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Permanent tradition

March 26, 2013 - Jodelle Greiner
This week, I can’t help but think back to my teen years and the strange Easter ritual we girls observed.

Back then, curly hair was the fashion. Of course, 99 percent of us German, Swedish and Norwegian types had straight hair, so we had to rely on permanent waves, or perms.

I haven’t gotten a perm in years, so I’m not sure what the latest technology is, but back then, it was recommended that you not wash your hair for 24 hours after getting the perm. That gave rise to the tradition of getting your perm on the Saturday of Easter weekend.

It was a practical solution to the problem, after all. Sunrise services really were sunrise services then, and usually started at 6 a.m. We teens usually hosted the after-service Easter breakfast, so we had to be at church even earlier. Nobody wanted to get up any earlier than we had to, so the less you had to do to get ready for church, the better. Hence, getting a perm the day before, which meant you didn’t have to wash your hair Sunday morning.

It was quite the sight: instead of the Easter bonnets of old, the girls and women came to sunrise services with freshly permed hair.


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