SoCS – Just Point

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you every week by Linda Hill. Check out her blog for the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

This week’s prompt:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “close eyes and point.” When you’re ready to write your post, open a book, a newspaper, or whatever is handy and close your eyes and point. Whatever word or picture your finger lands on, make that the basis of your SoCS/JusJoJan post. Enjoy!

I opened Alice Hoffman’s book “Magic Lessons” and pointed to the word hairpin.

Image by jacqueline macou from Pixabay

I do not use hairpins or ‘bobby-pins’ as we called them. At least not now. When I grew up, it was not at all uncommon for girls to sleep with their hair in rollers or curlers. Talk about a formula for a bad night of sleep! Early on we used brush rollers which were a small flexible tube filled with a wire brush. Ouch! They were designed to hang onto the hair, but a hairpin secured them in place. Once wet hair was wound around the rollers, a hairnet was sometimes used to keep the rollers in place while sleeping. Sleeping? Ha! Talk about uncomfortable. Later on, the rollers came with plastic picks to secure them rather than hairpins.

Girl with rollers in her hair
Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels

There were also plastic hair rollers that had a slip on clip that would clamp the hair onto the roller. These were often used on children along with sponge rollers which were a cylinder shaped piece of foam with an attached clip. My hair never stayed in those!

After brush rollers there were then hard plastic rollers in different sizes. The bigger the roller, the more body the style would have. At least the brush rollers would bend a little, but these plastic rollers were rigid and slick. As your hair dried, it tended to slide off the roller, ruining the curl. So, the solution was to use a lot of bobby pins. These were often used in beauty shops where the client would sit under a hair dryer for the hair to dry.

Both of my grandmothers had long grey hair which they braided and wrapped into a bun on the back of their hair. They used what I call true hairpins to secure their hair on their head. These were made of either wire or perhaps bakelite for special occasions.

My mother always set her hair in pin-curls. This consisted of the hair being spun around the tip of the finger and secured with two bobby-pins crossing each other. My mother could wrap pin-curls with her eyes shut. The first year I went to the cabin with my sisters, we bought bobby-pins with the intent of curling our hair in pin-curls. We never did, though. Now most people use clips rather than bobby pins.