My mom thought I looked super cute with curls, so she made me get a perm for school picture day and other big events. This was a nightmare, because I was a hyper kid. Sitting still for an hour with smelly chemicals in my hair was torture.
And we’re not even going to talk about the suit.
THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS
To fully comprehend the significance of this photo, you’d have to know that The Girl with the Perm at Prom is none other than super-chic style-blogger/academic smarty-pants Minh-Ha T. Pham, of Threadbared and Of Another Fashion fame. If you see pics of her today, you’d recognize that her hair now, long since returned to its natural “strate” (straight + state), is always on point—as is her mind.
In other words, perms, in all of their infinite glory and wretchedness, can happen to the best of us.
PERMED HAIR, DON’T CARE
this is what happens when you get a perm done in someone’s basement salon in queenz
[I’m assuming she’s not talking about the painful-looking neck angle but who knows? Maybe perms maim more than hair.—Ed.]
FUCK YEAH, FAMOUS ASIANS WITH PERMS: Julie Chen At Prom, 1987
[via Before You Were Hot.]
Me with a fugly perm posing with my non-permed pre-school friend.