April 8, 2014

H for Hair tales!!

Hair..hair...hare...Hair had been a fussy problem all my life. Right from our childhood to my daughter's. When mom did the shampooing with Shikakai, we were instructed to shut our eyes tight. My sister being the good girl she is, always followed the instructions promptly. Being the curious George, I would open my eyes letting the water seep into my eyes and start wailing; only to get another knock on the head with amma and then let another wail which in turn would bitter my mouth. This ritual continued every Sunday morning, until one fine day my maternal aunts brought the magical portions packed in tiny clear sachets. I still remember their shape and size vividly. The shampoo!!

The curls added to my hair miseries. Don't make that face. Yes. I never liked my curls. I longggged for smooth, silky, shiny hair. I thought only straight hair was fashion. Little did I know that curls were the new trend or for that matter men loved women with curly hair. Many times men at my work place said, "Ohh!! I love your curls." What do they know about my plight to get straight hair? Eggs, yoghurt, lemon for dandruff cure, henna, apple cider (that thing stinks), Jamaican Castor oil (this is even worse), navratan tail, hamara Parachute and every damn thing out there.

Added to that misery, I am never comfortable leaving my hair down or have my  hair dangling all over my face. I wonder how all the women of the world manage to maintain it that way. I straightened it sometimes, colored it fancy once. I even cut my hair short whenever I find it hard to manage. I love women who have long hair, but that's not my cuppa tea. I wouldn't waste half my life maintaining it.

Fast forward three decades, the troubles began for my daughter. Luckily, she inherited my MIL's genes. She has nice silky hair. But she likes hair dangling. Our princess would wake up with a hair style in mind each day. if we don't meet her requirements, the house becomes a war zone. She is barely five. May the lord have mercy on me when she is fourteen. :(

While I struggle with my hair tales, I learned that hair grows everywhere except where it is needed and is seen everywhere except where it should be seen!!

18 comments:

  1. :) I like the ending - lol. I've always had issues with my hair - too thick, curly, unruly and messy. *sigh*

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  2. I love the last line and in my case its so true :) hee hee
    Nice hairy Post ;)

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  3. That is hilarious. My daughter was the same way -- she is 28 and still has absolutely gorgeous hair -- must have been from how well she cared for it when she was young :)

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  4. I had long hair and straight hair which I did not like, I have short and wavy hair now which runs amok and has a mind of its own. A good hair day is rare.

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  5. Had a huge grin stuck on my face all through this post. The shikaki getting into the eys and mouth was a regular affair. :) And the last line made the grin go even wider :) Hair today, gone tomorrow!

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  6. Err. I like to have long hair.. In college it was long enough to tie in to a pony.. Now it won't grow that long..

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  7. THE LAST LINE! AMEN TO THAT!!

    I have given up on my hair. The more I pamper, the more it falls!

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  8. Ha ha, looks like hair woes are your bane ;) Loved the description on what you have done to straighten in ;)

    ~Shailaja

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  9. Oof! Reminds me of the same oiling ritual every Sunday and the pain of waxing!! :D

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  10. Ha ha ha!!! Hair woes are every girls' woes.. I love my hair and many claim that my hair is so pretty but to me I am still wondering and hunting for a perfect hairdo!

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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  11. Hair tales are never ending with women no? I had nice, thick hair when I was a child when my mother used to regularly oil it but now my hair sheds, creating a panic in me that I will go bald even before reaching mid-30s :)

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  12. Oh God Hair tales! The only thing that makes me so sad...I have such bad hair that sometimes I just want to shave it all off!!

    Random Thoughts Naba

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  13. I remember washing with soaked and then boiled shikakai amla reetha too. What a tedious process it was, but it was certainly good for hair. Shampoos have damaged my hair beyond repair now! LOL @ the last line :D

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  14. It's amazing how those who have straight hair want curls and vice versa! :)

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  15. Enjoyed your post all about hair so much that it inspired me to write my own hairy poem for today. I had to laugh at your last line about hair growing everywhere we don't want it to. I can relate!
    http://cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.ca/2014/04/h-is-for-hair.html

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  16. OH my, my hair is curly and long down to my waist! I know, it is a lot of work, but I do love it. It's become me in a sense? Odd, hair.

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  17. Your last line had me smiling. I have straight hair and i always envied women with curly hair :)

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  18. Oh tell me about it. I've had this silky hair but its not dense. My sister has thick hair and she complains its straight. We always wanted to swap :-D. And of course, maintaining it is such a huge task!

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