Hair disasters. I hope you never have to have one. I've seen flat hair, frizzy hair, falling down updos, uneven braids, and terrible hair color. I've also seen plenty of great hair, too. Here's how to keep your great hair from becoming a terrible hair disaster.
Keep your hair healthy. This is your first step in preventing hair issues. Get regular trims to keep split ends under control. Don't shampoo too frequently to prevent over-drying, and always use conditioner. Keep heat styling to a minimum, and take steps to prevent damage from chlorine and product build up.
Don't try this at home. At home hair color can be dangerous for your hair. It can be over-drying to your hair, especially if your hair is delicate. Also, it is very difficult - if not impossible- to do a great job coloring your own hair. It's hard enough to choose the right hair color. Applying color yourself is even harder. Most clients that I have seen that color their own hair miss spots on the upper back of their head. These places are hard for them to see, but obvious to everyone else. Spare yourself the pain and the mess and have a stylist do your hair color.
Choose a hairstyle that works for your natural texture. When you work against your natural hair texture, the chance of having a hair disaster increases. When you have to work to get fine, straight hair to hold a curl, you're more likely to have it fall. When you try to get curly hair to straighten, it's more likely to frizz up. Choosing a style that works with your natural texture means less fighting against your hair, less hair products, much easier styling, and a longer lasting style.
Choose a style that works with your regular hairstyle. If you're going for a fancy style, such as an updo, choose one that works well with how you normally wear your hair. If you have to do too much to make the style work, you'll be more likely to have the style fall when you least want it to. Instead, choose a look that works easily for you.
Practice. If you're going to be styling your hair yourself, make sure you practice ahead of time. You'll want to know exactly what products you need, how long it takes to style your hair, and how long the style will last. The more you practice, the longer your style will last and the faster you'll get at styling.
Bring an emergency kit. If you are going to wear your special style to a big event, you'll probably want to bring along a hair emergency kit. This should include things like extra hair pins, hair elastics, and a small bottle of hair spray. Don't forget a little comb or brush, too.
Use these tips and tricks to help you prevent a hair disaster and make your special style last.