“Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas, in my hair
A home for fleas, a hive for the buzzing bees
A nest for birds, there ain’t no words
For the beauty, splendor, the wonder of my hair”
—(words to song “Hair” from Broadway play “Hair”)
The American Tribal, Rock musical “Hair” depicted the “Hippie” culture story; a rebellious anti-war theme at that time, “Hair” focused on hair, and lots of it.
Do you realize how much time and expense we focus on our hair?
Maybe you haven’t specifically thought lately “I sure am glad I have hair!”
But you treat it daily like an honored guest. You fuss, muss, comb, back comb, style, wash, rinse, tint, blow dry, and spray it! You condition it, you hot-iron it, and your mood can be affected due to a “good hair” day, and a “bad hair” day.”
Costly little body part, isn’t it? Oh and let’s not forget the beauty shop and/or the barber. The fact is, you spend tons of money on that growth out the top of your noggin.
That bush of keratinized protein fibers says a lot about a person, In some societies, it indicates the person’s personal beliefs and social position.
And whether it is purple or pink, bleached, or gently colored, cut and spiked, pony tailed, or braided, it tells the observer PLENTY about the person.
I used to think God gave us hair to keep our heads warm.
I have since decided that He planted it during a phase of intense battle fatigue. He craved humor.
“Why don’t I bury some little bulbous glands in the skin on the skull and plant thousands of individual shafts to come shooting up out of the follicles. Let’s see what they think up to do with those!”
I suppose we homo sapiens have met the challenge well; with humor, creativity, and often outlandish creations.
Watching basketball on television several days ago, I noticed hair styles of the various players. These guys seem to have tapped into their own creativity. One young man braided his thick long hair, then pulled it all together into a pony tail.
I liked it on him! He had a distinct, masculine look. I wouldn’t recommend that style on Fred. He would look hilarious. Imagine if you can, your significant guy in that style. It takes mojo, I tell ya!
Another guy had shaved the sides of his head, and the bush on top stood straight up like a long, long crew cut. The “do” added about 4 or 5 inches height. Aside from the fact that he probably thinks it looks cool, it made him look silly.
But, hey, that’s just a grandmother opinion.
Steve Nash, a past NBA basketball ace, had a variety of hair styles that defined him on the floor. The “Gatsby,” the “Sideburn,” and the “Floppy Mop,” were strategic to his identity. Style!
Even baldness is a look that has gained prominence. Men? If you can’t style what little you have, get rid of the rest of it, I say. It’s all good. I’m betting that this shaving, skin conditioning, etc. is just as time consuming as those with hair. It’s just another style.
Think about it. If you are going to take all that time, and spend all that cash for the mop on top, find a look that you like or that defines you.
There’s where the REAL work begins!
“A Woman’s View” is Judi Tabler’s reflection of her experiences and events. She is a wife, mother, writer, teacher, grandmother, and even a great grandmother.