August 13th, 2010

Bowling - Family Portrait

This is what happens when you ask the hair stylist for a “Dorothy Hamill.”

(submitted by Jackie)

118 Responses to “Bowling”

  1. Mari says:

    OMJ who let George Bush sneak into this picture… ?

  2. Lee says:

    Moms do such good jobs keeping their kids all in-fashion and stuff …..

  3. Tammy Nagel says:

    I sported the Farah Fawcett look instead! Thank God! I do believe I have the Dorothy Hamil shampoo. Dorothy Hamil was like the Jennifer Anniston hair of the 90′s

  4. Bradley says:

    The look on Dad’s face says it all to me…. “Four women?? I gotta get outta here!”

  5. Hollister says:

    I wanted that haircut so bad! I had by aunt cut my hair like that in the late 70′s. But my hair being naturally curly, well, it failed miserably.

  6. Shawna says:

    Ever watch Boston Common where they made fun of Anthony Clark for having a Dorothy Hamill haircut. His sister said “you were so short and sassy!” and he said “I asked for short and CLASSY!”

  7. Sara says:

    Sweet baby jeebus, my mother inflicted the Dorothy Hammill (shudder) on me at the age of 11 and I’ve never ever forgiven her for it.

  8. Smartazz says:

    I like the smug look on the oldest daughter at the top of the photo…I know she is saying to herself….you fools, having only half your ear exposed and half un-exposed…I will show you true fashion. I will only have a 1/4 of my left ear showing. We know the rebel in the family :)

  9. V. says:

    Their heads look like mushrooms…

  10. Roslyn says:

    Is it just me or do you think the dad looks a teeny bit like George Bush?!

  11. momneedsvacay says:

    the guy kind of resembles a young George W Bush…

  12. LuLu says:

    I had always had long hair (middle of my back or longer). My sister did too. She somehow convinced my mom to allow her to cut it to her shoulders and I went along to watch. Once there I thought it might be fun to get my hair shortened too. Mind you, this wasn’t planned for me to get a haircut. I hopped in the chair and my mom told the lady to give me a “Dorothy Hamill”. I asked what that meant and they both told me, “Don’t worry. You’ll like it.” I was horrified when she pulled my hair back in a ponytail and cut it off! The cut was cute until the next day when I woke up with bedhead that virtually never went away until that haircut grew out! Thanks Mom!

  13. Bethyanne says:

    Aww, c’mon Dad, where’s your sense of fun?

  14. Lynn says:

    Oh, I think it’s cute!

  15. Sassy says:

    One of these things is not like the other… one of these things just doesn’t belong….

  16. ScoutC says:

    Maybe this dad is a step-dad who didn’t have the wind suit and turtleneck genes.

  17. Dibba says:

    Linda Lou – the name refers to the bowl cuts. Seriously, if you can’t see anything awkward / humorous in this photo then you’re on the wrong website :)

  18. Gigi says:

    Dad looks like a young George W Bush.

  19. yuki says:

    I love how the elder daughter is being rebellious with the haircut! ;o)

  20. LoveThisSite says:

    Lol. I remember windbreakers. We used to call them ching-chings as kids because of the sound they made when you walked.

  21. Mama of 4 says:

    This is one of the most attractive families I’ve seen on this site lately. I bet the girls all grew up to be beautiful women.

  22. Kaisee says:

    @ Linda Lou…..I believe “Bowling” refers to the haircuts. You know, “Bowl Cuts”

  23. Shawna says:

    I just want to know where that one little girl got the blonde hair?

  24. carol says:

    I think the kids look adorable with this hair, and it looks practical and easy to care for too.

  25. Kim says:

    Linda Lou – I believe “bowling” refers to the bowl-shaped haircuts. Also, they are arranged like bowling pins in the picture. Also, they have on pseudo sport clothing and bowling is a pseudo sport.

  26. Kim says:

    Mom and Dad could be brother and sister, their features are so similar. I wonder who’s coloring and nose the little blond girl has? (She’s got mom’s eyes.) Maybe one of the grandmas?

  27. Dianna says:

    I’m “bowled over”.

  28. blucat says:

    I sooo remember when this look was in vogue. Very early 90′s.

    • Mary Ann says:

      Early 90s? From what I remember, this was popular in the late 70s (for me, it was 1977, to be exact). If this was popular in your town in the early 90s, you must be hitting the parachute pants and Raybans right about now. (I’m just kidding, you know, kind of.) ; )

  29. Linda Lou says:

    i see nothing awkward about this photo. maybe ridiculous, but not awkward. and i don’t understand the name “bowling”.

    • JerseyPam says:

      Ridiculous and awkward are kind of the same thing, no? I think the dad might be the scorekeeper or coach for the girls’ bowling league, hence the outfits?

    • Beth says:

      I think they’re referring to the haircuts, which are a version of bowl cuts.

    • CB says:

      Maybe I’m missing something myself, but it seems to me the title is in reference to their haircuts.

    • songbirdcindi says:

      I think it has to do with the haircuts – put a bowl on your head and cut around it!

    • ScoutC says:

      “Bowling” refers to the haircuts — as if someone put a bowl over their heads as a guide to cut their hair. See a few days ago the post “Curly,” which is a better example of bowling.

    • chandra says:

      It’s because that particular style is sometimes called a “Bowl” cut, because you would place a large bowl over the person’s head and cut around the rim.

      • alisotom says:

        we always called it a “tuppercut” cause mom used her oldest tupperware bowls, put em on our heads, and cut around it. i guess were lucky it doesnt say “tupperware” in reverse on the backs of our heads… or maybe it does…

  30. Tiffani says:

    Substitute me for all those kids, and make my windbreaker outfit BRIGHT neon colors and we have my very own awkward family photo. Thanks, mom.

  31. Becky says:

    I bet that in the 10-15 years since this picture was taken, the father hasn’t changed AT ALL…

    • yuki says:

      You seriously think that people went their life with this haircut and these clothes in 2000???

      Sorry but this was 20-25 years ago… anyway I had that haircut in 1986!

      • Kay says:

        She was talking about the father. Not the more “fashionable” members of the family. Pay attention when you’re reading.

        • Nan says:

          Kay, Kay, Kay…read the first comment and pay close attention to what it says….

          • JanC says:

            I’m with yuki on this one. Dorothy Hamill won the gold in 1976. That haircut was popular with I was in high school in the late 70′s! Wind suits were more of a late 80′s item, though, weren’t they? This family is in a double time warp.

          • heehaw says:

            Nan!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!

  32. Amanda says:

    Ahh The Dorothy Hamel hair cut. I think every little girl had on of those. I know I did.

  33. Rob says:

    It’s HER world and dad’s just paying for it!

    • LollyBlue says:

      and how do YOU know that? Ever hear of working moms? Huh???

      • Gonzo says:

        Nah. Dad clearly isn’t thrilled with mom’s choice of haircuts and outfits. He just gets to suck it up and (sort of) smile.

        • Strackdaddy says:

          No question about mom being the Alpha-Spouse.
          Although dad has the smug look of winning the argument about not having to wear his warm up suit too.

  34. Jackie says:

    Where is Dad’s windbreaker and white turtleneck?

  35. Bee says:

    Me and my mom had matching Dorothy Hamills, too, back in the day when I was the age of the little girl in front. I believe we also had a family picture where we all had turtlenecks on. Mortifying, but true…

  36. Andrea says:

    Omigosh, I had this hair cut when I was 8. And the Dorothy Hamill is exactly what my mom asked for!

  37. SS180Girl says:

    he looks quite relieved that he’s NOT a girl!

  38. mmeist99 says:

    and who doesn’t love the matching track suits, too!

  39. Jensco says:

    Where’s Dad’s windbreaker and white turtleneck??

  40. tonkin says:

    that poor dad, look at that expression. he looks like he is about to cry.

  41. Lily says:


  42. Greg says:

    What’s up with Dad? He needs to step up and conform!!

  43. Richard says:

    How did the blonde pop up?

  44. Sonya says:

    That’s what happens when you use the FLOBEE….LOL

    • Brenda says:

      As a 16-yr happy Flowbee user, I feel compelled to defend my “as seen on TV” product. One cannot achieve the Dorothy H cut with a Flowbee – trust me. That doesn’t mean you’d like the hair on my family anybetter . . . just stepping in to set the awkward record straight. Flowbees ARE awkward, but not every AFP can be blamed on a Flowbee!

      • chevygirl says:

        WOW,,,,,,,,,,, i think that you use a FLOWBEE is more AWKWARD than than the photo………… just sayin………….

        • Brenda E says:

          I take full responsibility for all my awkward Flowbee-ness. I don’t THINK our family’s appearance screams, “Hey, look! a bunch of Flowbee users!”, but I’m open to the idea that I’d probably be the last one to know . . . I figure it’s a risk I’m willing to take given the money a family of four has saved in haircuts over the years. The price of awkwardness!

          • gibby says:

            This little Flowbee conversation is funnier than the picture! Totally laughing out loud. Brenda, may we all be so willing to take full reponsiblity for any potential awkwardness!

  45. Qypo says:

    I think it’s even funnier that they all have on those nylon wind suits

  46. Wawa says:

    Oh god, flashbacks. I spent years, YEARS, with this hair. And I think with that jacket too. Whish-whishing everywhere I went with my hair that looked like a button mushroom. gah!

  47. Angie says:

    there’s something very eerie about this…like village of the damned, but with matching windbreakers and turtlenecks

  48. Marianne says:

    Where’s dad’s windbreaker suit?

  49. Emily says:

    I think the funniest thing about this isn’t the hair, it’s the windbreakers. =)

  50. Vickye says:

    Nevermind the haircuts, check out those chic wind suits!!!! Dad, did you not get the memo?

Leave a Reply

View Mobile Site
spread the awkwardness