While une femme did voice some predictions regarding the return of “mid-century” style, please don’t read those (necessarily) as recommendations. Some of these we’ll leave to the kids.
A note about bouffant hairstyles: some of the comments noted that few women would take the time to style hair this way on a daily basis. That made me realize how much things have changed in the last fifty years regarding how some of us deal with our hair.
When I was young, my mother went to the “beauty parlor” once a week for a shampoo/set and style. In between, she didn’t touch her hair, other than to wrap toilet paper around the “do” to sleep in, and in the mornings pull various pieces back into place, re-backcomb those bits if necessary, and spray into sculptural submission. C’est tout. Women who didn’t go to the salon weekly would set their own hair with rollers, which were put in with the hair wet, and would dry over a few hours (originating that convenient excuse, “I can’t see you tonight; I’m washing my hair”). Often women slept in their rollers or pin curls. By the time I reached my teen years, blow dryers and hot steam rollers were the norm, and straighter, more natural (for me, anyway) hairstyles had come into vogue so I was spared sleeping in rollers or backcombing.
Here are some pics of my mom’s 50’s and 60’s hairdo’s.
This picture wasn’t labeled, but I’m guessing 1967 or ’68. This was the hairdo that she wore some version of for most of the rest of her life. (No idea whose baby that is.) Once curling irons became available in the early 70’s, she learned how to recreate this look at home, and the weekly salon visits dwindled to a monthly color and cut.
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