So, I don't think I'm the only person to have had a bad haircut, but from the way I've been carrying on this week, you'd think I was. Yes. Last Saturday I befell a fate no girl should ever have to - being on the receiving end of a dodgy haircut.
Now I know hair grows back and I know there's no use in crying over split strands, strewn across the cutting room floor, but when it happens it can hit hard. And I mean really hard.
See the problem was I didn't realise how bad the cut was until I'd left the salon, at which time it was too late to rectify - if indeed rectification was an option (unlikely, seeing as the issue was that too much hair had been snipped off) Actually, there were a whole host of problems, beginning with me saying the word 'layers', and ending with me chanting, 'What hairdresser even knows how to cut 'the Rachel' anymore?' like some kind of sick mantra. My once single-length, healthy looking strands had been hacked into by a scissor-happy stylist, intent on resurecting Jennifer Anniston's popular 'do from the 90's. From. The. Nineties!!! The only reason I left the salon sans a streaky mascara mess was that my hair had been curled into soft beachy waves, so I was none the wiser of the harsh, staggered, chipped in layers I was apparently now sporting.
The Rachel. If you can believe it, my layers are even more pronounced (sigh)
So now, I'm left to try and figure out how to make the best of a really bad beauty situation for a whole week before a trusted hairdresser friend can squeeze me into her hectic schedule (I guess that's the thing about good ones - they are always booked up!) Until then, a few obstacles stand in my way while I try to enact the hair equivalent of turning lemons into lemonade. Or a G&T - much more appropriate for a girl mourning the loss of her hair. Here are the 3 products I'll be using to get me by... because I'm pretty sure my co-workers are sick of hearing me whinge by now!
Cedel Blow Dry Faster Heat Protector
Since I have super straight hair with caramel foils through the ends, this product will be a god send. Not only does it add a healthy dose of shine to hair but it also protects strands from heat damage. Plus, it helps hair dry faster! What a wonder prod! Because I am still mastering the art of creating the perfect beachy wave at home (Yes. Confession. I am still teaching myself how to curl my hair properly. It's just so hard!) I am subjecting my hair to lots of heat. Also, my super straight hair means curls drop out fast (which means I need to load up on volumising products with lots of hold, which means hair gets dirtier faster, which means more washes) Still with me? Good! On to the next...
Nak Care 4 Ends Leave in Moisturiser
This amazing smelling leave in moisturiser will also help to protect my my strands throughout all of the heat styling. Plus, when you are trying to grow your hair back, you need to make sure you minimising breakage, making a nourishing product like this Nak one ideal.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Seeing as I am a fan of thick, full bodied hair, and these super annoying/crazy/not-cool layers are detracting from that vibe, I'm reaching for the dry shampoo. Not only does this stuff make one day too far gone hair look instantly acceptable, it also adds body to hair - even if it's clean! Spray at the roots, rub in and brush through for hair with a little lift at the root, making it look slightly thicker and fuller. Win!
Last, but by no means least, reach for a bright lipstick if you are having a bad hair day. It will draw the eye to your pretty pout, rather than your 'do, and instantly lift your mood. Try the Savoir Faire Mini Lipstick in Showgirl - one of my faves!
And if all else fails, there's always my beloved lazy hair style of choice... the top knot! Or, you can imagine those who have faired worse than you. There's always someone. Mine? Pink. She threw herself a good ol' fashioned pity party on Twitter when a hair dresser 'butchered' her hair, late last year. Her words, not mine. But she's right it didn't look great...
Now however, it is back to being amazing - perhaps even Pink's most fabulous yet!
The moral of the story? Hair grows back and you learn to deal with it. Just remember to find a hairdresser who speaks your language next time. Oh, and be sure to have plenty of Gin on hand to go with those lemons...
Have you ever had a bad hair cut? How did you get over it? Did you care, or not so much? Let me know! - Lauren