Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The time I dyed Teresa's hair green Scrapbooking in Melbourne, Florida

Yes, I dyed my sister's hair green when I was in Junior High School.

But I'll show you this card first, in case you don't want to read the whole silly story. I l-o-v-e the "Notebook" paper pack! That's the paper I used for this card. And do you have the new "Wishes" card template book yet? It is to die for! I finally feel like I can make cards now! This card is fashioned after the pattern "Top It Off". I just love it!
RECIPE (all products CTMH):
Paper: Notebook, Black Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock
Stamps: Thank You My Acrylix(TM)
Ink: Hollyhock
Other: Black Mini-Brads, Black Ribbon Rounds
Okay. Now about the green hair. It was the 70's. Gone was the long straight hair of the 60's. Mary Lou Retten made the short wedge cut popular. Well, my older sister Teresa had pretty short hair. She had been "highlighting" it. Now, highlighting from the 70's was not as evolved as the products that are available today. As a matter of fact, it was brand new.
Well. I had just bought another new hair care product - the Curling Iron. It rocked! Well, Teresa decided to try it on her short, highlighted hair and she LOVED IT! She loved it so much that she decided this was the time for me to give her a perm!
A little background here. We grew up with Toni Home Perms in our heads from the moment we could walk. I used to cry and cry 'cause all the girls in the magazines had the long straight hair, and my head looked like Shirley Temple's. So we were comfortable with the idea of having perm rods in our head.
Secondly....we have VERY thick hair and LOTS of it. It takes a l-o-n-g time to roll it on those tiny little perm rods. But we had watched our mom do it our whole lives. No problem, right?
Well. This was a humid Sunday evening and my mom left for church, leaving Teresa's little head in my capable 14-year-old hands. Ha. HA. HA!!! So she read the directions to me as I started rolling. and rolling....and rolling.....ugh. Anyway, the instructions directed me to apply the perm solution to each roller as I went along. Which I did. After all, she was telling me how to do it. I can still smell that solution. Ugh. Well, by the time I got to the end, we realized it had taken a long, LONGGG time.
So I checked the first roller. Oh dear. Why did it have a sickly green hue? Sort of a cross between black and garden green. And it wasn't really was sort of......wiry. Yeah, it was wiry. The combination of the previously-mentioned highlighting and the long-standing perm solution....oh my goodness.
Well, thank God I was bigger than her (that's an understatement)! Needless to say, it was a disaster. I'm surprised all of her hair didn't fall out! I'm surprised she didn't pull out all of mine! So we took a trip to TG&Y to try to find something to bleach the color out of her hair. Then a stop at our neighbor Ruth's house. Ruth is a hairdresser, and Teresa wasn't about to let anyone else touch her head at this point.
My subconscious mind has blocked out everything after this point. It must have eventually worked out, because her hair is no longer green or wiry. As a matter of fact, she even trusted me to color it a couple of times recently!
Do you have a silly family hair story?


Kathi Carlson said...

Love your card and love your story even more! How funny!! As for hair stories, I've been around a long time and could probably start a new blog on the subject. The stories that are funny now weren't necessarily so humorous at the time. Thanks for sparking some fun memories!

Susana M said...

Hey Deb,
Loved the story and it took me back to when my mom would staighten my hair -ugh
Lovely card and love the look of your new blog!!!
Wishing you lots of success :o)
Hearts and Hugs