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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:10 am
Why are old ladies referred to as blue-haired, and especially if they play bingo
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:34 am
Dale, go play bingo with a bunch of old ladies and you'll see why at least some of them are called "blue-haired." Please note that 'dyeing' has nothing to do with 'dying'
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:48 am
.. the "blue-rinse set" is a very obvious class in Aussie society refering to those older women, say 60+, who still retain a sense of class and look after themselves in a fashion and health sense .. they tend to be more lively and seek out social experiences through getting out and meeting with friends or involving themselves in charitable work .. in more recent times the colour of their hair may range through a whole rainbow of colours but the underlying ethic remains and regardless of the colour they are referred to as the "blue rinse set" ..
WoZ of Oz 23/04/05
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:58 am
Honest to God, I wouldn't have believed it--Thanks guys
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 4:50 pm
As to why "blue"...
Grey hair, especially when it has faded all the way to white, has a tendency to take on an unattractive dingy yellowish cast over time and the blue rinse counteracts the yellowishness and makes it appear white again rather than blue (or green!). The same effect used to be used in laundering white linens and clothing using a special product called bluing. See http://www.mrsstewart.com/pages/purpose.htm
for an explanation of how it works.
Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 5:47 pm
Think Vicky Lawrence in the infamous Carol Burnet sketches about Eunice and "Mama"! As Tim Conway's character (can't recall his name) once said, "LOVE YOUR BLUE HAIR, MOTHER HARPER!"