Self-care is important for many people’s mental and emotional health. If you are one of these, then you probably spend a lot of time in beauty salons to ensure you feel good. Unfortunately, you may occasionally have a less-than-ideal experience in one of these establishments which causes you to lose trust in them. Take a look at these horror stories that caused people to stop visiting beauty salons altogether!
A Little Overdone
While most women know how to do their own makeup, some want a more professional look when it comes to special events. This is when they put their faith in the makeup artists of their beauty salon.
This woman wanted to look especially beautiful, but instead, she was left feeling like an overpainted model. We can understand why she would not want to go back to a beauty salon after this.
There are many women who do not know how to apply makeup. For these women, it is important to be able to trust the makeup artist that they pay to deliver a good result. This woman may have gotten more than she bargained for.
Not only was the makeup pretty heavy, but it also made her have a bit of a sleepy look. We are sure this isn’t what she had expected!
Having long thick eyelashes can make you feel like a princess, and many women swear by these beauty accessories. Achieving these long lashes can require using a variety of fake eyelashes and adhesives. Unfortunately, some people are allergic to these.
When you are promised hypoallergenic products, and that is not what is delivered by the professionals, we can most certainly understand why the woman wouldn’t want to go back. No beauty treatment is worth this level of pain and discomfort!
Those Are Mine
After several attempts, this young woman gave up on eyelash extensions. They wouldn’t stay, and eventually ended up taking some of the poor girl’s natural eyelashes. Considering how thin and sparse her natural eyelashes were, to begin with, she can’t afford to lose anymore!
She was so torn up by this that she had to go in for special procedures to fix it. After all of that, not wanting to return to the salon seems like a logical reaction!
For the past few years, soft pastel colors have become popular choices for hair color. In order to achieve these ultra-light hues, it is often necessary to bleach hair until it is very light. Once it reaches this pale shade, hair colorists will typically apply the color.
This woman thought she would be getting this dreamy collection of soft colors. Instead, she got harsh shades against an almost-gray color. While the left photo looks like something out of a dream, the right is more of a hair color nightmare.
Sew Sew Bad
While we’re all for cutting costs in many areas of our lives, we draw the line when it comes to getting our hair done. This woman thought she was getting a deal when her friend offered to sew in a hair extension for her.
Unfortunately, the same friend decided to get intoxicated before breaking out her sewing kit. The result? One of the worst weaves ever seen. To make matters worse, the “friend” left one of the needles still in her hair!
Once, Twice, Three Times a Bad Haircut
It is often said that variety is the spice of life. No one knows this more than hairstylists, their salons are often filled with customers wanting some change in their lives.
This beautician thought they would give their customer the best of three worlds, with three different layers. While layers can be flattering, they are typically done in a gradual way. These blunt layers look like three different haircuts, stacked on each other! We have a feeling she won’t be coming back to this salon!
Trying a new beauty treatment or going to a new salon can be a risky thing to do before an event. This woman decided to take a risk when she asked for a haircut three days before her wedding day.
Sadly, she was left with a hairstyle similar to the hair worn by hockey players in the 1970s. Though another salon offered to fix her mullet mistake, she still ended up having to wear a wig on her big day.
Though true redheads are not that common, red is still one of the most popular and desired hair colors. This woman had been to this salon in the past and assumed they would do a great job this time. Sadly, the complete opposite happened.
She brought in a photo of a woman with glossy red hair, with tiny bits of blond delicately woven through. What she got looked more like a glowing puddle of radioactive waste. Luckily, the salon offered to fix this highlighter-colored diaster.
Tweezers are one of the most common grooming tools used for shaping eyebrows. Many people prefer to use tweezers to shape their eyebrows because they are far more precise than other methods like waxing or threading.
`While that may be true, we don’t think this person will be letting a tweezer next to her face for a long time. This Reddit user shared this particularly graphic tweezing tale, and we’re in pain just reading it!
Balayage is a popular hair coloring technique for customers who want a subtly lightened look. The technique involves applying a lightener to thin pieces of hair, giving a natural and lived-in look.
One of the most important parts of this technique is avoiding any harsh lines. This hair colorist forgot to blend the lightener as she applied it, resulting in this patchy and uneven mess. On top of everything, the highlights look pretty brassy.
Straighten Me Out
You always want what you don’t have. That means if you have straight hair, there was probably a time when you longed for curly or wavy hair. There are many ways for you to get that look, and this woman thought she found hers …
After doing this straightening treatment at the beauty salon, she realized it was doing more damage than she liked. The harsh chemicals in the straightening solution caused her hair to fall out.
Following the Trend
Every year there are new trends that spring to life or make a comeback. As thick eyebrows have come into fashion, so has a procedure called brow lamination. Brow lamination uses a chemical solution to change the way your brow hair grows, resulting in shiny combed-up eyebrows.
Unfortunately, not every technician is an expert at this procedure. This woman definitely caught a few eyes with this new look. Even with reassurances from the salon, it’s easy to see why this woman might vow to never set foot in one again.
Bleached Too Long
After bleaching your hair blond, you may notice something – your hair can take on an undesired yellow tint. Like many bottle-blonds, this woman went to the beauty salon for a fresh color touch-up.
Unfortunately, they not only messed with the color, but she lost a chunk of hair too! We’re sure that after this bad bleaching incident, she won’t be returning to the salon.
Professional Vs. Amateur
When you head to the salon for a special day, you expect the people who work there to handle a simple styling job. This young woman wanted a fun little ‘do for her homecoming dance, but the hairstylist really messed it up.
Unfortunately, it looks like this stylist needs to go back to beauty school. Thankfully, mom was there to fix it! All we can say is that the hairstylist really messed up and probably should take a few more classes before she is allowed to do this again.
Follow the Pattern
It is pretty popular for ladies and gentlemen to get an undercut hairdo and then have the stylist etch a design in it. Most of the time, you will go in with a pattern in mind or at least a photo to show the stylist.
This young woman came prepared with an image of the pattern she wanted. Sadly, the picture on the right shows what she ended up with. We definitely would not be happy at all.
Awful and Without an Apology
This woman decided to treat herself to a relaxing day at the spa. After sitting in the salon chair for over four hours, she knew something was wrong. After all, she had only asked for a trim.
When she got home, she realized just how bad her haircut was. The salon had given her this oddly blunt shoulder-length bob but had forgotten to cut several pieces. Those wispy pieces stuck out and made the whole haircut look unprofessional. The worst part was they refused to apologize or offer a refund!
The ombre hairstyle is one that goes and comes and has a wide variety of options. The placement of the highlights must be done very carefully, otherwise, you will end up in a horrible situation like this woman. She spent money and ended up with this.
The bad thing is that even after they realized it was not what she wanted, they kept her money. How do you do that to a customer and let her walk around telling people she got her hair done at your shop?
There are many people who, at the end of a long week, look forward to going to the salon for a pedicure. This is how they relax, and the process is usually pretty nice. That is unless you go to the salon this young woman went to.
You definitely don’t want to feel like your skin is peeling from your flesh when you stick your feet in the water bath. We would have the same feeling if we were her.
Know Your Skin
When you are a beauty blogger, you try multiple salons for all kinds of things, including facials. If you have a bad experience like this woman, you might want to reconsider your job.
We would be worried if we had this facial experience. Having to go for months after a simple facial to a dermatologist to try to clear your face up seems to defeat the purpose of a facial in the first place. We hope the other facialists she has to try for her blog do a better job!
There are a lot of special procedures that can be done to help give you a new look, including injectables. This can include things like hyaluronic acid used to plump up skin and lips.
While these injectables should be done by a licensed and trained medical professional, some salons offer to do them too. Not only did she not get what she wanted, but she needs to wait for the filler to dissolve or go to a doctor to correct her lips.
Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Undercuts are a great way for people with shorter hair to express their creativity. While there are some truly talented barbers who can cut intricate designs, there are many who should probably not be allowed near a scalp.
This hairstylist falls into the second category. When presented with a photo of a diamond, they decided to etch a completely different design and shape. To be honest, we don’t know how he turned this angular diamond into a semi-circle?
Beauty School Dropout (We Hope!)
It’s said that even the greatest artists need to start somewhere. That said, we’re not sure that this person should really pursue hair coloring. This Reddit poster decided to let her hair stylist-in-training friend practice on her.
While we’re all for helping support our friend’s dreams, we’re not sure we would have let them use us as a hair color guinea pig. Judging by the number of hair colors used, we’re actually not sure what the intended look was, to begin with?
Many nail salons have many manicurists that speak other languages. Some salons tend to hire people of the same background, which can result in the staff talking amongst themselves in their own language.
When this happens, and it is about the customers, the nail techs need to be careful. After all, you don’t know who speaks what language, and you may just offend a customer. This could lead to them never coming back like this woman.
One Eyebrow Down
It is always scary to try something new, especially when it has to do with your beauty routine. This woman was pretty brave for choosing to get her eyebrows waxed in a new location. Unfortunately, the new experience ended in an eyebrow disaster.
After all, walking out of the shop with just one eyebrow was not what she planned, we’re sure! She should have just stuck with what she knew, and then she wouldn’t have had this problem.
Highlights Gone Wild
When you’re a kid, and you can convince your parents to let you do something extreme, it is a good day. We are sure it took a while for this girl to convince her mom to let her get highlights for her birthday.
When the process was done, we are sure she was pretty sad that she had. After all, how do you put the wrong color in? This probably scarred her for life when it comes to beauty salons.
Having bushy eyebrows isn’t always a good look for some faces, so many people go to the beauty salon to wax and shape those eyebrows. This process is done by placing hot wax on the skin and pulling the hair out.
Anytime you use hot wax, bad things can happen. This poor person was burned after having some hot wax dropped on her eye! Then they lost not only the eyebrow but were left with a swollen eye area.
This woman thought she would go to a fancy salon to do her hair before her wedding. Even though she brought a picture for inspiration, it ended up feeling like it was the biggest mistake of her life.
This poor girl was looking for a new style for her wedding. When she looked in the mirror and saw this, she knew she would have to go home and fix it before the big event. The stylist that did this clearly is not ready to create their own styles.
Like all businesses, salons often look for ways to save a few dollars. Unfortunately, all of that saving usually comes at the expense of the customer. This salon promised this woman professional extensions made with human hair.
Because the woman couldn’t see what they were doing, the salon used synthetic hair and large adhesive beads to secure the fake locks. The woman only realized how bad it was when she got home. She ended up having a friend rip out the extensions with pliers!
Bangs for Your Buck
Bangs are one of those choices that are really only good for certain faces. They also have to be executed just right, even if you have the right face. If they go wrong, it could be a reason to lose a little confidence in your stylist for sure.
This person wanted to try bangs but ended up with an uneven line and gaps throughout the cut. This is quite a problem we would imagine!
When someone is in beauty school, they often wind up working on clients who come in for free or other students. This can be very nerve-racking, and new stylists could make a few mistakes. That is what happened here, and we are sure it hurt quite a bit.
Of course, having bleach in your eye is going to leave a mark as well. Maybe not just physically, but mentally too. This could cause someone to give up on salons altogether.
There may be situations where the opposite is true – where a bad haircut could drive you to only want to visit salons. That could be the case if your mom is the person giving you the trim.
This kid’s mom just was going to do a trim but ended up leaving the poor child with this mad mess. The mom salon in this home should be closed as they are clearly not capable of giving a simple trim. What an epic fail on that mom’s part!
Trendy to Tragic
It’s not only women who leave the salon feeling traumatized. Some men also experience some pretty tragic haircut mishaps. This man went to the salon with the picture on the left.
Unfortunately, his barber got a little too creative and gave him the haircut on the right. While the man in the photo looks pretty cool and trendy, the man in the photo looks a bit like an overgrown toddler! Thankfully, his hair will probably grow back soon!
The Mullet is Back
When you find a salon you like, it is hard to leave them even when you start noticing things going south. This poor woman just wanted to bleach her hair and ended up, because of poor workmanship, with a mullet.
After getting everything set up her attendants walked off. Soon she began to notice hair falling out and when all was said and done this is what she found herself looking in the mirror at.
There are tons of horror stories about people trying to have their own beauty shop at home. This person tried to save money by getting a haircut at home. So when the DIY hairstylist forgot to attach the clipper guard attachment, the cut quickly went from a trim to a shave.
The result was a very close shave with a strange island of hair at the top of his head. We have a feeling he’s going to be double-checking or even triple-checking next time!
There are some cuts that make you look older. Many shorter hairdos tend to give you a more mature look. Sometimes, stylists will suggest this type of hairstyle without being asked about it.
This hairstylist did what they wanted, and this poor woman ended up looking like a “Karen”. The worst part was that she was shown tons of pictures. So when the woman looked at her cut, she was pretty unhappy with the beauty salon and the fact she spent so much money on this hairdo!
Make It Tight
There was a time when perms were all the rage. Many women went to the beauty salon to get this done. While not as popular as they once were, some people still enjoy the curl and volume that comes from perming their hair.
This young woman went in wanting something different, and boy, did she get what she asked for! She opted for a cut and perm, but we don’t think she wanted it this tight!
Some people go into a salon and ask for something different, leaving the final decision up to the stylist. Naturally, this could be a mistake because you might wind up with a cut that makes it hard to distinguish your gender.
This person wanted a simple trim. Unfortunately, their stylist got a bit too scissor-happy. They snipped a bit too much, and their client ended up with this very androgynous haircut. While we think it looks pretty good, we’re sure they can’t wait for it to grow back!
It is hard not to say anything when you are in someone else’s hands, and they seem to be making a big mistake, especially if they are “trained” professionals. Not speaking up, however, can sometimes lead to some pretty painful consequences, as this woman learned.
We are not sure if this is normal, but it doesn’t seem right. This woman’s poor nails were practically worn down to her skin, leaving her with these painful-looking nails. We think she should take a long break from the salon, for sure.
There is a need for all the tools used in a salon to be thoroughly disinfected. If they are not, it could lead to a lot of issues that no one wants to deal with. This woman experienced that for herself when she ended up with a massive infection.
If we noticed this after a manicure, we would definitely think twice about going to the salon. After all, you get your nails done to look good, and this does not look good at all.
No Nails Left
There are many different things you can do to your nails to keep them looking good. But most women go for is having fake nails put on. Whether this is an acrylic set or a gel one, things can go horribly wrong if not done right.
Removing the nails is when most things go wrong, as this poor woman found out. We would be so mad if we looked down and saw a pool of blood under our nails too.
Just Say No!
If you are looking to have healthy nails, you may not want to go to the salon. Though gel nail polish looks nice and lasts a long time, it may be bad for your nails. This young woman found that out the hard way.
This is especially true if you are looking to get gel nail polish to finish off your manicure. Not only is the coating bad, but it can affect healthy nails leaving them chipped and looking nasty.
Nail Plate Facts
Gel nail polish can cause your nails to thin and begin peeling. This woman found this out after heading to her dermatologist. She was shocked that her manicurist did not say anything to her ever.
After seeing her nails peeling and falling off, we would wonder what was going on too! It didn’t take long for her doctor to tell her what was causing this, and so she stopped going for manicures and pedicures altogether. Seems like a smart plan, especially for someone who has a weak nail bed.
A lot of people worry about the risk of fungus when they visit the salon for pedicures and manicures. That is why many people also choose to forgo going to salons and just take care of their nails themselves.
This woman, after getting some fungus on her nails, chose to go this route. She probably was pretty thrilled about getting rid of that fungus and not worrying about getting any more.
After a pedicure, everything feels so much better. Well, that is unless you end up like this person. When the process was all done, they fought for weeks with a toenail that just didn’t want to grow properly.
We know how that feels, and we are sure the memory of that pain is enough to warrant never returning to a salon again for this type of procedure. We don’t blame them for taking a pause on those pedicures.
What Is That!?
Going to the salon regularly can be pretty expensive. This is often enough to drive people away from the facility. When you add that on top of a bad experience, it definitely ends in someone vowing never to return.
This woman had that happen as she found herself dealing with fungus after her last visit to the salon. Spending money and coming away with a fungus doesn’t sound fun to us either.
While some people appear to be true friends, they are actually uninterested in true friendship. All they care about is taking advantage of us.
Over Game Night
When this Reddit user went to pick up their Xbox 360 that a friend had borrowed from them, they realized their whole friend group was already present. To add insult to injury, the person who owned the Xbox had been left out. The person ended up walking away with their Xbox and never speaking to anyone from the group again.
Awful to Randy
This next story is about a group of seven friends in their first year of college. The group would always hang out together. They even had a group chat to talk about everything.
About a year later, this person noticed that one of the members of the group, Randy, would keep getting left out. Soon after, the unofficial leader of the group even made a separate group chat, which excluded Randy. So the user cut ties with the group and started spending more time with Randy instead.
Always Needing Something
One of the characteristics of a fake friend is that they always expect something from you. They take advantage of you by pretended to be your friend. It could be for the sake of gaining social standing, a job, or just to get closer to your pals — anything to benefit themselves.
This user realized that the only time their friends ever talked to them was when they needed his help with some errands, whether it be needing rides to the airport, picking up furniture, or their assistance in moving.
Am I Your Friend or Just a Babysitter?
In the case of this next person, things were going just fine when she was babysitting kids for her friends. They used to hang out all the time, watching movies and just talking and chilling.
However, the moment the friend decided she did not need a babysitter, this person was tossed out. The worst part was that there was no explanation at all. The truth is that some people will behave as though they are your best friends until they no longer require your assistance.
Being stabbed in the back by the people who you thought were your best friends always hurts. It hurts even more when the incident occurs on your birthday. Reddit user u/SweetZombjesus talks about the time they had planned a trip to the movies with their friend group in advance.
The occasion was their sixteenth birthday. Everyone had bailed the day before or on the day of the movie, but the user chose to go anyway. Guess who they ran into outside the movie theater? The whole friend group.
Another Birthday Heartbreak
Imagine inviting your closest friends to celebrate with you on your birthday and not a single person shows up? Reddit user berbert1111 had invited all their friends to go to a bar to celebrate their seventeenth birthday.
Yet, no one showed up. The user later found out via Instagram that the whole friend group decided to attend a different event on the spur of the moment, completely forgetting about their birthday. Even though their friends apologized afterwards, this person has never celebrated their birthday ever again.
Something Always Comes Up
When asked in advance whether she wanted to see a movie on Friday night. She’d always say maybe, but only if she could avoid doing something with her parents. On Monday, the user would overhear her gushing about how fantastic the film was.
Her parents apparently told her she didn’t have to go at the very last minute. Coincidentally, she would get invited to the same movie by a different group of friends. Turns out she would just wait until Friday to determine which option was the best one.
Trivia Nights Can Get Messy
Sometimes a tragic incident in life can truly show you who your real friends are. For instance, having to stay at home because of a major injury. Reddit user u/iaminfamy had just come back to work after staying at home for three months straight.
They practically begged all of his coworkers to grab a drink and play pub trivia with them. They all declined since they had other commitments. Their plans, it turns out, were to get a beverage and play pub trivia, only without him.
Added Stress to A-Levels
This entire friend group took various A-level classes when they were in school. Despite the fact that they all had different classes, they would wait for each other’s return to invite them to lunch. Yet, somehow, they would always forget to invite the Reddit user u/Meowmyissues.
The worst part is that their friends would come back from lunch and talk about all the fun things they did. Sometimes they would even claim that they were sure the user was with them the entire time.
As a rule of thumb, if you are the one who always has to offer to go out, they probably do not really care about you at all. This was the case for Reddit user u/maddallena.
When they lost their old phone, they also lost the contact information of all the people in their friend group. Even though this user’s phone number remained the same, none of their friends tried to reach out. They never spoke again.
Traded a Truck for a Car
Realizing your friends only want to hang out with you when they want something from you can be pretty harsh. Reddit user mandox1 used to own a pickup truck. After a while, they decided to switch to a better and much smaller environmentally-friendly vehicle.
They were shocked to find out that their friends stopped contacting them about hanging out together. That is when they realized that the only reason their friends were even calling them was so that they could use the pickup truck.
Not Even a Proper Invite
If there is one thing that is worse than not being invited by your closest friends, it is finding out that you were only invited as a last-minute solution to a problem. Such was the case for Reddit user u/littled311. She was invited to a bachelorette celebration of one of her friends.
During the party, she discovered that not only was she the only one without an invite to the wedding, but the reason they invited her to the bachelorette party was that they wanted someone to help with the costs.
Tiers of Friendship
A friend was getting married, and this user didn’t get an invitation. She was fine with it because it was a destination wedding in another country. However, things turned sour when the bride hosted an overnight party, which she attended.
There were approximately nine girls in total. They continued to talk about the wild bachelorette party and then began to show images from the event. That is the moment she realized her friend had not bothered to even invite her to the bachelorette.
Getting a Reality Check
Imagine someone asking you to help plan their birthday party. However, when you ask at what time you should arrive to the party, they reply that not only that you are not invited, but they do not even consider you to be a real friend. That is the story of Reddit user u/CrotchetedKingdoms.
They had spent every day hanging out together for the last two years, yet she was not even considered to be a real friend. That is the moment she realized it was actually her friend who was a fake.
A Friend in Need
A friend is someone with whom one enjoys spending time with, but is not a member of one’s family. A true friend is one who comes to someone’s aid when they are in need. Such a companion is undoubtedly a valuable asset in one’s life.
When people say that you will find out who your real friends are in times of need, they are right. Take the case of Reddit user u/allens969, who had to go through the darkest period of their life without a single friend beside them.
Finding Out They Don’t Like You
Whenever a couple has a group of mutual friends, it is inevitable for the rest of the members to choose sides when conflict arises between the couple. Just like in this story, where the entire friend group chose to take the side of the wife when this couple was going through a rough patch.
Almost no one bothered to inquire about the husband’s well-being. Even though they later decided to work things out, he already knew who his true friends were.
Most Willing to Help
Sometimes you realize that the only reason people ever talked to you was because you were willing to help them with anything and everything. Take this story by Reddit user u/irishkegprincess, for example.
During college, she made a lot of friends. However, when they all had to return to college to hand in some paperwork, she noticed that not one of them spoke to her. They would not even respond if she said something to them. All her classmates cared about was her assistance.
Many people will pretend to be your best friends for as long as they think they can use you for favors — especially in college. Unfortunately, more than often college friends turn out to be fake since they never really care about you as a friend.
Here’s what happened to Reddit user u/ts1985. After graduating from college, one of their friends stopped responding to their texts. They both graduated the very same week. That is when they realized that they were just study-buddies and not actual friends.
Studies have found that leaving for university has a negative impact on one’s childhood social connections. If they do not take steps to keep their existing friendships, the average student loses about 40% of their existing friends every six months.
It’s no surprise that making friends at university is an important goal. When Reddit user spicegrl17 graduated college, all of their “friends” from high school abandoned them. Simply because they were the only people from their high school who no longer lived in their hometown.
Ditched on Their Birthday Twice
On her 21st birthday, all of the friends made up excuses for not being able to attend. It happened again during her 25th birthday celebrations. She had relocated across the country and made new friends, but they all canceled at the last minute.
At the time, she contacted her roommate, who came out after work, and he called some of his buddies. She ended up having the best night of her life. Those men are now true friends of hers, and she even ended up marrying married one of her roommates.
A Periphery Friend
Reddit user Moebar90 might just have coined the term “periphery friend.” According to them. They wouldn’t say that they have any fake friends, but they surely would categorize themselves as a friend on the outskirts. A periphery friend is usually the one who’s left out if there aren’t enough tickets or even space in the car for everyone.
Although it doesn’t bother this Reddit user as much, they still find it slightly awkward when the rest of the group starts discussing these plans in front of them.
Not Enough Space
Reddit user u/Churchofbabyyoda tells the story of how they were recently not invited to a party despite having all their friends taking the same bus out of town. The excuse as for why they didn’t invite this Reddit commenter was that there was not enough space on the bus.
Here is the kicker. The bus had a capacity to accommodate around seventy people. It’s in moments like these that you wish they would rather tell you the truth than try to cushion your feelings.
Overhearing the Truth
This story is by a Reddit user called u/rivertam2985. An acquaintance of hers, Mary, had children of the same age as her kids. They used to get together for playdates all the time, and the kids would frequently spend weekends sleeping over at each other’s houses.
Mary’s kids had stayed over for a weekend. The elder one dialed her mother’s number to inquire when she would be able to pick her up. Mary, who was unaware that she was on speaker, claimed she would be furious if she had to sit and talk with Rivertam.
Last Resort Friend
No one wants to know that they are someone’s last option. It’s probably one of the most hurtful feelings in the world, knowing that you are not the first choice of the people you would choose anytime.
People like this just want to hang out with you as a last resort because their other pals, with whom they would prefer to hang out, are preoccupied with other things. Otherwise, they never offer you to hang out together.
ME! ME! ME!
There are certain friends who make everything about themselves. You can’t get a word in because it’s always all about them. These are the types of friends you should avoid since you will never be able to rely on them.
When you open up and have a genuine conversation about your life and your feelings, all they do is make jokes and try to persuade you to join them for a drink. It makes you realize how superficial these friendships are.
Leaving You When Times Are Rough
When your friends abandon you during a difficult period in your life, you know they are fake. You can spend years listening to them and encouraging them on their journey. However, the moment you have your first serious crisis and it is their turn to help you, you would realize that they are nowhere to be found.
Some might even gossip about you behind your back. Any friend who does not have your back and does not support you in times of hardship is not a true friend of yours.
You might be wondering why would anyone ever take the time out of their day to catfish a friend? The answer according to Reddit user u/wickedly_santa is because, in certain situations, a fake friend may feel compelled to sabotage you.
Let’s say you’re out with your friends at a pub and you’re flirting with a stranger. This type of friend might approach you and say something intentionally embarrassing about you in order to deter your possible partner.
Missing Your Wedding
No true friend will ever give up a chance to celebrate your joys. According to Reddit user u/pudgywombat their “best friend” of 10 years contacted them on the day of their wedding to tell them she would not make it.
The reason was that she was devastated by her recent separation from her spouse (which was fine) — until the Reddit user found out that she had a date. This is also the moment they realized that their entire friendship was fake.
Stole Your Coursework
It was probably around 20 years ago when this happened. At university, one friend attempted to copy this Reddit user’s Animation coursework, state that it is his own and have them dismissed for stealing their work. However, luckily one of the tutors assisted them in setting things up so they could film the work.
The friend got caught by the faculty. He ended up being expelled from the university as well as blacklisted from all universities in the UK offering the same subject.
Constantly Putting You Down
There are certain people who emotionally drain you. You will notice that simply being in the same room as that person makes you miserable. It is because the person is probably highly self-conscious, to the point that they would overcompensate by walking all over whenever they had the opportunity to feel superior.
People with friends like this have a problem understanding why their best friend keeps throwing them under the bus. It takes them years to realize that their friend was just a fake friend.
Leaving You Alone
While this one might not be as serious as most of the other scenarios described in this list, many people genuinely put emphasis on it. This is known as the shoelace test. If you are walking with a bunch of your friends and you stop to tie your shoelaces, do the rest of the members of your group wait for you to be done?
Or do they simply keep walking without waiting for you to catch up? People think that if they keep walking, that’s a fake friend.
The Pickup Truck
There are so many people who will only pretend to be your friend just so that they can get a favor out of you. It is insane. Redditors, who own pickup trucks, seem to have this one issue in common.
For as long as they owned the truck, they were always invited to social gatherings during which these friends would ask them for a favor. However, as soon as they sold or trade their truck for a much smaller car, these friends would slowly cut off ties with them.
Leaving You to Cry
If a person is almost never there for you while you’re having a difficult time, they are most likely a false friend. Being there for you and providing emotional support is not advantageous to them in any way.
When and if they do “support” you, you will realize that it feels superficial and phony. Any friend who is capable of walking past you while you are in tears about something, without checking on you first, is clearly a fake friend.
Making Plans Without You
Reddit user acidus1 tells the story of how they came to realize that the people he considered to be his closest friends were actually fake. They were confused as to why the home was so silent in the morning.
They had not heard anyone stir in their rooms or even enter through the front door. After lunch, they realized they had all left to hang out together without them. After spending the day at the beach, everyone returned in the evening.
Talking Behind Your Back
Usually, it’s hard to tell when one of your so-called friends talks about you behind your back because they often make an effort to cover their tracks. If you hear that a “friend” of yours is spreading stories or lies about you, or just trash-talking in general, that person is not a true friend at all.
When this Reddit user fell asleep while camping, he overheard his friend trash-talking about him. Despite being bullied by this friend for years, the Reddit user did not realize how bad their friend was until that moment.
Playing the Emotional Card
No true friend will ever tell you how to grieve the loss of a loved one. They will rather try their best to make sure you are dealing with your emotional trauma in the healthiest way possible.
According to Reddit user u/genericname619, the realization that all their friends were fake came to them at the age of 13. They had just experienced the loss of their father, and their friends stopped hanging out with them because apparently, they were being too emotional.
Kicked Out of Your Own Plan
This Reddit user had asked two of their friends whether they would like to share a dorm room in college. Then, one of them approached another member of their friend group and asked if he wanted to join in as well. They proceeded asking other friends as well.
Soon there were too many people who vied for the same living space, which meant the Reddit user ended up getting kicked out of their own plan. They say this incident acted as a wake-up call for them.
Another Roommate Story
For almost two years, they had been great friends. The Reddit user was then asked if he wanted to move into a spare room after the friend’s roommate left. He was overjoyed to be living with his friends and so tried his best to be the greatest roommate he could be.
They kicked him out after three weeks because they found another person to take his place. So, he got kicked out with a week’s notice and they went on to pretend like he never existed.
An Ungrateful Friend
She and her husband had taken in a friend whom they assisted in regaining his footing. He was able to pay off some of his tickets. His driver’s license was reinstated. They even gave him a place to live and a job in the automotive repair industry.
The friend decided it was a better choice to tell all the customers that they were overcharging them and he could do the same job for a cheaper price if they came to see him at his place.
Standing You Up
Phony friendships are usually one-sided. You will notice that the fake friend will constantly dump on you and never give you encouragement when you need it. This Reddit user tells the story of how they had reserved a table for six people at a bar to watch a sporting event.
They informed all five of their friends and they agree to the plan. However, no one showed up, and no one even has the decency to call or text to say they wouldn’t be there.
They Spread All Your Secrets
Some people will enter your life and attempt to befriend you purely for their own benefit. It is ludicrous and childish, but it’s truly amazing how many so-called grownups cannot manage to conduct themselves with integrity and maturity.
You will be surprised at how often people pretend to care all about you just so they can gossip behind your back. You might wonder why they are doing it despite being your friends. The answer is simple. They were never your friends.
Ruin Your Clothes
This Reddit user had some friends who were often gossiping about him. One day he came to school in his brand new €150 jeans, and these friends glued his chair while he was in the restroom.
He sat on it. They were called into the principal’s office, and these people had the audacity to claim that the Reddit user had glued himself just to get them in trouble. Their parents were notified, and luckily he received approximately $235 in addition to a new pair of pants.
Inviting your friends and family members, and having not a single one show up can be extremely hurtful. Especially if the occasion is an achievement you are proud of yourself for. This Reddit user decided to throw a housewarming party.
They invited around twenty friends and family members. Nobody showed up or even bothered to call and tell them they wouldn’t make it. He specified for no gifts, as well as provided roughly $250 worth of food and drinks that ended up being thrown away.
Your Favorite Band
In high school, this Reddit user had a classmate whom she considered to be her best friend. They were practically inseparable. Good Charlotte, our favorite band at the time, was on tour at the time.
She bought tickets and made another friend, who didn’t like them, accompany her instead of the user. She understands that no one owed her the tickets, but she could never understand why her best friend would choose to go to the concert with a new girl who did not even like the band.
Over a Pool Party
Lastly, let’s talk about the story by Reddit user u/btotherad. Once, a friend told him that he couldn’t hang out with him because he was sick. As a result, the Reddit user went to see a different friend.
They were walking to McDonald’s, which happened to have a small trail that ran next to his supposedly sick friend’s backyard. When they arrived to the trail, he discovered his friend was enjoying a pool party with a group of kids from school.