breck shampooWomen have been dissatisfied with their hair it seems… forever. As far back as the 1800s, women were complaining that plain soap just wasn’t doing the job. They simply couldn’t rinse it out and as a result their hair was stringy and sticky. John Breck turned his attention to the hair care problem in 1898, probably because he was a 21 year old who was already going bald.  Unable to find information that could help him, he enrolled in Amherst College to study chemistry. During his years at the college he unfortunately didn’t learn how to stop his hair from falling out, but he did discover what was making hair stringy  and in 1930 introduced the first pH balanced shampoo as well as shampoos formulated for both oily and dry hair.  If you are old enough, you just might remember how popular Breck Shampoo would become. It even boasted an ad campaign for Breck Girls which included Kim Basinger and Brooke Shields. I went looking to see if the shampoo is still available and apparently, it been sold several times and is presently owned by Dollar Tree. I did however locate it at Amazon.com.

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