The trials of covering 'in transition' hair.

When I go out and about on errand running, I tend to just have a colorful scarf wrapped around my head to keep my hair under control. My head gets cold easily, at least that's how it feels, so I like to keep it covered. Which is strange considering how much hair I have.

This day my hair was, as I call it, 'in transition'. I had washed and pin curled it because I was going out later that night, and I needed to go out and do stuff during the day. I put on my jeans, a t-shirt and my cardie. Great, what do I put on my head?

Despite my love of hats, when I'm not doing a vintage type event or social outing, I often get quite intimidated prancing around town in a 40's beret. I spent a good half hour choosing a head covering for a simple grocery run! I have to laugh at that.


This is what I started with. Man, my head is round!

I first went with my 20s linen hat, but it didn't match my kick around clothes (shallow, I know).

Then I popped on a black beret I just finished but I felt it was too dressy, even though I made it for just this reason. Perhaps if my hair was not in tight little balls pinned to my head I would have felt more confident.

I then tried my old stand by, a cotton head scarf. I look sick or I look like I'm supposed to be handing out Jesus loves you flyers at the bus stop.

In the end I finally chose a gaberdine wool beret I made on a whim last year. It gave my dome enough volume so I would look like I had *some* hair, and I didn't feel stupid. 

There. I can live with that. 

14 comments:

  1. I love the first hat. I'd wear that one all the time :) My grandma put her hair up in pin curls all the time. If she had to go out, she'd wrap a bright scarf around -Rosie the Riveter type style. You should check out www.garlandsofgrace.com. Their Cecily style scarf would fit over the pin curls easily and they don't look religious/sick. They have such pretty fabric choices I'm sure you'd find one to go with most of you clothes.

    Paula

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  2. I look like I'm supposed to be handing out Jesus loves you flyers at the bus stop... made made laugh out loud! Cool hats.

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  3. How can you decide on which one?! They all look great! I wish I could wear hats but I am just the opposite my head 'bakes' in a hat.

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  4. Shelley,

    My fourteen year old daughter has the same problem on the weekends when I do her hair. She decided to go natural about 3 years ago. She has inspired me to do the same. Transitioning is very hard though. Trying to figure out which products work for your hair and which styles work for your face.

    Anyway, she likes to wear a crocheted slouchy hat. One is more like a 70s look and the other is more like a snood from the 40s. Sometimes I wear a very colorful, large scarf knotted in a side bun.

    Her hair is very thick and kinky. So it takes quite a while to do it (3 or 4 hours for twists) and so a hat is totally necessary. Love your blog.

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  5. Thanks for the replies everyone :)
    Its me being finicky, something Im good at.

    I cant do the Rosie look, makes me look like a mammy.

    Tia, Ive been natural since I was about 16, so Im all too familiar with the in-between time of hair styling. I wish you and your daughter great luck on your hair journeys!

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  6. Definition clarification.
    When I say transition, I mean from washed hair to styled hair.
    That's it.

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  7. The final has definitely been the right choice, it looks lovely!

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  8. Love your final choice! Your post made me laugh...handing out Jesus Loves you flyers...priceless!

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  9. Except for the scarf they're all lovely, but my favorite is the first one, it's perfect for you.

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  10. Two thumbs up for your final choice! I'm really glad that I found your blog, love it!

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  11. What do you mean by pincurls? How do you do pincurls? I heard of them forever, but never knew what they look like or how you do them.

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  12. Pincurls are a lock of hair that is coiled flat to the head and pinned in place with a bobby pin. The hair is allowed to dry then can be styled many different ways with the wave the curl produces.

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