View Full Version : Old Time Ad/Label with Extreme Longhairs (large image)

December 28th, 2008, 11:43 PM
I found this randomly in a book tonight and had to share. Enjoy!


December 28th, 2008, 11:46 PM
i wonder what was in it

December 29th, 2008, 01:10 AM
wow that's amazing! their hair is so amazingly long! :) thanks for sharing that with us.

December 29th, 2008, 01:57 AM

I wonder if that's what those sisters really used. Although, their length probably had a lot more to do with good genes than a good product.

December 29th, 2008, 02:03 AM
Apparently it was an herbal concoction made by their mother... I read that somewhere... and that scientists at the time tested it and found nothing 'revolutionary' about any particular ingredient. It was likely genetic, though the tonic arguably increased their scalp health which we all know contributes to length in a positive way.

It's also been speculated by some smart person on the internet I can't currently remember that the sisters cutting 'fashionable' fringe made their terminal length shorter, as there is a theory that the scalp likes to stay in equilibrium and drastically differing weight/lengths of hair cause the longer to try and match the shorter. As someone with fringe looking for terminal length that caught my attention, I am not sure how much stock there is in that theory, though, seeing incredible longhairs with bangs.

Either way, it's a great nostalgic ad and their hair does inspire!

December 29th, 2008, 02:07 AM
I googled them....there is a ton of info. Their mom died when the youngest of them was 3 and 6, so not sure if she came up with it or not. They made a flipping fortune for many, many, many years...they have "affadavits" from people who lost their hair years and years earlier that grew back after trying this formula, and they had a chemical analysis done that claimed it was just plant based stuff, and the best grower of all time. here's one of the links.... http://www.sideshowworld.com/tgod7sutherlands.html

December 29th, 2008, 02:21 AM
What an interesting link, thank you!

December 29th, 2008, 07:33 AM
Not only is that seriously long hair, but it looks incredibly thick. They've clearly got good hair genes.

Wonder if there's anything good in the tonic, though.... After all, Monistat definitely affects growth.

December 29th, 2008, 09:37 AM
I read an article about hair--think it was in allure--anyhow, they were saying that hair in the 18/1900s(early 1900s) was probably in poor condition depending on the person and how well they ate. Because food has a huge impact on the health of your hair, they said hair in the earlier centuries was most likely quite unhealthy due to lack of vitamins (necessary ones) etc. So, it would have been interesting to get some of their hair and do a study on health of 'old' hair vs hair of today. Interesting article--if I find it, I'll see if I can scan in and upload it here.

December 29th, 2008, 07:59 PM
wow that is amazing! interesting info on them too. gives me something to look up more about when i am up all night and can't sleep. their family portrait is jaw dropping!

December 29th, 2008, 08:06 PM
beautiful hair...

but i'm not too keen on this look:


the short on top thing. reminds me of a haircut my mom got me when i was 11 http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y244/bene25/smilies/scared1.gif

December 30th, 2008, 12:58 PM
I love the bald "before " pictures!!! I bet it cured dypepsia, ague, chillblains and the consumption too. I want some of that snake oil!!!

December 30th, 2008, 01:05 PM
very interesting thanks for sharing :D

i found this really good website on long haired ladies in the 1800s and how they cared for their hair too

the surtherland sisters are on here with lots of pics and about the tonic too :D


December 30th, 2008, 01:11 PM
I wonder if it might be similar to our modern EO mixes? (Like Moonchaser's Sweet Success Oil (http://cgi.ebay.com/Sweet-Success-Hair-Growth-Oil-with-Cayenne_W0QQitemZ250320708283QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item250320708283&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72:1205|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318), which is similar to many of the recipes came upon in the old LHC thread [has it been revived here? I think there's an article on it...])

I doubt it's exactly the same, but I bet you'd find at least a few similar ingredients in the plant oils and such.

I wonder how thick their hair is, and what it'd be classified as if it were air dried and not with all those braid waves.

December 30th, 2008, 09:02 PM

That article shows a group of modern women posing to look like the Southerland sisters! :D

December 30th, 2008, 09:10 PM
I love old advertisements. The hair pics are cool on their own, too.

January 5th, 2009, 10:23 AM
Wow, this is fascinating. I bet they were quite an attraction for the neighbours - even at that time :D (although they probably went out with their hair up)
Thanks everyone for posting the links.
Amazing how consistently thick their hair is, at such lengths! *sigh*