Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Memory Madness

Dani’s Daily Drop
It's time for Monday Memory Madness over at Dani's wonderful blog, Dani's Daily Drop. Dani invites us to share one of our memories. This week she asks for a memory of a place that is now so different. The main places of my life haven't really changed much. My childhood home, schools and neighborhood look mostly the same as I remember. So I needed to dig deep to come up with this memory from my teen years.

I was born with wavy, curly hair. Since I was little, I brushed my curls out for some reason. I never really gave my curls a chance to bounce around my face. So I don't remember ever thinking of my hair as "curly" when I was young. When I was about sixteen, one of my girlfriends thought it would be a good idea for me to go through a whole 3 hour perm at our local salon. Having curly hair amnesia, I decided that I would go along with the idea and put myself through that sometimes grueling, time consuming, stinky process. After it was all done, I liked my corkscrew curls. I celebrated my curly hairdo. Silly teen me thought that I needed to keep getting perms every 6 months or so. Gratefully, the light bulb went on in my head around 18 and I realized that I could just wash my hair and scrunch it up for virtually the same effect. When I would pass the beauty salon during my college days, I would laugh to myself about how naive I was. Now when I pass by, I think it's a Dunkin' Donuts.

Perm days are over; donut days last forever :)

Please visit Dani's blog to link up and share your memorable (or forgettable, as in my case) place!

15 comments:

Heather said...

I always wanted curly hair. I tried a perm when I was in middle school and HATED it, but only because it looked more frizzy than curly. I don't think the 12 year old me knew how to handle it quite right. I'm still jealous when I see girls with bouncy, pretty curls.

Kim said...

How nice to have naturally curly hair. I permed my way through highschool and really fried my hair. Thankfully I learned my lesson too.

Hope you're having a great Monday!

septembermom said...

You know how they say the "grass is always greener". I always think that I want sleek, straight hair. Somedays I think I look like a mad scientist! Humidity is not my hair's friend:)

Mon said...

Oh that's funny. I once got a perm (I have very curly hair) because I felt my curls weren't quite right. What a loony! lol

Hi, over from zen in you. :)

Mari said...

Yes - the grass is always greener! I have always wished for at least a little curl. My hair is pin straight and I have gone through numerous perms. Now it's short and I curl it with the curling iron. My daughter has hair like yours - scrunch it and it's good!

Sara Moriarty-delaFuente said...

A fellow former-permer... how comforting! :) Sorry that I haven't visited regularly recently Kelly. (regularly recently- a tongue twister and poor grammar, I'm sure) Life has been a bit crazy as of late. Please know that I think of you often. Happy Monday.

Dani said...

Awe- well dang that you didn't let your hair just be curly as a child! But glad you figured it out eventually! :) Great post! Thanks for playing along!

Joanne said...

I remember those hours sitting in the salon, but haven't had a perm in years! My hair's just about straight, and I liked the wave permanents gave it. Now, sometimes my daughter straightens my already straight hair!

Kari said...

That? Is hilarious! My hair is hopelessly straight...I would have envied your curly hair when I was young - oh, the hours I spent trying to make my hair have some semblance of curl!

Wendy said...

i just recently figured out that my hair has a little curl to it, for years i thought my hair was just big and frizzy, which it still is........anyway, i totally relate!

Michelle said...

Oh I love that one! I remember the days of perms and WHAT was my mom thinking with my naturally -- if I want it to be -- curly hair. But a Dunkin' Donuts now? Eesh, that's evolution!

shabby girl said...

I've often thought lately that we were perhaps born with what looks best on us.
I have very straight hair on top and very curly on the bottom. What the...??? I wish it was curly all over. Curls are so soft looking.

Fresh Mommy said...

Hahaha... donut days last forever. Love it!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

The Write Girl said...

Hey Septembermom,

Perms are no joke. Especially having to sit at the salon for hours at a time. Lol, love the Dunkin Donuts reference. I meet up with my friens after work there.

T Rex Mom said...

You made me think of my sister - she has the most lovely naturally curly hair. She was a teen in the 1970s when straight hair was all the rage. She said she used to iron her hair to straighten it.

Since then, she has embraced her curly hair and looks lovely as ever. I'll have to tell her to embrace more donuts too!

Thanks for sharing!