Story Time: How I Fixed My Hair Disaster Wednesday 28 December, 2011
Like so many cash-strapped students during their college days, salon visits were simply out of the question for me—but that didn’t mean I didn’t desire beauty indulgences. My god-given mousey brown hair color needed highlights, and I heard from a fellow student that drugstore facial bleach would do just the trick. Yes, facial bleach: That […]
Like so many cash-strapped students during their college days, salon visits were simply out of the question for me—but that didn’t mean I didn’t desire beauty indulgences. My god-given mousey brown hair color needed highlights, and I heard from a fellow student that drugstore facial bleach would do just the trick. Yes, facial bleach: That same spackle that sears the peach fuzz right off of your upper lip if you leave it on too long.
Suffice it to say: Just as “blonde-orexics” bleach themselves into string-y white oblivion, I couldn’t seem to sate my addiction to peroxide. I found myself scooping up facial bleach every two weeks, slapping the gritty mixture onto my roots and crossing my fingers for a good outcome. That is, until the fateful day when all of the hair along my middle part fell out, leaving me with a mini-Mohawk right smack along my parting. After playing “kitchen beautician” for several months, I had entered the bad hair club.
Imagine long tresses crowned with tiny tufts that stood at attention day-in and day-out; the sight was comical, creepy and anything but pretty. After having a good cry, I set to work figuring out how to banish my brittle, broken follicles, and if you have some breakage, you may want to try some of my hair advice too!
Change Your Part
To this day, I tend to part my hair down the middle. But, when my bleach-begot Mohawk threatened this hairstyle, I had to ditch my center part and opt for a side part. If you tend to wear your hair parted down the middle, you may need to “retrain” your part. After drawing your part, spray it with hairspray, and then gently blast it with a blow dryer. What I discovered: The deeper the side part, the better to disguise the hair damage.
Try a Headband
Unlike Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf, I’m not keen on headbands. However, desperate times called for desperate beauty measures, and headbands do wonders for masking hair hiccups. Brush your hair straight back to eliminate any partings (center and side), and then slip on the headband. Voila! Your hair disaster woes are gone…for the time being.
Wear a Top Knot
This go-to hairstyle is always tops with busy gals, and is just as popular now as it was during my college days. Using an elastic (try Scünci No Damage Elastics, which won’t snag or pull out hair), gather all of your hair up into a high bun. Once your knot is in place, muss it up by pulling out random bits and making it bigger and—ultimately—better. The lesson here: A messier hairstyle provides a better smoke screen for hair breakage.
Play With Hair Wax
As my Mohawk grew out, the hairs sprouted straight up. To put them in their proper place, I turned to hair wax. The heavier consistency of wax added weight to the hair, making it lay down. When choosing a wax, look for one that leaves a matte finish; increasing shine will only call attention to the area you’re looking to disguise.
Did I learn my lesson? I wish I could say a resounding, “YES!” But, truth be told, I still play “kitchen beautician” from time to time (much to the chagrin of every hairstylist I know!). But, once you start seeing breakage, your best bet is to leave the hair color highlights to the professionals—no matter how much money you’re looking to save!
(Blonde hair photo credit: Jake Rome/Flickr)