Reader submitted, Keisha writes:
I’d been dating this guy for a few months and I was so impressed with him I thought he might just be “the one.” So when he invited me to go with him to his hometown to meet his family, I was super excited to meet my soon-to-be in-laws. (Yeah, after a few short months I figured meeting the family was as good as sealing the deal.) He’d told me that his grandmother was a hairdresser and had owned her own salon for many years, so when she offered to do my hair I thought this would be the perfect time for she and I to bond.
She and I had a pleasant conversation while she permed my hair, and I even commented to her how surprised I was that after having had the perm on my hair for 20 minutes my scalp wasn’t burning. I chalked it up to her years of experience, and we continued to talk as she shampooed my hair. She finished my hair and my then boyfriend picked me up afterwards.
The next day I was back at home reflecting on the trip, thinking about how nice it was for my boyfriend’s grandmother to have permed my hair for free. Just as I began to run my fingers through my hair, loose strands started falling faster than I could count. Within minutes I had 3 big bald patches throughout my head. I wore scarves and headbands that week until I could get to my normal salon and have my hair cut. As for the boyfriend, he turned out to be a fraud and I cut him loose too.