Monday, November 5, 2012

to spray or not to spray...there is no question

Having three younger sisters meant that, as a kid, I never had to look far for a willing subject on whom I could practice my hair dressing skills.  I  braided, I piggy tailed, I teased, and I hate to brag, but, as you can see from the following picture of my sister K, I got pretty adept at using those pink foam curler thingies.   I hear that her boingy hair was all the rage in third grade that year!


As my sisters grew older, they got tired of being mistaken as fashion models and I was left with only my own hair on which to practice.  To their credit, that change did get me to finally throw out the foam curlers and develop a new, and far more mature hairdressing crutch....hairspray! 
And lots of it.    


My bangs went through some up and down years (mostly up)...
and I am pleased to announce that hair spray companies everywhere have personally thanked me for my patronage during the late 80's and early 90's and for keeping them in business during hard times.

When I had my own girls, I was so excited when they finally got enough hair that I could do something with it.  I wasn't picky about quality...flyaway piggy tails were just fine by me!


As their hair grew, their piggy tails grew longer, but unfortunately my hairdressing skills remained pretty stagnant.



And poor Ellie mostly got the "third girl" hairstyles, involving a quick brushing every third day or so...

Then Aunt Heather came along and taught my girls a few tricks of the trade....


and suddenly Cami was a hair braiding rock star, not only doing elaborate styles to her own hair, but also often giving Ellie a hair-do to match her own...

soon enough she was also getting asked to do her friends' hair for homecoming....



Being the 80's girl that I am, I am proud that she can do all those fancy dos without a single drop of hairspray. 

Now if only I had had someone as skilled as Cami or Heather to teach my 18-year-old self a few of those tricks...
maybe I wouldn't have gotten my head stuck in the school doorways so often. 



4 comments:

Steve said...

Aw, the memories your post triggers. Remember many a morning being almost blinded by curtains of hair spray when walking by an open bathroom door or past the mirror in the hall.

Fortunately the days of hairspray are long gone with one exception and I will be glad when he retires his can as well and goes "au naturel" ;o)

The Other Mit(t) said...

Wait... Who still uses hairspray?

Also, I wasn't alive for most of the 80s and don't remember much from the early 90s, but I do kind of love the styles from that period.

And no, that's not sarcasm.

Dad-Mom said...

Yes, your sisters were definitely both cute and fashionable. Lara's senior picture is gorgeous.

It is definitely not you who still uses spray/gel. You are a dry hair dude.

JP said...

Cami's braiding is a skill to be envied. I can do some braiding of others' hair, but mine doesn't ever turn out so hot.

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