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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Sally Hershberger

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Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Sally Hershberger, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Sally Hershberger salons

The Product: “Tenax hair gel brings back memories for me. I was introduced to it on a shoot in the eighties by my friend and mentor Teddy Antolin, who brought it back from a trip to Europe. It was the first status-symbol hair product. It came in a bright green bottle and you could only get it in Paris at the time, which made it super chic and sexy. Only the coolest hairstylists had it—Tenax was the hair gel to be using if you wanted to be considered in-the-know. This was a really pivotal moment in hairdressing, when stylists became as well-known as the models they were working on. I wish I still had some of the original gel left. You could do anything with it—volume, curls, or the Yves Saint Laurent ‘wet look’ that was really popular. It would hold everything in place, but you could still rake your hands through the hair. But it seems that once interest in the extremely hard-to-find stuff like this wanes, the product vanishes.”

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