It struck me today that our hair really defines different times in our lives. In South Africa boys have to have their hair cut short for school and then when we had conscription they had to have it cut even shorter in the military. Just as they were able to grow it, many of them started losing it.
For women (and increasingly men nowadays – yay for the liberation of the sexes. Why should bad hair colour and haircuts happen only to women?) the road to maturity is paved with bad hairstyles, awful color, poodle perms (oh no the 80’s!). For some of us it means being trapped in the decade when you had the best haircut. If you think of Farrah Fawcett, Jennifer Aniston or Diana (the Princess of Wales) you think of hair. They say that the series ‘Felicity’ lost all its ratings when Keri Russell cut her hair…
I thought I would take a trip down memory lane this evening and show you my life in hair.
I wash it twice a week with Redken (All Soft or Luscious Curls) bought cheaply from Lookfantastic.com, or Anti Age shampoo and mask by Yves Rocher. I put Sebastian Potion 9 on it then leave it to dry naturally or now and then straighten it with ghd straighteners. If I use another product it is Kerastase Elixir Ultime. If it is curly I don’t brush or fiddle with it after it has dried.
Writing this has made me realise that I have had the same haircut since my crew cut in the 1980s. It is hard to be innovative with curly hair without looking like a thatched hut or a sheep. I once went to the hairdresser with a pic of Lady Di (yes I am that old!) and he said to me ‘Madam I may be a fairy, but this comb is not a wand’ so after that I learned to work with my hair instead of against it.
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