Uh-oh. You messed up. Either you put your hair into the wrong hands or you haven’t been careful enough with it, and it’s never looked worse. Now you’re considering becoming a hermit until your hair grows out so you can start over. Not so fast – some big hair mistakes do have solutions! Read on to learn four common hair mistakes and how to fix them.
1. When your cut is too short.
You let your roommate’s friend cut your hair, and it turns out she doesn’t really know what she’s doing. Your hair is way too short and it isn’t flattering at all. Don’t worry – it’s not time to break out the Hat of Shame! Just give yourself a diagonal side part, grab some styling gel (we like Kenra's Styling Gel 17), and smooth back the sides of your hair. Simple! To avoid letting things get too awkward as your hair grows back out, style it with fiber paste to help mask the details of your cut. Try Nevo Twist Fiber Paste by PRAVANA.
2. When heat has destroyed your strands.
Is your hair crispy from over-using hot tools? It’s easy to look at dull, brittle strands and feel defeated, but you can get through this. First off, give your hair a break – go natural for a while. Take your favorite serum we like Pureology's Smooth Perfection Smoothing Serum and use it to smooth down and moisturize your strands, then throw your hair up into a ponytail or a bun. Just be sure to avoid elastics to prevent further damage. When you let your hair down at the end of the day, apply a deep conditioner like Pureology's Hydrate Hydra Whip (which also helps guard against UV damage). Allow the treatment to work its magic for about half an hour, then rinse. Repeat once a week.
The next time you decide to add hot tools to the mix, apply heat protectant. We can’t stress the importance of this enough – keeping moisture locked into your hair is the only way to ensure a healthy, shiny ‘do. Don’t skip it! Try Kenra's Professional Platinum Hot Spray 20.
3. When your bangs are getting shaggy.
If your bangs are unkempt to the point of blinding you, the first thing you should do is schedule a trim with your hair stylist. If you don’t already have side-swept bangs, be sure to ask for them this time (they are much easier to work with)! In the meantime, you can simply blowdry your bangs with a round brush, molding them up and away from your central line of vision so that you don’t accidentally, you know, walk into a wall or hit innocent pedestrians while driving. Apply a light gel like Pravana's Total Fixation Firm Hold Gel while your hair is still wet to help keep your bangs in shape.
4. When you try dyeing your hair at home and the color is wrong.
Don’t flip out – you can patch up the problem with a simple technique called “French shampooing.” Just wait 24 hours after you dye your hair, then take your shampoo like Pureology's Smooth Perfection Shampoo and combine it with equal parts 20-volume hydrogen peroxide. Lather up your strands, allowing the mixture to sit for about fifteen minutes before rinsing. This simple concoction will help remove enough of the color to allow you to re-dye your hair with a shade that is more similar to your natural color. This time, however, you need to be more careful: don’t let the dye stay on your roots for more than half the time instructed, and you want to get it out of your ends after about three minutes.
The next time you decide to hop in the shower, apply a deep-conditioning treatment before shampooing (this will help lessen any damage caused by over-dyeing). Try Kenra's Professional Nourishing Masque.
Hopefully now you can breathe a sigh of relief for whatever hair crisis you’re going through. If you can think of anyone else who might benefit from our tips, please share them!