Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Claw vs. The Granny

As I listened to yet another millennial ridicule the way we wore our hair in the 80s, I found myself sighing out loud. She even referred to it by a name I'd never heard before: The Kansas Claw.



The claw referred to that thing we did to the top of our head. It was shaped like a claw, I guess? Most of us were aiming more for something that looked like Blair Warner:



Yes, I get it. We looked ridiculous. But do we look any more ridiculous than they did in the 70s?



Or the 90s?



And what were young men to their hair doing a few years ago?



Flash forward to today when young women are intentionally doing this to themselves:



I'm not saying any one haircut is better than the other. I'm saying that you can't tell us we're the only generation to look back at our fashions and hairstyles years later and say:



What do you think is the worst hairstyle of all time?

31 comments:

  1. I don't think any one of these are worse than another. It's just a fad. Some people follow it, but some don't. I for one, as never one to follow such things. Trying to follow things like this was something that could subject me to ridicule (something I recalled in my memoir).

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    1. I had the Rachel...briefly. I think that was a very brief trend...not nearly as long as perm/big hair in the 80s!

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  2. Hair is hair....I'm just grateful I still have some lol.

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    1. So true. And the older you get, the less you care about "hair fashion."

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  3. I totally dig that feathered 70s hair... for men and women! I wish I had come along a couple of years earlier so I could have tried it myself!

    I actually tried growing my hair out in the early 90s, but it's very curly and I basically ended up with RINGLETS, which is very hard for an awkward teenage boy to pull off.

    And I will admit, I really like that silver "granny" hair as you call it.

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    1. The feathered look often came with those curls at the nape of the neck. So you would have fit in perfectly in the 80s! My husband had the feathers. I never quite made them work. Feathers didn't work so well with extremely thick hair, which was what I had as a teen.

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  4. The worst decision I ever made was to convince my mother to let me get a ducktail haircut when I was in junior high. The thing I dislike - probably not the right word - it when someone gets a hairstyle in high school and then wears the same 'style' until they die. I have a cousin in her late 60's who has never changed her hair. It's still a frizzy perm. Maybe it's a wig? Anyway, my hairdresser and I are arguing over my hair color as I want to let the natural ash gray emerge and she says I will hate it. Maybe so, but it is growing on MY head, lol.

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    1. SO true!!! I don't see them very often, but I once asked the stylists at a salon how often people come in requesting mullets and they said all the time. They don't call them mullets but you can tell when they come in what they have--and they ask for it to be short on top and long in the back. "Business in front, party in the back!"

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    1. Yeah, I think that's one trend we'll never see catch on outside the White House!

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    1. That was probably the ugliest. Not sure who came up with that idea!

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  7. I agree with Valerie and Maria - both hairstyles are tied for me!

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    1. The comb over wins as "worst" for me!

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  8. Oh my graduation pic made me look a little too much like Kitty in That '70s Show. Much more funny when my mother compared the two of us. She has no idea...

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. I just had a perm at graduation. Lots of curl and big poufy top bangs!

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  9. For me personally, it's all straight hair of the 70s. It looks horrible on me and that's really how I decide on the goodness of a fashion.

    The 40s must be the classiest era. No one ever makes fun of that style.

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    1. Isn't it funny that most of us don't have a center part anymore? Who decided, "Pick a side and part it there?"

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  10. I think the time I gave myself bangs was the worst...
    OH and the PERM!!!

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    1. I haven't had bangs since the 90s because I don't want the commitment of having to go in to get them cut! True story. People say, "Cut them yourselves" and I KNOW what a disaster that would be.

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  11. Trump's combover wins out for me! Wonder who cuts and styles that mess for him? I recently saw a picture of an old highschool friend and she has the exact same hairstyle. I recently had mine cut into what we referred to as a "shag" back in the day. I like it because it lends itself to an easy grow-out and it's easy to care for.

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    1. The shag haircut is always a popular one.

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  12. I used to wear my hair long and straight and parted down the middle, Peggy Lipton style (from The Mod Squad, late 60s), then I got it cut into a "shag" (In the 70s) with feathered layers. I nearly freaked out because it looked so different. It took me awhile to get used to it, but looking back, that was my favorite hairstyle (for me).

    Trudy @ Reel Focus
    Food in Film: Vegetables

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    1. I enjoyed the "Rachel" hairdo from the 90s, but it wasn't the best for me. The best for me is always the one Valerie Bertinelli had for a while--layered around the face. I have a round face and I need my hair to kind of come in and cover part of that up!

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  13. I showed my daughter 90s "hair bands" and she thought all the musicians were women because of their hair. ;)

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    1. I hated that hair on men, even back then. I always found it perplexing that my friends thought men with long hair and makeup were "sexy." Eww!

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  14. Ha, ha! Thanks for the neat pictures. I never thought about it and still don't. Every generation has their hair style, their favorite words and clothes. Now that you mention it, though, it is interesting. What were we thinking, as you say?

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  15. The worst hairstyle of all time? Probably too many to count, but then again, I guess that some people would say the same for my super-short hair.

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  16. I love looking at old hairstyles! Mostly because people used to put SO much more effort into it than I have ever done. I pretty much brush mine and hope for the best, haha!

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  17. You know what, be true to you and have fun! You wouldn't believe the things I have done, including a mohawk and I had a checkerboard died in the back of my head too! LOL!

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