Hair Skin Care Hair Disasters

We’ve all had days when our hair has left us less than excited and maybe even a little disappointed. These bad hair days can often be fixed with a ponytail or a hat. However, there are times when the term “bad hair day” doesn’t adequately describe the condition of our hair. When the worst of the worst happens to your locks, you’re dealing with a true hair disaster.

Hair disasters can be caused by a number of factors. For instance, an inexperienced stylist can give you a hair cut that isn’t suitable for your hair texture or the shape of your face. Likewise, you can create your own hair disaster if you opt to perform a complicated chemical treatment, such as a perm, at home.

Though these are many things that can contribute to a hair disaster, the good news is that most hair disasters can be fixed. After all, hair grows back and can be re-cut, re-colored and even relaxed. Thus, while a hair disaster may seem unbearable for an hour or even a couple of days, most won’t last forever.

In this section, we’ll discuss a number of things that can wreak havoc on your hair. We’ll offer tips on avoiding common hair disasters and will also give you information on the steps you can take to turn hair tragedies into happy endings!

The Botched Perm

If you’ve ever received a bad perm, you know how dry, brittle and frizzy it can make your hair. Many bad perms result when inexperienced people perm their hair with an over-the-counter product. While store-bought perm packages are economical and, therefore, attractive to many, applying them improperly or to damaged or dry hair can create a hair disaster unlike any other.

To prevent a botched perm from occurring, you should always have a professional perm your hair. If you absolutely insist on doing it yourself, be sure to buy a product that will work well with your hair type and to follow the package’s instructions exactly.

If even after your best efforts you end up with a botched perm, there are a few steps you can take to get your hair back to normal as soon as possible.

Bad Hair Color

We’ve all seen examples of bad hair color before: The woman whose hair is unnaturally yellow, the middle-aged man whose hair is too black, the teenager with rainbow-streaked hair. While many people think unique hair colors set them apart from the crowd and express their individuality, sometimes, in reality, weird hair color just looks weird.

To make sure your hair color looks great on you and enhances your appearance, you’ll need to consider a number of factors, including:

  • your eye color
  • your natural hair color
  • your skin tone.

You’ll also need to consider whether you’re coloring your hair to cover gray, to dramatically change your image or to add highlights or lowlights.

When in doubt, consult with a professional hair stylist. She’ll be able to keep you from choosing a bad hair color.

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