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Stick It – SoCS

Linda has presented us with a rather common four-letter word this week. Should be a piece of cake, right?  If you want to give it a shot then check out her post and join the party.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “tape.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Use it any way you like. Enjoy!

Somewhere along the route that we call progress, the art of pin curls went away. My mother could ‘set’ her hair in a flash – no mirror required. Every move of her fingers was precise, fastening every strand of hair into place. My sister was pretty good at pin curls, too. Me? Not so much.

Somewhere in the 60s, hairstyles got shorter (Thanks Twiggy). Even pin curls require enough hair to wrap into circles in order to pin with a bobby pin. Enter pink hair setting tape sold under the Scotch tape brand. Instead of pinning the hair into place, this low tack tape was used to tape hair in place. Little side curls would be taped to the side of the face securing it until the hair dried. Those pesky bangs could also be secured so they didn’t ‘flip’ while drying.

Sadly, fashion has moved on. Hair set tape is no longer sold. Never fear though, you can get used roll – dispenser and all – for about $30 on eBay (I think it sold for 69¢ back in the day). I knew I should have kept mine!


31 thoughts on “Stick It – SoCS”

  1. haha! I do remember the tape for hairstyling. I think I even had some, if I remember correctly. 🙂 I’m pretty sure I went through every hair fad that came along.

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    1. Me, too. I wanted to try peroxide because my mom talked about it, but that never happened. I think I even tried Sun-In once, but the results were less than satisfying.

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  2. I remember — both the pin curls and the pink tape…but only because you brought the memory forward, Maggie! My mom had curly hair and her sisters didn’t…they were forever pinning their hair just as you described to get my mom’s natural-looking curls…and oh my goodness, yes, the tape was pink, and it was so ‘low tack’ that it wasn’t good for much other than hair. Not that I tried…LOL! 😉😉😉

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  3. Now that’s a memory Maggie! My sister used that tape, and I vaguely remember my mom making pin curls…I think. Although it could have been someone else?

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    1. Almost everyone in my mom’s generation used pin curls to style their hair. The thought of going to bed with wet hair now seems so uncomfortable.

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      1. This just made me remember pink sponge rollers with the little bar/clip thing versus the black pokey wire ones- do you remember those. More things I remember my sister using because it was the 60’s and she had to have super high hair! Oh my- what about rat tail combs and Aqua Net hairspray 🙂

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  4. I think I am too young to remember that. Besides both my mom and grandmother got perms rather than doing any curls with or without tape 😎 Happy Saturday despite everything 🤗


    1. It is funny to think back on. I don’t think most salons even have those seated hair dryers any longer. Everything is hand-held now, and no rollers in most salons either!

      My mom had a portable hair dryer with a bonnet that puffed up like a clown’s wig.

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