Tight Lipped Tuesday #27

For a couple of weeks now the lockdown in France has been eased considerably and, from this week, it will be further relaxed with bars and restaurants opening.  Why don’t I feel like going out then?  I seem to have become a voluntary recluse.

However, after I WhatsApped a photo of myself to my daughter last week and she compared me to this character, I have felt pressured to make an appointment with the hairdresser.

The Addams Family’s Cousin Itt

I think if I took a leaf out of his book and put on a beret and some sunglasses I could carry off the look for another few weeks.  What do you think?



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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on June 2, 2020 - 08:09

    HaHaHaHaHa!!!! Go for it!

    • #2 by tialys on June 2, 2020 - 10:25

      It would cause a stir and I wouldn’t need a face mask.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on June 2, 2020 - 08:10

    I dunno, we’d have to see what you currently look like before we can make an informed decision… But at least Cousin Itt’s hair was nice and shiny so I suppose the comparison isn’t too unflattering. Who was it who said children are sent to keep us humble? We’ve just heard that the whole of Queensland is now open to all Queenslanders, so although we can’t cross the borders, we still have a great big normous playground to roam around in and my July holiday up north is safe 🙂

    • #4 by tialys on June 2, 2020 - 10:31

      That is what I look like.

      Great news about your holiday.

  3. #5 by cedar51 on June 2, 2020 - 08:47

    I must admit that as soon as I finally ventured to the hair cutting place AND the locks fell away – I felt a lot more normal, especially when I looked in the mirror and didn’t see “chaos upon ones’ head” but a peaceful short rows of stuff adorning my skull!

    And although it was another week, before I realised that really “I should not be scared” and so yesterday I took a medium sized loop around from here and back on about 5 buses. I don’t own a car. It was still awkward with the rationing of numbers on a bus, but I came home feeling I had conquered one more thing toward some sort of normalcy…

    I’m still debating about tomorrow, my knit/stitch/bitch group in a city arcade is coming together again, and if I took the 25B through, I could stop of at the art shop – Pauline has inspired me to try my alcohol inks on Yupo – but I don’t have any Yupo! And I want to show my favourite assistant there, what I did with one of their kits over L/Down. BUT I’m also hoping electrician will come and fix the issues in the kitchen to do with p/points and stove rings; no phone call about it!

    Things i.e. rules/restrictions are still jumbled here in New Zealand, especially after some crowds of protesters yesterday in 3 cities in NZ…gov’t is still holding off until at least next Monday before they decide what Level 1 will look like and when it will arrive!

    • #6 by tialys on June 2, 2020 - 11:20

      You are lucky in New Zealand with the low level of contagion as far as I understand it and you have a good person at the helm to guide you through.
      France is lifting restrictions pretty quickly – despite high levels, although the rural department I live in down in the South West is fairly unscathed. Bars and restaurants can open from today. It’s my birthday in a couple of weeks’ time so I might venture out for a birthday lunch with some friends – the weather is lovely so we’ll be outside. I’m not scared of going out but I do find the restrictions in place spoil the enjoyment of shopping, eating out etc., somewhat so prefer to avoid it for the most part if not necessary and at least I’m saving money 😁

  4. #7 by nanacathy2 on June 2, 2020 - 09:32

    I agree with Kate we need a before picture! I used to have a fringe, long since lost! We have no idea when hairdressers will be open , and I guess there will be a huge demand when they do. Enjoy the luxary of a bit of pampring at the salon.

    • #8 by tialys on June 2, 2020 - 10:37

      As it’s longer than it has been for a while, I’m considering different styles but I bet, when I get there on Wednesday, she’ll revert to doing what she usually does. Most hairdressers tend to like an easy life when it comes to styling in my experience.

  5. #9 by thecontentedcrafter on June 2, 2020 - 09:33

    I don’t believe for a minute your hair has grown that long! But still that’s a better look than the fellow sporting a gasmask paired with an acrylic face shield (why?) and yellow rubber kitchen gloves who turned his anonymous google eyes towards me when I gave a yelp of uncontrolled laughter on spotting him in the almost empty supermarket the other day. There’s no Covid in the South Island at all so it seemed a tad over the top. As my girls tell me, it’s less the length of the hair and more the depth of the grey strip that has them lining up for the hair salon 🙂 So glad I decided to go au naturel!!

    • #10 by tialys on June 2, 2020 - 10:35

      I’m sure some people are taking advantage of the situation to indulge their inner eccentricities.

      As for grey – I’m not quite ready to embrace it yet although I do think it suits a lot of people.

      • #11 by katechiconi on June 2, 2020 - 10:49

        Grey/white hair is remarkably liberating, and in Pauline and my cases, the whiteness offers all sorts of temporary colour opportunities. Not your thing, I do concede, but think of never having to touch up your roots again!

      • #12 by tialys on June 2, 2020 - 11:11

        You both look great and my good friend here – also called Lynn – has very very long, straight silky hair for which she has ’embraced the grey’. My roots aren’t that bad so aren’t too much of a pain yet but I’m sure I’ll get round to it in the end – especially now that the husband has silvery grey sideboards.

      • #13 by katechiconi on June 2, 2020 - 11:25

        I think it has quite a lot to do with *how* you go grey. If it’s with distinguished streaks, it’s much easier to accept than an overall salt and peppering. I was lucky (in a manner of speaking). Brown hair fell out with chemo. Silver fox hair grew back! Not that I’m recommending that particular evolution…

      • #14 by thecontentedcrafter on June 2, 2020 - 23:18

        Mine is silvery white and had I known it would be so pretty I would have let it go that way when I was 25! It’s the growing out process that is so very painful! We had a long conversation on Zoom about it – my girls and I and the consensus seems to be when we retire, which is pretty much what I did.

      • #15 by tialys on June 4, 2020 - 13:43

        I might consider it again around 70. My Mum still coloured her hair – albeit an almost silvery blonde – until she died aged 84. Bless her.

  6. #16 by Emmely on June 2, 2020 - 11:24

    But cousin It is so much fun! My hair has never been as long as it is now and I find it a bit annoying but I am not ready to get a haircut. Things are looking better here but so many things are opening up simultaneously now that I am going to wait several weeks before I am going to do more “normal” stuff. I’d like to see how things develop first. Haircuts were never a great priority anyway, I get one maybe once or twice a year…

    • #17 by tialys on June 2, 2020 - 12:20

      Well, hairdressers have been open for a couple of weeks now so I’m hoping they’ve got their act together as far as safety measures are concerned. I did put a colour on myself during lockdown so I’m only going for a cut as that will mean I don’t have to be in there any longer than necessary. My trouble is I have layers cut in otherwise my completely straight hair just hangs like a curtain – hence the resemblance to Cousin Itt.

  7. #18 by Laurie Graves on June 2, 2020 - 15:42

    Mais oui!

  8. #21 by CurlsnSkirls on June 2, 2020 - 18:20

    Given all the insanities going on over here cross the pond, especially in southern states, don’t know when I’ll be venturing too far outside this apartment complex. Which is quite large, fortunately. But does not contain anything except apartments, unfortunately.
    My current mud “colour” doesn’t suit the complexion below it, but for now a hat goes on whenever I go out. Length hasn’t been too much a bother as it all gets pinned up. But I do so yearn to get rid of the mud. Ms. Drab. 😩

    • #22 by tialys on June 2, 2020 - 19:14

      Well, for the first time ever, apart from several years of henna application, I did my own hair colour. I searched for an idiot proof one where you literally massage a foam onto yourhair and leave it for 20 minutes. Mud (and roots) gone, nice natural medium blonde colour restored.

      • #23 by CurlsnSkirls on June 4, 2020 - 12:36

        Am delighted for you!
        I’d ask for the brand name, but doubt it’d be available over here as well. Hope it lasts for you!

      • #24 by tialys on June 4, 2020 - 13:16

        I used this one https://tinyurl.com/ybbb6hrd
        I used medium natural blonde which doesn’t seem to be available but the rest of the colours are. If they’ve got it on Amazon U.S. it must be available elsewhere over there too.
        I won’t need as much next time as I was quite severely shorn today – by my standards anyway!

      • #25 by CurlsnSkirls on June 5, 2020 - 17:40

        Thank you!!! Will start looking round as soon as I’ve caught up here on WP. 👏 👏 I use coppery reds, so am keeping my fingers crossed . . . Ta, darlin❣️❣️

      • #26 by CurlsnSkirls on June 5, 2020 - 17:48

        Am seeing reds . . . and they’re readily available over here at Walmart, Target, Ulta, etc. . . . THANK YOU!!!

      • #27 by tialys on June 5, 2020 - 17:52

        Let me know how it goes!

      • #28 by CurlsnSkirls on June 6, 2020 - 19:14

        Found one not too available so will have to order from Amazon… Red Copper Canyon. But cannot find the colour anywhere and I hate to purchase blindly. 😥

      • #29 by CurlsnSkirls on June 6, 2020 - 19:15

        HUGE thank you’s for this info. xxxxx

  9. #30 by magpiesue on June 2, 2020 - 21:48

    The gal who used to come to my house to cut my hair – because I can’t go to a beauty salon at all – dropped me from her client list a good year before Covid hit. I’ve been reacquainting myself with headbands, barretts, and all sorts ever since. My hair seems to have acquired at least a bit of curl since my childhood days. It was straight as a pin then. Between the layers left by my last haircut and the curl at the ends I have learned to make peace with what I’ve got.

    • #31 by magpiesue on June 2, 2020 - 21:49

      And yes, the picture you have of me is completely out of date!

    • #32 by tialys on June 4, 2020 - 13:44

      I don’t blame you – it wasn’t a joyful experience yesterday if I’m honest.

  10. #33 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on June 3, 2020 - 00:58

    😂 I would love to get the the barbers, but not sure when it will happen. We just moved our solidly to Ile de Re to next year because we thought we are likely to struggle getting there, and didn’t want to leave it too late to book elsewhere in the UK. Too many unknowns at the moment.

    • #34 by tialys on June 4, 2020 - 13:23

      I have been meaning to get to Ile de Ré for several years now and still haven’t managed it – I doubt it will be this year!

      • #35 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on June 4, 2020 - 14:28

        Hopefully one day. We love going there, hiring bikes for the week and forget the car. We add a doggy cart to the back and she goes where we go 🙂

  11. #36 by kathyreeves on June 3, 2020 - 04:21

    I got mine cut this week, but I did my own whack job at home in April. (Of course I was already needing a haircut when everything closed!) Once I resigned myself to the daily snip of newly protruding “horns” it wasn’t terrible. I was glad though to have the professional deal with the top and back, much better with the hot weather on its way. I bet you look fine either way, and it sounds as though you’ve made the best of it!

    • #37 by tialys on June 4, 2020 - 13:21

      I tentatively snipped at my fringe once out of necessity as I could no longer see. I returned from the be-masked and disinfectant spray armed hairdresser yesterday, determined to ride it out before I go again as I felt like a leper. Not the usual ambience at all and I’ll have to be pretty desperate before I go again if the current regulations persist.

  12. #38 by Born To Organize on June 3, 2020 - 08:36

    I loved Cousin Itt. I can relate to unruly hair. I can relate to blunt children as well. I say venture out for the summer cut. They are still off limits in our county.

    • #39 by tialys on June 4, 2020 - 13:18

      I am shorn but it was a bit of a miserable experience. Everytime I moved the place I’d left was sprayed with disinfectant – I felt like a leper. I’ve had it cut a bit shorter than usual so hopefully it will last me a good long while.

      • #40 by Born To Organize on June 7, 2020 - 02:45

        Oh dear. That’s no fun at all. What strange, strange times, when even a haircut becomes and ordeal.

  13. #41 by Kim on June 3, 2020 - 09:14

    I sympathise but do love Cousin Itt. My hair was short and well other but is getting more and more like a cross between Bernie Ecclestone and Boris daily. Strangely though I’m beginning to feel comfortable with it. Wait till my daughter sees it 😂

    • #42 by tialys on June 4, 2020 - 13:17

      Daughters can be so cruel. Do you think they’re paying us back for something?

      • #43 by Kim on June 4, 2020 - 22:34

        Does make me wonder…

  14. #44 by Lynda on June 4, 2020 - 13:47

    Ah, cousin Itt. If blessed with his main I would never cut mine! As I’m not, I found myself desperate and used three mirrors (one on the wall, one on an arm that folds out from the wall, and one hand held), a comb, spray bottle of water and some very sharp shears… Overcoming the reverse image was the hardest challenge. I considered it a success as I didn’t come out with something resembling a bowl cut.

    • #45 by tialys on June 4, 2020 - 14:09

      Very brave of you Lynda. I took the scissors to about a quarter of an inch of fringe at one point but it was as far as I would go. I think myself brave for buying a hair colour – the most idiot proof one I could find – and, having experienced the joyless hairdressing salon yesterday, I’m pleased I didn’t have to sit there for the length of time a colour usually takes and glad I got her to cut it shorter than usual so I won’t have to go there again for at least another couple of months.
      Lovely to hear from you by the way – how are things with you?

      • #46 by Lynda on June 5, 2020 - 18:00

        Things are good… Bob was home for 6 weeks and helped me get organized and some lovely projects done, so now “I’m in the gaaaarden with [kitties]” (from The Secret Garden). https://youtu.be/8enKbpJFz70
        I need to post, but I have been growing all my flowers and vegetables from seed this year and it takes a lot of hard work to get them all into the ground! I ache every day, but still get up and go out to do it again. ❤

      • #47 by tialys on June 6, 2020 - 10:25

        It’s so good to know you are both well and getting lots of garden therapy. Sounds like you are getting much more exercise than me – I have been soooo lazy as far as that goes and when my classes start up again I will regret it as I huff and puff my way through.😓 xx

    • #48 by Lynda on June 5, 2020 - 18:11

      Public disclaimer: My garden by any stretch of the imagination does not look even close to the one in this movie! 😉

  15. #49 by mandymunroe on June 10, 2020 - 12:11


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