Monday, June 11, 2012

She Knew the Waves

When I was in high school, the bubble hairstyle was popular. We used big rollers to roll the hair then dried our hair under hairdryers with a plastic hood that fit over the rollers. After the hair was dry, it was then teased. Now my grandchildren would probably think that was some sort of bullying of ones hair, but, no, it just meant that we made a nest in the hair beneath the smoothed bubble of hair over the top.

The page boy was popular when my sisters were in college. It is thought that the hairstyle is named after the English page boy.

Mother wrote in her journal that she was excellent at making finger waves which were popular back in the 1930's. Girls would come to her for hairstyling. She would make finger waves in their hair for special occasions. In fact, Mom said that she was even asked to work at the local beauty parlor, because her waves were not only perfect but lasted. By the looks of my mother's hair and that of my Aunt Welma, I'd say her finger waves were very attractive and even a bit flirty.
Aunt Welma and Uncle Bob

My granddaughters are oblivious to The Bob. Page Boys and Bubbles are from the good old days. Perms are only given to those in their later years. Only our generation will remember hooded hair dryers, plastic rollers and Spoolies (little rubber spools that the hair was wound around).  Despite all the years we tried to have smooth hair, it has disappeared with the advent of spiked hair. Where once we wanted all ends of our hair to be even, ends are now cut at angles or unevenly. When I was young, everyone wanted to be blond. Now hair is streaked with red, blue and purple.

Perhaps hair is in truth just a statement of each generation. A tress evolution that continually pushes the envelope. I'm curious to see what it will be like when the newborn twins become teenagers.

It's a hairy subject.

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