Stories of Elders
Episode 15 - Gerrie Powell

Detroit, MI
Born 1932

Have you ever wondered why older women had blue hair?  What happened to the monster hair driers used in the 1950’s salons?  Did you know that salons used to use formaldehyde on their tools?

Gerrie and I sat down for our official interview at the beginning of the National Tour in 2015.  Several months later, she called me to say that she had thought of more she wanted to tell me about the shift in chemicals and gender usage of salons over her career as a hair dresser.  Our conversation touches on state inspections, uniforms, color and chemical development, and more.  If you’ve ever wondered how the cosmetic industry has changed, this conversation is for you.

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