1993! So Nice to See You Again.

January 30, 2014


Lately, some things have been making me feel old. The way my eyes crinkle when I smile. How just one drink results in a hangover. The prevalence of 90’s nostalgia.

Yes, 90’s nostalgia is everywhere: brownish-nude lipstick, grungy plaid, tiny floral print dresses, the resurgence of Lisa Frank stickers, and spring fashion spreads featuring leather jackets tied around waists. But it doesn’t stop there.

Lately I’ve been plagued by two words I never expected to encounter again: Topsy. Tail.

Assuming you were somewhat conscious circa 1991-93, you most definitely saw the commercial for TopsyTail. If you watched Nickelodeon half as much as I did, then you saw it approximately 97,863 times.

In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, I went ahead and dug up the old commercial for your viewing pleasure. Please excuse how fuzzy it is (it’s two decades old, after all).

That is the most 90’s thing I’ve witnessed in at least fifteen years.

So you can imagine my surprise when I recently picked up this book, hoping to build an arsenal of fresh hairstyles, and discovered I needed a helpful tool: none other than our friend TopsyTail.

“TopsyTail?!” I shrieked, “Wasn’t that discontinued in, like, 1995?” Mia the dog woke from her nap, regarded me with a quizzical look, and promptly fell back asleep.

I managed to forget about TopsyTail until a recent trip to Target. I was scouring the hair supplies aisle in search of one of those donut shaped bun-maker things when I encountered a most disturbing sight. TopsyTail.

Obviously, I bought it. Despite inflation, today’s TopsyTail is a fraction of the cost of the original and comes with a mini version of itself (the “TopsyTail Junior,” naturally).

Did you TopsyTail back in the day? Would you sport one now? If nothing else, I figure it will be great for nostalgic Halloween costumes.

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