Curly Hair Problems

It’s time for another misadventure with your host, Littlest Martha! As with all misadventures, the intentions are always good and the results are always surprising.

The Problem We Wanted To Solve — Saving Time In The Mornings

I’m not unique from other women who like to get up in the morning and make their hair and face all purdy. I’ve gotten so good that I can do both at the same time. The learning curve was steep and the burn marks on my face were proof to my attempts at multitasking.  Then I started carpooling. This helped the road rage. Immensely. But it made for rushed mornings as I was, on average, the one who was always a couple minutes late.  It should be helpful to know reader that I carpool with men who have the luxury of showering the night before, rolling out of bed and getting in to their cars ten to 15 minutes before the carpool leaves.

So off I went to the Interwebs looking for curlers that I could set the night before, sleep in and, ideally, roll out of bed like my carpooling counterparts and — Viola! — nice hair.

How Do Others Do It?

With the thanks to YouTube I was able to see what other people were doing to style their hair the night before. I found this video (fast forwarded a lot) and thought I would give the curlers a shot.

I ordered the Conair Pillow Rollers from Amazon and waited patiently.  Not so patiently, actually.  I dreamed of all the things I would do with the new free time in the morning. Things like breakfast.

What The Heck Did I Do Wrong?

And now it’s time for the reveal! I pulled the curlers out and tossed my head around, ran my fingers through it but the curls were so tight.  Oy! What the heck did I do wrong?!

Crazy Curly Hair

What Do You Do To Get Ready In The Morning?

Do you have any time-saving tips or tricks? Please share as I would love to learn some tried and true techniques to make the mornings smoother.

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And Her Name Was Rugby – Part I

La Barette. I’m not talking about the hair clip or the barretta — the square cap worn by clergy men.

Instead I’m referring to a type of rugby played by women in France in the 1920s. As opposed to 7s, it was 10 players on each side and instead of tackling there was tough blocking.

I’ve found that for women, rugby was played behind “closed doors” in the 19th century and likely in Ireland.1 But it did not surprise me that the lady ruggers, as with most sports predominately played by men, were not met with full support.

However, I was surprised when one night of late searching (read: procrastination) I came across a collection of photos from Frédéric Humbert’s Flikr account and his website — They captured a time when women in France were playing barette and how society editorialized — perhaps sensationalized — the sport.

With Frédéric’s permission I’ve shared some of those images here with you. And since you’re my captive audience, I’ll also share what I find striking about each image.

Now I realize you’re a busy bunch so I’ve decided to share the images over a couple of days.

Fabien Fabiano “rugby féminin” in Fantasio 1924

Fabiano "rugby féminin" in Fantasio 1924

With the help of Google Translate and my one semester of high school French, I believe the illustration says the following: “‘Press on through the melee,’ shouted the Captain. But as his friend looks she is again a beauty.”

First what an awesome word — melee. “It refers to disorganized close combat involving a group of fighters.”2

To the outsider I’m sure rugby, especially the scrum or ruck, may look disorganized. And I have to wonder if Fabiano is either making fun of our Captain as she is applying lipstick while the other team has won the ball showcasing her as a poor athlete or highlighting a societal view of how women should always strive to be feminine.

Or both.


  1. Women’s Rugby Union | Wikpedia
  2. Melee | Wikipedia