When I look at older ladies’ hairstyles, I just do not see me going with the tight perm or ratted poofy look as I grow older. Some people might call this the "helmet head" look. Once again it is that 70’s thing. I missed the bouffant hair of the 60’s and came of age when the flat look was in. The long straight look was just cool. I had the long hair, although I had trouble with the straight hair part of the look. Dippity Do on the bangs with a little tape helped a lot. An ironing board could be used if you were careful. Hand held blow dryers were handy too. Life in a dryer climate like NM was helpful for the straight look, but more humid climates cause curl. Having a hairdresser for a mom was a bit of help, but like the accountant whose taxes are the last to get done, my hair was often the last to be done. If anything, I was a guinea pig for Mom and the new styles she was learning. The thing it taught me was that no matter what hairstyle she gave me, hair will grow back (but you might look odd for a while).
Eventually I did outgrow the 70’s long straight hairstyle. I have had perms, color, short hair, long hair, etc. all thanks to Mom and her beauty shop. The last few years I have sported fairly short hair, but I long for longer hair that can be easily dealt with in warmer weather. Ponytails and French braids beckon me. I consider my age and think, "Maybe I should cut my hair off and have an ‘adult’ style." Then I think about having to curl and do my do and I cringe. Nope, I think as I go into my golden years I shall revert to the 70’s. Maybe I will grow my hair longer and braid it or put it up on my head in a soft French twist (not the West Texas Thelma knot). Maybe I will let it go gray and be a hippie grandmother. Well, maybe not the gray part just yet. I don’t think I am quite ready for that.