Mine is very painful! Some mistakes take a long, long time to outlive. My hair is very fine and stick straight, and I read an article about 2 years ago about body waves adding volume to flat hair. I had had perms when I was a kid, forced at gunpoint by my salon rat mother, and I hated them, but this article swore things were radically different these days! So when my mother offered to take me to get my hair done for my birthday, I ripped out pictures of body waves from hair-styling magazines and trekked off to the salon, ready for full, bouncy hair instead of fine, flat, difficult hair.
I felt very confident, because I had even brought pictures of what I didn’t want. I endured the eye-stinging, smelly perm fumes, the old-lady hair dryer chair, then finally it was time to see the grand results!
I could have cried. Or strangled the hairdresser. Good god, a yapping poodle had taken residence on my head, tight, kinky, ugly curls, exactly what I had NOT wanted! It was awful. It was a ‘fro. I desperately called a friend, who recommended washing my hair and using lots of conditioner to relax the curl, but apparently the perm solution contained Super Glue, and my hair refused to loosen its hideous, kinky grip.
I lived in pony-tails for months. I would have worn a hat if I had one, and I seriously considered shaving my head.
Did I mention that was almost 2 years ago? My hair, which won’t hold a curl from a curling iron even if I drench it with half a can of hairspray, latched onto this poodle curl and maintained a death grip. The only good thing is, now that my hair is several inches longer, the ends have a nice wave that I now like, but would never, ever go through the dreaded perm again!
Now, your turn! What is the worst beauty mistake you have ever made?