Friday, March 15, 2013

Curl that Grease Right Outta Your Hair! ~ Poodle Tricks

I've said it before and I'll say it again; I love 1940's style!

The hair, the makeup, the fashion, the ingenuity!

Those poodles had to, as one British propaganda slogan went, "Make do and mend"!

Making do became a way of life. Everything was rationed in the UK during WWII, including soap! And the public was encouraged to use only a few inches of water in their bath!

Don't Waste Soap!
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When there was barely enough water and soap to clean with, washing your hair was definitely not a priority.

Solution: Elaborate hairstyles to cover un-dyed roots and greasy hair!

This was the age of the turban, snoods, pin curls, and victory rolls. Those poodles looked hardship in the face and said, "We will be glamorous!" And they were!!!

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In this day and age, there are a plethora of beauty products to choose from, and nothing is stopping my hot water usage. But red dye and procrastination keep me from washing my hair every day. So, like those enterprising poodles, I style my hair to cover it's, shall we say, shortcomings.

Because my laziness is TOTALLY the same as living during wartime! Right?? Right??

I went FOUR days this week without washing my hair! Ew! I know it's healthier for my locks, but seriously, that fourth day was wrong!

Once a week shampoo?? I'd never make it!!
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I looked in the mirror at my greasy (ugh), limp hair, and thought, "Well, what are we going to do with this hot mess?"

I use "we" in the royal sense, รก la Queen Victoria. Not in the, "who are we talking to now Sybil", sense! HA!

Anyhoo... I thought of those 1940's poodles and borrowed some tricks.

Trick number one: Use cut-off stockings to create a back roll.

Trick number two: Make that dirt work for you! Backcomb a previously curled section, and roll it up.

Trick number three: Accessorize! Cover up most of your hair with either a hat or a snood. Add a flower or bow to a snood for more coverage on your crown, where your roots show the most grease.

Grease? What grease?

This style worked out great! My little man asked me why I looked so fancy? I replied with one of my mottos for life, "The dirtier my hair is, the flashier I get!"

Ain't that the truth?!

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  1. I just can't do it. I want to. I know it leads to healthier hair. But day two is bad enough, I can't even imagine days three and four. I think I must produce more oil than normal people.

    1. I usually can go 2-3 days without washing. The third day my hair is always up in a pony tail or something. But 4 was just gross!! I know my grandma got her hair washed and set once a week. That's all, one shampoo a week! How she did it, I'll never know!

  2. So what I think happens (Katie) is when you wash your hair every day you produce more oil and then you've got to punch through some awful days to finally get where you can go days without a wash. That was the way it was for me at least, it was horrible for a month or so, and now I go 4 - sometimes even 5 days without washing my hair!!!! (the 5th day is pretty bad though!)
    I ran across this blog of a girl who lived on WWII rationing for a year I think. Kind of an interesting read.

  3. Oooo! I want to read that! 5 days?? Wow!!! I use dry shampoo, but it never works for me. Maybe I just need a different brand.

  4. Have you tried putting the dry shampoo in at night and then sleeping on it?

    1. Yes. I had high hopes, but it made no difference. I think it's because my hair is so thin.