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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fluff


No
Yes










Remember the 'fashion' dolls of the fifties?
The straight-standing, frozen featured, supposedly beautiful dolls?
That creative people crocheted or knitted clothes for.
Or sunk into cakes.
Those dolls.
Well, besides being known for arriving 'without wardrobe', they were also known for their pre-styled, fine, beautiful hair.
Hair that was not comb-able.
That stuck together in a tight ball and defied any efforts at style change.
I know that hair well.
Because I was born with the same stuff.
Fine.
Soft.
And matted permanently together.
Candy-fluff hair, my Mom called it.
Okay, 'candy fluff', I loved.
Candy fluff on my head?
Not so much.
Every morning, and several times throughout the day, Mom would come at me with a comb.
Or some other implement guaranteed to make my hair behave.
None of them worked.
All of them . . . hurt.
Mom: “Diane, hold still! I'm almost done!”
Me: “Waaah!”
And so it went.
As I grew, my hair . . . changed. Subtly.
Oh, it was still fine and soft.
But it no longer stuck together in one fuzzy lump.
No.
Now it stuck together in several fuzzy lumps all over my head.
Sigh.
Mom: “Diane, hold still! There's just one more!”
Me: “Waaah!”
Finally, by about age eight, I outgrew the 'fuzzies'.
But made another important discovery.
Yes, my hair no longer matted together, defying all attempts at style.
And it was now longer and straighter.
But . . . it still hurt to comb it.
Yes. I was a hair wuss.
Mom: “Diane, hold still! Your hair will look beautiful!”
Me: “Waaah!”
Finally, in frustration one day, she uttered the fateful words, “Diane, don't you know you have to suffer to be beautiful?”
I stared at her. “Really?”
She nodded sagely.
Wow.
I put it together.
If I suffered, I would be beautiful.
It was that simple.
This went on for several years.
Every day, I suffered.
Every day, I looked in the mirror.
Nope. Same face as yesterday.
Finally, at age fifteen, I challenged my mother's hypothesis.
Me: “Mom! I've suffered! Why aren't I beautiful!?”
Mom (In true 'Mom' form): “Oh, honey, you ARE beautiful!”
Right. Waaait. I see where this is going . . .
Moving ahead several years . . .
I was combing my granddaughter's fiery red, naturally curly hair.
ME: “Kyra, hold still! I'm almost done!”
Kyra: “Waaah!”
Me: “Don't you know you have to suffer to be beautiful?”
She stared at me. “Really?”
And so the story continues . . .

7 comments:

  1. Love that you're carrying on the tradition. My hair is very thin but very curly and frizzy. When it rains or is humid I look like Roseanne Rosannadanna. No amount of suffering can make that beautiful.

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  2. I have suffered enough, with my crazy curly hair...68 years in fact..

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  3. Well, we need SOMETHING to tell our kids when we're combing out their tangles! This is as good as anything else :)

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  4. I heard that phrase too. And obviously didn't suffer enough. Though it felt like it.

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  5. I was more fortunate. One day, perhaps, they will have a cure for that. And, oh yes, I owned one of those fashion dolls, of the limbs that would not bend, and the bubble blond hairdo they came with..

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  6. I remember my daughter's fine candy fluff hair that was always Tangled at the back of her head when she woke every morning. at two and a half I was fed up with it, so got out the scissors and cut it off close to her head. Very close. I think I left about a half inch of baby fluff hair. After that it grew back smoother, stronger and silkier, much more manageable. I'm still amazed that at two and a half, she let me do it without making a fuss.

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