This is a special memory from my own childhood.
My sister and I were both born with perfectly straight hair. I told you about the time that my mother melted the spongies in my hair but that wasn’t the first time she tortured us in an effort to make our hair curl!
I have proof that even at a very young age, we were tortured with pin curls and even worse, I had an old diaper tied on my head to keep them in place! How humiliating. Judy was lucky in the early days; she didn’t have much hair until she was almost three so mom had nothing to curl!
Then there were the perms she gave us. I think most grandmas will remember the Toni Home permanents that were all the rage in the fifties and sixties. This is the results of one of her attempts to perm our hair. I don’t really remember this one but I do remember others.
These were taken out at my Grandparents farm. You can even see the windmill behind us and the barn that I would later swing out of on a rope.
I remember the time that she and the lady across the street from us permed our hair for Easter. I really do remember them discussing the S-wave that the curls were supposed to have before they put the neutralizer on our heads. I remember my grandmother was so angry at what they had done to our hair. It stuck out like a bush and you couldn’t possibly comb it.
Then there were the perms Mrs. O gave us. She was a friend of my parents and she was a beautician with a sink and everything in her basement. Mrs. O was about 5′ tall and seemed short even to me. She wore wire rim glasses with her black hair pulled severely into a bun. She looked like a schoolteacher and was just as strict! I remember lying with my head in that sink looking up at the pipes of the basement ceiling and being sure she was pouring water straight out of the teakettle and onto my head! Complaining did no good. She would snap right back at me that the water had to be hot to stop the perm from processing. Maybe she was right as I do remember she never fried our hair, only our heads!
I still have very straight hair. I have 3 curling irons, electric rollers and actual rollers under the sink. Nothing helps!