Thursday, January 03, 2013

Curly


Maybe I should begin defining the 2013 Me by incorporating curlers. I wonder if you can still get those big plastic numbers in pastel colors. I could crank up my whole miserable head, coat it with an atrocious amount of hairspray, and cover the terrifying behemoth with one of those filmy hairnets. But I wouldn't call it a hairnet, I'd call it a scarf. Imagine me in the discount grocery with my hairnet and hulking winter coat and boots--a domestic Medusa. I'd be at once mythical and real.

How beautiful is that?

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9 comments:

John Venlet said...

Erin, you should cover your huge curlers, if indeed you carry through with putting your mane up in curlers, with a babushka. It just has more panache than calling it a scarf, and it's also more Hungarian.

DogsDontPurr said...

Lordy...I actually used to wear those things to bed! I truly had too much time on my hands. Ah, the good old days....

Joe said...

No, no , you must use one of those plastic rain scarves. Straight out of the 1960's!

Vince Parker said...

OMG this brings back forgotten memories...Before the big plastic ruined everything, my favorite toys as a kid were the curlers that were made from a metal spring, with a bottle brush in the middle and wrapped in a net, with a pin stick to hold it in place. I used to pretend the curler was a man, and the stick a spear or arrow. Hours and hours of fun as you could throw the stick and it would stick in the curler man like real...

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid we were in the car heading downtown and we got behind a woman who was weaving in and out of traffic taking the 1970 equivalent of CGI out of her hair.

For a minute I thought my stepfather was going to run her into a ditch just on general principles. But after a few moments he just chuckled and said "Ah, another member of the Polish royal family heading to a reception at the bowling...err...embassy."

MR

Erin O'Brien said...

I was in the process of a long involved response when my laptop died.

GRRRR!

Suffice it to say that you all nailed the nuances of vintage hair rolling.

Stay tuned boppers, I'm at work on Erin's Big Gun Control essay. I'm sure you're all dizzy with the anticipation.

Anonymous said...

Forget Gun Control. Get to work on the Chip Kelley to Browns post. Offense comes to Cleveland. Woohoo!

RJ


twinklysparkles said...

I don't actually remember my mother wearing them, but she had a bunch of those pink numbers with, as Vince describes them, a bottle brush in the middle.

She also had this box with metal rods that the curlers went onto to heat them and the whole thing plugged in. I suppose she has gotten rid of it by now, but I should check her closets....imagine the burn potential of those things.

There's definitely some sort of kinky nostalgia factor to these things, not exactly sure what it is.

I thought you put the hairspray on afterward. Did one really spray before? I need a tutorial. I'm read to try this. 2013 resolution indeed! Let's have at it, Erin. I haven't been growing my hair for nothing all these years....

Katherine

Anonymous said...

@RJ-Somebody set up a fake Browns Twitter account and reported Kelly is a signed-sealed-delivered fact.

I love somebody who'll take the necessary time and creativity to do a really serious prank.

MR