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Why/when did the practice of girls ironing their hair, end?

Asked by JackAdams (6536points) August 22nd, 2008

In the mid-to-late 1960s and early 70s, girls with very long hair (like Peggy Lipton of “THE MOD SQUAD”) would actually iron their hair, for some reason. I don’t think women do that today (no one I know, does).

So, was that just some kind of “fad,” or was there a reason/purpose for it? Was hair damaged by it?

August 22, 2008, 3:27 PM EDT

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yetanother's avatar

It didn’t end… Still very common, very easy to spot, and very hot!

poofandmook's avatar

no Jack, TONS of women still use a flat iron on their hair.

JackAdams's avatar

Well, everyone now knows exactly how “out of touch” I really am!

August 22, 2008, 3:36 EDT

cwilbur's avatar

It was stylish to have long, straight hair. So women who didn’t naturally have long, straight hair ironed it. When it was no longer stylish to have long, straight hair, the practice stopped being as common.

webmasterwilliam's avatar

My girlfriend just bought a flat iron to straighten her hair, which is staight naturally anyways. Go figure! It looks like a curling iron, but has to flat ends, so she puts it on the the head and slowly pulls it down toward the ends. I don’t notice much difference when she’s done, but she thinks it makes a world of difference.

glitterrrrfish's avatar

if you mean iron as in the one you use to iron clothes, those are used on hair because they kept hair straight for a long period of time. Straightning irons are the same thing but unless its ceramic it will ruin your hair

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I don’t know what you’re talking about, Jack. I have two hair irons, and my stylist uses one on my hair too. They even make hair irons that dry your hair as you straighten it now.

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