A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hair (without the nudity)

I'm pretty much a creature of habit. At least when it comes to my hair. Watching a news clip this morning about hair styles through the decades and interviews with women who change their hairstyle regularly, I realized that I'm an extremely boring hair person. Oh, sure, I had a couple of interesting "do's" growing up. This one was what my mother lovingly called my "witch do". For some unknown reason I insisted on having my hair like this for the photo with my baby sister. Mom was not happy, but she knew the photo would be punishment enough in the future. Although, as you can see from the school photo below it my Mom's ideas on "cute" hairdo's wasn't always top knotch.

As a teenager I tried to have long hair for awhile, but that never quite worked. I tried sporting a flip, then settled in on the short hair I have today. In pretty much the same style without all the teasing and without the cute little yarn ribbon.

I tried to get a shag cut once, but mistakenly went to a very old beautician who gave me a bad cut and then proceeded to seal it in place with a heavy spray of hair lacquer! I cried all the way home and spent the next two hours trying to wash all that shit out. Another hair disaster was when I wanted sculptured curls and an updo. That time I wound up with these two things on my head that resembled headlights. Again, tears on the drive home. And at every red light I would slunk down in the seat so no one could see me. So I figured it was time to find my lifetime style and just stick with it.

When I was in my early 50's I decided it might be nice for a change! After all, I finally got my ears pierced at age 51 so why not change the hair? I had been going to this one salon (yes, between headlights and today beauticians have become stylists and beauty shops have become salons. Sigh...) for several months and one day I brought in a picture of a hair cut I wanted to try. She looked at the photo and said, "Oh, but you can't do that. This style requires 'hair that moves' and you don't have hair that moves!" So all those dreams I had of soft hair swaying in the breeze were dashed to the floor among all those hair clippings. (And, seriously, I do have dreams that I have long, silky hair that I'm brushing while sitting at one of those little antique dressers with the mirror in the middle) Hell of a thing to find out in your 50's. So now my hair style quest is over. Short hair it is. Sometimes over the ears, sometimes behind the ears. That's about as dramatic as it gets.


ba and the boys said...

im a boring hair person too. it is always the same. in fct now i have given up highlighting it. (no grey yet)
i think your flip is cute!

Pam Rowe said...

I'm LOVING your photos of you! I especially like your 'do in the second photo, school portrait!

I despise hair people telling me what kind of hair I have. Mostly because 1) I know my own hair and, 2) they all say something different so they don't know what the heck they are talking about.

Enjoy your blogs, as always!

namaste said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE the second pic of you. and i think that hairstyle was adorable!

i used to be so creative with my hair. now, as you can see, i am also boring with my hair. too much trouble.

Mellodee said...

I have several friends who have stuck with essentially the same hairstyle for years and years. Mostly they say it has to do with the kind of hair they have (too fine, too thin, too thick, too curly, too straight, too oily, too dry, too everything!) So, you are definitely not alone. As for me, I cannot bear to have my hair the same way for more than a few months at a time. I think it is, in part, due to having to wear uniforms for grades 1-6 in the Catholic schools I went to. Couldn't do anything about the clothes (and can we say UGLY???), so the versatility on my head was my saving grace! :-)

Nikki said...

I love your hair in the last picture...and when I saw the title of the post I for sure had to check it out even though it was WITHOUT nudity! Clever girl...yes you are! :)N

Nikki said...

Oh and btw...LOVE LOVE LOVE the blog title with the punkins!! SO CUTE! :)N

carmella anderson said...

I can relate to all those hair styles but, the skirt you wore with
baby sister is still IN....LOVE THE PICTURES.