffled.

    Based on that, I don’t think we have progressed. The older I get, the more I see things really don’t change, they just get recycled. Looks like my Dad was right when he told me the same thing when I grew my hair long and “a little dab ill do ya” just wasn’t going to work.

    Hope Mrs. Cohn is recovering smoothly.

    February 24th, 2013 7:57 am

  8. Peter

    Maybe 15 years ago at 2 am on New Years Day a friend convinced me to sky dive. A tandem jump where the instructor rides your back and makes sure of things, like not pan caking. By late afternoon we were at the small airport – Lodi? – and after instruction and initialing pages of legal stuff, up we went

    A photographer was assigned to make my video. I remember two specific shots: my throw up face just before exiting the perfectly good airplane, and while descending at high speed my severely receded hair line. From that day forward I have buzzed my own heard. Long way to say I use no product.

    February 24th, 2013 8:01 am

  9. Tommy CostaRica

    Gorilla snot, that’s product, it’s popular down here.

    February 24th, 2013 8:55 am

  10. Bob In Portland

    When I was in elementary school I used O’Dell’s Hair Trainer. It was sort of like starch. Your hair stayed in place until you cracked it.

    February 24th, 2013 11:25 am

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