A short time ago, while out shopping, I saw the funniest comb-over since the famous Donald Trump one. The man and his wife were walking toward their car in the parking lot. His comb-over started way below his ears and a part of it was standing straight up in the air like a huge horn. Evidently, his wife didn't care that he looked so funny, for she just walked alongside him without pointing out the hair proudly standing in an upright position. I was laughing so hard that I got tears in my eyes and couldn't even start my car.

I'm sorry; I just don't get the reason for those ridiculous comb-over styles. The men and anyone looking at them knows there is no hair on the top of their heads. It is obvious to all except the blind, yet they persist in pretending they have hair on the top of their heads.

The same goes for the men who have ear hair growing so far out of their ears that it almost seems like they want to use that hair for a comb-over as well. Then you also have the men that let their eyebrows grow so long and wild that they can be used as an umbrella or sun shades. I guess because their hair is thinning or they have a bald spot, that they have to prove that they can still grow hair somewhere.

Some men also never trim up their nose hair and just let it grow. Maybe they want a mustache and can't get hair to grow on their upper lip. I simply cannot figure out why they can go around so ungroomed.


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Growing up, I never saw a man who looked like that unless he was a hobo. So I guess I'll never be able to understand why so many of today's men don't care about their appearance. Maybe they can't go to a barber shop to get their hair cut or perhaps barber shops don't trim the ear hair or eyebrows anymore.

I used to love to sneak into the barber shop next to where I lived and look at the Police Gazette and other man-type magazines. No one ever objected to my presence there, and I got to look at all those adult photos in the magazines. Also, the smells in that barber shop were just wonderful, the Bay Rum, the shaving cream and other products used there made the barber shop a fun place to visit.

Back then you could tell the males from the females from behind and didn't have to wait until you could see their faces. Most boys had crew cuts, flattops, DAs or neatly cut hair with the Tony Curtis-type curl in the front. No ponytails or earrings were ever seen on males for they would have been teased by everyone.

Girls wore the ponytails and usually had a scarf tied around them to dress them up. They also wore poodles and pixie hairstyles as well as long hair that was curled to fall softly around their faces. The beehive and bouffant styles were also in and they required a lot of hair spray to hold them in place.

Those who wanted a more sophisticated and mature look went for the chignon style that could be done in many ways. There was also the French twist and that was one that I liked to use when I went out.

The hairstyles of the 1950s for females were varied and romantic, unlike the purple and other colors of today's styles. We looked like young ladies instead of what many girls of today resemble.

A native of Minnesota, Carol Olson grew up in South Dakota and Walnut Creek and now lives in Pittsburg. She can be reached at carolleeolson@aol.com.