One of the things about getting to your sixth decade is being able to look back and see how things have changed along the way. Everything from cars, to the way we cook, to clothing and hairstyles have changed so dramatically in the six decades I have been around.
When I was in high school in the late 60’s, my friends and I wore our hair long and straight. If your hair was not naturally straight you had to iron it to get that perfect degree of straightness. True, I never ironed my own hair, but I did help some of my friends with ironing theirs. What a smell if you got the iron too hot! These days, girls can get the best hair straighteners that won’t burn their hair and make a stink in their rooms.
As I got older, I wore my hair shorter and shorter, and in the late 80’s started wearing it above my ears.
That generally short hairstyle lasted until 2008, when I became a seasonal park ranger. The first year as a ranger, when I took my hat off at the end of the day, I had the worst hat hair!
I decided to let my hair grow out over the winter of 2008-2009, so I wouldn’t have the problem anymore.
. Now, my hair is as long as it was back in 1971, but gray. I probably won’t cut it again until I “retire” from being a ranger.