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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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 🙂 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.