Here’s a time-honored question: are we baby boomers perfect, or what? Well, sometimes the answer is, what! What’s where boomer Sandra Nachlinger, who describes herself as “a displaced Texan, living in Auburn, Washington,” finds herself. Sandra writes romance novels, but somehow just can’t find the novel look she wants for herself! Sometimes, she says, things are just too perfect.
Smooth and shiny. Cute and curly. Long and luxurious. With perms, razor cuts, and special conditioners, I’ve struggled for years to force my stubborn locks into the current style.
Moisturizing, volumizing, revitalizing; coconut, herbal, or milk, I’ve poured a drugstore full of shampoos and conditioners onto my head with one eye on a magazine ad and a heart full of hope. Maybe this time, the hair in my mirror would match the ‘do on the model.
After years of trial and error, I finally found a style that suits my fine straight hair. It doesn’t take long to fix and looks the same no matter how much (or little) I spend on “product.” I gloried in the knowledge that this one area of my aging body had been whipped into shape.
Until last Thursday.
That’s when my hairdresser said, “Your hair looks too perfect.”
The familiar face that looked back at me in the mirror had raised eyebrows and a gaping mouth. “Too perfect? How can it be too perfect.”
Then she explained. It seems that these days, hairstyles are meant to be unstructured. “Not so round or smooth,” she said. “More like hers.”
I turned to stare at the young woman in the chair to my left, only to see crayon red hair that looked like it had been trimmed with a chain saw and styled with a leaf blower. Visions of Phyllis Diller and Albert Einstein came to mind. I hoped her hair would look better after the hairdresser had done her magic. But, no. What I saw was the finished style. The woman slipped out of her smock, smiled, and made her way toward the cashier.
I frowned at the stylist by my side, her scissors at the ready.
I shuddered. “Maybe next time.” (But probably not.) Why mess with perfection?