Jane McGuire

When hair goes wrong

When hair goes wrong

First published date June 24 2014 Amended date February 23 2016

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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...

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How it turned out...

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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.

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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.

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The backcomb

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.

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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?

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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. 

Jane McGuire

Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.