*NEW* The Hindsight Notes

12 Jul

Do you remember passing notes in class?

Now’s your chance to be a badass all over again. Pass us a note!

The Hindsight notes will be a recurring section, created for all you readers desperate to participate in THL, but lacking time to write a full letter. Each Note will be composed of a question. All you need to do is answer it, in the form of a comment (below).

This week, it’s all about hair. Tell us about your worst teenaged hairstyle. Mullet, Chelsea, Mohawk, Aniston, whatever it was, we want to hear about it. If you’re feeling particularly brave, send us a photo and we’d be pleased to share it with the world.

I’ll start us out. But first, here is a photo to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about:

12 Responses to “*NEW* The Hindsight Notes”

  1. thehindsightletters July 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    The worst hairstyle I ever had as a teenager was actually the one I kept for the longest. This fact is still a mystery to me.

    I was into punk rock, and I had a thing about Bettie Page. The obvious next step was to dye my hair black and cut my bangs short.

    At the time, I thought this ‘do was pretty rockin’. In reality, the trouble was twofold: 1) Having really, really short bangs makes your nose look bigger, not smaller. 2) Cutting your own bangs is really tough. Each time I did it they would wind up crooked, prompting me to cut the other side to match, and then back to the original side to correct that one… until at one point I basically had what looked like a glorified eyebrow at my hairline. Tres chic.

    • Mel July 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

      Hmmm, where to start… the bleached blond bob(did not look like Marilyn Munroe, trust me) or the deep purple/black shaggy do?? Or the haircut that kept getting shorter when I was in Montreal? By the time, my ‘hairdresser’ friend was done, it was shaved in the back and angled down to my chin in the front. Let’s just say, hairdressing was most definately not her calling. Did I mention it was a deep burgundy?? wow, some bad choices all around.

      • thehindsightletters July 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

        I remember the angled/shaved bob!! I had that one too! The conclusion I have since come to is that unless it is for charity, it’s really never a good idea to shave any part of your head.

  2. Brianna Goldberg July 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    While I was never actually hip enough to even try for a cool haircut/hairdo in high school, I do distinctly remember a certain hair doodad that I used to fancify my ponytail for special occasions that I think qualifies for this note. It was reserved for the most very special of days: Figure Skating Exams.

    Yes, those dreaded afternoons when I squeezed myself into a bedazzled lycra bodysuit and pranced about before judges at the local arena in hopes that I would get more than satisfactory marks for my sad interpretation of the ice-dance foxtrot. Why? I’m still not really sure. It likely had a lot to do with peer pressure and insanity. But back to the hair.

    *Obviously* I wouldn’t even have a CHANCE pass my test if I just wore a *regular* ponytail (well, okay, it was already super duper extra hairsprayed…). That wasn’t enough. No, I required the whammo super surprise good luck pizzazz of THE TOPSY TAIL.

    [Editor’s note: Good lord, they still make that thing?]

    It’s a hairstyle I very much regret and which still mystifies me to this day. Firstly, why does using a flimsy plastic hoop make a ponytail fancier? Secondly, how did I ever stop laughing at the name of the device long enough to actually yank my sad ponytail through said flimsy plastic hoop?

    In conclusion: Dear Adolescent Me, Your ponytail is fine just as it is. Nothing you can buy from “As Seen On TV” will make you any more special or more qualified for figure skating glory. Also, there is something BIG coming down the pipe. It’s called The Internet. Some day you’ll be able to buy the Topsy Tail while sitting on your couch wearing pyjamas. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. Hang in there. And don’t forget to watch those toe-picks as you strut down the ice! Love; Older You, Who Still Has A Weirdly Bad Hairdo… just a different kind.

    Now, here’s the real question: Will I regret my CURRENT hairstyle as much as that one? I think about that a lot!

    • thehindsightletters July 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

      Ah! The Topsy Tail!! Very well suited to ice-dance foxtrot indeed. Almost makes me want to purchase a new Topsy Tail. And/or practice ice-dance foxtrot.

  3. Dianne Firth Evans July 13, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    What EVER made me think that I would look really great with a curly perm, and bangs to top it all off? Oh, I remember now, an actress who was the “hip” indie of my day…darn that Julie Christie!!!

    • thehindsightletters July 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

      I think the bangs were probably a necessity. Otherwise what would your curly perm look like at the front? I think that’s what they call a Jheri curl.

  4. Erin Perreault July 13, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    It’s 2010 and I am still having problems with hairstyles. My hair being as thick as a forest and as coarse as a stallion’s tail, not quite curly but not exactly straight, gave me two options in the ways of “style”;

    1. The bun. Which now I look back at and realize I look like I had two heads. Amazing.

    2. The flip. No matter how many times I tried to straighten my hair, it always flipped out at the ends, but I thought hey, it looks cute! (FYI- I resembled Betty Rubble) I should have known that when my 50 year old Media Teacher in High school told me she loved my flip because it reminded her of her own hair style…30 years ago.

    Once humidity kicked in I found it increasingly difficult to walk through door ways my hair grew outwards at an exponential rate, I felt like a twin to Gilda Radner’s “Roseanne Roseannadanna.”

    (And let me tell you something; having to sit against the ironing board and lay your hair flat so that your mother, lacking 20/20 vision, come at your scalp with her iron, is freightening and not ideal- especially in low lit rooms. I couldnt afford an actual hair straightener so this was my only chance to decrease the volume on my head.)

    It still takes me 45 minutes to blow dry my hair straight, but I learned from my earlier mistakes and invested in a hand held ceramic straightener….

  5. Michael Larrick July 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    I went through a highlight phase in middle school and a “hair spiked straight up because I listen to Blink 182 so I’m fucking punk” phase.

    • thehindsightletters July 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

      Blink 182 brings me right back… and spiky highlights! Nothing says “punk rock” like spiky highlights!


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