Image: Oh, you’ve decided to take the DIY route, have you? (Image: HBO).
We all have good hair intentions. ‘From tomorrow, I’ll stop picking at my split ends,‘ we promise ourselves, mid-pick.
Unfortunately, good intentions don’t always translate into good behaviour — and as a result, we’re all probably doing things every single day that are making our hair unhappy. Here, Australia’s top hair stylists and colourists reveal the hair habits that make them despair.
1. DIY trims and split end snips.
Ever reached for the kitchen scissors at the first sight of a split end? Yeah. Don’t.
“It can ruin your perfectly-shaped haircut, and when you go back to the salon you’ll need to get more cut off to take it back to a balanced haircut,” explains Shane Crow, Senior Stylist at Headcase Hair. Even if you’re trying to grow out your hair, Crow recommends a trim every eight weeks — you’ll maintain the shape without those little white ends.
Same goes for DIY trims. According to Uros Mikic and the team at Kinky Curly Straight (KCS), women with curls are especially prone to cutting their own hair between appointments because they think their ringlets will disguise their efforts. This isn’t the case, so shop around for a hairdresser who can meet your needs. “They are out there, but you might need to talk to a few people and read a few online reviews to find them,” Mikic says.
2. Coming to a colour appointment with dirty hair.
Hands up if you rock up to the salon with greasy hair because you figure it’ll only be shampooed anyway? You might want to rethink that if you’re getting your colour done, as dirty hair can impact the results.
"There is an optimal window for colour to lock into hair. If the hair is too clean, it can be slippery when using foils. However, if the hair is too dirty or greasy, the colour can also have difficulty because the oil forms a barrier," says Jenni Tarrant, Owner and Art Director of Bond Hair Religion.
Ideally, Tarrant says you should wash your hair one to two days prior to your appointment, rather than right before it.
3. Cutting your own fringe
During my thrifty uni years, I was a serial fringe trimmer — and I thought I was pretty damn good at it. One look at my old happy snaps reminds me just how wrong I was.
"Too many people come in wanting to get their fringe fixed after they have cut it too short at home. It’s difficult to reverse this once it’s been done; you can always cut more off, but you can’t put it back on so easily," says Aleks Abadia, Head Stylist and Co-Founder at Esstudio Galleria.
Things get particularly tragic when you add alcohol. "Clients will cut their own fringe thinking it a good idea and easy to do after a few drinky-poos. A well-cut fringe is determined by face shape, hair growth patterns, length, finish... Let us do it, period," advises award-winning stylist Brad Ngata. (Post continues after gallery.)