As a child growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, coupled with being Southern, it should come as no surprise that I love a good teased hairdo. I am especially fond of the hair bumps sported by actresses Marlo Thomas and Mary Tyler Moore from that era.
After seeing a commercial for a product called the “Bump-It” I mentioned to my hairstylist daughter that perhaps I should order a set…plus if I called right then I could get a second set absolutely free, which I promised to gift to her. Her response was a resounding “NO!” Without being asked, she informed me the Bump-It was “cheesy” and one could achieve the same effect by teasing one’s hair. Light bulb moment! “Teach me how to tease my hair,” I begged; again, her response “NO!”
This back and forth over hair teasing went on for months until my daughter grew weary of my incessant whining and pleading. One weekend while visiting, I started with her about teasing my hair. In order to shut me up, she marched me into my bathroom and gave me a lesson in the “hair tease.” Under her expert tutelage, I created a beautiful hair bump leaving me as perky as the character of Ann Marie in That Girl.
That one lesson started my hair teasing obsession. From that point on, every time I styled my hair you could bet your sweet bibby a can of super hold hairspray and a teasing comb were in my hands. Before long I was not only creating the “hair bump” I was creating a whole head of teased and sprayed locks. The bigger the better and I loved it! Unfortunately, my love affair with teasing came to an abrupt end on a day trip to the beach a few months later.
The morning of our trip, I styled my hair into a beautiful teased hair bump and was feeling rather sassy by the time we arrived. As I strolled along the sandy beach soaking up the sun and breathing in the salt air I noticed my 15-year old son making a beeline towards me. He was saying something that was inaudible over the wind and motioning frantically with his hands. As he reached me, I finally heard what he was saying…”MOM, PUT YOUR HAIR DOWN!!!”
Yes, friends, the wind picked up my teased and sprayed bump and the entire crown area of my hair was standing straight up on the top of my head like a fan. My poor boy was beyond humiliated and embarrassed; which I didn’t really understand considering all the women lying on the beach in bikinis who really should have been fully clothed…I could have been one of them giving him a real reason to be embarrassed!
As I reached up and put my hair back in place I knew my teasing had gone too far. I must say, however, the holding power of that super strength hairspray was quite impressive. Oh, well, the teasing was fun while it lasted and I still practice for when I feel another That Girl moment coming on!