Lately, I came across one nostalgic “primeval-looking” gadget at a barber’s shop – I believe the proper name is “Wave Clip”.
I remember hairdressers of old-time perm parlours used these to clip on bunches of hair on their customers’ heads, as part of the process to create wavy forms. Oh yes, my late Mum also had half-a-dozen of these in a drawer of her dressing table.
It seems that these awesome (and fearsome-looking) grippers have fallen out of fashion these days, and no modern lady wants to be even seen in possession of the GrabHair thingy.
By the way, when I was much younger, my barber too used such a clip to grab a chunk of my hair at the sides of my head, so that he could do a clean trim. Maybe that was due to my “back-comb” style.
My first encounters with dentures took place in the early 60s, when both my parents started to put on full sets of gigi palsu**. It seems in those days, dental health was a problem among the folks, and sooner or later, fillings and extractions became necessary. And before long, many teeth would be lost.
For those who previously had bad-looking teeth, dentures also provided a set of beautifully fashioned upgrade, enabling them to smile with brimming confidence.
In any case, many if not most wearers would remove their dentures for cleaning before they retire to bed, leaving them in a glass of water.
I think these days, full dentures are a measure of last resort. With modern dental engineering techniques, most of the defects and wear-and-tear could be repaired without having to do extraction.
* Pun on the Malay song “Burung Kakak Tua”
** Malay word for “false teeth”
What is a vanity case ?
Asking our younger folks this question might be in vain. But for the ladies who were in their primes in the 60s~80s, this would be a prized showcase item of pride — a vivid testimony of their beauty which needed utmost tender loving attention.
A bride-to-be would look forward gleefully to a spanking new case to house all the colors and fragrances that would make her totally irresistible. At other times, ladies would carry these with them in their travels.
Over the years, I think this item has slowly fallen out of favour and I have not seen one for a long time….till this morning. Haha, this red one hidden in my wardrobe was one of my first gifts to my GF 40 years ago (as of 2020).