HOUSTON – Welcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State.
Today we’re featuring the hair tool that revolutionized woman hairstyles in the 1990s, the Topsy Tail.
The Topsy Tail is a small plastic hair tool that flips a pony tail, or a section of hair, inside out. The product hit the market in 1991.
A simple search on Instagram of the hashtag #topsytail will lead you to dozens of hairstyles you can create with the hair tool.
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TOPSY TAIL TOOL STYLES •• Swipe ⬅️ to see a variety of styles using the Topsy Tail. Did you use the Topsy Tail when you were younger?! I did! It is definitely one of my go to tools when doing certain hairstyles...it makes doing those “flips” so much easier! I even created a bun using it...and the bun has NO BOBBY PINS (first video)! If you don’t have one, I definitely recommend getting one if you want to do fun styles like this ⤴️. Check out my stories to see some more styles, and also the link to getting one! It would be the perfect stocking stuffer! 💜💜💜 #topsytail @conair
Tomima Edmark was born in 1957 in Seattle. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design in 1979. From there, she went to the University of Texas, Austin, where she completed her MBA in 1983, according to the Lemelson MIT website -- a program that celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
Prior to creating the Topsy Tail, Edmark had been working as a marketing executive for the International Business Machines corporation for several years.
With her experience, Edmark was able to market the product herself, which led her to earn revenues of $150 million, according to the biography on her blog.
“People always want to know my story and think they’re going to follow my story, step by step,” she said in an interview with The Business Journals. “But nobody’s story is replicable. It’s the timing, the moment, the people.”
The idea behind it
Edmark’s inspiration came after she saw a woman wearing a French twist hairstyle in a movie theater. She thought other women might appreciate a hair accessory that would allow them to more easily create intricate hairstyles, according the Lemelson MIT website.
What is she doing now?
Edmark sold the rights to the product many years ago. She now resides in Dallas, where she serves as founder and president of Andra Group. There she runs her own eCommerce sites of woman’s lingerie and men’s underwear called HerRoom and HisRoom since 1998, according to her LinkedIn page.