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What to do if something goes wrong with your hair

For many people, their hair is their most important asset within their appearance. Hair can frame our face, enhance our good features or just make us plain stand out. Although it may seem shallow and frivolous, many people's self esteem and confidence about their image and themselves in general can be damaged if they feel bad about their appearance; here, namely their hair. Serious mistakes, bad colours, masses of frizz or locks you just plain hate can weigh down on your positive thinking. But don't fear. Although a bad haircut or lackluster locks may seem like the end of the world, the sun will still come up tomorrow. If you don't want to be seen in the light of day with your current hair color or style, then this is your ultimate guide to send you on your way to hair nirvana.

1. Identify why it is you don't like your hair. Is it a new cut or color? Are you bored with the current style? Has it become unmanageable or damaged? Knowing why you hate your hair makes it easier to fix the problem.

2.  Fix what you don't like. If there's something immediate that can be done about your current 'do, then don't sit around moping - find your solution!

 

·         If you don't like a new cut or color, and it was done by the pros, go in and speak with a manager. They will often give you free or deeply discounted services for a poor job, or give you some tips on how to get it improved.

·         When you get into a style rut, try sifting through the many style articles on the internet. wikiHow has a treasure trove of articles on new styles to try. You may want to get a complete makeover, or you may simply wish to add a few new accessories to make your 'do pop!

3. Get new products. If you're using cheap shampoos and treatments, then don't expect your locks to be your crowning glory. When it comes to hair products, paying more is worth it. Assess the condition of your hair and what kind of shampoo would improve it. For example, colour treated hair will last longer and look better when using colour enhancing shampoos and conditioners. Frizzy/dry hair can be tamed with anti frizz serums and shampoos, limp hair can be treated with a volume enhancing shampoo and dull hair can shine under enhancing products. Shop around, browse, and see what's available. You don't have to be rich, or splurge, to invest in the right things. There are plenty of products that are good quality but also good prices, which is why it's important to look around well.

4. Avoid making the problem worse. Don't try to correct major disasters on your own. If you can't afford a trip to the salon, enlist your friends and scour the internet and local salons for advice. Treat your hair like a carpet of silk - don't burn it with constant, unprotected straightening/curling and masses of cheap products.

5. Hide your hair. This can be done in many ways. Color can be hidden with thick hair scarves, bandannas, and hats. Bad styles can also be camouflaged this way, but you can also use cute headbands, hairbands, ties, clips, and bows to make your not-so-cute style disappear.

6. Go natural. Forget about expensive salon products and give your hair the natural, non-damaging remedies that really work. For example, olive oil works very well for frizzy or dry hair, by adding natural moisture and enhancing its shine. Soak your hair in milk, or egg yolk (as gross as it sounds), to improve the smoothness and shine. Keep to a healthy diet and don't use tight elastics that will break your hair, or brush too frequently. After some time, you will see your hair become healthier, regardless of how bad your cut/colour/style may be.