Having a bad hair day? Oh, that was an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I love to experiment and play with different colors and be an ever-evolving style icon when it comes to my locks. I brush it daily and make sure it’s soft and silky at all times. It is vanity I’m sure, but I still hold on to it, now more so than ever.
For the most part, I have always had fairly long hair. I dabbled in short cuts, but that is what ultimately led me to my disastrous hair moment. I am not made for short hair. Many of us are not made for it. When I went through beauty school I was (and very flattered too) told by my instructor felt that I had the perfect heart shaped face and that any style should work with my features. Wrong.
After taking my instructors advice, I went down stairs to the school where the advanced students garnering their hours where allowed to cut and style hair with the supervision of the instructors. I was apprehensive and looking back, with good reason. I decided I wanted the “Bob” cut. It had looked cute on others, so I figured why not? Unfortunately, the student cutting my hair was not in her element. She was more of a color tech than an actual stylist. Needless to say, I ended up looking like someone had put a semi-circle pattern on the back of my head. No uniformity, everything else was fairly even, I just had an odd seemingly close to bald spot on the back of my head.
I was fuming but kept my cool. Honestly I wanted to cry, but as they say “There’s no use crying over spilled milk.” My beautiful locks where ruined beyond recognition and yes for a whole day I endured the laughs and fun poked at me by friends and family for the ridiculous hair cut I received. So, I did what any hot headed woman would do. I shaved my head. I figured it couldn’t be any worse that what I already had, plus my hair would grow back and probably a lot more healthy than before since all the chemicals were undoubtedly stripped.
Thank heavens, my hair grows quickly and in just over a year-and-a-half, I have my natural long beautiful hair back. I have also learned a few lessons you may benefit from yourself. If you want an original style, first and foremost — see a professional. If you can avoid coloring, or bleaching your hair – do just that. Avoid it. Appreciate the beautiful tresses you were blessed with and stay as natural as possible. Avoid products that can weigh your hair down and cause breakage and other problems including losing your hair. Bi-weekly hot oil treatments are a God send and I recommend everyone, man and woman should take advantage of its benefits. Avoid hair dryers if possible and if you must, make sure you set it on low and keep it as far from your hair as possible. The closer you have it to your hair, the more likely you are to burn it and cause damage.
Always remember the age old advice passed down through the years. 100 strokes with a soft brush nightly is a good start on hair care maintenance. Avoiding hair disasters is simple enough. Just think before you make that lasting decision and remember, it may grow back, but you will have to live with it until it has.