Déjà vu – The hippies are back again

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By Lee Scott

My friend Cindy called the other day and asked “Lee, do you have any berets or scrunchies?”

She knows I have a good supply of both, but I am used to seeing clips in her hair.

When I questioned her about it, she said, “Oh, it’s not for me. It’s for my husband.”

Ah, yes! Hair has been growing for all of us since the salons have closed. No one is getting a haircut nowadays, except when a spouse allows their better half to clip it.

But we do know what a disaster that could turn out to be.

Looking around now, the men’s hairdos are reminiscent of the 1960s.

The other problem with beauty salons being closed has to do with hair dyes. There is a joke on the internet that reads “88 percent of the blondes on the Earth have disappeared over the past month.”

But it is not just the blonde issue. For some women, it has been a real shock since they have not seen their true hair color for years. Suddenly, white and gray are very prevalent hair colors.

Now I realize hair salons are closed and losing money every day, but I do not think they will have a problem getting appointments when they open. There is an overwhelming demand for haircuts.

But they may find a shortage of the professional hair coloring supplies.

My daughter, who has a professional “hair enhancement” (as she calls it) once a month suddenly looks like a member of a Gothic band. Her kids think she looks hip, but Andrew her hairdresser has warned her NOT to use any drug store bottled hair dye for the fear of making it worse.

And speaking of “Hip,” my own spouse needs a Scrunchi of his own. His hair has always grown quickly, and John on Bay Street always does a good job.

Fortunately, the last time he went in, John gave him a nice short cut, so it has taken longer to grow out. Now the Hubby said he is considering a ponytail so he can embarrass his kids.

Of course, it is not just the hair on the top of men’s heads. It seems like a good deal of them have just stopped shaving completely.

For those men who can work at home and do not have to go to their office, the incentive to shave in the morning is gone. The popular GQ look of two months ago is now a Grizzly Adams look.

As for me, I am not having a problem. My hair is growing out and when everyone else was looking for hand sanitizers, I was in the hair product aisle of my drug store. Now I am part of the 12 percent of blondes that are still on the Earth.

Lee Scott, a writer and recent retiree, shares her everyday observations about life after career. A former commercial banker responsible for helping her clients to reach their business objectives, Scott now translates those analytical skills to her writings. She lives on St. Helena Island and enjoys boating, traveling and reading.

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