I am so right there with you on this one. What is it with the whole 5 minutes before the shower thing?! SO TRUE. As for family pictures I don't know what happens. I will check it right before the picture is taken and think it is actually looking great and then I see the picture and...not so much. I prefer to be the picture taker for this very reason. I think you maybe a genius because you nailed it with this post.
Ohmygosh ME TOO!!! WHY??? Why is life this way??? Mine always looks best when no one is there to see it or it's about to be ruined.
What about the day before you get it cut?
That would be a "normal day" :) Day-before-haircut-day is not so tragic on long hair.
I haaaaaaaaaate when I go into my room at night on a day when I haven't gone anywhere, and nobody has come over, and I realize, "Huh. I look bloody fantastic today!" And then the next day... not so much. :(
I really don't understand what happens with the pictures. I've had outstandingly awesome hair less than five minutes before the pic was taken, and then in the final shot, it looks like I've been rolling around in the backseat of a car.