The State of Your Hair Address

For as long as I can remember, my mom has delivered what I (now) affectionately refer to as The State of Your Hair Address. It was bewildering…how could she so heartlessly pick on ME, her firstborn daughter? But after going through some boxes of old stuff my folks sent me recently, I know exactly how, and why. And, not to be outdone by my husband’s Napoleon Dynamite soul-baring, I now present 12 Years of Bad Hair:

First grade

First grade You may find it hard to tell because I was quite the little actress at this age, but I was miserable here — John Lennon glasses, fiberglass-weave blouse handmade by my grandmother, sweater vest (in south Louisiana), awkward pose. But my lank locks were really the star of the show.


Second grade

Second grade Not bad, actually. The shag was kind of cute. I guess Klute finally came to Des Allemands in 1975.
Third grade

Third grade I…simply don’t know what was going on here. Maybe I tried that sleeping-in-braided-hair technique that was supposed to result in lustrous waves, but always looked more like my cousin had attacked me with a Flowbee. But I do remember LOVING that shirt.

Fourth grade

Fourth grade To my mom’s credit, she did wrestle valiantly with nature, but her crimes with the curling iron must be answered — in this life or the next.

Fifth grade

Fifth grade Perhaps my best school photo, taken before the never-ending adolescent years whalloped me. But still…lank, mousey, bleh.

Sixth grade

Sixth grade Adolescence. God, this picture reminds me of that scene in The Two Towers — seconds before the first shot is fired in the battle of Helms Deep, King Theoden mutters, “And so it begins.” But I remain thankful that my acne came in that year, as it detracted from the first of my many, oh-so-many, perms. To wit:
Seventh grade

Seventh grade Poodle perm? Check. Carefully flattened crown? Check. Complete lack of self-awareness? Check.

Eigth grade

Eighth grade If you can see past the glare of my T-zone, you’ll notice my interpretation of the Farrah in all its glory.

Ninth grade

Ninth grade I didn’t date in high school.

Tenth grade

Tenth grade Oh, feathering.

Eleventh grade

Eleventh grade No, seriously! I didn’t date At All.

Twelfth grade

Twelfth grade Beauty! Drama! Hair no frame could contain!

So there you have it. I had many more hair-don’ts (as my dad would say) in college, but lucky you — no pictures with me. I don’t think my ego could survive more of this memory lane honesty at the moment, anyway.

7 Replies to “The State of Your Hair Address”

  1. Loved the haridos down the years. I feel so much better about my own school photos (which I’ve nearly completely destroyed.)
    Also, love the website. Glad you are doing well. Ken, Quinn and Kala all say hi. They miss you.

    Dee A

  2. Hi, Dee! I’m working on a Cincinnati trip next spring; it’s been so long I almost don’t recognize the kids in Ken’s pictures anymore. But you must promise to pull out any of the old school photos you haven’t destroyed. I’d love to see your hairstyles through the ages.

  3. I really shouldn’t have looked at this while eating lunch. I will have to reapply my makeup before returning to the working world.

    I can’t stop laughing!

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