Hair disasters may seem minor as we all know our hair will regrow, yet it never makes us feel good when a do-it-yourself bang croppage or a stylist gets it all wrong and we look like parodies of our former selves. Too short bangs or taking just a tad too many inches off the bottom can send many of us into a downward spiral of low self-esteem.
I’ve had my fair share of hair downfalls (see the photo attached); yet there was one that ruined an entire year of my life, and I will tell you why.
As a person with a tall and very lanky body, I didn’t realize that the current craze of short punk-style hair wasn’t a good look for me in high school during the ’80s. I was teased and called, “bird” by more than one person. After that embarrassing period in my life, I refused to go short again. I grew my hair out very long and wanted a bit more movement in my long locks, and my disaster began.
Be extremely specific with your stylist
I made the requisite appointment with a stylist at my local salon. I asked for long layers, and because she was nice and funny, I trusted her. When the appointment was over, I went home and looked in the mirror. Words cannot describe my long but very short layered-hair. The only words that popped into my astonished head were, “Pat Benatar.” I have since learned to be very, with heavy accent on the word “very,” specific.
Headbands are lifesavers
Headbands seriously gave new meaning to my struggling hair while it adapted to its new look. The two-inch long layers around the top of my skull were quite hideous and I invested in some very cute headbands that would hide the layers underneath while giving a look of conformity to my hair. Before putting your face into your hands and bawling your eyes out, like me, take a minute and regroup.
Mousse was also a lifesaver for my beleaguered locks. Although the style of the day was long layers, I was able to “poof” out and blend my short layers into the long ones, creating an effect that resembled long length. If I would have had it at the time, I would have used styling cream as well, which would have connected my hairs to one another. Volumizing shampoo would have worked well with having very short layers too.
In the end, after much teasing by my family, my hair regrew. I cannot be more adamant about how proper communication with a stylist is important. Trust what you want, not what the stylist thinks is right. They are providing a service for you, not the other way around.