Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tactile memory

A month or two ago, a commenter mentioned (maybe by e-mail) that she sticks to open-ended scarves as head-coverings because she likes having her hair open to the air. Well, I've tried just about every other female head-covering other than a sheitel/wig, so I figured I'd try that, too.

Oddly enough, I found that wearing a scarf tied behind my head but left open at the back made me feel feminine. I couldn't figure out why. After all, all of my baseball hats are pink (deliberately), and I'm now the proud owner of four hats designed for women.

It finally dawned on me that I've previously worn scarves tied the old-fashioned way (under the chin, which was very common when I was a child in the 1950's), and with the back tucked in and the sides pulled up front and wrapped around one another, turban-style--I haven't yet succeeded in creating the currently-popular bun-in-back style. But when I tie a scarf behind my head, leave all of the "ends" dangling down my back, leave it open in back instead of tucking it in, and pull the scarf above my ears, the way I like it, it feels very similar to wearing my then-long hair pulled back with a barrette, as I often did in my twenties.

I'm 61 years old, and I haven't had long hair since I was 28. Apparently, tactile memory goes a long way back.


Anonymous rivkayael said...

I like it too because it keeps my hair away from my face! I also have very smooth hair, so tying bun style pulls the entire tichel off my head (thick hair means that hairpins can't hold it up). Same problem with berets. And snoods. And everything else.

Wed Jan 12, 04:14:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

You have thick hair? Funny, I have the opposite problem. Wanna trade? :)

Wed Jan 12, 05:55:00 PM 2011  

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