January 15, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 3) HAIR! I wore it long, straight, curly, fuzzy Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty...

It's Week 3 of our THIRD YEAR of 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012. This is our third year writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants.

If you are just joining us, you can take a peek at the last two years' of topics by clicking on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of the blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics that you don't like. There are no rules, and the topics are just a guide if you want or need them.

The goal is to write - to get your memories down on paper for your descendants

Age 16
I've been thinking about hair. And rollers. Did you have to put your hair in rollers at night? I did. And not the soft foam ones you can buy now - I'm talking hardcore rollers that dug into your scalp and then to make sure they didn't come out at  night, you stuck a plastic sharp pin through the roller and along the scalp. Ouch! Remember how much that hurt? I used to put a net scarf around my head to help hold the rollers in place.

As a teenager my rat tail metal comb was my best friend. With that I could tease my hair to heights that defied gravity! We'd tease until we had an almost perfect ball and then smooth a very thin top layer over top of all that tangled brittle hair.

Hippie Hair!
And then - the hippie movement. Oh how I longed for poker straight hair! But my hair was wavy-curly and to get that longed-for look, I had to iron my hair using an ironing board and regular iron.  My hair was almost to my waist by the time I was 20 and I had to work with it every day.

Ouch! I had so many burns on my scalp from this nightmarish procedure. But vanity will always win and not only did I use the iron trick to straighten my hair, I used to dry it in front of an electric space heater.

No straightening irons or hair dryers back then - just the hair dryer that came with the hose (sort of like a vacuum cleaner hose) and a hood at the end that went over your head. But that was meant for old-fashioned curler hairstyles and that was definitely not what we hippies wanted!

Age 3
I remember the bowl cut. That was around age 10. Before  age 5 and the start of school my mother just let my hair do its thing so it was pretty wild and crazy looking for a young girl.  Ages 5 to 10 were chin length with short bangs - nothing fancy, just a simple cut.

Of course there were many changes of hair styles over the years. For your amusement (and mine!) I've taken some photos of me throughout the years and cropped them to show - my hair at various times of my life.

Still Wild
Kindergarten - Easy Care
Gr 8 Perm
Gr 10 - what was I thinking?
Sassy Flip
1972 - The Bowl Cut revised!


Susan said...

I like the Sassy flip and the hippie hair, grooovvvy ;)

Jeannene said...

Your 1972 "do" reminds me of the Dorothy Hamil (sp), I never could pull that one off. I like all of your hairstyles except the perm makes me have my own flashbacks.

Jenny Jones said...

Hi Lorine,


I think you look great in every single picture! In every photo your hair looks nice and in the latest style. Interesting how the styles come around again, isn't it? Your "hippie" hair is the style again now. Girls would die for those lovely waves.

I have to say your are a fighter, hair like this is a full time job. I am a true curly girl who has given up the fight to be straight a long, long time ago, so I know what a job it is!

I'm going to have to check out Sharing Memories, this looks like it will be good!

Debi Austen said...

What a great post! I think I need to find some photos of my hair through the ages - my styles were much like yours. I was fortunate, though, that the hippy years were perfect for me since I have naturally straight hair. I also remember the curlers and the hair dryers with the hose. What a hoot!

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Glad everyone is enjoying this post.I had a lot of fun and a great trip down Memory Lane trying to find pictures to illustrate hairstyles.

I think I'm going to keep going - into the 80s, 90s etc. It's too much fun to stop!

GeneBugGrams said...

Great Topic and I love your pictures.

When I was in junior high school, my mother started combing my hair until it dried -- after every shampoo. My hair is thick and has just the right amount of wave, so this practice left it "styled" just right. She continued this until well into my high school years. Where did she ever find the time or patience? Wow!

Today, I still comb it until it dries, but for years have speeded up the drying time with a blow dryer. I think of Mother (now gone 23 years) nearly every morning as I go through this ritual, but until you posted this as a topic, had not thought to write about it.

Thank you for this topic.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Diane I love memories like yours! I'm glad you shared this with us and that my topic triggered those thoughts for you.

I can actually picture your mom, even though I never knew her, enjoying the quiet time she spent with you as your hair dried. So touching!

Susan D. said...

Thank you for such an entertaining topic - I would never have come up with it, and enjoyed writing my memories at:

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Susan - I enjoyed your post and your photos. And I LOVE your hair now! It suits you and it looks great - lucky you that you don't have to fuss too much anymore.

And I'm chuckling at the big glasses - I have some photos wearing the same huge specs. They were "in" at one point in time :-)

GeneBugGrams said...

A note to Susan D: I also read your blog about hair and loved the narrative and photos. I haven't yet searched for photos showing how my hair changed, but you and Lorine are both an inspiration.

And -- I wore the big glasses, too!!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathi said...

Great post! I think we must be about the same age because I remember all these dos! Your 1972 reminds me of Tennille. Remember Captain and Tennille. I had the same look for a while. Too funny!

Seashell said...

I really laughed when I read your comments! My 8th grade pic looks like your 10th grade I too was blessed with thick wavy-curly hair. It was down to past my elbows by 10th grade. I burnt my face the first time I tried to iron it so from then on I would get up at 5 am shower and wash my hair, roll it on COFFEE CANS then lay with my head dangling down off the end of my bed with the "cap: hair dry hose taped to the frame of my bed and aimed at my upside down hair. I would get up at 730, dress and leave for school by 8 with silky shiny STRAIGHT hair. I also had long bangs and BIG glasses. My Dad used to say I looked like the hairy creature with just hair, glasses and feet from the Adams family.