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What was under the horrible wig?


A wasp colony? A baby bird, what? Or was she simply to tired (or distracted by anti-Mexican bigotry) to take care of daily grooming tasks like brushing and combing?

Both Ms. Kennedy and her mother seemed to share the same background as these women of mean character:

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<< ...was she simply to tired (or distracted by anti-Mexican bigotry) to take care of daily grooming tasks like brushing and combing? >>

Middle class women's hair in the 1970's was often teased into shaped curls and waves. It was kept in place by day with hairspray, and with special non-stick tape crisscrossed across it for bed. If you had money you went to a beauty parlor weekly to keep the style in shape. If you were poorer, you sometimes wore wigs during the day (As synthetic hair holds a styling longer than human hair.)

I'm assuming that since the mom is a poor emigree with upwardly mobile aspirations, she wears wigs so she can have popular hairstyles with minimum expensive upkeep.

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