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Ronco GLH Formula #9 Spray-on Hair

Ron Popeil's rapid-fire style set the tone for a generation of infomercials.
Ron Popeil's rapid-fire style set the tone for a generation of infomercials.
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­There's nothing funny about going bald (as anyo­ne who's experienced it will probably attest), but when the hair replacement comes out of a spray can, things get downright hilarious. Infomercial king Ron Popeil (who also brought us such notable products as the Pocket Fisherman and Veg-O-Matic) hosted this spot for GLH Formula #9, which supposedly restores the appearance of a full head of hair with just a few quick sprays. To prove it, Popeil pulled a few hair-impaired people randomly from the audience, and suddenly their bald spots were -- well, covered in spray paint. Is it really a surprise that Popeil's former company, Ronco, went bankrupt in 2007?

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