Looking back through old school photos it's fun to see what I looked like and how I changed as the years passed. Funny thing is that those school photos didn't necessarily accurately depict what I actually looked like. Really . . .
Up through elementary school until I entered junior high school I always wore my hair pretty much the same way. Which is to say that I didn't do much of anything to it at all. I had chin length straight hair with straight bangs that were trimmed to my eyebrows. Nothing fancy . . . purely wash and go with no fuss or muss.
Except when it was school photo day. My mother insisted on putting my hair up in rollers the night before photo day . . . not the soft, spongy kind but the hard, dent-your-skull-when-your-sleeping kind . . .
So, not only would I look completely exhausted from lack of sleep because of all the pain of sleeping on rock-hard rollers clamped to my head but I'd have a goofy, poofy hair-do that was completely unlike my everyday plain jane look . . . it wasn't much of a look but it was me.
If I could get away with it, I would wet my hair down before I ran out to catch the school bus. Otherwise, I'd be stuck with a mop of floppy curls looking like some sort of dorky Shirley Temple.
It wasn't until I reached junior high school that I made a change in my appearance. No more stringy undone locks for me. Of course, that was also about the same time that I discovered that boys were cute . . . some of them, at least. That's when my hair style got some style . . . and that was the early 80's when hair got BIG and POOFY and . . . well BIG.
By the way . . . for whatever the reason, my mother never subjected my sister to this particular form of hair trauma. Another example of favoritism. Just sayin'.