The Mushroom Cut Perm

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a list of 22 things I had done.

One of those 22 things included a mushroom cut and perm AT. THE. SAME. TIME.

Many of my readers had no idea what that was.

I am appalled.

Also, several left delicious comments on my blog asking for pictures to prove this hair disaster.

Well I can’t just deliver the goods without some explanation…


I had long flowing, gorgeous hair for years. It was beautiful.

But I needed a change and I had a vision in my head of that change – the perfect bob just like my classmate who had thick brown locks, curling under perfectly at her jaw bone giving her face a round glow.

I longed to have her bouncing mane, even at the young age of 11.

So, after asking my mother, we were off to the salon to have my long tresses chopped. I sat nervously in the chair while my hairdresser hacked away… and away… and away…

Too much. TOO. MUCH.

I have written previously about the bad haircut.

I lived with it for a few months, wore hats, and my dog.

And then convinced my mother that I needed a perm, it was the only answer to the bad haircut and would solve the irreversible damage created by the eager scissors.

It was 1992.

Cut me some slack.

Off we went to the salon… again.

The result?

The mushroom cut perm.

There are no words.

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42 Responses to The Mushroom Cut Perm
  1. Galit Breen
    November 7, 2011 | 7:50 am

    No, there are not.

    Except- girl, we were all there with you! πŸ™‚

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:17 pm

      Where are your pictures Galit? LOL

      • Galit Breen
        November 7, 2011 | 10:18 pm

        In CA and OMG would you die over them!

        Perm. Big bangs. Banana clips. Boom.


  2. Alison@Mama Wants This
    November 7, 2011 | 8:09 am

    That is possibly the funniest picture ever.

    Also? Ugliest hairstyle ever on a pretty girl. πŸ˜‰ I love you for sharing it.

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:17 pm

      Is that a backwards compliment?

  3. Ali
    November 7, 2011 | 9:04 am

    Yeah. I don’t even have anything encouraging to say about that. Would it make you feel better if I told you I sported a mullet for 5 years?

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:17 pm

      It will only make me feel better if I can see pictures.

  4. Butterflygirl
    November 7, 2011 | 9:33 am

    LOL!! I’m laughing out loud at my desk!! I love it! The head shaved too!! Oh man, the things we did!! I have recently considered a perm but it never works out well for me. After this post I think I will skip the perm!

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:16 pm

      OH crap you spotted the shaved part.

  5. kir
    November 7, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Hey I had that cut too…and that perm. We weren’t ugly, we were cutting edge!!! πŸ™‚

    you make me giggle!!!!!! of course I know what a mushroom cut perm…I had one for years!!!! LOL

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:16 pm

      I loved it so much!
      I rocked the huge bangs too

    • Victoria
      July 3, 2015 | 7:09 pm

      I’m sure you looked cute in it Kir.

  6. Julie
    November 7, 2011 | 11:22 am




    I keep scrolling back up to look at it. I love that you’re smiling though, like, “I’m still fabulous.”

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:16 pm

      I seriously loved that hair cut SOOO much!

  7. Lady Estrogen
    November 7, 2011 | 11:58 am

    Wait… who is that guy?

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:15 pm


    • Leigh Ann
      November 7, 2011 | 10:33 pm


  8. Jessica
    November 7, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Oh wow, I had a perm and somewhat of a mushroom cut (although for me I had requested to look like Sheena Easton but I had the thickness of three heads of hair) but never at the same time.

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:15 pm

      Is it sad that I don’t know who Sheena Easton is?

      • Victoria
        July 3, 2015 | 7:11 pm

        She is an old singer. Kind of a protege of Prince. Maybe you would know her as singing the theme song from For Your Eyes Only, the James Bond movie?

  9. Jessica
    November 7, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    I would have to say you do look happy in that picture.

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:15 pm

      LOL, you’re always so positive

  10. Elena
    November 7, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    I love it! I remember cuts like this back in the 90s. We all lived to tell, right? πŸ˜‰

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:14 pm

      yes, and now I have a great post because of it!

  11. Carri
    November 7, 2011 | 8:22 pm

    Oh girl…. We’ve all had a bad haircut. I had one in 1999 and I knew it was bad when I came into work and my boss asked me if I got my money back.
    But hey, at least it wasn’t permed. πŸ˜‰

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:14 pm

      WOW.. that boss was ballsy!
      And yes, at least it wasn’t permed.

  12. Not a Perfect Mom
    November 7, 2011 | 9:46 pm

    um, but you have a lovely smile…
    silver lining…

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 7, 2011 | 10:13 pm


  13. Leigh Ann
    November 7, 2011 | 10:34 pm

    I love you so much more now. I never had a mushroom cut OR a perm, but I had plenty of awkward. We would have been friends.

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 11, 2011 | 10:36 am

      i would have made you get this hair cut with me

  14. Kimberly
    November 7, 2011 | 10:36 pm

    At least you look happy! Damn, we have had some bad haircuts, eh? I blame the 80’s and 90’s. They screwed with us.

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 11, 2011 | 10:36 am

      I wonder if this one will come back.

  15. Rach (DonutsMama)
    November 7, 2011 | 11:16 pm

    No, no words at all, but a sympathetic heart. I did the same thing after my freshmen year of college–when I was old enough to know better!! Well, I didn’t get the perm, just chopped off my long, long hair. Big mistake. And I wondered my no one asked me out.

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 11, 2011 | 10:35 am

      i was called ugly at camp and I couldn’t figure out why…

      hmmm, now I know LOL

  16. Kimberly
    November 8, 2011 | 7:46 am

    Oh. No.
    I want to throw a straightner at it…
    And maybe an industrial strength iron…

    • multitaskingmumma
      November 11, 2011 | 10:33 am

      none of that would have worked with the amount of hairspray I had on it.

  17. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    November 11, 2011 | 12:11 am


    • multitaskingmumma
      November 11, 2011 | 8:30 am

      HA… thanks for humouring me

  18. Victoria
    February 10, 2014 | 9:27 pm

    I think it looks cute on you. You are being too hard on yourself. I will bet you got some compliments on it?

    • multitaskingmumma
      February 11, 2014 | 10:26 am

      Thank you so very much! At the time it was in style and I loved it.

      • Victoria
        July 3, 2015 | 7:13 pm

        Ah, but would you ever get one again?

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