Saturday, September 16, 2006

A Hair-Raising Experience

Recently several bloggers have posted photos of their "big hair"....I'm not sure why we want to torture ourselves this way but what the heck! I had some big hair in my day!

I graduated from high school in 1961 just in time for the beehive and French twist. When I turned 18 I had my hair bleached ash blonde and had it put up in a French twist with the little "s" curls on either side. I thought I was hot stuff!

Let it fly in the breeze
And get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas
A hive for bees
A nest for birds
There ain't no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Of my...

My first husband met me after I had blonde hair and he never saw me any other way. I used to sleep with toilet paper wound 'round my head so as not to disturb my carefully teased and hair sprayed coiffure! What on earth was I thinking??? Here is a photo of us at my grandma's house....I'm the one with the hair piled up to the sky!! The photo has December 25, 1966 written on the back which means I was about 23 years old.

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

This photo is a little difficult to see but it's me at Christmas time 1979 just after I moved to California with my kids. I'm in a flannel granny gown that my mom made for me. And get a load of the hair!!

Long ago I had graduated from the pin curls my mom used on my hair and I put my hair up on tiny foam rollers. It would take me a loooong long that I would have to rest in between because my arms would get tired. But I did it because my hair had to be curly!

I think all those pin curls and rollers must have damaged my brain!


  1. Love the photos! I remember pincurls, foam rollers, big brush rollers, & orange juice cans!
    What we went through!!

  2. This is a great post...You kinda looked like Marge
    I Know what you mean about some of the different styles from back in the day. When I was little my mom curled my hair on rags...actually strips of cotton we rolled wet hair was soft enough to sleep on then the next morning

  3. Oh yeah, you had you some BIG hair!! LOL!

  4. I have a pic of myself with big hair. 16 year old lil country gal that I was. Maybe I'll go post it.

  5. oh my gawd, that is BIG hair!
    I think anyone who posts pictures from way back when is very brave!

  6. LOL,,,you are just so delightful!! I just love the subjects that you blog about,,they just make me smile and laugh,,Thanks Sweet Janet!!!

  7. To everyone who commented - I guess I'm either brave or a bit nutty but either way I'm happy that we all had a good chuckle with this one! Thank goodness I don't go through all that hair craziness anymore.

  8. Oh My Lord!!! These are great Janet!!!! I love that that is!!!! Oh...wonderful memories!!!

  9. Oh how funny! My hair is curly so I can only do so much with it. I do have some quite "winged" and "layered" looks in my days! ha. Not even hair spray keeps it from curling so I never bothered to do much with it--just a fight always lost! I like the beehive the best! I can only imagine the time it took!!! hehe.


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