10.22.2013

That One Bad Hair Decision

My recent Q&A post has inspired me to talk a little more about my luxurious locks of hair. For all of my life my hair has been a big part of who I am. I came into this world with a full head of it, and people were constantly impressed with not only how much hair I had, but how dark and long it was too. It was my first claim to fame.


The above picture would not be the first time I was to be mistaken for a boy


These three pictures were taken at 3 months, 1 year, and 3 years respectively. Unfortunately my mane is/was pin straight, lacks any volume, and my Mother thought at the time that cutting the front half of my hair into bangs was a good idea. It wasn't until I got into Junior High that I decided I no longer wanted bangs that started in the back of my head.

While it was always great getting attention from people for having such long, dark hair, I always found myself envious of the girls with locks of the curly and wavy variety. It seemed like they could do so much more with their look and they didn't even have to try to style their hair. I on the other hand had to resort to wearing headbands which only accentuated my ugly and uneven hair line. Poor 6 year old Kayla Layla had no one to set her straight. Such a shame.


One day I somehow managed to convince my mother that I needed a perm. She was a little reluctant, but I like to nag until I get my way, so she quickly caved. In my mind, I pictured my hair to have these big, loose, bouncy curls. I thought I was going to look like Julia Roberts with all that volume and shine. 

I ended up looking like my worst nightmare.


The world's earliest (and worst) documented selfie

First of all, just to clarify, the white stuff on my mouth was some sort of error upon development. I took this with a disposable camera and I think that taking this picture shocked the camera's system and maybe temporarily disabled it, thus the blemish. 

Secondly, can you imagine looking at this in the mirror everyday? As if it wasn't enough I was overweight, awkward, and unattractive, but to replace my one feature of beauty with this brown poodle on my head? It was a travesty. 

I still don't know why the hairdresser cut so much of my hair off. In this picture it's pulled back into a pony tail, but in reality it sat at my shoulders. I was so devastated that I hid underneath my Powerpuff Girls blanket for days. My sisters all came over and looked at me and hysterically laughed. I was initially too depressed to laugh at myself, but then I quickly got over it. How could you not?

Clearly this was the worst decision I've ever made. I still blame my mom for allowing me to do it in the first place considering I was like 9 and she should have known it was going to turn out badly. But I can laugh at myself now and show the world the worst picture of all time because I think it's hysterical, and because I finally grew into my looks so it's no longer an accurate reflection of my appearance.


The moral of this story is, don't get a perm. Just don't do it. Perms are unnatural. Perms are the devil. If you get a perm, you will look like the above picture.

Remember 9 year old Kayla Layla who didn't know what a bad decision it was going to be. Learn from her mistakes.

18 comments:

  1. Kayla-
    I have a similar school picture where my Mom put my hair on sponge rollers. Mine only lasted until the next washing, but the picture lives on in all its glory.

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  2. I got a perm when I was in 7th grade and I too envisioned wavy loose curls. Nope. My ginger hair was turned into a ginger poodle. Clearly I didn't learn my lesson because I got one again my senior year of high school and really stressed the loose wavy curls. The girl that did it didn't listen to a word I said and I came out with a poodle on my head again. My boyfriend at the time laughed when he saw me and asked what I did to my hair. You're right, perms are the living worst.

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  3. eh, I have a 5th grade picture of me with a short Princess Diana haircut (fark, just admitted my age). A n overweight girl with straight hair cut into a boy cut, its not pretty and I have no intention of it showing up anywhere.

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  4. Have you seen my 5th grade nerd pic. Poodle hair with now cool nerd glasses. Oh and a red sweater to match. Eekkkk

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  5. This just made me laugh and laugh. I think we all have these pictures of ourselves. My grandma came to visit when I was about 8 or 9. She cut my hair and put a perm in it. It was above my ears when she was done.

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  6. AGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't stop. No for real... I had to scroll a bit and BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love me some Kayla Layla.

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  7. hhahahhaahh OMG!!! My mom use to give me a chili bowl hair cut I totally feel your pain!!!

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  8. Ohhh Kayla... I need to dig out my perm picture for you... you'll be in good company of the world's worst perm :)

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  9. I just laughed so hard! I, too, was a member of the perm club. I made my mom give me perms for some unknown reason. Looking back at it...woof! I'll have to dig out some pictures, too.

    Well... I love your long dark hair! Thanks for the laugh!

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  10. A perm, braces, and a growth spurt at 10 which put me in women's size 8 purple high top reeboks (which I begged for and then spent my own money on).....good times, good times!!

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  11. your baby picture looks like a young Asian boy

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  12. That perm is just amazing!!! I had several amazing perms myself....

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  13. Sista from anotha mista! My head was a mop of black hair when I was born. I think hit official ponty tail status at about 3 months as well. I want to give credit to the mamas of the 80's and 90's for the bangs that had no real beginning. The starting point pretty much met up with any braid or pony tail on the back of my head.
    I always wanted a perm growning up but my mama layed down the law and told me NO. Thank goodness. I now know myself too well to know that I would have been even more of a mess had she actually allowed someone to put tight curls on my head. I had a super round and chubby face so curls would have accentuated the circular shape theme going on face and belly.

    My hair misfortune came in the form of a super straight Morticia Adams line down my head. YUP! I was sporting the straight hair split when it absolutely was NOT in. I never thought too much of it until a couple of mean older girls walked by me with a straight line down both of their heads all the while laughing and pointing at me. Little did they know that in just a few years the "hippie" look would come back in style. So was I out of style or just way ahead of it!? ;)

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  14. I loved reading about your perm experience! I feel like many people from our generation had similar perm stories! I definitely remember being in 4th grade and having such a poofy frizzy perm that my classmates called me "frizz face". Ahh so sad. But its nice that we can look back and laugh at these things! I have pretty straight hair too, and while I STILL get envious of other people's curly hair, I know that if I even try to set it with a curling iron it will just fall flat again within an hour or so. Gotta embrace the straight hair!

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  15. Oh my god! You were jus too cute! Even the perm...hahaha!

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  16. That perm pic is just amazing...

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  17. OMG I am seriously dying over the Jerry curl photo!!!! Love it!!!!

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  18. Ahh perms just need to not exist. I'm sorry, but there really is no need for them. Your hair at 3 months was damn impressive!

    Jen
    Jen.amileamemory@gmail.com

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