‘The Poodle’ Goes to a Fashion Show

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So, I went to a fashion show…

Nothing special about that; it’s an annual thing, sort of start of the autumn season, and half the town was there. It’s a show open to the public, and the clothes are already (or will soon be) in shops. And of course everybody dresses like a true fashionista and takes tons of photos… And I couldn’t have cared less.

I’ve had some bad luck with this particular fashion show. Last year I was dressed for the part (more or less), except for my hair (hey, it was raining, OK?),  but battling an uneasy stomach that turned into an appendicitis a few hours later…

And this year I was suffering from back pain (lumbago), and seriously worried whether I would be able to a) sit down for the show and b) ever get back up again.

So, I really didn’t give a rat’s [insert your choice of body part here] about what I looked like. Being able to get dressed without having to resort to some sort of twisted yoga moves was the decisive factor when choosing an outfit. And I was wearing the exact same earrings and shoes I was wearing last year. And of course it was raining again…

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Let me repeat that: it was raining when I left home. This explains the hairdo. This is my ‘rainy day hair’, I call it ‘The Poodle’.

You see, I have naturally curly hair. It’s a curse. I’ve hated it for as long as I can remember. But that’s OK; my hair hates me, too. Every now and then I try to propose a truce, but the hair always refuses to meet me halfway.

I have to hand it to it (the hair, that is) for being extraordinarily inventive (or vindictive, whatever) when it comes to new ways of torturing me. Seriously, my hair is very creative: I never know what it is going to look like when I wake up. Or whether it will decide to cooperate (to some degree) or not.

And yes, I know all about special shampoos and treatments etc. Please! I grew up in a salon. My mother was a hairdresser. And my aunt was a hairdresser. And they used my head to try out whatever the latest ‘do’ was… But that’s beside the point.

Hair straighteners and chemical relaxing treatments are not an option. You see, my hair is not only curly; it is also very fine and thin. Yes, I know, it doesn’t look thin. That’s because it’s curly. It’s also about 3 cm longer than it looks like in these photos (you know, because it curls up it looks shorter…). Anyway, baby hair, that’s what I have… Chemical or heat treatments will turn my hair dry and brittle, making me look like a scarecrow. Yeah, been there, done that.  I did say my mother (and my aunt) was a hairdresser, didn’t I? I did quite a lot of experimenting in my teenage years (most of  it without my mother’s advice, approval or knowledge). What hasn’t been done to my hair probably can’t be done at all.

So, to paraphrase my (excellent) hairdresser: even a teflon coating wouldn’t prevent my hair from turning into a frizzy mess when it rains.  So, I guess I have no choice but to learn to live with ‘The Poodle’…

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Outfit details:

t-shirt: Zadig & Voltaire (old) / cardigan: Masai / trousers: Oska (old) /

shoes: Ecco (old) / bag: Lancel (old) / sunglasses: Prada

How does your hair look like when it rains?


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  1. Arlene from NJ
    8 September 2018 / 12:57 pm

    Yes, it's like you're speaking to me personally! I've got curly (kinky at times) hair but mine is thick too! I have been asked by my hair stylist to do a keratin treatment but I don't like all those chemicals (formaldehyde!!) on my scalp. No, not for me. I occasionally use a hand held straighten thingy (the one that generates heat) and that seems to help. So I get it. Anyway, your hair looked fine, even in the rain. It just looked curly which is ok, right?

    • 9 September 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Only another curly girl can really understand what we go through… I wouldn’t want all those chemicals on my scalp, either. Maybe it’s time to embrace the curls and stop trying to be something we’re not. I can’t believe I’m saying this… I’ve hated my hair for as long as I can remember, and just accepting it as it is is not going to be easy.

  2. 10 September 2018 / 9:04 am

    I actually rather like the poodle!! Your hair is pretty being curly. At least it stays in a recognisable shape. My hair separates in two parts when it frizzes – a similar affect to rubbing a balloon and placing it above your head… Hope you had a great time at the fashion show xx Maria

    • 10 September 2018 / 6:50 pm

      Oh yes, i know what you mean. That’s what I look like when I wake up…

  3. 10 September 2018 / 10:29 am

    ‘The poodle’ doesn’t look that bad!, but I understand that feeling when your hair doesn’t collaborate in anything you try and you really believe that it’s evil! I’ve also hated my hair for as long as I can remember, my thin hair which ondulates in uneven ways when it’s humid and make me look like a 19th century orphan.
    I think that most women have this feeling about their own hair, which is certainly sad.
    Sorry to hear that you’re suffering from lumbago, so awful! wish you feel better asap!

    • 10 September 2018 / 6:54 pm

      I think a lot of women feel that way about their hair. ‘It always looks so easy when it’s on someone else’s head’, as my mother used to say. She hated her thin, straight hair, and kept telling me that my hair my so ‘easy’ and ‘low-maintenance’. Needless to say I disagreed…

  4. 10 September 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I agree that your poodle hair isn’t as bad as you think . Hair can be such a pain when it doesn’t co-operate. Mine is the opposite , dead straight, we are never satisfied.
    I do hope your back feels better soon.

    • 10 September 2018 / 6:55 pm

      My hair never co-operates. It just has an occasional better day. About once in a blue moon.

  5. mummabstylish
    10 September 2018 / 10:36 pm

    My hair goes straighter! Never happy eh! You look fabulous with your poodle, lucky you to have curly hair. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  6. 12 September 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Hehe.. you first made me laugh as I was looking for a poodle after reading your post. i thought perhaps it was on your tee! Believe me, my hair is a wavy mess when it gets wet! I love those earrings and hope that you enjoyed the fashion show!
    thanks for linking
    jess xx

    • 12 September 2018 / 7:42 pm

      A real poodle would be nice, though. I’d love that.
      My hair is wavy when it isn’t raining and if I blow dry it. That’s OK. But humidity makes me look like a gremlin with a perm…

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