When I was in high school, my hair was just about the most important thing in my life. It was the late ’80s, and big hair was a big deal. There was the wildly popular “mall hair,” those towering bangs atop a permed base, but that wasn’t for me. I was all about weird hair. I shaved it, spiked it, teased it, colored it, bleached it, and went through more styling wax and spray glue than was probably healthy. For a while I cultivated a glorious wave of bangs that would have made the members of A Flock of Seagulls jealous.
As an adult, I’ve calmed down and backed away from the styling products a bit… but I still pay a lot of attention to my hair. I like it to look good and I love to change my style often. As I was tinkering with a new way of twisting my bangs off my face, it occurred to me that hair styles get lots of mentions in the Guest Book, too. So today I bring you 5 condolence messages about hair.
1. To me Will was the most unique, intelligent man I’ve ever met. When he came to my shop for a haircut every two weeks it was always something diffrent that expressed his individual style and personality (he invented all of his hair cuts). We had so many laughs, he had the best sense of humor. I think he came to my shop for the laughs not just a haircut. [Published in Baltimore Sun]
2. Sorry to hear about the passing of Tony Crump. He will be missed dearly. Remembering your signature hairstyle you brought to the halls of Armstrong “the MoHawk” will always be dear to us. [Published in Times-Dispatch]
3. The first time I met Ellen was the day she walked into my Hair Salon and asked if I could do her type of hair style. I said I would love to TRY, and although sometimes it looked like the leaning Tower of Pisa, I kept trying and Ellen continued to be patient and for that I am grateful because I got to know such a wonderful, loving, nurturing and humble human being that became a friend, confidante and “family”. [Published in San Jose Mercury News]
4. As I sit and reflect on the beautiful woman that forever touched my life, I would have never known that Saturday Morning as we sat together, at the hair salon getting our hair styled, laughing, talking, joking, and sharing stories, that you would be taken from this earthly home. My heart is overwhelmed with emotion, but I know that God will heal the pain that we all feel. [Published in The Herald]
5. Nan is remembered by most for her devotion to the NAACP. Her tireless efforts will never be forgotten. But those of us who grew up in the “50’s, remember her being our first “Black Hairdresser” When you look in the High School year books from that era every person of color has a hairdo done by Nan. We will forever hold her dear in our hearts. [Published in The Enterprise]
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