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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, Part I

Back when I read fashion magazines, I remember seeing a monthly column in InStyle which featured a photographic time line of a particular celebrity. For instance, if the magazine was focusing on Brooke Shields, they would have a head shot from her Pretty Baby days, her Calvin Klein Jeans days, a photo from her years at Princeton and so on, up until the present. There would be references to her eyebrows, her mane of hair and her face which looks better every year.

I'm no celebrity, but as I look back at photos of myself, I am struck by one thought: "What the heck is wrong with me? Why can't I find a style and stick with it?"

I often tell people that I change my hair because, unlike getting a tattoo, it doesn't hurt, it isn't permanent and it doesn't put me anywhere near a needle.

Since hitting adulthood, there have been the "Bleached Blonde Days"; there has been "Super Short" and "Pretty Long". There were perms that left me poodle-like. Hair has been colored blonde, brown, red and orange. I never got the nerve up to try pink or black, although I have considered it.

I don't think I've ever cried over a bad color or hair cut. My mantra is "Hair Grows". It also helps that I'm not a celebrity and, therefore, no one is critiquing my poor judgment.

But, I will now let you, my dear readers, walk with me down memory lane. Over the next few weeks, I'll publish a few photos from different periods in my adult life. Be kind.

The first set of photos is, regrettably, from the "Bleached Blonde, Big Hair" period.

I call this first photo "Come Fly With Me" due to the huge wings of hair fanning out from the sides of my face:
This second photo is my college portrait---can you see the perfect curling-iron curl on the side of my head? Finally, check out the "bleached into oblivion" look. My sister should be pleased that I have covered up her photo since she went through an unfortunate phase of "fluffy mall hair". Stay tuned for the next installment in this series which will showcase my "poodle 'do (or don't)", the in-between days and the gradual darkening of my white-blonde head.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, how funny to dig up old pictures. I remember the days of having long hair and 'spiral perms' or feathered hair that was sprayed with glue... oh, I mean hair spray. LOL! Your 'perfect curl' picture just cracked me up. Thanks for sharing!!

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The only way these photos could be better is if you had glasses. Because bad late 80s hair PLUS bad late 80s eyeglasses makes for liquid-snorted-out-of-your-nose laughter.

I do remember being thrilled when my hair retained its 'wrapped around the iron' curl. I'd walk around stiff necked trying not to disturb it til I found the Aqua net.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you looked great at all hair stages - - with the possible exception of the time I colored your hair with multiple blond "splotches" where the bleach glommed together.....BTW - - the 80's was a great decade of hair styles for me. I'd love to bring back the winged look!

11:59 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I could never get those stupid wings to work - always stuck straight out like tail fins on a car. Not a good look Muriel.

1:13 AM  
Blogger Blog Antagonist said...

AH, you are a brave woman.

Hey, we all did that curling iron thing. It was like a badge of honor when you could get the perfect little sausage curl on each side, and then maintain it throughout the day.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Mary Alice said...

It may look silly as individual pictures...but take comfort in the fact that an entire nation of women looked pretty much the same at the same points in time.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! I look forward to seeing your pictures. Sadly I have always had my hair basically the same until I cut it real short last time. now I'm letting that grow.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ah, the 80's. The decade of bad perms. At least, it was for me. I never did figure out the whole curling iron thing. I always managed to burn my fingers.

You, on the other hand, had it DOWN.

BTW...I'm coming out of my writing hole and back to society to tag people for a meme that you've probably already done.
But I just wanted to let you know...

You're it!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Moments Of Mom said...

Oh the aquanet days. I used to go through 2 cans a week. THE BIG ONES!

I am already wondering what your next group of photos will look like.

I've known you for a little over 7 years now and I think I've seen at least 3 different colors, and several cuts. Me same ole same. I could use a change though!

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, thank you. All that you've done is make people wonder, "what the hell did her sister look like if it's so bad she had to cover it?" (And if I remember, my hair in that photo isn't nearly as large as when it reached maximum Aqua-Net density)...

(Did grandma take that photo? It's all focused on the car in the background?)

I personally like the days of the mousy blown-out-perm. Mmm.

5:03 PM  
Blogger OhTheJoys said...

I'm seeing a meme here, friend. I think you need to TAG people on this one. Oh, THE YES.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were perms that left me poodle-like. Hair has been colored blonde, brown, red and orange and I also never got the nerve up to try pink or black, although I have considered it.

4:18 AM  

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