You only have yourself to blame when it comes to common hair style
mistakes. These are the ones that occur again and again. Probably, the
most common culprit, is overdoing it. The idea, is that if it is good
and usable, then do it more, and if at first it doesn't work, overwhelm
your hair with treatment. Any treatment simply evolves into abuse, when
done to the extreme.
(1). Don't color your entire hair again and again. At the salon, the
stylist has likely lightly retouched the roots when they have grown
through and then refreshed the ends. By doing the entire hair
repeatedly the color can be uneven and the ends are over-porous. Then
the ends will become dried out, making them harder to style and easier
to split. Try to apply the color only to the new growth of roots, spread
the color through the rest of the hair just briefly (only a few
minutes), then shampoo out.
(2). Use the right styling product for your hair-type. If you have
fine hair and you are trying to avoid the flat look, then why do you
apply heavy gel which only serve to had weight? Gel is best used thinly
at the roots to lift the hair, then comb it outward to reduce
frizzy hair and to
give you a wet look. Even though Mousse is light, it tends to be
applied too heavily. Don't drench the hair, just "encourage" it with a
small amount brushed evenly throughout the hair. Always hold the can of
hairspray at least a foot from your head and use momentary spritzes to
once more "encourage" results, rather than to drench and cause
build-ups. If the product does not seem to be working, don't hit the
nail with a bigger hammer, maybe it's your chosen style that isn't
suitable to start with.
(3). When setting hair on hot rollers, don't remove the rollers and
then immediately start to brush. It is the heat that dries the hair,
causing it to temporarily reshape itself, but it is the cool air that
captures the shape. Wait for the rollers to cool before removing them.
This also applies to blow drying. Once you have the desired shape and
consistency, then switch from hot to cool to set the hair style that you
(4). Getting into a rut when it comes to style, is a common problem.
Remember the Seinfeld episode that features "Wendy", the girl with the
big hair of the 1960s? Go to any shopping mall and play the retro game.
Look for the the older woman who is still attempting to wear her hair in
the pageboy of her youth, or the long hair of her teenage years. As we
age, our faces and bodies change, and the hair style must mature along
with us. This doesn't mean that you have to choose something dowdy and
old-fashioned, but it does mean that you have to be willing to
relinquish your tried-and-true lifelong style. It doesn't hurt to
experiment, in moderation, and with the help of an experienced stylist.
Quite often the change will be overwhelming to those who have defined
you, but they will get used to the change, and will soon forget what you
used to look like. Remember, that the style must suit the face and
personality, and you are no longer Gidget on the beach.
(5). Getting the latest fad hairstyle. In the 1940s, Veronica Lake was
all the rage, and every lady wanted the style, whether it was an
engineering possibility or not. There is a cute movie from the 40s
which parodies this fashion trend at a school dance, when youngsters
barely in their teens all appear as little moppet Veronica Lakes with
their long golden tresses. You may admire the look of a Jennifer
Anniston, but sometimes you have to give it a break. When Bo Derrick
bounced over the beach in her braided hair in the movie "10" who would
have thought that the artless mimics would be popping out all over,
including the likes of recording artist, Stevie Wonder, all with beaded
braids. Too cool, is often unsuitable, and can be too funny. These
days the shags have overwhelmed us, and they can be right for the right
face and hair, but when done to extreme, they appear odd, and that
second look you are getting is not necessarily because you are being
admired. They could be sizing you up to invite you to join the local