One of John Tiffany’s jobs as Eleanor Lambert’s assistant was to bring turbans with him in the car when he picked her up from the hairdresser’s. She got her hair done many times a week, but apparently wasn’t always pleased with the results. If her hairdo started to fall, she covered it up with a turban. By the 1990s, she wore turbans so often that they became part of her signature look.
Why was Lambert having so many bad hair days? Tiffany doesn’t say, but I suspect her hair was thinning. While few women go completely bald as they age, many suffer from thinning hair. This natural side effect of women aging doesn’t get much attention.
And it is not the only hair problem for the older woman. My own hair—thick and coarse (I was once bestowed the label “horse hair” as a teen)—has grown even coarser with age. Not only that, but I have many more willful cowlicks than ever before. When I recently tried to grow out my hair a little, I looked like the permanent resident in a wind tunnel.
Maybe it’s time to try a turban.