Bad Haircut Or Makeover Opportunity?

Ever been told things happen for a reason? Yes, even being on the receiving end of a bad haircut! Recently, I went into a new hairdresser and asked for the Jennifer Aniston look. I hadn’t had a cut for a long time because I’d changed states and was a bit hesitant (to say the least)  about letting a new hairdresser touch my precious locks. Lengthwise; it was long. Damn long!

Needless to say, I walked out with a short bob. My initial response was WTF! Not only had this new hairdresser neglected to do as I asked, but I’d lost at least 15 cm of pure length. The horror! Jennifer Aniston’s style was, therefore; totally out of the question. So, I walked out of the salon with murderous intent because the ‘professional’ with scissors had snipped away at my identity.

After a few hours of despair, self pity and all that crap, I decided to flip my attitude and considered myself quite lucky. Loads of people get the same hair cut – time after time. With a bad cut, you have an opportunity to experiment with something different. It’s all in the attitude. You can either sulk about it until your hair grows back or you can turn lemons into lemonade. And here’s a few tips on how to do just that.

1. Avoid DIY cutting

Put down the scissors NOW! DIY works well for a variety of other things but fixing your haircut really isn’t one of them. It doesn’t matter if you have a bit of experience, either. Chances are you are probably a bit emotional and what starts as a bad hair cut could end up being a total disaster.

2. Check out the latest styles

Jump on the internet and check out the latest styles. Work out what will suit you and be realistic about achieving it. If you’ve had long hair for a while, going short will be a big change and you will need some time to get used to it. Make the best of the situation and think sexyThere are plenty of sexy shorter styles, which may look better than your previous long locks.

3. Using what you have

If you have natural curls, reinventing a bad haircut will be fairly easy. If you have straight hair, you may want to invest in a curling wand or opt for an even shorter look. You will need to go to another hairdresser to have it done. Either way, think about what type of hair you have and work out ways to make that bad hair cut work for you.

4. Products

Most of us have a few products tucked away. It’s time to use them. If you don’t have any, think about what you want to achieve, go and spend a bit of money and buy them. They aren’t going to break the bank and they will make you feel better. It’s tough to put a price on that! For example, the wet look is really sexy and suits lots of different hair styles. Applying it is easy and you can get the look you are after. Plus, it can cost as little as $10.

5. Attitude

It doesn’t matter what your hair looks like. Beauty comes from within.  If you walk around with a shitty attitude, it will shine through. If you approach this event as time for a makeover, you’ll do fine. You’ll probably get comments about how great the new style is and how brave you are for trying something new.

If you obsess about your misfortune, not only will you act and sound like a whinger, which repels people, but you will have missed an opportunity to improve yourself. Life often throws things at you for this specific purpose. So grab it with both hands and make it work for you.

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October 20, 2014

Hair Colour Solutions

We asked our readers to send in their hair colour problems so we could consult with the experts at Clairol. Here’s what they said.

Problem 1

Problem: My sandy coloured hair is going quite grey. I have been having it streaked as that blends the re-growth areas better. However with more grey, how can I maintain good colour and condition without showing the grey re-growth??

Solution: Clairol suggests using Herbal Essences Colour #22, Medium Blonde, which gives the best grey coverage while still keeping as close as possible to your natural hair colour.

Problem 2

Problem: My hair is naturally a reddish brown. If I use a warm brown colour, approx 2 weeks after I colour my hair is brown with orange overtones. If I use a straight brown shade, the same thing happens. How do I get rid of the orange overtones?I need the warm colour for my complexion otherwise I look ill.

Solution: Exposure to the sun causes haircolour to fade fast, so it’s very important to keep hair covered when you’re outdoors – wear a hat to prevent fading. Clairol recommends you use Herbal Essences Colour #63 Medium Rich Brown for a naturally warm brown result that will liven up her complexion.

Problem 3

Problem: I have thick, dark brown hair. I would love to lift the colour with a red shade, but every red I have tried fades within a couple of washes – even permanent colour. Can you help?

Solution: Clairol Herbal Essences Colour #44 Dark Red is one of the red shades in the Herbal Essences Colour range that is formulated with exclusive patented dye technology to maximise the vibrancy of the colour and minimise fading. Also, because red shades fade faster than other colours, it’s essential to use the correct shampoo for coloured hair – try Herbal Essences shampoo for coloured/permed/dry/damaged hair.

Problem 4

Problem: Since having my son 5 months ago my hair is dull, dry, and it seems to be falling out a lot more than usual.

Solution: Hair loss can be a common occurrence after having a baby, so you

should see your GP for medical advice about this condition.

Your natural dark brown hair can be given a colour boost with Herbal

Essences Colour #48 Burgundy, which will add rich burgundy tones. At the

same time the her hair will be beautifully conditioned thanks to the Colour

Seal Conditioner – a breakthrough dual silicone conditioning system that

delivers an incredible shine.

Problem 5

Problem: I have been dying my hair for the last five years and I seem to have naturally dry hair. My hair is frizzy and is neither very curly or straight. I find many hair dyes seem to dry my hair further. I want a hair dye that will make my hair shinier and healthier looking, with colour that won’t dull after the first week of washing.

Solution: Clairol Herbal Essences Colour #63 Medium Rich Brown. Clairol recommends that you do a strand test beforehand; if the hair is dry the colour can take less time to develop so it is important to determine how long to leave the colour on. Because Keryn has been dying her hair for the past five years, she should apply the colour on the root area first and then out to the ends for the last 5-10 mins of the developing time.

April 23, 2002