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I was born with the sort of curls that were fashionable in the late 30s, I was a Shirley Temple clone. As I grew up I hated my hair with a passion. These were the days when children wore plaits, and I really wanted plaits. So the first torture I endured was Mum trying to do plaits for me, as she pulled and tugged at the corkscrew curls and made three fat and rather amusing excuses for plaits. Then just washing and brushing was no fun, Mum took to wearing a comb stuck in her hair, so she could grab me at odd moments to try and tame my mop.

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People cooed over me as a baby, and then laughed as I approached teenage years. Looking back I die of shame as I see how untamed my thick curls were. I remember some sweet smelling glue like substance called Amami wave set, which was combed through my mop when we went out. In order to look presentable my springy curls needed taming. That smell brings back the memory of Summer nights when we had a special event, or Mum and Dad parked us outside the pub with a bag of chips and lemonade. We weren’t really neglected, as they only had one drink! In those days children were not allowed in Public Houses.

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I had my hair cropped, thinned and tidied when I was nursing, or wore it scraped into a sort of bun, for my wedding I wore a French plait. Really I only had a brief spell of joy. The 70s came and wild hair was in fashion! Before that friends had been ironing their hair and as I had no hope I didn’t try that. I did try two other clever tricks though. I stuck my hair to my cheeks with eye lash glue, and used huge hair rollers in an attempt to stretch it. Nothing really worked. So I had my brief moment of being ‘in fashion’ in the late seventies.

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Once I had a reverse perm which gave me straighter hair for a few months. Recently I have taken to it with electric tools of all types; ceramic straighteners, rolling straighteners, and other devices that promise instant perfection. Yes they work. Yes they are time consuming occupations. Some days I just can’t win though, if we get damp windy weather I look like the witch from the west. We should be grateful for what we have though, I found a diet I started made my hair fall out in chunks, and also I am on an immune suppressant for an arthritis illness, so that thins my hair, if I was on cancer treatment I would lose it. So I am grateful for my crazy hair whatever it looks like now.



Tell us, have you had problems with your hair? How have you managed your hair through the years?

Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. Well, mine was long, I either wore gigantic rollers all over my head ( can’t sleep much. ) or.. i ironed it….

  2. I had tight blonde ringlets so I grew it long. From 6 to 18 it was in tight, tight plaits then I became a hippie and let it all out and ironed it flat for parties and demonstrations. Peace Man !!!

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  3. Jacqui, this is my life with curly hair too. Tried everything. The modern hair straighteners are fantastic but not for old faces.I now love my curly hair. Don’t have to even look at it between washes!!!! Embrace the curls.

  4. Compared to the girl who was recently on MKR, your hair sat well. In fact it looked nice. Healthy hair usually means healthy body. I hope your health improves for you. It isn’t much fun getting older when our bodies start feeling the years.

  5. Still have very long grey hair but no longer bother straightening it. Never wear it out in public but always in a bun or plait, more age appropriate.

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  6. My son has a massive head of dark brown tight curls shaves it of and has massive ranger beard instead.

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    • One of my sons lost his early he shaves his head daily!

  7. For a year in in the early 1980s I spent a fortune in the hair dresser haveing my hair chemically straightened. I loved the swish of straight hair, and I loved the look, but despite the money spent in the hair dresser, my closest friend became a hand held hair dryer. I HATED the time spent using the dryer every time I washed my hair, because despite the money spent in hair parlour I still had to use the dryer to keep my hair straight! So my hand held dryer and I had a falling out after I decided I had curly hair and learned to live with it. I now love that if I just keep my curly hair short, all I have to do is wash and comb, and I look good!

  8. You are definitely writing about my hair. Had it straightened twicw, the first time it lasted 4 days, the second 5 days, hairdresser refused to do it again. These were the days of dead straight hair and plaits – never did get those! In my teens i grew my mop to pull some of the curl out. People used to come up to me in the street and pat me, i hated it. My daughter has the same hair. When she was 5 she was told she couldn’t be in the ballet show because her hair wouldn’t conform – so she gave up ballet! Di resort to ironing my hair but was only very temporary measure.

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