15 thoughts on “Grand and Glorious: The Stray Hair

  1. I was just rereading the “Little House on the Prairie” books and they went to great lengths to get Laura and Mary hats when they were going out into public as adults. It did seem entirely mandatory and that would have been in the 1880’s.

    About hair length – once my husband and I started watching this old French movie that appeared to be from the early 50s. The movie was halfway over when we tuned in. The man had a wife and a mistress, and it was quite confusing for us as the wife (who was supposedly dowdy and old) had this beautiful long hair and the mistress (who was supposedly young and sexy) had this awful short grandma hair – that helmet look, set with rollers and hairsprayed. We had so strongly associated that type of hairstyle with old people that it took us quite some time to realize the person we thought was the wife, was actually the mistress, and that the long hair was supposed to be unstylish and old fashioned.

    My mother (with the exception of a year or two in the mid 70’s) and grandmothers were super opposed to long hair on women. It took me years to get over that and grow out my hair.


  2. There was likely a trendsetter style choice against hat wearing in the 60s, but my take on why it stuck is that more people than ever starting driving cars to work and working in white collar jobs. So if you’re never really exposed to either sun or cold, hats are superfluous and just another thing to keep track of.

    I would also like go out on a limb and say ‘no hat’ is kinda a white thing for the past 50 years. Non-white fashion choices have often had some kind of headwear present – and very rarely for merely religious reasons.


  3. The cartoon explicitly talks about how much she loves her hair.

    But her head with a hat is more important than the head without a hat. I mean, to the point where she cut off her hair for her hat-wearing.

    How much of one’s day was spent in a hat?

    Seriously, this is nuts to me.


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