Flashback Friday: The Poofy Bang Swoop



Yes, that’s me. With my original nose and my very bad hair.

This photo was taken in 1991. I was attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I majored in theatre. And my bangs should have won a theatrical award for most dramatic performance.

To get this look, I would put an extraordinary amount of mousse in my hair, blow-dry with a round brush, and then tease. And tease. And tease. Then swoop. Part to one side, channel Farrah Fawcett, and spray the living hell out of it.

My hair was so incredibly damaged back then. Look how dry and thin the ends are. One of the reasons I wear my hair so short now is because I tortured it so much back in the 80’s and 90’s. With the bleaching and teasing, and OMG – I even had a perm at one time. (I’ll see if I can find some of THOSE photos!)

When I try to grow my hair out now, the ends start splitting and thinning and I’m reminded of photos like this, which causes me to say “Oh hell no!” Then I chop it all off. (Which I did this week. Literally, I cut my hair…myself. For the first time ever. I cut my own hair.)

Okay, so aside from the really bad hair going on in this picture, let’s talk about how much makeup I was wearing. Entirely way too much blush. And although I like the color of that lipstick, it’s very apparent that I had not yet learned how to use a lip pencil to even out my top lip in order to make it proportionate to my ginormous bottom lip. How ’bout those black eyebrows? Yes, a fair-skinned, bleached blonde definitely needs black eyebrows. Ugh.

Speaking of eyebrows, the only thing I love about this photo now is how thick my brows were at the time. This was shortly before the “micro-thin” brow trend came around, which of course, I participated in. (My eyebrows have never been the same since. See my blog post on that subject here.)

And finally, I used to be so incredibly self-conscious about that big chicken-pox scar on my forehead. But thanks to the wonders of microdermabrasion and chemical peels, that sucker is a thing of the past. Just like  those incredibly awful bangs.

What fashion or beauty faux pas from your past still haunts you? Feel free to share!

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