A Bad Hair Day


“My mood depends on how good my hair looks.”
~ Anonymous

Everyone has a bad hair day once in a while – I certainly do – and bad hair can definitely ruin the entire day! Whether you are fighting the frizz, have fine hair, want to pump up the volume or just didn’t have the time to wash it, bad hair can spoil the best of times.

Sometimes, a bad hair day is the result of a bad decision – such as trying a new color or style that just doesn’t work. I had a very bad experience when I was in my twenties and working in Washington, D.C. My hair was very long and I received many compliments about how pretty it always looked. I was thumbing through a magazine and saw a picture of a hairstyle that I fell in love with. It was short and sassy with lots of soft curls.

I decided I wanted to try something new and took the photo to a beauty salon near my apartment (not the stylist I had been going to at the time). I showed her the picture and explained to her what I wanted. She told me I would need a perm to get those pretty, soft curls. I had never had a perm before but I was ready for a change and told her to go ahead and do it. Well, my hair is very fine and the perm solution was very strong. I should have been worried when I saw, as she took out the perm rollers, some of my hair was falling out … And what a disaster it was! The result wasn’t the pretty, soft curls I had seen in the magazine. My hair had turned into a completely frizzy mess, was very short – and just ugly.

Everyone has a bad hair day once in a while – I certainly do – and bad hair can definitely ruin the entire day!

So I did what any girl would do; I sat there and cried. But that wasn’t the worst part of the experience. When I walked into the office the next day, I was met with looks of horror. “WHAT did you do to your hair!” they gasped. Of course, I cried some more. I even went to my regular stylist hoping there was something he could do to fix it. He shook his head and told me I would have to just let it grow out. Lesson learned!

I really did learn from that horrible hair experience and I now love going to the salon with my daughter, Melissa. We have been going to the same stylist, Tammy, for years. And no matter how long it’s been since the last appointment, we always pick up the conversation right where it left off, catching up on what is happening in each other’s lives. It’s good mother/daughter time, as well. Best of all, Tammy knows exactly how to make our hair look fantastic. When I tell her I might like to try something different, she just
says “No!”

So, how can you fix a bad hair day? Put it up in a ponytail or a messy bun. Wear a cute hat! Or, just embrace it – messy hair can look great, too!


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