The W.I…and 7 things I learnt.

So, I thought it was going to be a little while {read as: a lot!} longer until “W.I meeting” popped up in my calendar.  But no, thanks to Gary, my curiosity to see what actually goes on at these meetings was answered the other evening as he’d asked Lowri, my sister, and I to be his hair models for the evening he was hosting at our local W.I meeting.  Side note:  Is this what happens when you have long hair?!  *Kisses new longer hair*.

The above photo is our ‘after’ photo.  Gary demonstrated an ‘up do’ with Low’s hair and showed how to give your hair some body by curling my hair.  More on these below.  Here are a no. of things I learnt from my evening at the W.I:

1 :: Firstly, let’s talk about hair, because that is why we were there, wasn’t it?  Putting your hair up for a fancy do any time soon?  You need to curl it first.  It doesn’t make sense really does it?, to get it all pretty and to then simply ruin all of your hard work by just putting it up.  But it will hold your hairstyle much better.

2 :: The W.I. Ladies {aka older generation} really did not have any idea just how much back coming is …err BACK these days!  It was quite funny hearing all the gasps when Gary started on Low’s gorgeously curled hair.  It was funny listening to them all reminiscing about the ‘back combing days’ too.  Which leads me to no. 3…

3 :: I think it was during the conversation on hairspray that sugar and water was mentioned.  I had no idea this is how they would ‘set’ their hair back in the day!  I was even more surprised to see that people still do it today!  See HERE and HERE.

4 :: I am currently reading heynataliejean’s book {with the same name}, which I’m loving and don’t want to rush through it, so am picking it up and reading it when I know there is a chance I won’t get interrupted and can just fully enjoy the book.  Anyway, in it she mentions her hair and how eventually you just have to let it do it’s own thing, “ACCEPT THE HEAD GOD GAVE YOU”.  And it wasn’t until after Gary had finished with my hair, I actually got what she was saying.  It might be because of the ‘stage’ my hair growing is at at the minute, but my fringe has been driving me mad.  Not doing as I’m asking/telling it to do.  What did Gary do with it?  He just let it fall/part where it wants to.  And do you know what?  I liked it.  Even more so because it has definitely made me decide that I’m going to grow my fringe out too.

5 :: After my W.I cherry was popped, I was just a little bit more curious as to how W.I came about…I need to get out more, don’t I?!  Anyway, did you know it was set up in 1915 during the First World War to encourage women to become more involved in producing food?  I didn’t.  So there you go.

6 :: And it’s not just for the Blue Rinse Brigade!  Oh No!  On their website it states that “membership is open to women who have reached the Age of Majority”.  {I had to google that, too…18 and over, if you are wondering.}  Sadly, this wasn’t the case here, I think my Mam was the youngest at 52.  Or is she 53?!…Click HERE to read how young women are joining in more and more these days.

7 :: And no matter what you do or where you are, W.I is not, I repeat, NOT the same thing as Merched y Wawr ;)

So, that was that.  My first W.I experience.  Diolch yn fawr to Gary for asking us to be his models for the evening and for the lovely welcome we had from everyone there.

But, tell me, do you go to W.I or Merched y Wawr?!  AND definitely tell me if you have tried the sugar and water trick?


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