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10 craziest hairdos

Posted in just for fun, lists with tags , on February 7, 2009 by debster03

So, last night’s (somewhat bizarre) post got me thinking. What about? Well, hair, of course! Now, we’ve seen our fare share of odd dos in the past, but these ten take the prize. Going down the memory lane is always a hoot, so enjoy!

1. The Poodle Perm: you all know what I’m talking about. It was quite the popular hairdo two decades back. It may have been an era of gorgeous gymnastics, but the fashion? Eh, not so much. Particularly the hair. By 1988, the situation got so bad that the Olympic all around gold was decided by a hair, rather than gymnastics ability (joke). Honestly, though, can you truthfully say you are not distracted by the big mess of fluff? I thought so. Guilty as charged: numerous gymnasts, but Daniela Silivas in particular (God, I just want to chop that thing off her head!).


2. The Bang Attack: these were quite popular for quite some time, particularly during the 1990s. You know, those MASSIVE bangs over a gymnast’s forehead? Yup, that’s what I’m talking about. I thought they were pretty fun, actually. I loved watching the girls run in slow-mo – bangs bobbing up and down like crazy. Hilarious. Guilty as charged: the very lovely Viktoria Karpenko.

3. Crazy Beehive: ah, something a little old school for all of us. Remember the sixties (personally, I don’t, because I hadn’t even been born yet, but anyway, that’s totally beside the point)? Yes, I thought so. Guilty as charged: Vera Caslavska.


4. Scrunchie Meets Head: I mean, Shannon Miller. Or, more specifically, the Dynamos. Guilty as charged: me thinks this is self-explanatory.

5. The Angry Conrows: I never understood how the Parkettes managed to compete with those stupid conrows constantly pulling at their scalp. Seriously, ouch? Guilty as charged: le Parkettes.

6. The “I Am Really a Boy” Do: it comes in many shapes and colors (okay, it most frequently appears as a bowl cut), and it’s been around for ages. Now, personally, I have nothing against short hair, even on gymnasts. Sometimes, it actually looks kind of cute (cue Katya Lobaznyuk). But why in the world would you want to look like a boy? Even if you are a tomboy…Guilty as charged: Amanda Borden, Oksana Chusovitina.

7. If I Clip My Hair To My Scalp, It Won’t Fall Off: you totally know what I mean.  A couple of clips are fine (unless they are Hello Kitty themed; then it’s a big no-no), but a bajillion? Gawd. Not classy in the slightest. Plus, if you fall on your head, those things are vicious! Trust me, I would know. I’ve had (unpleasant) experiences in that area. Guilty as charged: the Chinese team!

8. The “I Don’t Take This Seriously Enough” Bun: I’m not a fan of overly gelled hair (ew, really), but sometimes you at least have to seem like you give a crap. Unfortunately, some gymnasts think they are way too cool for school and merely look like they’ve just rolled out of bed. Guilty as charged: Alicia Sacramone.

9. Frizzy Hair: frizzy hair is a terrible thing in all situations, gymnastics-related or not. Splurge on a straightener (or at least some anti-frizz)! Guilty as charged: Rebecca Bross (every now and then).

10. This is your choice. What do you think is a totally hideous hairdo and why?


let’s talk fashion!

Posted in just for fun, lists with tags on December 5, 2008 by debster03

Gymnastics fashion, that is. Bad fashion, if only because criticism is a lot more fun than praise – wow, I’m a horrible human being. No, this is not another “horrid leotard” post, although those can be quite amusing to read. This is about everything else: hair mishaps, awful warm-up suits, and, of course, those stupid, stupid floor shoes (okay, so my last entry definitely got me thinking…).

The Dynamo Hair Scrunchie: aah, what an evil thing that was. This, along with the weepy violins (and Steve Nunno, of course), is what truly made me hate that gym. I’m sorry, but half the time Shannon Miller or Jennie Thompson competed, I suspected THAT THING wanted to take over their heads, and I truly did feel very sorry for them. Thank God the ’90s-massive-scrunchie-era is over. I still have nightmares about it (okay, that was a lie. I don’t).

Check the head on that scrunchie!

20070529_091038China’s electric blue eyeshadow: need I say more? That may be hot in Asia (or not…), but it isn’t by double salto standards. Although, apparently, the Chinese coaches finally got a clue. Let’s praise the gymnastics gods, because I don’t know about you, but the thought of tiny clowns tumbling and prancing on the apparatus kind of freaks me out.

Clips, clips, clips, clips everywhere! And speaking of China (I love those girls; honest, I really do)…what’s with the gajillion hairclips on their heads? It’s been going on forever, but it’s always bugged me (they are very random too, like Hello Kitty or something along those lines). I remember once, when I was a gymnast, I fell on my head and a couple of clips pinched me pretty hard. I never wore them again. I wonder if Cheng Fei and co. have ever had such an experience? I bet not. It hurts.

Black eyeliner: I’m all for a little smoky-eye when out at a party or a club, but to be honest, the whole black eyeliner deal can look slightly hookerish in a gymnastics arena. Just take a look at Nastia Liukin back in 2005. It was awful. I’m sure glad her makeup taste has matured over the years.

Short hair: ew, I hate it. Whatever the style – from Daniela Silivas’ massive poodle hair back in 1988 to Kerri Strug’s boyish cut in 1996 – I think short hair looks awful on a gymnast because it takes away from the body line (does that make any sense?). Even Yekatarina Lobaznyuk – who I just adore – looked much better back in 1999 with her cute ponytail (although there’s no denying that she was still a cutie pie when she chopped it off!).

1990s warm up suits: I’ll never get over the fact that they look like a gigantic garbage bag (in a variety of patterns and colors) wrapped around the gymnasts, particularly the jackets. I mean, I know fashion changes drastically over the years, but really, what the hell were they thinking?

Gymnastics shoes, or whatever: repeat after me: gymnastics is done barefoot, gymnastics is done barefoot, gymnastics is done barefoot. I can deal with those ballet-style shoes on occassion (think: Dominique Moceanu and Terin Humphrey), but geez, floor shoes are so freaking hideous.

Sleeveless leotards: for competition, I mean. The thing is, most gymnasts have massive arms (because they’re ripped, that is), save the odd exception like Nastia Liukin, so sleeveless attire is simply not very flattering. Or formal. Or elegant.

Competitions are supposed to be formal and elegant.

Parkettes hair: I wonder if those girls start losing their hair after years of torturing their scalp with ugly cornrows and glitter and curling irons. There you go, yet another reason not to join the Parkettes.