The first time I went to a local hairdresser was in 1964. I was 15.
At the time I had long hair, which I had been ironing — yes, you read that right — to make it long and straight. My mother sent me for a hair cut, and as I’d never been before I just went along with whatever the hairdresser said.
When I returned home that day, having spent some time in the hairdresser’s seat, the look on my mother’s face was unbelievable. My father had some unkind words. “What the hell happened?” I remembering him asking.
I had told the hairdresser that I loved the Beatles, so she gave me a mop top of sorts. I quite liked how it looked, but my parents told me that it looked as though the mop had just been dumped on my head. Hey, at least I wouldn’t have to iron my hair anymore!
I went to the stadium to see the Beatles when they came to town. I remember sitting at the back, in the bleachers, and screaming like a woman possessed. My long hair might have been gone, but in my opinion the hair cut was worth it.
I’d received a free ticket to the concert, and I had new hair to go. What more could a 15-year-old want?