Dippity-do and Hair Rollers, It’s Like the 60’s All Over Again

by Diane Horn on July 2, 2012

It’s July 1st and if you haven’t heard, a huge storm knocked out power for most of us in the Washington D.C. area.When this happens it’s always a bit novel for a few days, but by day 3 and 1/2 I’m over the novelty.

We’re able to sleep in our basement and cook on our gas stove. But what I haven’t figured out is how to make my hair look passable without electrical appliances. I have short hair which tends to shrink into little teensy curls with humidity. Actually, they are more like teensy frizzy curls.

I decided to be resourceful and see if there were any miracle products now available at the drugstore. I scoured the shelves and then I spotted it…Dippity-do, the extra hold styling gel I used way back in the old days. This product always worked for me years ago. But to use it properly I would need to buy hair rollers.

In the old days I used to use brush rollers and secure them with bobby pins or hair clips. I would then carefully wrap my head in a hairnet. I owned a hair dryer that consisted of a vinyl hood which was connected to a heated blower by a flexible pipe. In an hour or so my hair would be dry and when the rollers were removed I was left with stiff curls which I would “tease” into a hairstyle called the “bubble”.

Well, I found hair rollers but instead of stiff brush ones they are now flexible and covered with velcro so they don’t have to be secured with bobby pins. I went home and was excited to give them a try. No hair dryer but after an hour of sitting outside in the heat my hair was dry. For the sake of nostalgia I even used scotch tape to hold my bangs straight. Well, all I can say is that after the rollers came out my hair didn’t resemble the “bubble” of my youth but it was passable.

I love my hair dryer and am looking forward to using it again but I did enjoy my walk down memory lane. Young women today have no idea what lengths we went to achieve the hair style of the day…much of it painful like ironing our hair with a clothes iron and even sleeping with rollers in our hair. The sitcoms always showed women who spent their days in hair rollers. Many women, my mother included, went to the “beauty shop” weekly to have their hair done. There they would sit under a stand-up hair dryer and chat with women at the neighboring dryers. They had a regular standing date.

I can’t picture taking the time to do that today. But, I sure am having a good time remembering! Until the power goes back on I’m going to stick with my Dippity-do and hair rollers.

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