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Lessons I Wish I Knew: 4 of My Worst Hair Mistakes

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Lessons I Wish I Knew... Hair mistakes

As much as I pretend to be a hair model for shampoo commercials in my dorm (I can’t be the only one), I can easily admit how imperfect my hair is. Although I haven’t had a hair-dyeing disaster, I have made several hair mistakes that either destroyed my hair and made me do a double-take when I saw my reflection.

Today, I’m sharing four of my biggest hair mistakes that have taught me two very important lessons: always check your hair before you leave, and always treat your hair with kindness. Scroll down to check out all of these hair mishaps:

1. Not Using Heat Protectant

Lessons i wish on heat protectant
Product Information: AussieTRESemmé, Dove, and Jane Carter Solution

My mistake wasn’t the fact that I used too much heat protectant and heard the sizzle on the curling iron – instead, for years, I failed to use any at all. Quite frankly, I didn’t even know that products like those even existed.

I was quite the hot tool user in my high school days, and I loved the look of loose waves. After my shower in the morning, I would attack my hair with a hair dryer after it got towel dried. Then I would hit it with a curling iron turned to 450 degrees to finish my look. This happened every single morning, and for some strange reason, I didn’t think anything would happen to my hair.

I still remember the day when I realized that my heat-loving ways had a major impact on my ends: a girl was playing with my hair in class, and I heard her whisper “her hair is so fried…” to her friend. I had my hair trimmed a few days later after discovering the truth in her words and learning about the wonders of heat protectant (and not using as much heat every day!).

2. Not Brushing Out Dry Shampoo

Lessons i wish on dry shampoo
Product Information: Batiste, Macadamia, Aveeno, and TRESemmé

To all the light-haired girls who use dry shampoo: feel lucky. With my dark hair, it’s always a struggle to find a dry shampoo that won’t leave a white residue in my hair, even after I’ve rubbed it in. I’ve tried so many different brands that always say “No residue!” – and they haven’t worked. I’ve discovered my holy grail now, but I wanted to talk about some of my experiences with dry shampoo that didn’t blend into my hair.

This happened on so many occasions that I’ve honestly lost count.  In a rush to get somewhere, I would spray my dry shampoo and then do my makeup/pick out clothes. Inevitably, there were some days when I simply forgot that I had sprayed it in, and I would walk out the door with a massive white patch in my hair. On a few occasions, my mom or dad luckily caught me, but I did leave the house with the patch a few times. Only later on those days, when I caught myself in a mirror, did I realize I resembled Cruella de Ville.

3. Cutting My Own Side Bangs

Lessons i wish on haircuts
Product Information: Left to Right – Sally Hansen, Michael Van Clarke, and Tweezerman

I know I’m not the only girl who has done this, as several of my friends did it too. Side-swept bangs were really big during my middle school career, and I loved the look of face-framing layers on my friends. So one day, I decided to bite the bullet. I grabbed a pair of my dad’s work scissors (please use anything but work scissors), took pieces of hair from both sides of my face, lined them up with my nose, and snipped those locks right off.

To be clear, these were not graduated layers – I had made a straight, blunt cut across, and I still cringe when I picture how bad my hair looked afterwards. I also hadn’t cut off just the front few pieces; I had actually removed a pretty big chunk of my hair. My mom rushed me to a hairdresser to fix the problem, but I had to attend school with my new “bangs” for a few days until my hairdresser had an open appointment. Can you imagine how many questions I got? I decided right then and there to leave hair cutting to the professionals.

4. Using SCISSORS to Style a Ponytail (Yes. I did this.)

Lessons i wish on ponytails
Product information: L’Oréal, Sexy Hair, and Windsor

This is much like my third mistake, but this one was much… sillier. (And, in retrospect, much more horrifying.) I wasn’t really known for wearing my hair up while growing up, and thank goodness for that. I’ll explain. Every time I wore my hair up, I always found that I had baby hairs or hair that I simply missed sticking out. Rather than finding hairspray or retying my hair, I found scissors and snipped these wayward hairs off.

Back then, I think I saw hair the way I saw credit cards (a.k.a., “what do you mean you actually have to pay for the stuff you buy later?!”), and the first few times, there wasn’t any noticeable damage. But the more I cut, the worse it got, until it was irreparable and I looked crazy with my hair up. I’m just happy this was a elementary school mistake, and no one remembers my awful haircut that got progressively worse!

Thoughts?

Have you made any of my hair mistakes, or made any of your own? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!

Posted on on February 6, 2014 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , ,

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8 Responses to “Lessons I Wish I Knew: 4 of My Worst Hair Mistakes”

  1. 1
    February 6th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Hey, I trim my own side bangs, I get compliments on them all the time AND it saves money.

  2. 2
    February 6th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    You mentioned that you found a shampoo that doesn’t leave a white residue in your hair, but you didn’t say what it was. Can you please tell us?

  3. 3
    February 6th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    All the popular girls had side bangs in junior high and I wanted them sooo badly. So I asked my hairdresser for them, but unfortunately for some reason I didn’t realize that you had to part your hair to the side for it to look good. My hair naturally parts down the middle pretty strongly, and that’s how I wore it until about 10th grade, but at the time I didn’t realize how stupid I looked with my little strands of hair parting down the middle of my forehead.

  4. 4
    February 6th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Becca — There are many good dry shampoos for dark hair on the market, but my personal favorite has to be the Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo in Dark & Deep Brown.

  5. 5
    February 6th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Hmm…I like the tips about keeping hair healthy. But just because you cut your own hair badly when you were in middle school doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it ever, especially us young adults. I have a pixie cut I’ve been cutting myself for two years and I get compliments on it all the time. Most of my friends cut their own hair too, salons are way too expensive for us grad students!

  6. 6
    February 6th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Rachel and Elyse — I’m very jealous of your haircutting skills! Unfortunately so, my scissor-wielding talent has not improved since those days, but I have been avoiding a haircut for the past year and a half (not using heat is absolutely great) which has saved me tons. And thankfully enough, I get a great discount if I ever go to the salon because my family knows the owners.

  7. 7
    February 6th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I like dry shampoo…

  8. 8
    February 10th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks so much College Fashion for mentioning our products!

    Hopefully, you’re doing a better job protecting that hair from heat now a days!

    with love,

    JCS Team

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