Thirty-one years ago, Oprah had a hair nightmare. She was a news anchor in Baltimore when her boss told her that her hair was too thick and needed a makeover. "They sent me to this chi-chi, poo-poo salon in New York. So I said, I'm thinking I'm being really cool, I go, 'You all do black hair here?'" Oprah says. "And the guy said, 'Oui, Madame, we do black hair. We do red hair. We do your hair.'"
After a harsh perm, Oprah's hair started falling out. "Then I did what balding men do," she says. "You try to hold onto the four hairs you have and slick it over with some Dippity-Do." Finally, Oprah was forced shave her head. "For years I wouldn't put anything in my hair," Oprah says.
Watch as Oprah relives the nightmare.
But Oprah's not the only one who's been traumatized by a bad perm. Jasmine Lawrence lost all of her hair at age 11 after a bad relaxing perm. "It got to the point where I only had hair on the top of my head, so I was braiding it down to cover up this area where I had no hair," she says. "It really changed my life and the way I reacted to other people looking at me and staring."