Ten Most Common Hairstyle Problems
Professional hairdressers estimate that fewer than 25% of women are good at styling their own hair. Most say the wrong (or too much) product and bad hair dryer skills are the primary problems. See if you’re committing a hair styling sin, and if so, how to find a solution that works for you and your locks:
“Ten Most Common Hair Styling Mistakes”
- Hairstyle Problem, Gunking it Up A good haircut should fall right into place with very little hair care product. Think in terms of a dime-sized amount of any liquid and a few short bursts of spray stylers even less for shine serums and pomades. Unless it also has unruly curl, it’s rare that even the thickest, coarsest hair requires more than that. Fine hair can look even worse with product that weighs it down. Most of the styling aid should be concentrated at the roots, while the rest should be combed through. For detailing ends or controlling cow licks, use barely-there dabs.
- Hairstyle Problem, Wrong Direction Volume is the number one hair styling request, but most of us can’t seem to get it right! In addition to using the wrong tools to achieve volume many women are blow-drying their hair straight back instead of straight up. Roots should be lifted and strands then pulled out or softly curved at the ends, depending on the look you want round brushes are best for smoothing and adding some root lift, while vent brushes can create super volume. When it comes to heat styling, don’t over-do it. Hold your hair dryer at least 12-inches from your head and keep it moving back and forth. Direct air flow down the hair shaft, unless you’re using it to blow hair out from underneath. Blow-drying hair against the cuticle, toward the scalp, is a huge hairstyle problem with wavy or curly hair. After roughing up the cuticle, women try to fix it with a brush or flat iron. When using flat and curling irons, keep temperatures low and hold for a count of seven to start. For best results, style hair in small sections. Work up in time and temperature gradually if your hair is curly and you want it straightened or if it’s limp and you want it curled.
- Hairstyle Problem, Lack of Protection Studies from Regis hair salons show not even half of all women who use heat-styling tools use a thermal protector. Thermal protectants are crucial for healthy hair, so don’t skimp on this hair styling step. Mist them on lightly and distribute evenly for the sleekest, healthiest finish.
- Hairstyle Problem, Too Much Pull If the ponytail has become your old faithful, go get a haircut or learn how to style your hair! Even if you’re in a hurry most of the time, try to avoid sticking your hair back in an itty-bitty pony. Pulling your hair back can look too severe with short haircuts. Crops look better styled simply to frame your face in a flattering way.
- Hairstyle Problem, Falling Fiat Flat-ironing doesn’t mean hairstyles have to be stick-straight. Whenever using an iron, first use a thermal protector, and then take small sections nearly the width of the tool. Pull the iron out a bit as you sleeken the sections, then bend hair up slightly at the ends. Today’s newer flat irons use steam so you can flat-iron damp locks, but don’t use just any iron on wet strands. Be sure the flat iron is a wet-to-dry model, or you risk scorching your hair beyond repair.
- Hairstyle Problem, Choosing Unwisely “We’ve been offering free lessons with new associates for two years,” says Nikki Trowbridge, owner of Statements Salon and Spa in Woodbridge. VA “Yet all the clients had the same misunderstanding about the best hair care products for their hair type” This shouldn’t be a problem, with so many hair care product lines specifically labeled for fine, curly, straight or color-treated hair. The heavier the product, the heavier the hair it should be used on. Thick gels don’t mix with fine hair and a light mousse won’t prevent curly hair from going frizzy. The simplest solution: Ask your hairdresser for a recommendation that suits you.
- Hairstyle Problem, Working too Fast Don’t attempt to style hair when it’s still damp—moisture should be removed completely with a hair dryer. Apply products to dry hair, then begin styling on a low to medium heat setting. Heat styling dry hair is the only way to get hair to hold a specific shape for any long amount of time.
- Hairstyle Problem, Waiting too Long Remember, great hair is all in the haircut. There are some hair styling tricks that can take you longer between trims and a few cuts that are crafted to grow out more gracefully. But if you want healthy hair, don’t wait too long before trims—your split ends will thank you!
- Hairstyle Problem, Going Overboard Sometimes, we forget that less is more. Blow-drying, roller-setting and iron-curling are for runway models, and it’s very hard on even the toughest tresses because heat-styling overworks hair. Also, short hair is rarely intended to look perfect. Today’s haircuts have natural movement and fall freely, so there’s no reason to over-style it.
- Hairstyle Problem, Doing Nothing Air-drying and the natural look may be all the rage, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your short hair is simply wash-and-go. Even beachy waves or naturally straight strands need a little bit of TLC. The right hair care products, tools and styling techniques will take your tresses from stressed to fabulously tressed.
Article courtesy of Harris Publications
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