Clairol Summer Blonde Hair Lightener

Clairol introduced Summer Blonde Hair Lightener in the mid-1960s with the promise: "be a summer blonde all year round." The box contains Blondessence Developing Lotion in an applicator bottle, a bottle of Summer Blonde lightener, gloves and instructions. Product advertising claimed the lightener would leave blonde hair looking like it was “dipped in sunshine,” brunette hair “glowing warm and golden,” or red hair “lit up with a sunny brightness."
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Object Name
hair care product
hair bleaching kit
Object Type
date made
Physical Description
cardboard (packaging material)
glass (container material)
metal (container material)
paper (container material)
plastic (container material)
overall: 11.3 cm x 9.7 cm x 4.5 cm; 4 7/16 in x 3 13/16 in x 1 3/4 in
overall, box: 4 3/4 in x 3 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 12.065 cm x 9.8425 cm x 4.7625 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Stamford
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
American Enterprise
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
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