Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 3 – Haircuts


Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 3 – Haircuts


Maggie at the above link has asked us about our fashion styles over the years. Thanks , Maggie! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some questions to think about:

At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore? Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles? At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe?

What fashion fads did you adopt? Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?

What about jewelry? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewelry fads so you remember?

Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?


Okay, here’s my many haircuts/styles over the years. I’m lazy so didn’t want to go through all my many photo albums to find a sample of each, though.

At the end, I’ll say a few things about what I remember of them.










Straight & Ironed










baby perm

poodle perm

spiral perm




Dutch Boy



I guess it all started when I was really little. In my baby book my mom wrote that I got my first permanent at age 2 years old! I didn’t have any say so about it, and I’d get a perm quite a few times. I finally got to have some say later on.ย  What I wanted was long straight hair, like my cousin had, so I could wear a ponytail.

I’d get a very short pixie cut, then it would get this tight curly perm to be called a poodle look.

Then awhile later on I got to have it a little longer and no perm, but curled into a pageboy. About jr. high school a popular hairstyle was the flip. We’d backcomb the top and ends, then use lots of hairspray.

When that fad went out I got my hair cut into another shortish do, I think was called a mop top, to kind of look like the Beatles hair.

High school my hair was long again, and straight, then flipped back edges and layered. Later this turned into the shag cut. I liked this one a lot and kept it this way for a long time.

Next was the 70s long straight and ironed hair. Yes, we’d use the real iron and ironing board.

I still laugh because my best friend always said, and still to this day still says, that I had the good hair. Her hair was medium and wavy naturally.

The Swing was a fun hair-do. It was cut short in the back and the front/sides got longer. Sort of a geometric look.

Then came the spiral curl permanent. Maybe it was called something else, but you’d have to use a hair pick to fluff it out.

Now my hair is just long and straight, I don’t put dye on it, so it’s just natural brown with gray.

Over the years, with whichever style I went with, I’d change colors with dyes every so often. (see list)

Then there was the ‘wig’ years.

I always liked wearing fun wigs. At the time they were not very expensive, and they were not made of real hair, but you could wash and style them.

Wiglets were fun. A small (or larger) hairpiece you attach to the top of your pulled up hair. You’d style them with large circular rings and spray a lot of hair spray on it all.

Falls were great if you wanted to add more to your regular hair or make it look like you had long hair. I had a few of these.

Dutch boy wigs. I had a couple of these in different colors. It was a full wig, with a medium length. My sister had some, too.

Well, that’s about all I can think of for now. Hope you enjoyed this look back. ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks for visiting! Peace โ˜ฎ๏ธ

ยฉ 2022 BS


15 responses »

  1. I recognize the names of most of your cuts. I had wiglets, but not wigs. I remember the spiral perms. I had straight long hair and it would take about 4 hours to roll the perm. I always had a terrible headache by the end. The good news is that it lasted for months and months. Thanks for adding to your thoughts. I’d sure like to see the photos. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Thanks, Lauren! Those perms were good ones, and I liked them. My hair has always been straight and fine textured so almost never would hold a curl, so these were good for awhile. I should go look up some of those old photos … and have a big laugh, actually! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Sounds like you tried a lot of different things with your hair. I have never been brave enough to make changes. I do color though. ๐Ÿ™‚ XO


    • Thanks, Ellen! I did do a lot of changing my look back then. It was fun at the time. Then much later it just got to be a chore to do the dying trying to hide the gray roots! haha. So I finally stopped. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I have never worn a wig, but when falls were popular I remember wanting one, but my hair was long at that time so I really didnโ€™t need one. I never had my hair frosted, but I years later I had highlights and lowlights frequently. I tried coloring my hair myself, but I was not good at it so I trusted professionals until I finally just let it grow out. I have been a blonde, brunette, redhead and now totally grey. In retirement I have had purple and blue highlights and streaks for several years – as a reminder of my sisters who I lost much too early.


    • Thanks, Maggie! Those wigs and falls were fun back then. One time though I felt I really needed one because I’d gotten my hair cut, and they did a horrible job – I’d asked for a trim on my long hair, and somehow they cut it allllll off. It was about an inch long all over when they got through. I immediately went out and got a full long wig and wore it until my hair grew out.
      Coloring I’ve had done a few times at a salon, but most times I’d do it myself. I’ve stopped now for the last few years, as it became a dreaded chore to cover the gray roots. I doubt my hair will ever be totally gray or white. It’s still mostly brown with gray mixed in, even as old as I am! ๐Ÿ™‚
      That’s pretty neat that you can do the streaks for a reminder of your sisters. โค

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