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Old 08-25-2013, 07:11 AM   #1
 
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I've noticed that most of my hair related compliments come from older people! As straighteners have only become popular relatively recently here, and mostly among the younger people I know, I reckon the different generations have very different attitudes towards curls in the main. It's quite normal for older ladies here to have their hair curled every week, for example. What are your experiences?
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I've noticed that most of my hair related compliments come from older people! As straighteners have only become popular relatively recently here, and mostly among the younger people I know, I reckon the different generations have very different attitudes towards curls in the main. It's quite normal for older ladies here to have their hair curled every week, for example. What are your experiences?
I'm in the UK too and I receive compliments from both genders and various ages, some more on my waves and some more on my unnatural pink-red colour and some on the combination tho.
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I was a blonde when I was little, and I can remember old ladies stopping us in the street to coo over my Shirley Temple hair!
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I find this!! Older people tend to be very complimentary ("haven't you got a lovely wave to your hair?") whereas younger people are all "eww what is that thing on your head? What happened to your GHDs??" lol
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I've noticed that most of my hair related compliments come from older people! As straighteners have only become popular relatively recently here, and mostly among the younger people I know, I reckon the different generations have very different attitudes towards curls in the main. It's quite normal for older ladies here to have their hair curled every week, for example. What are your experiences?
In general, I have definitely found that to be true. Most of my compliments have come from relatively speaking older women. I've even had a few ask if it was permed or natural. At first I was floored but the way I see it is, "I guess I am blessed to have hair others would pay to get."
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:53 AM   #6
 
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Elderly people LOVE my hair. My patients who are in their 80s or older especially love it when I wear my hair down and they get disappointed a few hours into my shift when I pull it up. "Oh why did you pull back your hair, its so beautiful!". They like the dark color too.

I just love the elderly they are so complimentary and they see the beauty in youth while we see our imperfections. We really need to enjoy what we have because one day we will be wrinkled with a head full of cotton.
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I find that older women (40 and over) and younger men (40 and under) love my hair, both the curls and the grey.
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I find that everyone I know personally loves my hair & most strangers. But my mom hates it in general. Dad doesn't like my updos. Mom likes my hair straight & hates my curly hair.
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I think it's also a culture thing...
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I find that older women (40 and over) and younger men (40 and under) love my hair, both the curls and the grey.
By looking at your gallery, other than my oldest sister (who is 54), no one pull off the grey and curls combination like you. At my second job, I deal with elderly people (mostly women) and get a lot of compliments on my hair from them.
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Last night my ex, Mr Harley, and I went to TGIF for dinner. We sat in a booth in the bar area. At one point 7 or 8 waitresses and bartenders (female and male, all in their 20's) were standing together talking and every once in awhile one of them would look over our way. I just assumed they were checking to see if we needed anything (service is always fab at this restaurant).
Then one of the waitresses came over and said that they were all talking about how great my hair was. That always puts a big smile on my face.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:28 PM   #12
 
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Older people do love my hair but my generation(I'm in high school) loves my hair also. It's really the people in their 20's and 30's that don't like my hair or curls in general. I think it really has to do with the early 2000's trend of pin straight long hair. My age group is really easy going and free for some reason. Maybe because of social media being so varied with hair and style? I don't know, but I am so glad that my age group embraces their hair!
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I'm with you... older people tend to talk curly than the younger crowd, or people my age. Honestly,, I almost feel like an odd-ball where I live. I guess living in a college town will do that. Most people I know religiously straighten their hair (as did I, up until a few months ago). Heck, I didn't even know my curls even existed! I honestly don't even remember how I found out. My hairstylist for sure didn't accept my curls. She would blow dry my hair, straighten it, then cut it dry and straight. She knocked the CG method when she saw I was doing it from my posts on fb. I do think it may be an age thing. Of course, I'm not really "typical" for my age, so I guess it makes sense.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:22 AM   #14
 
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I work at a assisted living facility and a lot of the older women compliment on curly hair. I definitely think its a culture thing like someone else said. If you think about it, back when they were younger, perms and having curly hair was the desired type. So many of the older women say: "How do you get your hair like that? I have to perm mine." My boyfriends grandmother gets a perm every month and always says to me: "I can't wait until this 'straight' fad goes away. I don't understand why someone wants to just make their hair go flat." Now of course I need to play devils advocate for some people have naturally straight hair. But I understood her point on the individuals who make their hair like that. I think the perspective is cute because it shows a relation to how they grew up.

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Old 09-06-2013, 09:49 AM   #15
 
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I think it is partly a generation thing. My grandmother (who was in her 80's when she passed away in the mid 90's) loved curls. All the women her age permed and/or rolled their hair. When I was growing up it was incredibly common to see women with their hair in a roller set, wrapped up, grocery shopping. They typically had it done on fridays and didn't take it down until the day they went somewhere important (church). It was the fashion. Curls continued to be popular for several year, but so was naturally straight hair. Body waves and spiral perms were all the rage when I was in elementary school and high school. That or just wearing your hair all frizzed out and as is (you didn't have anti frizz selections in my town). Your natural state was pretty popular in the early to mid 90's. It was called grunge, but... It was just your hair. No one was bothered or made fun of for having straight hair. Not that I ever heard. Getting into the later 90's and early 2000's, straight hair became all the rage and everything else became horrific.

I am glad to be 38 and to have grown up when I did. People didn't make a big deal about it. *And you were aware of exactly how many naturally wavy/curly people were around you. There were a ton in my school*. I can still count the number of times I have used a flat iron on two hands. Color damage is a different story.
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I work at a assisted living facility and a lot of the older women compliment on curly hair. I definitely think its a culture thing like someone else said. If you think about it, back when they were younger, perms and having curly hair was the desired type. So many of the older women say: "How do you get your hair like that? I have to perm mine." My boyfriends grandmother gets a perm every month and always says to me: "I can't wait until this 'straight' fad goes away. I don't understand why someone wants to just make their hair go flat." Now of course I need to play devils advocate for some people have naturally straight hair. But I understood her point on the individuals who make their hair like that. I think the perspective is cute because it shows a relation to how they grew up.

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I can related, Samanthascurlz. I work part-time at an Independent Living facility as my side income. Like you I get a lot of compliments on my curls. The place also has a on-site beauty shop. One day I was talking to the gal that runs it. She's probably mid-60s if I had to guess. I was telling her how some people think my hair is permed. She replied, "It looks permed. Twenty years ago we were perming men and it looked like that. Look at it this way, you have hair others would pay to get."
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:24 PM   #17
 
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I agree with the culture comment.

I'm African American and the older generation IMO and experience do not like the curls. My 70+ mother told me that she wished women would relax their hair so it won't stand up "all over their heads".

Of course, their experience is different than most ethic groups and to be excepted at that time you had to accept a different standard of beauty.

My mother keeps her mouth shut about my hair but her expressions are taking for her.

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I'm 68 so definitely of the "older generation" but I also get the most compliments from women who are older than I am. I was on a bus recently and the older woman next to me started exclaiming that I had "beautiful" hair. I sort of groaned but she insisted that it was "beautiful" and kept saying "people pay to get hair like you have."

I do think there is something to the generational factor, but somehow I missed it! Everyone I know prefers straight hair.
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It could be generational, but reactions change over time as well. When I was little people used to stop my family all the time and ask where my mother and I had gone to get our hair styled. They were always so jealous when they found out it was natural. I have a feeling curly haired children from the 80's can remember similar experiences. As I got older, the excited compliments went away. But I've noticed a different sort of compliment now, the one that sounds like a confession. People will sometimes tell me in a conspiratorial way that they actually prefer wavy and curly hair, but they often seem almost ashamed of this preference. It's very strange.
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Serenecurls flat ironing is still in so women's hair is not as curly or wavy as it should be.
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