Thanks to BeetleyPete for the idea. Here’s my H…


What on earth can you do with ultra-curly hair like this (not much actually – it goes its own way)? Here it is below when I was around 11/12 years of age:

I grew it longer when aged around 16/17 to try and straighten it out. It didn’t work (below). There was a kind of ball of hair at the back if I tied it into a ponytail, and kids at school sitting behind me in assembly would pull it mercilessly. One hairdresser literally ran screaming from the room in tears when she tried to put it into a bun for a wedding. The other women in the salon stared at me, and I wanted to die of embarrassment. Dad told me I looked like King Charles II.

As I grew older I discovered the hair was better kept under control if it was cut short and layered, which was what Mum had constantly tried to get me to do from a young age. However, I had resisted to the best of my ability. Nowadays I am post-menopausal and the hair has thinned somewhat, but there is still a lot of it. I am pleased to say that the hair is now finally under control.

Here’s some more pics at different ages. Our son Marc has the hair too, as does one of his sons. You can just see the ball of hair that Marc has behind his back on his wedding day. When Marc went to my hairdresser’s for a trim, she said she had never seen such hair on a bloke. A couple of years later he had it all cut off (number 4 clippers) when he became a father for the first time.

Aged 21 with Sam ………………… Aged 61 at the IOW Festival ………… Aged 53 at son Marc’s wedding