There are only a few people in life who are blessed with get-out-of-bed-looking-great hair – Jennifer Aniston is probably one and maybe Kristen Stewart – for everyone else, there are hairdressers. With a pair of scissors and a few clever products, hairdressers transform unruly manes and troublesome tresses into styles that make clients look and feel great.
The first thing to consider when choosing your hairdressing course is whether you want to pursue it as a career or learn just so you can give your friends and family the odd trim. Some hairdressing courses don’t come with recognised qualifications and some come with qualifications that you’d need to top up before working in a salon, so this is something definitely worth paying attention to. Many go down the apprenticeship route which means you will get real life experience working with customers and getting to know day to day life as a hairdresser before you’re fully qualified. If you don’t want to train this way there are plenty of courses you can do at local colleges or hair schools, and you will need at least an NVQ 2 to start working as a hairdresser in most salons.
Can you cut it?
Hairdressing courses will usually cover all the steps involved in treating hair – from washing and cutting, to colouring, styling and blow drying. You’ll learn about different services you can offer as a hairdresser and how to provide good customer service to your clients by being knowledgeable on fashionable styles and what cuts suit different face shapes.
You’ll need to have a creative mind and a steady hand to succeed on a hairdressing course because it’s a trade that combines artistic flair and style with technical precision and attention to detail.
Mastering your trade
Extensions, up-dos, chemical treatments, bridal hair, barbering – there are loads of areas within hairdressing that you could specialise in and plenty of courses to train you up so that you can offer these services to your clients.
On completing your hairdressing course there are several avenues you could go down in pursuing a career – you might want to work in a salon, or provide freelance hair services to clients in their own homes, or even be hired as a session stylist – perhaps on a TV programme or on a magazine shoot.
Five hair facts you probably didn’t know…
- The average person loses between 40 and 100 hairs every day
- Modern shampoo didn’t come around until the 1930s – before then people used ordinary soap on their hair
- Tom Jones has had his chest hair insured to the value of $700,000
- In Ancient Rome people used to use bird faeces to dye their hair
- Only 2% of the world’s population has blonde hair
To learn more weird and interesting things about hair, have a look at this infographic of hair facts.
Tips from the top
Marijke Cantillon is a working hairdresser who has made her mark on the industry in both salons and as a session stylist. She now trains future hairdressers and works freelance. We asked her if she had any pearls of wisdom to pass on…
On satisfied clients – ‘It makes clients happy to have a fresh look created for them; it can be liberating. When you have known your client over time it is easier to tap into their alter ego and reinvent their look. If they like it the reward is great and a happy client will send 10 new ones to you. It helps spending a few minutes just getting to know a new client so as to discover their personality type, wardrobe, lifestyle, hair routine and more as this will give you ample opportunity to then recommend some fresh, trendy and perhaps even liberating ideas.’
On getting ahead in the industry – ‘The industry is constantly producing new talent, products and techniques. If you want to make shockwaves you need to stay on top of your research.’
On creativity in hairdressing – ‘Make sure that you learn all the basic hairdressing rules first before you break the rules as then they are much easier to skilfully and successfully break. If you want to lead where others can’t follow you need to follow first to get onto the right path which has already been tried and tested for you.’
On the impact hair can have – ‘A good hair style can say a lot about a person and a lot about you as a hairdresser. When you work with a film script for example hair and makeup play a key part in making the characters on paper come alive.’
When it comes to the royals there a few contacts every girl wishes she had in her diary, with Pippa Middleton’s personal trainer, Kate’s stylist and the man responsible for their flawless locks being top of the list. So we were royally honoured when Richard Ward (a.k.a. the Duchess’s hairdresser) agreed to talk to Hotcourses inbetween celebrity clients from his Sloane Square salon. With years of experience behind him and countless awards to prove it, Richard is an icon in the hairdressing profession.
With clients such as Elizabeth Hurley and Sir Michael Caine, there are not many a-list stars who Richard has not helped style for the red carpet. With thousands of hairdressing courses growing in popularity, we were keen to know more about his career progression and ask his advice for those hoping to follow in his footsteps. From cutting hair to doing the school run and watching Eastenders, Richard was more than happy to take a well earned break and answer all our questions.
Let’s be honest, it must be hard to look back over your career and imaging doing anything else, but was hairdressing always the plan?
I didn’t always have the ambition to be a hairdresser no. I was a public schoolboy who loved sport and art, but when my parents couldn’t afford for me to stay at school in the sixth form I had to leave. My mother was a hairdresser and had her own salons. I used to love coming up to London with her to go the swanky London salons; she adored keeping up with the high end! In the summer holidays, I went up to Daniel Galvin with her and while I waited for her at reception looking at all the amazing work going on and the fabulous people coming in and out, I decided I could channel my creativity into hair and that hairdressing was the coolest job on the planet! I love the fact that hairdressing is such a creative, artistic industry and that my job is to make people look good. What’s not to love?
What would you say is the most important lesson you have learnt over the course of your career?
To trust my gut instinct – it rarely fails me and I continually amaze myself that I even question it!
You have styled countless stars over the years, what has been your most memorable moment?
I’ve been incredibly lucky over the years and naturally there have been many highlights but ultimately, it would have to be the royal wedding of HRH Catherine and Prince William. The four months we took preparing for it and the actual day was unbelievable and definitely a once in a lifetime achievement.
We can imagine! Hair is such a precious thing, especially when you are marrying a Prince! But how do you ensure every one of your clients loves what you do to theirs?
I think hair has the power to make men and women feel wonderful or dreadful – it can turn an average looking person into someone who can turn heads, which is why a bad hair day is worse than a ‘fat day’ – their words not mine! At least that’s what my clients tell me!
When it comes to styling my clients hair, I always say what I think, but the customer has to be given what they want so it’s a fine balancing act and one which any stylist knows how to handle the more experienced they become.
If you had to pick one, what is your favourite ‘look’ to create on clients?
I think the bob has to be the ultimate haircut. There aren’t many other fashion trends that are pretty much permanently in fashion and in a few short years, it will celebrate its centenary; actress Louise Brooks first sported a bob in the twenties and it’s as relevant now as it was then – you don’t get more iconic than that.
What are the qualities you need to make it in the hair industry? What makes a successful hairdresser?
Being a great hairdresser is all about being a great listener and a brilliant communicator. Of course you have to be creative too, but some of the greatest hairdressers I’ve known haven’t been the best technically – what they’ve had is an ability to understand what women want and deliver it. You have to constantly evolve and develop artistically, but honing your consultation skills and ensuring you know what the client wants, even if they haven’t communicated well, is vital.
What’s it like being Richard Ward, can you describe a standard day in your life at work?
5.30am – I’m always an early riser – I don’t sleep particularly well and find silly things keep me awake at night. I always get up and go into the kitchen and make a pot of tea for Hellen (Richard’s wife, who is also the managing director of the Richard Ward brand) grab the newspaper and head back to bed for us to have a minute to read and relax before our children wake up and we start the school run.
8.30am – After dropping Elysia at the bus and Oliver at school on the motorbike, I head back to pick Hellen up. We use our journey into work as time to discuss business as after working together for 21 years now; we’ve come to an agreement not to discuss work at home, so even though it’s through our helmets this travel time allows us to get into work mode and talk through the day ahead.
8.50am I always like to have a walk through the salon before I start any appointments – I notice everything! So, the light bulb may need changing, a mirror cleaning, a tile wiping over, every tiny detail is scrutinised – Hellen wishes I had the same eye at home too!
9.00am – Our salon is like four salons in one so we have a great management team in place and we meet regularly to discuss the performance of the various departments, team, customers and the focus ahead. It’s important with the various projects we now have – the salon, product ranges, television and international travel – that the management team are all able to progress confidently with their own areas and then report back as needed. We’re big believers in giving the managers the empowerment and autonomy to take ownership of their own specialist fields.
10.00am-1.00pm – I’m the resident television hairdresser for Lorraine and also Alan Titchmarsh, so when I’m filming that tends to happen in the morning at the show’s studio. With Lorraine, it can be anything from a talking head on the coach to actually styling hair on the streets. With Alan Titchmarsh, I actually have my own ‘Turn back time’ capsule on the show, where I provided a live makeover with a studio volunteer alongside presenter Myleene Klass who then styles them.
1.00pm – Lunch is quick – I always have a salad that’s prepared by our in-house catering team. I tend to eat in the office where my PA Lauren, Salon Manager Gavin and General Manager Julie will share any news, diary dates or run any forthcoming opportunities by me. Our portfolio manager Sam will also grab me to talk over any new activities and new product developments she’s organising or to diarise and plan any QVC shows in both the US and UK.
1.30pm-6.00pm- I’m based in the salon five days a week but I actually cut hair probably only three days a week now. My daily salon diary can vary from cutting client’s hair, meeting journalists, filming a show or blog, attending meetings with our own product brands, catching up with our PR, hearing the latest product news from the L’Oreal professional team, or holding team appraisals. No one day is ever the same!
6.30pm – Home time is children and family time. It may, at times, also mean that I need to spend some time packing for an international trip to promote the Tangle Angel brush series with our distributors, or going on a UK trip for the L’Oreal Professional Business Voices seminars that Hellen and I host. Hellen cooks for us all or if we’ve had a particularly varied day where each of us needs to de-brief each other on what we’ve been up to, we’ll stop for dinner on the way home so we can both clear out our mental in-trays before we get back to face checking the homework!
9.00pm – After a catch up in the latest Eastenders, that’s us finished! If I’m awake for Grand Designs – another favourite, then I’ve done well. Time for bed and ready for the early start again in the morning!
That sounds more than hectic! We won’t take up much more of your precious time. What would your advice be for one our users starting out?
Be prepared to put the hours in, listen, learn, share and grab every opportunity given to you with passion.
Good answer. Finally, in a sentence can you tell us what you love most about your industry?
The diversity – one minute I’m looking at figures, the next I’m doing an appraisal, then I’m doing telly or a live shoot, or compiling trend predictions, then testing products or being involved in research and development, all in between seeing clients and working with my amazing team!
A very long sentence but we will let you off – thanks Richard!
If you fancy yourself as a hairdresser to the stars, as Richard said, putting the hours and learning are the way to make it, and a hairdressing or barbering course is a great way to start. With a number of part time evening and day courses on offer, getting into hairdressing is something you can fit around your current career. One day you too could be styling the royals!
With 25 years experience under his belt, when it comes to hair, there is not much celebrity stylist Andrew Barton doesn’t know. One of the hairdressing worlds’s most experienced and highly regarded figures, Andrew has won numerous industry awards including the ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ and ‘Hair Icon’. What’s more, many of you will recognise Andrew from the hit television series Ten Years Younger, where he starred as the resident hairdresser alongside Nicky Hambleton-Jones. If all this didn’t already make him a cut above the rest, Andrew is also an ambassador for the British Hairdressing Fellowship and the British Hairdressing Council.
To say we were a little impressed was an understatement. Beginning his career as an apprentice, we knew Andrew was the perfect person to interview for Hotcourses. Charging over £300 for a haircut, the editorial team were about to do an office whip-round, but were thrilled when Andrew kindly agreed to put down his scissors in his luxury Covent Garden salon and answer our questions.
So, first things first, how did you get to where you are today?
My career started in a small salon with a big reputation in a village in Yorkshire. As an apprentice I learnt many lessons; I was blessed to learn the importance of discipline and high standards and that we are all in control of our destiny. I’m very proud of my native Yorkshire roots but once I completed my apprenticeship I knew there was a big world for me to see and experience. I spent time in Australia and the States which I think helped develop my skill and life experience. London has been home for many years and is a constant motivation for me.
What is the most important lesson you have learnt in the course of your career?
During my apprenticeship I learnt that ok as a standard is not ok at all. If a client says it’s ok it means they are not coming back and certainly not telling their friends how good you are. This principle has stuck with me ever since and is the guiding foundation to all we do in my salon team. I have also learnt the power and strength of the team and how one man’s efforts are never as good as a team.
You have styled countless stars over the years, who has been your favourite if you had to choose one?
There have been so many magic moments working with pop stars, celebs and royalty. Working with Robbie Williams was fun and styling the very glamorous Jerry Hall is always fab!
What is your most memorable hair moment?
I guess my most memorable moment was being named British Hairdresser of the Year and also walking into ASDA and seeing my signature hair care products on the shelf in front of me.
What is your favourite style to create on clients?
My salon team and I are not really into hard edgy hairstyles it’s much more about beauty and making a woman look gorgeous. In fact the word gorgeous sits in our client charter of what we do. It’s about creating front cover looks where a woman feels sexy and at her best.
Here at Hotcourses we are all big Ten Years Younger fans so we have to ask, what was the best part of being on the show?
Working as the resident hairdresser on Ten Years Younger was very rewarding in so many ways, mainly seeing the transformation in the women and how much their confidence grew and gave them the inspiration to make changes to their lives.
I spend a lot of time training hairdressers to be the best they can be and reminding them of the power we have each day – with each client to transform not only how they look, but how they feel. This is one of the most rewarding parts of my job whether it’s on TV or in my London salon.
Hair can be a precious thing for most men and women, how do you ensure your clients love what you do to theirs?
Hairdressers are great communicators and love to chat generally, but it’s as much about listening as chatting. Clients generally know what they want and how they want to look – casual, sexy, glam, smart etc, so it’s about asking the right questions to get the right information to help you create the best design.
Can you tell us in a sentence what you love most about your industry?
The hairdressing industry employs over 1% of the total UK workforce and is respected throughout the world as the world’s best. There is much passion, creativity and knowledge and the industry constantly evolves and changes.
That was two but we will let you off! What are the qualities you need to make it in your industry, what makes a successful hairdresser?
I’m not sure there is a text book answer, but I guess drive, determination, having clear goals, working with a good team of people and being prepared to go the extra mile.
Can you describe a standard day in your life at work?
Many years ago I said my ambition in life was to have choice! Choice in my work and that’s what I have achieved, choice for me means each day being different. One day I may be working on a glamorous fashion shoot for a magazine (they are rarely glamorous I can tell you) the next I will be looking after clients in the salon, the next I will be in the labs developing products for my signature hair care range or travelling to another city or country presenting at a hair show or educational event. I love my job and the diversity.
What would you say is the hardest part of your job?
As much as each day is different that also brings its down side – I’m forever on the move and not at home enough, always packing and then re-packing bags, but it’s not really hard – I just miss my family and friends sometimes.
Finally, what would your advice be for someone reading this who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Get the best possible training you can get, even if that means travelling miles. Find a great mentor and learn from them. Invest in your training early on and learn as much as you can. Also take my advice and NEVER accept ok as standard...it’s not ok!
If you see yourself transforming looks and confidence through hair then why not follow Andrew’s advice and get learning? With many hairdressing courses on offer, who knows where a short master class or professional qualification may lead.
When Lee Stafford agreed to speak to us, an argument nearly broke out on the beauty-obsessed, Hotcourses editorial desk as we decided who would do the interview. Kind of a big deal, Lee does not need much introduction – an award winning hairdresser to the stars who has produced his own successful product line and set up multiple training academies. Going from cutting hair in his mum’s dining room, to winning ‘Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year’ in 1998, followed by ‘Most Influential Hairdresser of the Year’ four years later, Lee is the perfect success story.
I caught up with Lee on a hectic fashion shoot, complete with models, a team of hair experts and his pet dog (‘It’s not as glamorous as it sounds I promise’) to talk about his route into hairdressing and his advice to those at the beginning of their career. Proving that hard work and passion do indeed pay off, Lee was down to earth, incredibly honest and more than happy to share his top tips when it comes to making it in the hair world.
So Lee, how did it all start? Can you tell us a bit about your educational background before you got into hairdressing?
I must admit I didn’t really have one. I enjoyed school but I didn’t really take it seriously and left before sitting my exams to start hairdressing. I really believe that what I lacked in my education before I was 16, I certainly made up for when I left school and went into hair. My hair education was in all different kind of manners from hair to management to business, really relevant stuff that has helped me throughout my career.
And how did your career progress from there?
Well I worked in a salon for a couple of months but it wasn’t really working for me, it was taking hours to get there because it was in the west end and I was working long hours for practically no money. The real problem was they weren’t really training me and I thought this trade off is way out of sync – I’m putting in all these hours for little pay, doing dogs body jobs and getting no training in return. So I left and set up shop in my mum’s dining room and that’s where it all began! Ever since I have taken education very seriously, both getting educated myself and teaching others. I’ve always found that when I am in a situation where I am training young people I do things very differently.
Of course! What would you say is the most difficult thing about working as a hair stylist?
The most difficult thing for me, personally, was learning how to do the hair well, everything else was elementary in comparison. Learning the techniques to be able to style hair is a long process. I reckon fifteen years into my career I still wasn’t happy with what I was doing, I still fought with everything. Management is also a struggle, but I’ve always found dealing people a pleasure in comparison!
What would you say is the best thing?
The best thing is getting it right, when it clicks and you start doing nice work, you get the right look for the right person, you deliver it wonderfully and they are really happy with it. The best part of my job is when clients say things like ‘everyone I bump into has been commenting on how great my hair looks’ and you can see they’re glowing and it makes you glow. It’s just a wonderful feeling, to do someone’s hair and get it bang on.
Hair is such a precious thing for so many people, how do you ensure your client will love what you do to theirs?
Well it’s taken me a long time to realise that you can give someone the best haircut in the world, but it might not be right for them – it might be too fashionable or too understated. It’s all about consultation, all about talking to somebody and finding out exactly what they want and moving their hair around their face to see what suits them. It’s so important to find out what the client is into, what their style is and what their lifestyle is like. Also finding something to suit their face - if you get these things right you won’t go wrong.
If you had to pick one, what has been your most memorable moment in your career?
Without a doubt it was my collection for Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year, which I went on to win. I took my mum and nan with me to collect the award at the Grosvenor House Hotel and had a hundred friends and family from Essex supporting me. That night and that era of doing hair changed my life.
What is your favourite hairstyle to create?
The one I always love is Veronica Lake, that classic kind of Jessica Rabbit wave - I just think it looks awesome on a girl. That’s always been my favourite look.
What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in following in your footsteps?
I would say to them you’ve got to find yourself a great mentor you can get close too. It’s no good going to work for Toni and Guy and never getting to see Sacha (Mascolo-Tarbuck, Global Creative Director) because the company is so big. Look for someone who is really talented, that has got all the contacts and all the skills, someone you can work closely with and then just learn as much as you can. It takes a lot of dedication, passion and hard work. You need to put yourself in the right place with the right people and then just want it more than everyone else and work harder than anyone else.
Is this why you have opened your academies? Have you taken on a mentoring role yourself?
I have had a lot of mentors in my life and have taken on mentoring roles to quite a few different students in my career. I like doing it, my mentoring gave so much to me that if there is any way I can do this for someone else then I’ll do it. I didn’t learn by doing an apprenticeship or going to college, when I decided I wanted to learn hair I started by going on lots of courses. I thought right is the best in this industry and I went on all of their courses, it was a rather back to front way of doing things.
What was the inspiration behind your product line, where did this come from?
If I am brutally honest I never even envisioned having a product line - that was something for the likes of big famous hairdressers and never even came into my head! When I won the Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year there was someone in the audience who thought ‘I could do a brand with that guy’. He approached me, which I just couldn’t believe and we started developing the brand. Once I started developing it, like anything I do, I wanted to create something that was original, fun and that stands out. I wanted to bring something new to the market, so once I started getting my teeth into it I thought it was a great opportunity to leave a bit of a legacy and create something I could be really proud of. So it was a back to front way of developing a product line as well! I never sat down and thought ‘oh the market is missing this’, when I first launched my range all I did was copy my favourite products, but quickly realised this got you nowhere. It’s all about innovation and new product development and when this started I couldn’t stop, we invented heat protection globally and then we reinvented dry shampoo.
Amazing, we are big fans on the Hotcourses editorial desk! Can you tell us what is in the pipeline for the next year?
Well the brand is expanding like you can’t believe and it’s really developed in lots of different markets so that’s very exciting. I’m developing my academies, I opened my second a few months ago so am going to be working on opening another this year and training more young people. I’m also about to become a Dad in four weeks time so I’m buzzing about that, it’s going to be a real life changer!
Wishing you lots of luck with your new arrival! Finally, I’ve just got to ask the question that’s been on my mind the entire interview –what can I do to make my hair grow?
Get your Lee Stafford hair growth. You’ve got to be patient and you’ve got to keep using it. It’s all about the treatment and getting that scalp in the best condition you can I promise.
If Lee’s story has inspired you, why not follow in his footsteps and kick start your career with a hairdressing course. From washing and cutting, to styling and colouring we have plenty of options on offer for all abilities. We also have a range of barbering courses for those wanting to branch out from women’s hairdressing. With Lee’s advice ringing in your ears, get learning! Who knows where it might lead...
Many do. If you’re doing an apprenticeship, working in a salon is an important part of your course, so you’ll definitely get some real world work experience. Other, shorter, courses might not include this as a requirement but they will probably help you set up some work experience if that’s something you want to do and your teachers are likely to have connections in the industry that they can set you up with.
You could go into hairdressing as a profession if you take one of the longer courses with recognised qualifications attached. This might mean working in a salon or working as a self employed mobile hairdresser. There also options to work in television or theatre or for celebrities.
No. When you get to a point where you’re cutting real people’s hair, the course will usually organise models who will be happy to put their hair in your hands.
No! There is a stereotype of a female hairdresser but plenty of men cut hair too. General hairdressing courses will teach you how to cut both men and women’s hair but there are plenty focused on one or the other if you only want to train in a specific area.
Not if you don’t want to. One of the perks of taking a hairdressing course is that you’re around a class of people learning to cut hair and looking for people to practise on. So if you want a freebie trim, you’re in the right place. It’s completely optional though – it really depends on how much trust you have in your fellow students!
Not to start with. This sort of thing will likely be provided in the beginning and you’ll be able to get an idea of which equipment you most like working with so that when you come to purchase your own you can shop wisely.
Yes. There are loads of ‘top up’ courses available for people who are already working in the industry who want to update their skills or improve in a certain area. Read course descriptions carefully to ensure you’re not going to be covering stuff you’ve already been taught.
It’s very unlikely. You will need a great deal of training before you’ll be competent let alone confident to do this. You’ll start with plastic heads so you can completely mess up the hair and no one has to worry about going into work the next day with a terrible new look.
In case you need a little more inspiration, here are some of our favourite photo galleries from course providers offering hairdressing courses...
One of the structured up styles created in our hair up course
Creative hair with plaits on a block at the studio
The course includes using hair accessories to complete the looks. We include on trend and red carpet styles such as this Vintage sculpted hair styles. All work is completed on a block
The beautiful studio at Lovehair fully fitted and filled with natural light
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Jo creating vintage finger waves on a model
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Get 1-2-1 help tuition on our training courses from Award Wining Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist Pam Wrigley, over 20yrs experience working with brides on their big day.
Offer the whole package - learn how to create beautiful hair and fabulous makeup here at Create Beautiful Hair
Learn how to apply both individual lashes and strip lashes to complete your natural, smoky eye and vintage makeup looks!
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Learn how to create beautiful structure up-do's and find out how to work with different hair types
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Get more ideas and be inspired; we've scoured the web to bring you some of our favourite hairdressing videos...
We’ve all had that hair cut we would rather forget, whether it was the fringe we rocked for all of primary school, the bob that was just so in fashion at the time or the hairdresser that was a little scissor happy. If your hair trauma is more recent, remember that hair grows back eventually so as upsetting as it might be, it is not permanent. So take a deep breath and take a look at our examples of when hair goes really wrong and suddenly yours won’t seem so bad.
The close cut
A pixie cut is a hard look to rock for a lot of women – we are not all blessed with Halle Berry’s bone structure and most of us hide behind our hair. If you find yourself regretting a drastic haircut remember to avoid gel and dating someone with a massive barnet.
The accidental perm
You go in asking for loose Hollywood curls, you come out looking like you’ve had your grandmother’s perm. Yes we know it will ‘drop’ in a few hours (or days), but the getting ‘ready photos’ will now need to be seriously photoshopped.
Rocking a fringe like its 1999
We’ve all had one at some point in our life. No childhood photo is complete without the fringed bob. One thing to avoid when you’re rocking a fringe is a curling iron, unless you are impersonating Little Bo Peep of course.
On the other hand, now we are older and wiser, fringes can make a hair-do – think Nicole Richie, Reece Witherspoon or Rachael Bilson. However this is one part of your hair that you just can’t hide so when trimming your fringe yourself remember it is very easy to go too short, especially when your hair is wet.
How you wanted it to look...
How it turned out...
The bowl haircut
No matter how amazing it looks on Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, the majority of us will still look like we are impersonating a five year old boy with a bowl haircut. Like the shaved side look, remember that fashion hairstyles are great for stars with a team of personal stylists, but a little more risky for rest of us.
The you can’t see me (but really you can) extensions
Oh Britney, you’ve done it again. Bad extensions may be the favourite paparazzi spot but are a reality for many of us who decide to try them. Our top tips – look at the back of your hair as well as the front before leaving the house and use hair grips to keep your bonds covered.
Despite giving you Cheryl Cole style volume, the best beehive around or the perfect hair for a Halloween fancy dress party, backcombing may result in sobbing into a bottle of conditioner the next morning.
What were we thinking?!
Whether it was an oddly placed braid or a wild colour change to rebel from our parents, we all had that experimental phase we would rather forget. Not many of us combined both of these things, so I guess we should be grateful?
Although these hair mistakes are part and parcel of finding our ‘personal style’, a hairdressing course is a great way to avoid making anymore schoolboy errors in the future. Living in a world of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, a bad hair decision may not be so easy to forget. Like the well known slogan suggests, hair isn’t everything, but it certainly is a good place to start.
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