Padma Lakshmi Posts ‘80s Throwback Photo of Her Perm
There are some celebrities who have the best #TBT photos. Take Mandy Moore’s incredible early-2000s outfits and Taraji P. Henson’s adorable childhood dresses, for instance. Now we can add Padma Lakshmi to that list. The author/actress/host shared a hilarious photo to Instagram this week and it has her fans and celeb friends double tapping like crazy. You see, we’ve all made some hair mistakes in our youth. I let my mom refresh my blonde highlights and I ended up looking more like Vitamin C than Jessica Simpson. (Hey, it was 2003.) My best friend cut her bangs while wet and they shrunk to the tiniest baby bangs I’ve ever seen and she cried for a week.
Those who grew up in the 1980s like Lakshmi most often had hair disasters around perms, which became more popular as big curly hair became the look. Who didn’t want to look like Mariah Carey or Janet Jackson? Lakshmi was just in middle school when she tried a perm that she says didn’t really go as she expected.
“TFW you home-perm. (I am obviously pissed because my hair did not come out right for picture day.)😂 #tbt #eighthgrade #80shair.” she wrote.
I surprisingly love Lakshmi’s hair but when you’re 14 or 15 years old, any hair “mistake” is a real disaster. Katie Couric agrees and commented, “Omg so fierce!” One fan related to Lakshmi’s struggles, writing: “Home permanents…..the curse of every school-aged straight haired female that ever just wanted a little body and turned out looking like a poodle.” Others are just impressed by how decidedly cool and grown-up she looks. “Eight grade ? ?!!!! You look like a 18 year old model . I looked like a lumpy potato with zits in eights grade 😫,” one fan wrote.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really glad we’re in a time when whatever hair you have naturally is perfect and there isn’t just one trend. Of course, it’s fun to experiment but instead of at-home curls, maybe try out some bright ’80s-style blush or a much less permanent throwback hairstyle.
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