Hair Solutions for the Sandwich Generation Family – From Plastic Hair Rollers to Cute Grand girls Hair Bows

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Hair, hair bows, and a hair curler or two! For those of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for the elderly parents in our family, along with babysitting grandchildren, I suspect my home is not the only one where these issues crop up. My senior mom has made good use of hair rollers, hair roller clips, and the not-so-occasional bobby pin every day for as long as I've known her (and that's 50+ years!). Perms (permanents) have been a regular appointment for her at least a couple of times a year for that long as well.

This baby boomer has some vivid memories of bad perms that just made me want to hide my hair under a sack

For myself, I remember several perms through the years that made me look as if I had stuck a finger in the light socket! I just wanted to hide my head in a bag until it had grown out! It wasn't until I was in my 30s that I realized I have naturally curly hair WHEN it is shorter. And it took me til my 40s to discover the perfect and quite basic haircut for my hair that lets me wash and wear it daily with no more muss, fuss, or perms. YAY – perfect for this baby boomer granny nanny!

And then, there's the grandgirls – who don't understand WHY granny nanny is a total loss when it comes to helping with their hair and hair bows, but do KNOW to go straight to great-grandma for help with all their cute little girls hair accessories!

Learn how to make hair bows for grandgirls with these hair instructions and kit - fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren as well

When a granddaughter and I were taking Pink Saturday pictures a couple of weeks ago, my senior mom suggested I take a picture of her pink plastic and "brush" rollers. She recently had me buy the "brush" hair rollers when I was out looking for new hair roller clips for her curlers that weren't too tight for her to open. Trying to hold a hair curler and a hair clip is tricky for any of us, but more so for a senior parent who's hands aren't as strong as they used to be or who are struggling with arthritis. I spotted these and called her about them. Since they are bristly, they don't require roller clips or bobby pin and she thought that would be a big help.

These brush hair rollers or curlers did work well on my senior mom's hair without any roller clips or a bobby pin but they seemed to pull more of her aging fine hair out.jpt

Turns out, they DO stay in, BUT when they come out, so do a lot more strands of hair than her plastic hair rollers! She wisely pointed out that, as we grow older, we start losing hair a lot faster. So any product that speeds up hair loss is NOT a good option for one of our elderly parents. Once she realized that, those curlers went to the back of the drawer and she went right back to setting her hair with her plastic hair rollers. 

My senior mom prefers to buy plastic hair rollers and easy to useclips and the occasional bobby pin for her fine hair

Of course, then we still had to find her new hair roller clips that were easy enough for her to use. We were thrilled to discover Sally's Beauty Supplies in our town and gave them a try. This was a total success as a I found a roller clip that was easier for her to use. Hooray! Turns out Sally's is a big help for those of us caring for the elderly parents in our family with a much bigger selection of hair supplies than regular stores. They're not so bad for the grandgirls either – definitely a good resource for all of us in the Sandwich Generation. And even more good news – they are online as well. My mom's going to LOVE to hear that. πŸ™‚ Happy Pink Saturday!

P.S. If you and your grandgirls are loving the cute hair bows that are all the rage right now, you might enjoy checking out  Michelle Garretts' Easy Make Bow Instructions and Craft Kit or the Darice Bowdabra Bow Maker and Craft Tool. I discovered them while researching something else and thought they looked quite intriguing for all of us grandparents and our grandchildren – near and far.

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  • I had to stop using rollers due to the hair loss at the front and the hairdresser said it put too much stress on the roots. Love the pretty bows though.

  • Oh boy do I remember all the work involved in rolling my hair and waiting for it to dry, sleeping on the rollers etc…….I am so happy for a flat iron, curling iron and a dryer!! Happy Pink Saturday sweetie, Char

  • Hi Donnie, My senior mom struggles with that so much. But she can get by with the smooth plastic rollers so far. πŸ™‚

  • Amen, Char, AMEN. Or in my case – a short, wash and wear, haircut! πŸ™‚ Happy Pink Saturday πŸ™‚

  • I can’t remember the last time I used rollers, thank goodness for the flat iron. Great bows. Happy Belated Pink Saturday.

  • πŸ™‚ Char and I are right there with you Julie! Though in my case, I usually don’t even do that much – LOVE wash and wear hair! The only real big thing I do with my hair every couple of months is color it. Yes it does “wash that grey right out of my hair” but I like it because it makes my hair more cooperative – saving me valuable time for the more important Sandwich Generation issues of life – like babysitting grandchildren. πŸ™‚ Speaking of which, I’m off to do just that after church. Have a blessed day. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Kaye,

    What a nice story. I can just picture everybody at your house fixing their hair. My Grandma used to give everybody home perms, including me. She did a great job, but sometimes I would end up with a fuzzhead. I am a wash and wear gal like you these days, except that I do color it myself. Not ready for gray yet.

    There is a Sally Beauty Supply in Bend, and I think I’ll check it out sometime, now that you reminded me of it.

    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by to say hello.


  • It’s a great resource for the busy Sandwich Generation, Kathy. That’s for sure. Have a lovely week! πŸ™‚