Bad hair day

I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a real bad hair day or a particularly good one. Most days it just seems pretty average. When someone cuts my hair, the person will usually hold up the mirror behind me and show me the same look that I’ve always had. Great, let’s move on.

I recall Dave Barry saying that most guys looked in the mirror when they were young, decided they were average-looking and never gave it a second thot. I understand the concept.

However, my sources tell me that a bad hair day can significantly affect some people’s lives. Maybe you need to first have a great hair day … or care a lot more.

Checking in with some wildlife, I noticed that not all their hair days seemed the same.

This lovely lady is well groomed and looking pretty good. However, somehow she missed those three long, annoying hairs growing out of her chin. Maybe if no one tells her, everybody’s day will go a lot better.


Kids will often have messed up hair from playing hard and not being particularly focused on grooming. In the animal world, it must be the same way. This young black bear looks a little dishevelled but doesn’t seem to mind one bit as it wanders over to the other side of the road. I’m betting it’s far more concerned about putting some meat on those bones.


This mountain goat might have decided to go for the tussled look or maybe it got wet and was still drying. Regardless, the look wasn’t carried out everywhere so it appears a little off. Maybe this is a bad hair day in their world? Still it’s not shy about assuming a model pose and there is something appealing about that shaggy look.

_T6C9769Now if you really want to see bad hair, this mountain goat takes the prize. You have to admire the self-confidence to go out in public with significant hair missing – caught between coats you could say.


Hmm, maybe I better check the mirror just to be safe.

Latest Comments

  1. artsifrtsy says:

    Awesome shots and you made me laugh out loud – don’t you sometimes wish they would groom themselves a bit more before their photo shoots?


  2. mflahertyphoto says:

    Great shots Lyle! You must have a really great camera, hehe! Your posts always bring a smile. The deer’s hair makes me think of my horses. I always will clip those when they appear, while they always just get annoyed that I care so much.


  3. dda53 says:

    Nice story. I like the bear photo because there will be another story around the bend for this little guy. Would love to follow him. When I get up in the morning I see someone who doesn’t need a comb. 😉


    • lylekrahn says:

      Thanks – the bear is my favourite. I agree it would be wonderful to follow the little guy around see the stories develop. I admire your comb conservation!!


  4. gregory urbano says:

    great story! i do not take my hair seriously either but that goat looks like it might have mange or something?


  5. Mike Powell says:

    Wonderful shots, Lyle, that brought a smile to my face. Your animals seem to have real personality and individuality. It’s nice to look closely at one of them more closely and go beyond mere identification. As for hair, it’s been quite some time since I’ve had a hair day–I shave my head pretty regularly. So hair doesn’t rate very high on the list of things about which I worry, though I do identify with the elk in the first shot. Why is hair now growing so prolifically in odd places on my body, like my nose and my ears?


    • lylekrahn says:

      I’m happy it was smile worthy. The animals really do have personality which is quickly evident by their differing response to people. It’s always nice to show different behaviour though it mostly ends up being eating! Its funny how one waits so impatiently to grow a beard when you are young then wonder why it all didn’t stop at reasonable places later on in life.


  6. hannele says:

    Great idea (and execution!), Lyle. The post certainly put a smile on my face – especially that young bear!


    • lylekrahn says:

      Thanks. There’s something about that bear photo that I really like – maybe its just different from what my usual photos that carefully avoid roads.


  7. Kodiak My Little Grizzly says:

    Love the photos and the stories to go along with them… Very thought provoking!!! 🙂


  8. Deb W. Trotter says:

    Haha! I think you’re right that you have to know what a good hair day is in order to know you’re having a bad one. With the mangy mountain goat, maybe if everyone is having the same “bad hair day,” there’s no stigma attached to being seen in public! 🙂


  9. Solveig says:

    What’s the name of the animal on the first picture? She is beautiful.


  10. Coloured-Windows by katleenj says:

    okay, will make me feel good on my bad hair day!
    great post!


  11. Audie Jean says:

    Hee Hee.


  12. Honie Briggs says:

    “Maybe if no one tells her, everybody’s day will go a lot better.” That’s one strategy worth entertaining. Too funny, Lyle. Exceptional shots. Your commentary, a bonus for sure!


  13. annethroop says:

    Great sense of humor!


  14. Phil Lanoue says:

    Great post. Bad hair days indeed. That bear looks like my cat, he needs a good brushing and it will spiff him right up!


  15. Mark Conway says:

    Made me chuckle!


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