Tuesday Talks with Lisa Hunt-Wotton

Good morning… I’ve been thinking about how the right advice in the wrong hands can go upside down literally.  In other words, you can read or be given some sound advice but depending on your situation and your maturity level, it may not apply to you at all.  In fact you should avoid it all together.

Let me use myself as an example.

Do any of you remember Betty Spaghetti?


This is pretty much how I looked at 13, minus the long flowing hair.

Instead I had a bob, you know that very unflattering page boy bowl cut.  The advertisement for this glam hair do reads:

“Shear Drama, this thick Gleamy helmet of hair, is a brave new note in the beauty renaissance”.

Yes you read right, thick ‘gleamy helmet of hair’.  Is gleamy even a word?


I was tall, skinny, all arms and legs.

My family took great delight in teasing me.

My nanna would say, “If you stuck your tongue out you would look like a zipper”.

Sister  – “Mum she takes so long in the shower that there’s no hot water left”.

Mother – “Thats cause she has to run around in the shower to get wet”.

I had nick names like skeleton and liquorice strap.  On the first day of high school, I had to wear a straw boater hat – part of the summer uniform, and I pretty much looked like a hat pin.

So here I was a very impressionable 13 year old who felt a lot like a baby giraffe but at least I had “Gleamy Renaissance hair”.

But wait theres more..

It was the 70’s and there was a lot of very strange beauty advice out there that I took to heart.  I poured over Dolly magazine and copied to the letter everything that I was told.  This led to some pretty big disasters.  Here are some examples.

Beauty Advice:  The 1970’s invoke images of John Travolta, hit dance moves and lots and lots of sparkle, “people are ready for glittery fashion and glossy faces. And you can, too, by following these easy tricks”.

Interpretation – Me:    I can’t afford anything in that magazine but I do have ‘vaseline’, so I will spread it thickly all over my face.  There now I am shining and sparkling and gleamy.  I think you could see me from the moon.

Beauty Advice:  “Sophia Loren had the most famous brows and unique styling technique of the 1960’s and 70’s. You might even say her eyebrowwere full of secrets. She shaved them off completely, then penciled them in tactfully with short, thread thin strokes that secured a bold, yet seemingly natural look”.

Interpretation – Me:  Bold yet Natural Hmmm.

Danger Will Robinson, I hadn’t even shaved my legs, but I had to do something about that uno brow and immediately.  In fact I had to do it now, 10 minutes before I left for church.  So I grabbed my mothers razor, started in the middle of my uno brow and shaved on dry skin, yes thats right.  Luckily or not I stopped and screamed.  So here I was, with one eyebrow shaved in half from the centre of my face and red, grazed skin.

So now I looked like Betty Spaghetti, with a bucket head ‘gleamy helmet page boy bob’, a shiny vaseline face and one and a half eyebrows.


Beauty Advice:   “Get that energetic, natural glow to your skin.  5 times a day, bend at the waist and let all the blood drain into your face.  Then flick your head back.  This will revitalise tired looking skin.  Get the blood rushing to your face and give you that instant glow”.

Oh my Lord, there was a lot of glow going on in the 70’s.

Interpretation – Me:  I can do better than that, I can stand on my head – for ages and ages.  So if I stand on my head just before everyone comes to my birthday party then I will look energetic and glowing.

Nobody mentioned the fact that enhanced blood flow to the face of a teenager with acne would look like someone had attacked her with a red sharpie texta.

So now I was Betty Spaghetti, with a mushroom helmet head and one and a half eyebrows.  I was shiney, ‘gleamy’, vaseliney, with the worst case of measles/acne you’ve even seen.  I was Jan from the Brady Bunch.

Add Kermit the Frog to the nick names because yes I had lime green tights – the latest thing (If you’re an amphibian).

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The Pointapart from my Teenage Humiliation

We should use wisdom and discernment with every piece of advice that we are given.  I’m sure that gleamy helmet hair looked good on someone, just not on a 13 year old Betty Spaghetti.

Glowing skin is beautiful, but if like me you produce more oil on your skin than the Texas oil wells, you avoid avoid avoid any thing that makes you glow or shine.

Some things to remember:

  • Just because a leader is a Christian doesn’t mean that you believe everything that they say.  Leaders have bad days, sometimes they don’t have the whole picture and aren’t properly informed.  Therefore the advice can be patchy or miss the mark. Sometimes a leader is immature or not qualified in a particular area.  A good leader will refer you to someone who is qualified.
  • Is the advice truthful?  Does it make sense?  If it’s too good to be true then it probably is.  It’s surprising how much advice is just not true.   Any advice that avoids the hard miles and offers short cuts or disenfranchises someone else is not good advice.  There is, for instance, absolutely zero evidence that if you imagine yourself getting everything you want effortlessly, it will happen.

‘It’s said that there are no shortcuts to success, only direct paths. I think that, more accurately,  some direct paths are shorter than others’ (Marcus Tyler).

  • Does the advice come with clear instructions:  Comments like “you just need to take action” sound good but what does its actually mean?  Can the person give you practical steps to put the advice into action?
  • Get a couple of opinions.  This sounds obvious but its amazing how many times people just go off on their own steam without firstly asking for advice or secondly checking that advice with someone else.  Find someone with appropriate expertise and consult with them.
  • Is the advice appropriate for your situation?  For instance, I’m often told that I need to do cardio work to stay fit.  Are cardio workouts good – yes.  Do they keep you fit  – yes.  Are they good for you if you have a heart condition – no.  So for me, I have to be very careful about the type of exercise that I do.
  • Get advice from an expert:  For those of your who are not Christians this may sound very obvious and very ridiculous.  I can’t tell you the amount of Christians who won’t go to a counsellor, Doctor, psychologist, finance manager for example unless they are a Christian.  Find the best and most qualified expert, not someone based on their religious affiliation.

Love Lisa xxx

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Love Lisa


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2 Comments on “Teenage Humiliation and Advice That Can go Very Wrong – by Lisa Hunt-Wotton

  1. Oh dear, the eyebrow story very much reminded me of my first leg shave attempts – which resulted in a whole lot of blood and a whole lot of lectures but no nonviolent solutions offered as to the problem of being a very white kid with very dark hair (brunette problems!!).
    Good advice, too, I learned it the hard way – go to the qualified expert, not the person with the right religious credentials!


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