Growing your hair out is never fun. To make matters worse I have a inclination towards ‘ugly’ haircuts: the mullet, the rats tail, the chelsea, the bowl-cut – I’ve had them all and none of them have been easy to undo (it still doesn’t stop me).
In the past I’ve faltered with finding ways to keep my mane in check as it goes through the awkward stages of ‘hair puberty’. Here are a few less-than-cool stages I’ve gone through this year, while growing out my hair:
Ironic that while growing out my hair it actually matches that of a boy who is probably going through legit puberty! I thought it was time I came up with a solution, so, below are six ways to stop any sort of bad hair day in their tracks. The best part, it doesn’t involve expensive hair products.
To substantiate my claims, I traveled all over the world (from my living room) across a sea of Instagram selfies to bring you screen shots of celebrities and influencers mastering each technique. Disclaimer: they don’t have awkward hair that needs hiding, but this only proves you don’t need unruly hair to get on board.
CLIP IT IN THE BUD
This is a current favourite way of taming my locks while it navigates its way through the hair equivalent of adolescence. And it deviates from a time in my life when I was an actual adolescent – the late 1990s/early2000s. It’s fun, it’s streamlined, it’s cheap (usually) and it doesn’t have to be a multitude of mini butterfly clips if you’re not ready for that.
Although Solange showed that it could be done, back in 2016!
Fast forward one and a half years and the hair clip/barrette has settled firmly on the heads of many beauties.
HEAD-SET ON HEADBANDS
There has also been a resurgence of elasticised headbands of late. Man Repeller predicted the return of the ‘face wash headband’ back in December (see article here), and French label Maison Cleo, famous for their handmade statement blouses, ruminated on offering a free headband with every top purchased.
On the runway Tom Ford’s models ‘banded’ together to showcase the renewed hair trend, just this February.
Miu Miu have also adopted the headband as part of this year’s Spring-Summer collection.
Even Kim agrees it’s a photo-worthy accessory.
Don’t own a stretchy headband? A ribbon works just as well, as shown by Andreja.
Don’t let your neck have all the fun! Scarves are great for keeping your hair in check. They can be worn in a myriad of ways, making it hard to get boring and easy to cover your uncooperative hair. See ten ways to style a scarf here. See below for how some of the cool kids are doing it.
BRIMLESS HATS STARTING WITH ‘B’
This is a contentious option for me as I often struggle to find hats that fit my tiny pea head (see my post on sunglasses for small craniums, if you can relate). But the rise of the beret over the past few years has been a favourable addition to my wardrobe and a great way to keep any fledgling strands of hair at bay. And it looks as though I’m in good company.
The humble beanie is also always a warm welcome, come winter time, and is a great way to flatten boofy hair. Please also note some very sound advice from Jazzelle Zanaughtti (@uglyworldwide) 😉
DO IT LIKE X-TINA
Maybe not for everyone, but I find that when I’m growing out my short hair it looks ten times better when it’s dirrty.
The oils help flatten down the frizz and fluff so you don’t look a mushroom cloud has sprouted from your hair follicles. It also gives you a bit more grit to style and manage any rebellious-teenage strands. Sure, there are hair products out there that do the same thing but I’ve not found one that works as well as simply pushing hair washing day in the calendar. It’s also good for your hair to not be constantly stripping it of its natural oils. How many days you skip the shampoo suds obviously depends on how oily your hair gets and how quickly.
BARRACK FOR THE BALACLAVA
If you’re having a bad everything day then a balaclava has you covered, literally. Designers such as Gucci, Calvin Klein and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi are all on board with the face-hugging trend, as seen during AW2018 fashion week.
Political activists and punk rock group, Pussy Riot, have also (rather appropriately) launched their own line of balaclavas as part of their new collaborative clothing line.
WHERE TO SHOP
There are some really great, affordable, hair accessories out there right now. Etsy, ASOS and JCrew all have a wide selection of hair trimmings. Hepburn & Co, found at David Jones, do your classic snap clips. US label, France-Luxe offer a wide range of hair adornments including beautiful barrettes with a pearly sheen (also available on Nordstrom who have a wide range of headbands and head-wraps too). Anthropologie have a pretty good selection of hair accessories. Kanel and Lelet ‘hair candy’ are a little bit more pricey but oh-so pretty. And if you’re willing to splash some real cash, check out Simone Rocha’s glass beaded flower barrette or get yourself a gold leaf headband by Jennifer Behr. I fell in LOVE with Ashely Williams‘ fun range of sparkly, written word hair pins.