Ron Popeil, famous for his iconic TV infomercials, including for spray-on hair, has passed away at the age of 86.
In the 1980s, under his company Ronco (founded in 1964), Popeil invented spray-on hair, also known as ‘hair in a can’ - an aerosol hair styling product that could be applied to thinning or balding patches of the scalp to create the appearance of hair. The product was called GLH-9 for ‘Great Looking Hair Formula #9.
Popeil was born in 1935 in the Bronx, New York, and his father invented kitchen gadgets. By the age of 13, Popeil was working in his father’s factory in Chicago. He discovered a passion for sales pitches and at age 17, started selling products from a small table outside Woolworth’s flagship store in the city. Popeil’s sales pitches gained popularity and, when TVs started becoming commonplace in US homes, he realised he could reach more people via a TV pitch.
The iconic salesman is perhaps best-known for his catchphrases including: “But wait, there’s more!” and “Set it and forget it”.