We all have bad hair days, even when you're on the cover of a magazine

By Emily Kirkpatrick
Updated April 20, 2016 03:29 PM

We all have bad hair days. No matter how masterful you may be at taming your follicles into submission, their will always be those times when your mane decides it’s sick of living under the tyranny of hairspray and is going to do precisely as it pleases. Now can you imagine what it would feel like to have that bad hair day forever immortalized on an iconic national television series? Tina Fey can, and she’s here to explain how some of her more unfortunate beauty looks from her early days on Saturday Night Live came to be.

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Although you’d never know it from present day Tina’s extremely good hair, there was a time in the early aughts when the comedian’s do hit a serious rough patch. Fey chatted with TV Guide‘s Damien Holbrook at the Tribeca Film Festival Tuesday, and according to Racked, she got candid about the super-choppy, short-bangs’ed style she wore for her first Entertainment Weekly cover. She had long hair at the time, but the powers that be wanted to change that, Fey said: “Sometimes when you have an actor who’s new, they’re like a new toy to [stylists], and some people are like, ‘Let’s fix it!’ ”

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In this case, that meant a 5:00 a.m. haircut right before the cover shoot. “A fancy person was brought in from a salon and this woman gave me a shag haircut,” Fey said. “It was a full-tilt Joan Jett shag. It was very
. You know what you need for that haircut? Jane Fonda’s face.”

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In an attempt to quickly fix the cut they’d inflicted on Fey, the producers then brought in another stylist who just cut off all her hair, leading to the image that will now live on forever on that EW cover. “I think if I had been [older] or smart or whatever, I would have just cried, but I was too dumb,” she said. “Again, you can’t have shorty bangs and Greek eyebrows. It looks like you shrunk your wig in the dryer.”

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All in all, this whole experience is a little too close for comfort to what befalls her 30 Rock character Liz Lemon when she decides to host a talk show. At least she doesn’t cry out of her mouth now.

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–Emily Kirkpatrick