"You'd look really plain with straight hair."
I reacted the way any fifteen-year-old girl would, upon hearing this from her boyfriend. I spent the afternoon painstakingly straightening my hair. I did it the only way I knew how: using my small curling iron on centimeter-wide sections. It took hours, but it looked fabulous. Then I convinced my dad to give me a ride over to the boyfriend's house.
"Your hair looks fantastic!" said his mom when she opened the door.
As for the boy, I doubt he even remembered his off-hand comment by the time I showed up. No worries; I did it to prove something to myself more than to him.
Twenty years later, I still think of the remark occasionally, usually with a chuckle while a hairstylist is blowing my mane out straight.
Speaking of which, I got my semi-annual hair cut this week. I lost a few dry inches, alas, but the rest is soft and healthy (see above). To tie this in to Fitness and Health Week, I thought I'd illustrate how I tend to carry weight in my face (last summer vs. now).
I'm not saying the fifteen-year-old boyfriend was wrong, mind you. (Looking at you, Grey.) But I think I'd look a little less like a "before" picture if I ditched the glasses and wore make-up.