No matter how careful you are, we all seem to have those moments of unexpected disaster that can throw an entire day off.
Like losing your wallet. Finding a flat tire on your car. Forgetting your cellphone at home. A pipe leaking all over the bathroom floor.
While these calamities can wreak serious havoc on your day, there are also beauty disasters that can make your life miserable in more superficial way — like waking up with a big, red zit right in the center of your chin on the day of your big presentation or a streaky self-tan on the night of a hot date.
For me, though, the beauty disasters that I dread the most are hair-related – maybe because they seem to happen more often than the others. But whether it’s a temporary hair tragedy that can make you late for school or work or a more permanent catastrophe due to a bad cut or color, there are ways to fix your hair issues so your locks are back to looking fabulous in no time.
Here a few tips for handling some of the most common hair disasters.
Bad Bang Trim
We’ve all been there before – your bangs get a little long and scraggly, and instead of heading to the salon, you try to save a few bucks by trimming those bad boys yourself. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to cut them evenly and you can accidentally wind up chopping for an inch when you really just wanted a trim.
To hide too short bangs, try going for a piece-y look so your choppy bangs blend in. Warm a little pomade or wax like Kiehl’s Cream Wax between your fingers and work it through your hair, twisting small sections from the roots all the way to the ends to create texture. Or try sweeping your bangs to the side to help camouflage them – part your hair on the side where your bangs are longest and push them across your forehead to cover the shorter pieces. If all else fails, use a headband to push your short bangs back and out of sight.
Bad Dye Job
I’ve had more than my fair share of bad dye jobs, especially back in the day when I was coloring my own locks. It’s always best to have a professional hair stylist deal with color disasters, but in some cases, it’s absolutely necessary. If you had an accident with bleach, get yourself to a salon as quickly as possible – you need professional help to keep your locks from experiencing major breakage. For color that’s turned too brassy, you can try washing at home with a violet shampoo like the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo, which helps neutralize orange or copper tones in your hair. If you wind up with color that’s darker than you’d like, wait 24 hours and then treat your locks with a mixture of your regular shampoo and baking soda. Let it sit on your tresses for about 15 minutes before washing it out.
If you have a color disaster that requires a visit to the salon but you can’t get there for a day or two, try curling your hair. Curls and waves can help hide uneven color or obvious roots so your hair looks a little better until you get it fixed.
My snooze button and I are well-acquainted, so it’s not uncommon for me to slap it a few too many times in the morning and sacrifice all of my shower time – which means my hair has to go unwashed.
Now, for a day or two, you might not suffer any ill effects from skipping the shampoo, but if you glance in the mirror and see that your hair is looking greasy and limp just as you’re about to head off to work or school, there’s no need to fret — this is the kind of disaster that dry shampoo like Batiste was made for. Spritz a little at your roots and work it through all of your locks. Not only will it absorb the excess oil in your hair, it’ll add some texture and volume so it doesn’t look quite as flat. If you’re out of a dry shampoo, a little baby powder makes a good substitute in a pinch.
It’s easy to get distracted in the morning, particularly when you’re still half-asleep – which can sometimes mean that you add a little too much styling product to your hair. Excess mousse, gel or styling cream can leave your hair looking oily and flat, but you don’t necessarily have to resort to a hat or bandana to make it through the day.
Fix your product overload disaster by blotting some of the excess away with a towel and working your hands through your hair to remove any lingering residue. Then bust out a dry shampoo like Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo and spray some into your roots to absorb any remaining grease. Use your fingers to tousle your hair as you blow dry to give it some texture and volume to hide any remaining product excess.