Ladies, don’t let your­self go

102-year-old’s guide to life and keep­ing a man keen

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JACK MORPHET

SYD­NEY’S most im­mac­u­late 102-year-old has some ad­vice for younger women: if your hus­band’s eyes are wan­der­ing it’s too of­ten your own fault be­cause you are let­ting your­self go.

Lisa Fallen makes sure she still looks im­mac­u­late ev­ery day and has also spilt her se­cret to sav­ing thou­sands of dol­lars a year on hair and beauty treat­ments.

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day with­out fail for the past 30 years, Mrs Fallen has made the trip to TAFE NSW North­ern Beaches in Brook­vale for a cut-price blowdry, cut and colour, fa­cial, man­i­cure and pedi­cure. That, or a full­body mas­sage.

The cen­te­nar­ian runs a fine­tooth comb over the as­pir­ing hair­dressers and says she’s never had a cat­a­strophic cut by the stu­dents.

Look­ing strik­ing in pink for her lat­est hair ap­point­ment, the fire­brand great-grand­mother of­fered ad­vice learnt from a long life, and told to­day’s women to spruce them­selves up or risk los­ing their hus­bands.

“Too many women these days let them­selves go, so I don’t blame hus­bands whose eyes wan­der to some­one else more ap­peal­ing,” she said.

“Even at 102 I don’t want to let my­self go, which is why I won’t let my hair go grey and I won’t wear drab black and grey clothes.”

When Mrs Fallen was born, the Queen’s grand­fa­ther King Ge­orge V was on the throne, Syd­ney was an out­post of the Em­pire and the Gal­lipoli cam­paign had just been lost, so she’s seen fash­ions come and go, from Flap­pers to Body­con and watched hems and hair rise and fall and rise again.

Mrs Fallen doubts whether she would have snapped up the love of her life, a man 15 years her ju­nior, while she was in her 80s. with­out tak­ing such great pride in her ap­pear­ance.

Nor would she have been asked by “count­less” men for her hand in mar­riage while she trav­elled through Europe in her 60s and 70s.

Mrs Fallen had three chil­dren be­fore her daugh­ter passed away, has 13 grand­chil­dren, a great many more great grand­chil­dren and even a great, great grand­child.

Her bud­get hair and beauty reg­i­men saves Mrs Fallen more than $5150 a year com­pared to what she’d fork out at a salon.

At to­day’s prices, Mrs Fallen’s 30 years of sav­ings would amount to more than $150,000, all be­cause her hair’s done by TAFE Syd­ney Academy of Hair, Beauty and Make-up stu­dents train­ing to get their for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

TAFE charges $10 for a sham­poo and set, $20 for a cut and colour, $30 for a fa­cial, and $15 for a hot stone or full-body mas­sage.

How­ever Mrs Fallen is dis­ap­pointed by one aspect of the TAFE course: the perm has been left off the lat­est Cer­tifi­cate III syl­labus.

How­ever TAFE NSW head teacher of hair­dress­ing Maria Al­banese tipped the perm would be back in fash­ion within two years and bud­ding hair­dressers will again be taught the tech­nique.

“It won’t be long un­til movie stars and pop stars bring the perm back,” Ms Al­banese said.

Pic­ture: Richard Dob­son

Lisa Fallen has her hair done by TAFE hair­dress­ing stu­dents ev­ery Wed­nes­day.

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