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Whether it's copying a wild celebrity style or combing in too much mousse in the morning, we've all had our fair share of hairdo horror stories. With the abundance of haircare products, accessories, and styling tools on the market, it's easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed by options or become victim to a hairstyle rut. To keep you from a hair-raising style snafu, we at TIA have compiled our top 5 hairstyle mistakes and how to avoid them.
5. Crazy Cuts — Celebrities are always pushing the envelope with their hair styles, from Britney Spears' wild head-shaving incident in 2007 to the countless current magazine covers showcasing Kate Gosselin's porcupine-inspired 'do. That said, most wild hairstyles are best reserved for runways and costume parties. If you see a celebrity cut you'd like to copy, try out the style before you snip using one of the many free hairstyle generators available online, and discuss the cut with your hairdresser before you make your appointment.
4. Product Overload — When I hop out of the shower in the morning, even before the water has drained from the tub, I open up the medicine cabinet and reach for my styling products. However, in my attempts to keep my curls separated and frizz-free, I have, more than once, become a victim of product overload. To keep your hairstyle from venturing into 80's prom night territory, make sure you read the directions on the back of the product. Even if you have long, thick, or coarse hair, begin by applying only a quarter-sized amount of product to your hair, beginning at the ends and working your way up (applying products at the roots can make your hair look greasy). Remember, with hair products, like many other good things in life, moderation is key.
3. At-Home Cuts — Whether you've noticed a few split ends in the mirror or you're trying to save a few dollars, it often seems like a good idea to try your hand at hairdressing. However, much like tattooing or surgery, hairstyling is a job best left to professionals. Cutting your own hair, even if you happen to be a professional hairstylist, is a tricky proposition. If you're between cuts and you notice split ends or breakage, make sure you're using an adequate amount of conditioner in the shower, keep brushing to a minimum, and treat the offending hairs with a silicone-based serum, which can help mask the signs of damage. If cash is your concern, look up hairdressing schools in your area. Many professional salons, including Aveda, offer services from their students for a fraction of the price of a regular cut.
2. Dramatic Dye Jobs — For many of us, covering up gray hairs is an essential part of our anti-aging beauty routine. However, choosing the wrong color can have the unwanted effect of actually adding years to your appearance. The most face-flattering shades are almost always those in the same tonal palette as our natural hair color, and using shades similar to your natural color will eliminate the need for an eyebrow tint as well. If you're having your hair colored in a salon, bring in photos of celebrities whose color you'd like to copy. If you're dyeing your hair at home, make sure you test the dye on an inconspicuous patch of hair before applying color to your whole head.
1. Going Against the Grain — Sure, it's fun to change up your hairstyle and give yourself a brand new look every once in a while, but fighting Mother Nature on a daily basis simply isn't worth the effort. Not only do daily blow drying, straightening, and curling routines eat up valuable time, but they also wreak havoc on the condition of your hair. So instead of suppressing your hair's natural texture, enhance it with products that nourish your hair. After all, it's much more attractive to sport healthy, shiny hair, whether curly, wavy, or straight, than it is to be exhausted with a head full of split ends.