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[November, 1988] New Nemesis, New Hair


Dear Diary,

So far my day is not the greatest. First of all, my mother probably won’t let me get bangs. I really really want to get them.

And I am not Marcela’s friend any more because she is such a fair-weathered friend and very much a bitch! I hate her, she always expects me to call her and Marcela started acting really stuck up because she skipped a grade.

She is definitely not coming to my party. I am beginning to hate Marcela even more than I hate Yanmei.

pass the Aqua Net

"Pass the Aqua Net!"

But when I went home for lunch my mom cut my bangs and they look great!

So much for Marcela being a lifesaver, those 50 names she helped obtain for my election petition now long forgotten. I didn’t think it was possible to hate anyone more than Yanmei at the time, but Marcela proved me wrong. In restrospect, I wonder how much of my ill will was caused by her being snobbish and wanting to distance herself from her former classmates and how much of it was my jealousy. I was offered the chance to skip fifth grade as well, but didn’t want to leave my friends and face a greater academic challenge, so I stayed where I was. It’s quite possible I felt some resentment toward Marcela for having the guts to do something I did not. It’s also possible that she was “very much a bitch.”

At least I was able to take comfort in the fact that I was able to finally convince my mother to allow me to get bangs. I don’t know why she resisted as long as it did. It might have had something to do with wanting to protect me from bad hair choices or from ruining the ozone layer with the copious amounts of hairspray I’d end up using in the late 1980’s. Whatever the reason, I managed to wear her down.

I was eager to get the bangs so that I could tease them up real big into a shrub-like curve on top of my head and tame them with tons (and tons, and tons) of Aqua Net. The look was even more, um… effective when the rest of my hair was crimped.

It’s nice to see that despite all the hostility toward Marcela, I was able to set aside my hatred long enough to rejoice over my new hair. All’s well that ends in embarrassing elementary school photos and the greenhouse effect.

  1. September 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I got bangs for the very same reason, but COULD NOT manage to actually do them up right. Ugh. Worse than teased bangs are bangs that have attempted and failed…

    At least that beat the frakkin’ mullet with spikes on top I had one year. !!!!!! Horrifying.

    • damiella
      September 10, 2009 at 11:30 pm

      I would LOVE to see that mullet photo. In exchange, I could dig up a scary-bangs/crimped-bangs/side-ponytail class picture. One that had the crisscrossing laser background!

  2. September 11, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Haha! The laser background!!! Classic!!!

  3. September 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I remember all of the girls in my class having teased bangs. I liked my sleep too much to get up early to spend that much time on my hair, haha.

  1. September 28, 2009 at 11:20 am
  2. November 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

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