If the thought of changing your ‘do makes you tremble in
your tennis shoes, take a load off, girl, and read these three stories from
chicks just like you who have been there, done that, and lived to tell the
tale. Take their words of caution to heart to keep your hair hot, not horrific.
Know What You Want
Kathleen L.’s haircut horror story is very much a family
affair. “When I was seven, I got a very short haircut,” says
Kathleen, 17. “I have an older brother, and we are often mistaken for twins.
But with that particular haircut, I wasn’t mistaken for his twin—I was mistaken
for him. Twice.”
After that, Kathleen swore never to cut her hair super short
again, but that doesn’t stop her from taking other risks with her longer locks.
“I love playing with
my hair and experimenting with lengths and color (did you know purple turns a
nasty grey after a while?),” she says. But she never goes for a crazy look without
getting all the deets beforehand, either.
Her tip? Before doing something drastic, scour the Internet
for pictures of the exact cut you want and bring ‘em along to the salon so that
everyone is on the same page.
Skip the Trends
Emily G., 16, was in eighth grade when the bang trend hit
her school. Once the popular girl in her class got hers cut, she couldn’t help
but follow suit.
She took her “great
big mess of curly hair” to a local salon and
walked out with gorge, blown-out bangs. “I felt like a movie star,” she says.
“Or at least like the other pretty girls in school. I couldn't wait for
school the next day to show of my new look.”
That night after her shower,
Emily combed gel into her hair and laid it out flat on her pillow. But when she
woke up the next morning and got a look at herself in the mirror, she found
that her hair wasn’t straight or sleek.
“It was a mess,” she
recalls. “My bangs were coiled up into little curls that sat on the top of my
forehead. I looked ridiculous.”
Lesson learned? “Not every
trend works for everybody,” Emily says. “I also learned the importance of
working with a hairdresser who knows your type of hair and what works for it.”
Don’t do it yourself!
Liz S., 15, was bored with her look.
“I’d had the same haircut for ages,” she says. “I was
starting high school and I wanted something new.”
So she grabbed a pair of scissors and began to snip. “My
best friend has just cut herself some sweet swoopy side bangs, so how hard
could it be, right?”
After the first round of snipping, her new blunt bangs were
a wee bit lopsided. She snatched up the scissors again to even things up.
“By the time I was finished, my bangs were way short,” she says. “I looked stupid and there was
nothing I could do about it. I had to wait a couple of weeks for them to grow
Liz’s lesson? Leave it to the pros!