Driving into work this morning an interesting point came up…
Why is it that so many women apply their makeup, and do the front of their hair flawlessly and yet leave the back looking like they combed it with an eggbeater? Men don’t do this… Is it just laziness or do they truly not even know how bad it looks?
Now I realize that the fact that I did hair for a living for years may make me a little more sensitive to this, but seriously, is it just me, yet again who picks up on these things? Ever see someone walking and you just want to reach up and say “here love, let me get this for you” and just start combing all the curls that were placed there with the morning curling iron routine and then forgotten when the front was combed or styled? Or, if you are going to take that much time to use a flat iron, then Sweetie, include those poor lonely tresses in the back of your head, ignoring them just makes you look like you spent the last 6 hours lying flat on your back like a turtle trying to get up…and having a damn hard time at it.
This brought up another question. What makes us like how we look to begin with no matter how ridiculous the style is? Who dictates “style” and trends? I remember years ago going to hair shows and some of the things that the designers and models up on the stage were trying to push as “coiffures” were nothing more than some mistake made while experimenting on some unsuspecting classroom model…but because “Paul Mitchell Systems”, or Some nameless artistic director from any one of the Salon Product lines said that it was HIGH FASHION, people lined up to have it done to them. Remember the RACHEL hairstyle in the 1990’s? The choppy shag that Jennifer Anniston made famous on the TV show “Friends”? That was nothing more than an accident that had to be corrected as Jennifers hair grew out and Jennifer Anniston HATED it (http://www.fashionencyclopedia.com/fashion_costume_culture/Modern-World-1980-2003/Rachel-Haircut.html). Of course the rest of American woman went for it like hotcakes. Like lemmings, British women claimed it as the Country's most popular hairstylehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_haircut. They all had their hair cut to match. Hell, some still sport it to this day!
I remember years ago there was a girl who worked in a local department store and every time I saw her she had the same style. She had very naturally curly dark hair and she would apply some sort of an oily salon product to tame the curls…to the point where the hair was clumped solidly and oily all the way down to the ends as if it had Vaseline in it, and who knows maybe it did…. She would then divide the hair into 5 or 6 sections and there it would hang in sectioned banana curls. It was always the same stuck straight to her scalp and hanging freely from chin to ends. I began to wonder if she just didn’t wash or take care of it and it was her natural hair oil causing this until one day I went to the store to buy some items and when I had to make a next day return trip to the store to exchange some of them, I realized this was not the case--it was on purpose. That next day, I went into the store and she was there with what appeared to be brand new the night before, professionally applied blonde highlights….the only problem is that the highlights hung heavily, included in the oily spirals. I could just hear her telling the hairdresser how to style her hair…first put a handful of styling crème(or bacon grease), then divide the hair into 5 or 6 even sections and just let ‘em hang… WTF???? From that day on, she affectionately came to be known to me as “Slick”.
I don’t know what to think of all of this, I guess it doesn’t matter WHAT I think. I guess the point is-- SHE thought it looked awesome! And because of it, she ROCKED that hairdo… even if it did look ridiculous to the general public.
At the end of the day, I guess it all comes down to what makes us feel good about ourselves is what is important. It's what gives each of us a sense of identity, ridiculous in other peoples eyes or not. However, although I am sure that multiple sociological studies have been performed on the subject--I just hope it never changes, because the whole damn thing just makes me chuckle….