Saturday, April 3, 2010

Awkward Family Photos

I was looking around over at Awkward Family Photos when I came upon this photo:

Now, that's a whooollllle lotta big hair and I thought to myself, hey..I'm going to write a blog about perms, specifically MY perms. I've only had two and I don't remember my first (I just remember that my sisters friend, Scottie, gave it to me and that I hated it.)

My second perm was about 15 years ago. I had hair past my waist and decided to get a spiral perm. Boy was I excited because my hair is stick straight, which is in style now but sure wasn't back then. I pictured myself looking like Debra Winger in Urban Cowboy.

But there was a problem while I was having it done; after the solution was put on my hair, the mirror on the wall fell off and landed on this woman's arm, severely cutting her. Everybody freaked out while blood was squirting all over hells acres. Except me. I stayed calm, grabbed her arm, raised it and tied a towel around it, pressing hard against the cut as I held the towel to keep it from slipping. The hairdresser was crying in a hallway and it took me a few minutes to get her to calm down enough to call 911. By the time the ambulance arrived and the EMTs took over, that solution had been sitting on my hair for a long long time. I knew I was in trouble.

The hairdresser did her best but the solution had done its job really well and I was left with something that looked remarkably like this:

I wanted to die.

After about four months it began to relax and eventually, after multiple trims, it returned to looking like hair.

So I'm thinking of writing about that here when I come across this family photo:

The caption underneath read:"This family wants to know what you're staring at.."

At first, I just thought it was a really bad photo but then I took a better look and began to really guffaw. Oh my god, did I get a case of the big old belly laughs. If you look at mom's face, it's pretty obvious she was the one who wanted the family photo. She looks so happy and so proud of her family. I'll bet she stopped smiling when she saw the photo, though!


  1. Gosh some of these are just horrors aren't they? But you remin me of perms - yes I had them to, everything from the all over frizz look to the softer Farah Fawcett style. What a pallaver, sitting for so long in a hairdresser's, with all those chemcials and heat - how did I do it, why did I do it? thenn I got most of my hair chopped off and went dead short for ages in rebellion, now it is back long again - the only way practical in theheat and being no where near a hairdresser's for 2 years!

  2. I reckon you'd look cool with a mohawk!


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