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Brylcreem // is a brand of hair styling products for men. The first Brylcreem product was a pomade created in 1928 by County Chemicals at the Chemico Works in Bradford Street, Birmingham, England. The pomade is an emulsion of water and mineral oil stabilised with beeswax.
It was first advertised on TV by the jingle "Brylcreem — A Little Dab'll Do Ya!".
When the dry look became popular, the last line was changed from "They'll love to run their fingers through your hair" to "They'll love the natural look it gives your hair."
Subsequent television advertisements used the mottoes "Grooms without gumming" and later, in the 1970s in the UK and Canada, "A little dab of Brylcreem on your hair gives you the Brylcreem bounce".
Notable users and popular culture
- Brylcreem is referenced in the song "Pencil Thin Mustache" by Jimmy Buffett.
- "Tony Gibson: Conscientious objector who became the smooth image of the RAF", Donald Rooum and Rufus Segar, The Guardian, April 30, 2001.
- The Rutles' All You Need Is Cash (1978), a Beatles mockumentary, mentions that one of its characters shortened his hair "to save on Brylcreem."
- In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, while a nurse is applying conductant during electroshock therapy, McMurphy quips: "A little dab'll do ya."
- In season five, episode eleven of Seinfeld, George Costanza explains how he still has Brylcreem despite the fact that he is bald.
- In season three, episode eleven of Louie, David Lynch's character explains to Louis CK that he needs some Brylcreem along with a new suit to look the part of a late show host.
- In season twelve, episode twenty of Law & Order, Lennie Briscoe remarked, "A little daz'll do ya," with reference to a death facilitated by the drug midazolam.
- Brylcreem UK
- Brylcreem USA
- Brylcreem schoolboy meets hero Beckham to form dream team
- Birmingham's industrial history site
- Tony Gibson obituary, The Guardian.
- World War 2 adverts