Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farrah, My Hair Icon, R.I.P.

With all the events going on in the world right now writing about the passing of Farrah Fawcett may seem shallow. But I loved her! I was born in 1970 and any girl born of that era wanted Farrah Fawcett hair. So feathery and full. See photo of me below for why this was an unattainable dream.

It was so unfair. My mom has a perm in this picture, her hair is straight, couldn't I have straight hair? Just so that I could curl it with a curling iron like all my girlfriends. Kellie, Linda, my cousin Crissy's hair was to die for. Look at my brothers! Blonde and blue-eyed! A complete injustice!!

I loved you so much Farrah! You were on Charlie's Angels for only one season and that is the only season I ever watched.

I tried to straighten my hair with perms, a blow dryer, and once horrible chemicals that made my hair fall out in chunks. But I still held on desperately to the straight pieces of hair that didn't fall out, and combed them over the bald spots. I did this against everyone's advice until a mean 8th grade boy asked me if I had been in a fire. I finally got a haircut.

At least in my high school years the spiral perm started to take off and I was such an angry teen that I started to care less about looking like everyone else.

But I was never angry at Farrah.

I finally waved the white flag of surrender, and my hair called a truce.

And now that I am older there are actually hair products for my hair. So we are good.

Farrah 62 years is too young to die. And to suffer from such an "unglamorous" cancer. I am so sorry, you deserved to die painlessly. But you were still so beautiful. Now I can only wish to be as gorgeous as you when I am 62. Rest In Peace, now you really are an angel.


julicle said...

Since my hair was less kinky curly than yours, I was actually able to pull off the feathered hair-do on occasion. I recently watched a documentary about her journey with cancer, and they actually chose to avoid certain treatments so that she could hold on to her hair for as long as possible. In the end, she did have to lose most of it, but she totally owned it and showed her bald head on camera. Very moving, especially the love affair with Ryan O'Neill.

Btw, that pic of you with the orange curtain behind you is AWESOME!

Charlotte said...

I am so glad that I didn't watch that documentary because I am sure I would be even more sad but I am glad you told me that about her hair.

Orange curtain pic, thank you but mostly it's because my friend, Dan, from high school is an excellent photographer. He even worked on the Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore. So I guess that makes that photo indirectly famous. And I didn't even know that photo existed until Dan put it on facebook.

Gotta love Facebook.

Helen McGinn said...

What a lovely post and I love that picture off you, when you decide to just go with the flow so to speak! RIP Farrah, I loved her too. Although I was always'Kelly' in Charlie's Angels. Sigh.
Helen x