Crystal Tips and Alasdair

I always used to wonder why almost every little old lady had curly hair, when the majority of younger people had straight hair, including me. My conclusion was that there was this point when there had to be a law that meant they all had their hair permed. As I got older I wondered a little less as my conclusion seemed to be confirmed, you could see quite clearly passing any hairdressers that I was right, then I realised there is a difference between perming curlers and rollers. I had to think again because I saw so many who clearly couldn’t afford the constant visits to the hairdresser, at lest not the twice a week sessions required to keep set hair curled. How and why were they doing it?

I hated my straight long hair, it was an average dirty strawberry blond almost, mousey brown. It did nothing just hang there in rat-tails if not constantly brushed, tie itself round me if not platted and took hours to wash and dry. The only good thing about it was that my Grandfather adored it and paid me every Sunday to sit on his knee and let him brush it. I have to say now this is not as creepy as it might sound to an adult mind. It was well know by my entire family, possibly the entire neighborhood, that I would dutifully scream the house down at the very appearance of a hairbrush. Grandpa’s bribery meant that at least once a week my hair was brushed free of knots and under control. So why didn’t my mother simply cut it I hear you ask. I don’t know, I asked her the very same question when I was older, but she simply answered that all little girls had long hair and it was just the way it was. May I just add here that I was born in 1961 not 1861.

Eventually as a teenager I took control, marched myself to the hairdresser and demanded he cut it, he first phoned my mother to check then went ahead. I have never seen my mother more shocked in her life as she was when I walked back into the house. You would have thought I had had a Mohican or something. She thought that for once I was going to let them trim it without a scene and maybe have a couple of inches off the end, I was sporting a lovely little bob, she was furious.

I took control a few years later and died it baby blond when they were away on holiday, which at the time was in there eyes a miner infraction in their minds compared to the million other things I did. Through out the late 70’s and into the 80’s I regretted the hair cutting instant, as I never seemed to be able to grow it again, that feeling was compounded when children’s cartoon called ‘Crystal Tips and Alasdair’ appeared. There was my dream hair, that was what I wanted colour style the lot.


In my 20’s I was too busy to think about old people at all, far-less what they did with their hair. In other words I had become like most of that age group, self-obsessed and self-interested, my family and my home were all that mattered. Crystal Tips hair continued to fill that envy spot, purple dye for hair was unheard of outside style setting expensive hairdresser, you definitely couldn’t buy the dye from the chemist in that shade. My hair was stubbornly straight and blond, although it had become lighter by itself over the years and the colour was liveable. Although I had never used one before or had a perm of any kind I tried a home perm and I loved it. So much so that I even have let a picture be taken.

1983 hair

The changes through life continued, colour more than anything else, I joined the mass of people with real hair extensions and to make it affordable I learned how to do it myself. I could be long haired, short, haired anything I chose. My favorite was when it was black down to my waist and had a complete layer of vibrant purple on the underside, when the wind blew it shone out brightly.

So why the musing on hairstyle gone by, the clue is in the first paragraph, in fact the first sentence. My hair was naturally straight as a child, I changed about with chemicals and styling but it stayed straight. When the other week Adam helped me dye my hair and sort it out, was the first time in over 4 years that I didn’t have tied back in a ponytail, I would wash it, pull it back and not even really look at it. So you may-be able to understand my surprise not only at the length it had grown to, but also at the fact it suddenly from nowhere has developed waves and curls. Have I at last found the answer to that question that I have been asking all those years. I am now 51 and now I have wavy hair, do older women actually have curly hair as it is simply part of growing older and years of damage to the hair follicles, that it just curls by itself? This isn’t the only possibility of course, I always have to have more than one of those. Is it possible that either my MS has damaged the follicle nerves or the medications I take has actually made the change and little old ladies have curly hair because it’s strangely what they all want? As I do at last have the longed for purple hair, is it now just a matter of time until my dream of looking like Crystal Tips comes true?

11 thoughts on “Crystal Tips and Alasdair

  1. Oh, it must be in the air…I’m contemplating having a new hairstyle but concerned that I’ll have to fiddle around with it after every wash…was considering a perm but you’ve put me off now…I hit 66 last week…:)) On the other hand, I could go for a much shorter style and a platinum blonde colour…I want something different…if you go to the hairstyle sites all the styles for the older woman are bobs of some kind, which I have now, but have grown bored with it…I had straight hair too when young and have never managed to acquire even the slightest hint of a curl ever!..:) Good post…:) Have a lovely day…GBHs…XXX


  2. Mine was dead straight, thick and waist length as a kid too. I had mine hacked off and regretted it also – a form of rebellion that never seems to pay off!
    I too did the perm, but mine was dreadful, there is one photo and I look horrific in it. Yours is much nicer.
    I think Mother’s reaction to a girl losing her locks is because they go from baby to young woman with every lost lock of hair. When I went away Hubby had my daughters beautiful waist length blonde hair cut to her shoulders and the shock of losing my baby nearly killed me off!!
    Mine now also has a wave if I let it grow out so maybe you are right about the hair – perhaps it gets more pube like as we turn into OAPs lol


  3. I, like my Dad have very curly hair.As a teenager in the 60’s I hated it and used to iron it because that was the fashion.Now I find it great,just wash and go.My daughters one fair and one dark had beautiful hair down to their waists,I was heart broken when they cut it!


  4. I know certain medications can definitely change hair curliness/straightness. There are some mood stabilisers definitely that do it, and there is often a cross over with mental health and MS medication (particularly things used for nerve pain)
    Mine has always always been dead straight but in the last few years it has developed a kink in the middle and become quite frizzy. I figured it was just years of abuse through hair dye showing up, but, maybe, it was the first sign of MS!!


  5. There are so many things that when sharing experiences and happenings with other MSer’s that seem to match up, I often wonder if the Medics are aware of the silly little things not just the major symptoms, who know what they could be telling us.


  6. LOL…no probs…I did check the old ladies today on the bus trips, and only one had a perm, the rest had short hair cuts…:) So will still consider a wave perm…really want a spiral but do think I’m pushing the boat out too far there…:)) or I’ll just have a really sexy cut…;) GBHs…XXX


  7. hi,
    I believe good hair is hair that can be style in any way, shape, or form. It doesn’t need a curling iron, flat iron,or a perm (of any kind). Let me put it to you this way,
    He’s looking for a bald woman. After all, bald is so quite.

    Hair Extensions


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