I grew up in the western U.S. That translated for me into a general non-awareness of what the word “fashion” even meant. In addition, my parents were both teachers.I was raised to focus most of my attention on improving my mind, not my appearance. In fact, I have often thought, if I could delegate my fashion decisions to someone else, I would!
This goes triple for my hair. I never knew what to do with it! Going through my old photos recently brought back lots of great memories. But my decision to perm my hair for over a decade was certainly not one of them.
The truth is for as long as I can remember I wanted naturally curly hair. So in 1981, when perms became popular, I jumped right on that trend… FOREVER.
Looking back, this was not one of my finest fashion moments. But since I knew I had no fashion sense of my own, I often looked to my older sister for ideas and advice. She liked perms back then, and I figured our hair was a similar consistency so it should take a perm in a similar way.
That sounds good. I think I’ll blame my sister for all of my bad hair choices through the decades. That’s taking full responsibility!
The other thing I never learned how to do is put on make-up, but I’m pretty sure I can’t blame my sister for that.