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For Jane and all those who've had a perm gone bad

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Anyone who has ever had a perm-gone-bad can relate to this poor woman. Imagine - the appointment for the portrait sitting was made months before, and then, the day before the artist arrived from far-off Italy our poor lady gave in to her hairdresser's plea to 'let me do a little something special for you'. Those words are, as all of you know, the kiss of death - on in this case, the kiss of frizz!!
As one who was born with stick straight dark brown hair and who then welcomed a blonde ringletted younger sister to the family, I was encouraged by my mother to 'do' something with my hair. The image above is actually not far off the resulting hair-do.
Needless to say, I've since decided that flat is way better, although I'd give a lot for curly red hair!!

Posted at 23rd Apr 2008 - 04:12AM   Posted by Pondside   For Jane and all those who've had a perm gone bad Comments: 14

Ivy's Avatar Oh yesMr. Green my last perm looked like that (22 years ago) and that was the reason it was my last oneMr. GreenMr. GreenMr. Green

Posted by: Ivy on 23rd Apr 2008 at 06:42AM

Pipany's Avatar Laughing like a drain - had a perm on my absolutely straight hair years ago and that's exactly how it looked! Totally ghastly and I still get teased today Laughing

Posted by: Pipany on 23rd Apr 2008 at 06:53AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Look at teh expression onher face it says " one snigger and I'm out of here ok?" I have the reverse problem, I have naturally boucle hair, as the weather gets wetter it curls happily away..but bizzarrely if its snowy or icy thats a difernt matter...when the temperature drops it goes dead straight as if its been ironed..and looks vile!!!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 23rd Apr 2008 at 06:59AM

Pipany's Avatar Love the term boucle for hair UPL - can visualise it perfectly! How would you describe hair so straight it refuses to produce even a tiny carefree wave, yet will stick out at the most alarming angles, rigid and determined, if left wrapped in a towel when damp?

Posted by: Pipany on 23rd Apr 2008 at 07:09AM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar been there done that ...never forget the cooment from a work colleague .....blimey lokks like an explosion in a feather factory I leave well alone.

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 23rd Apr 2008 at 07:53AM

Yes that was me in about 1978!

Posted by: Fern on 23rd Apr 2008 at 08:44AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Lummy, that's some do. But t hink I would have preferred that to my granny perm. I sobbed buckets - someone in the hairdressers actually asked me how many children I had (I was sixteen!).
This however reminds me of my friend Sig from university who had very fine hair - she had a Farrah Fawcett flicky job before then went away for the holidays and came back looking for all the world like a dandelion puff. Wish I could find a pic. Needless to say, there are NO pictures of me old before my time......
Funnily enough, was pondering a perm. BIG thanks UPL for posting this - once bitten is surely enough? Very Happy

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:15AM

Westerwitch's Avatar . . .sigh . . .been there as well - but with a few strong . . . well very strong clips and a bit of creative determination it can look . . . like an explosion in a horse hair sofa . . .and what is WRONG with horse hair sofas and a little bit of dynamite.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 23rd Apr 2008 at 10:12AM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Oh yes - have had the odd bad perm, including something strange in the 80s called a "root perm", which gave every hair a bizarre right-angled corner, which took forever to grow out. Also had a male friend who had his hair permed in a bid to stop it being made to look stupid every time he took his motorcycle helmet off. The net result, no one should have needed to warn him, was that he looked stupid all the time. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 23rd Apr 2008 at 10:19AM

Camilla's Avatar I had a perm exactly like the picture in the 70's loved it first then loathed it, took ages for it to go back to being straight.


Posted by: Camilla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 10:33AM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar I've just come back from the hairdressers after having a soft perm to give my head some umph.

CJ xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 23rd Apr 2008 at 01:09PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar I had a really tight perm once and cried buckets while still in the hairdressers. Cue really bad teasing/bullying at school. I should've learned my lesson then, but went on to have it permed again and again. My graduation photo looks like the picture above, but with a mortar board perched on the top! It was really easy to care for, though. I quite miss it really! I thought Keely Hawes looked great with her perm in Ashes to Ashes. Modern perms are better, I think.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 23rd Apr 2008 at 01:22PM

Oh Lordy - that was me in the early eightiesEmbarassedEmbarassed

Posted by: @themill on 23rd Apr 2008 at 01:26PM

Oh YES!!!! Me too. Love the hair, just love it.

I was a young teen when Jimi Hendrix was famous and his hair was so spectacular that it spawned white guys doing the same to theirs. Remember The professionals and Martin Shaw with his perm? What a laugh. He is actually rather yummy now though! Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Crucifix on 23rd Apr 2008 at 10:27PM

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