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So I broke a couple of teeth out of my brush getting the tangles out of my hair yesterday. My hair excels at snarling and I excel at snarling while removing snarls. But then I remembered: it could be worse.

I offer this snapshot from Thanksgiving 1984 for everyone’s amusement. My hairdo, as I recall, required a perm to allow my hair to hold any curl at all, a blow-dryer, a curling iron, multiple products and special brushes, and a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth. And the result, obviously, was not worth the trouble.

(Grandma Marian, next to me, at that point had been wearing her hair that way for at least 20 years and would for the rest of her life. Some people find a good style and stick with it. My brother’s hair is now long, which seems to suit him. My mom has been wearing different variations of the same hair since she went blonde, much to my shock, when I was somewhere between five and ten.)

I like my current ponytail much better after having reminded myself of one of the alternatives. And next time I have my photo snapped, I plan to sit up straight.

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Sarah Robson
Jan. 31st, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the time, effort and product expended were totally worth it back then. Actually, I think you totallY rock the New Romantic look!
gomijacogeo
Feb. 1st, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
Agreed about the New Romantic look being on trend for the era. You definitely were pulling it off well and looked smart-edgy rather than lame-derivative. Certainly infinitely better and more interesting than the huge mass of poodle-hair that most everyone else was sporting.

And if you just *had* to have a pussy bow, at least high contrast looked a lot better than the pastels and tans that were again __everywhere__ (aka 1984 respectable office wear - now I have to get Shelley Long's character from "Cheers" out of my head).

My inner 19yo gives two thumbs up.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 1st, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between smart-edgy and lame-derivative!
jan_can_too
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Me neither! I guess I lucked out.
jan_can_too
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
I had Big Hair sometimes too. I'll have to hunt down the photos so I can laugh even more! Hugs to you...
jan_can_too
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, love!
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