Ladies, don’t let yourself go
102-year-old’s guide to life and keeping a man keen
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.
Lisa Fallen has her hair done by TAFE hairdressing students every Wednesday.