Women en­dure plenty of hair dos and don’ts

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

AFTER years of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, women usu­ally find their per­fect hairstyle by the age of 32. We will have tried around 50 styles by then, ac­cord­ing to the study by hair trans­plant firm, Crown Clinic.

I’ve prob­a­bly ex­ceeded that, hav­ing tried ev­ery­thing, from long and straight, to short and lay­ered.

My hair has been bobbed, teased, twisted and chal­lenged by evil smelling perms and high­light­ing bleaches.

As a child my mum took me to Lewis’s, a depart­ment store in Birm­ing­ham, where I sat on a toy an­i­mal to have my hair cut.

I didn’t like it, be­cause they prac­tised singe­ing to get rid of split ends, some­thing that is ap­par­ently be­com­ing fash­ion­able again. I still re­mem­ber the light­ing of ta­pers and the acrid scent of burn­ing hair – it made the ex­pe­ri­ence more like a visit to the den­tist.

Later, I was rollered and stuffed un­der a Dalek hair dryer, so thank good­ness for Vi­dal Sas­soon’s sleek manes and the in­tro­duc­tion of blowdry­ing. Straight­en­ers now keep our manes poker straight, while other gad­gets – in­clud­ing rollers which are mak­ing a come­back – curl us up again.

Mr F, who had a black Bea­tle mop when I met him, jokes that hair is my hobby. Well, yes, why not? You can be cre­ative with it and it’s more fun than a pot­tery class.

I be­gan life with brown hair, but it has been rinsed, dyed and hen­naed over the years in var­i­ous shades, from a pur­ply-raven to vivid reds.

I raised the most eye­brows when I an­nounced loudly that I was hav­ing ‘a Brazil­ian’. How­ever, this was not the more in­ti­mate pro­ce­dure, but a hair treat­ment which is now banned by most hair­dressers be­cause of aw­ful side ef­fects from (what turned out to be) em­balm­ing fluid.

Our tresses are a se­ri­ous business, and Mr F has strict ‘hair in­struc­tions’ which he has promised to follow to the let­ter. If I’m ever in a coma, he is to make ab­so­lutely sure I get my roots done.

I HAVEN’T lived in Birm­ing­ham for 40 years but I have a fond­ness for my home town where I was born, went to school and grew up.

We were there at the week­end vis­it­ing friends and I’m not split­ting hairs when I say it is def­i­nitely not a no-go area – to any­one.

Not even Mr F, who’s from west London!

Email me at bmail­bar­bara@ gmail.com or catch up at www. getwest­lon­don.co.uk/bmail.

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