Messing up your ‘do sure can put a damper on your mornings! To help make life go a little more smoothly—at least in the hair styling department— here’s a list of common styling mistakes and how to fix them without starting from scratch.
Fixing a curling iron bend
A curling iron bend is essentially a crimp that occurs in your hair from leaving it in your hair for too long, or from curling your hair in the wrong direction (against the clamp, rather than in the same direction).
So, what to do next time this happens? First off, just let it cool. If you’re in a hurry, resist the urge to try to fix your mistake right away as this will just make the bend harder to correct. When you continue to apply heat to your hair, you’ll find that the section of hair falls flat and becomes harder to curl. Not to mention, you’re putting excess heat on your hair unnecessarily, which in turn, causes more damage.
Instead, simply apply some heat protectant, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Heated Defence, to the section to reset your strands and allow them to cool entirely. Then, a minute or two later, curl the section of hair again, making sure you’re curling the hair away from your face to avoid another annoying bend. It’s that easy!
Applying too much dry shampoo
We’ve all been there: you’re in a rush to get ready for work in the morning with not enough time to wash your hair. So what do you do? Dry shampoo, of course! But, for darker shades especially, it’s easy to end up with too much product, producing that tell-tale grey hue.
Before you panic and run your scalp under the tap, take a breather. Start off by patting the area with a damp towel. This should absorb the excess product that’s sitting on the surface of your hair. Avoid brushing through your roots at this stage; you want to avoid pushing the product into your hair further, as this will make it harder to remove.
Although the towel step should get rid of the excess powder, you’ll likely still find that your hair has a white cast. Now, apply a few drops of hair oil, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Young Again, to your fingers—a little bit at a time to avoid making your scalp look oily—rub your fingers together and carefully apply to the area of your scalp with too much dry shampoo. The hair oil will mimic the natural oils on your scalp to help absorb the excess product.
Finally, brush through your hair to disperse what is left of the excess product and ta-da! Your hair should look fresh, bouncy, and free of any dry shampoo residue.
Dealing with a hair elastic dent
So you’ve spent hours giving yourself the perfect blowout, but you don’t want to miss that morning workout class you love. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice good hair for good health, but it can be annoying to have to start from scratch each time you hit the gym.
While dry shampoo can definitely help with combating the post-workout sweat, it can’t make up for the dent you get in your hair when you pull it back for your workout. The first step here is prevention. Rather than opting for a standard hair elastic or worse, a rubber hand to secure your bun or ponytail, use a scrunchie. The soft fabric is less likely to create a dent in your hair. Plus, it’s less likely to cause pulling, snagging, and hair breakage.
If you still find your hair has a dent mid-way through your lengths when you take your hair down, simply apply some heat protectant spray or some water to a hairbrush. Next, begin combing through the area while you blow-dry your hair. Remember, you don’t need to re-blowout your hair from root to tip, simply concentrate the heat where the dent is as this will help smooth it out and restore your hair to its former glory.