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When I was young (like ten or younger), I asked my mom for a perm (because she got one), and she let me have one–and it was horrible and awful and every terrible thing. I washed my hair as soon as we got home, and that helped manage the worst of it. My mom also cut my hair super short in the first or second grade, and I didn’t like me with short hair so I didn’t go short for over ten years after!

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In my teenage years, I had all kinds of bad hair cuts – I was going through a phase, and you keep reinventing your look every week (I went Goth one week and then super bright the next). I went super short, blue streaked (Cringe!), blue-black, dark purple.. You name it, I did it, but thankfully I’m well out of that phase by now! Spunky, cute hair or bold colours just didn’t suit me and I was sort of kidding myself.

I’ve never had a truly bad haircut, but I have had stylists take it upon themselves to “modify” the style I asked (and *paid* for!) because they felt it would take too much effort on my part to maintain/style on a daily basis. If I want the extra fuss, I should be able to make that choice. I rarely ever ask for a true “style” due to the fact my hair grows abnormally fast, but more so due to the fact that I expect to get what I pay for; otherwise, I’ll go for a trim.

I have had the experience of waiting for a haircut to grow out, though. I prefer extreme lengths, either above the chin, or below the shoulders, so for that time in between it’s headbands & falls. Fortunately, it only lasts a few months, so it’s not too bad.

Gosh, yes. I was around 16, had short hair and my hairdresser moved hundred of miles away. I let one of her former colleagues cut my hair and ended up with a horrible, extreeeeemely short bowl cut. I cried for a week, and stayed away from any kind of scissors for 12 years.

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Recently, my hairstylist thinned my hair horribly, on top of cutting it short and giving me a bad hair dye (I guess hairstylist in Asian country may not really understand the fact that if you’re going dark from blonde, you’d need fillers or it would turn out GREEN).

Several years back, though, I went overboard with the shears and gave me a short, spiky look that I didn’t love and didn’t hate — But I stuck with it for a while anyway. Thankfully it was relatively easy to grow out, and it became the precursor of my current hairstyle.

When I was younger, my mum used to make (okay, I wasn’t forced) me cut my hair much shorter than I wanted and I hated it – I’ve been paranoid about getting my hair cut too short since, and this means I usually end up with it longer than I actually want it.

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When I was three, my mother went overboard while cutting my hair, and I ended up with really short hair, which didn’t suit me at all. Since then, I’ve always gone to the hairdresser. Apart from a poorly executed bob (seriously, that’s like the easiest haircut ever!), I don’t remember having any disaster. In fact, the only “disaster” I can think of is not getting for two years straight!

YES! I went to a really cheap place when I was low on funds for for a trim– A TRIM– and toward the end, the lady seemed distracted but I thought “well, how bad can you mess up a trim?” Apparently a lot. I noticed when I got home that the left and right sides of my hair weren’t even the same length. HORRENDOUS. I ended up evening it out myself. UGH. I know my long, thick. layered hair can be somewhat overwhelming for some hair dressers but this lady seemed like she didnt even try. I didn’t wear my hair down again until I went somewhere else to make it look right.

Years of childhood trauma just came rushing back!! My mother should have NEVER been allowed to touch a pair of scissors when I was young! By the time my bangs were trimmed they were about an inch long. Every time. Every single time.

My first perm experience, in three words, was a TONI HOME PERM. I was in grade 7 or 8 I believe. The best way to describe the results…take a hairbrush to the nearest barn, pick a bale of hay, and start combing! I had no noticeable curl, just a head full of frizzy nastiness. That would be another thing my mother should never have been allowed to touch!

Needless to say, I have never gone near my daughters hair with a pair of scissors.

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Oh yeah! Years ago, when I was still in uni, I worked part time with a girl who had this great short haircut and I loved it. She said her aunt, who was a hairdresser, did it for her so I went to this aunt and I should have known right away….no sectioning, no precision cutting – she just cut away with little rhyme or reason. Afterward, I realized that the gal I worked with had bone straight hair while mine is thick, coarse, wavy….and this layered cut was a MESS. I went to my own stylist the very next day and he fixed it as best he could, kept the “I told you so’s” to himself and it took me the better part of a year to grow my hair back to the blunt-cut bob I’d had before this fiasco!

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YES and it was only last year! I had a few average cuts by a few different people, so my medium-long, thick hair was a bit of a shapeless mess, and then this cut made it much, MUCH worse. My hair is below my shoulders, and I had texturising/layers/thinning right up to my cheekbones. It looked awful and it sat terribly, really poofy and just yuck. I had a bob in 2008, and I’ve been trying to grow out my hair since 2009, and I was so frustrated by the whole experience that I just stopped going to any hairdressers at all!!

I now see an amazing senior stylist at a new salon, who really talked to me about how we will get my hair to where I want it – LONG and thick. She told me honestly that it will be at least December before the layers have grown out. She cuts it SO well too – the first time I thought “gee she didn’t really do much” but that was the beauty of it, she did exactly what was needed and no more.

When I was about 15 I wanted to get a short layered cut for summer, something a little longer than a pixi cut, I ended up with what was basically a buzz cut about 3mm long, and I was going on a week long trip with school in 3 days with the boys school (I was in a single sex private school)! I was mortified.

Once I got used to it I actually liked it, it was really easy to look after and this was about a decade before Demi did it so it was still unusual. It was a real talking point especially with the Boys (WIN) Also I was really into makeup and accessories so I could dress the rest of me up to still look feminine.

I still bounce between long and short hair much to the amusement of my hairdresser 🙂

As much as I love having short hair, I do not suit crops nearly enough to go as short as I did when I was 16. I didn’t suit the short chop I did at 11 either – the length wasn’t bad, the style was awfully dated though.

I got a really bad hair cut this week. 3 days down, at least another 3 weeks before I don’t look like a 50 year old with a mullet (I’m 23…. ) Way too short, terribly messy layers. I’ve never been so sad about my hair 🙁

My mom took me to a Super Cuts when I was like 9 or 10 to get my bangs trimmed. The lady cutting them forgot that hair shrinks as it dries and by the time they dried they were halfway up my forehead! I refuse to go into one of those kind of salons to this day.

The other major hair problem I had once was a stylist who told me I couldn’t go boy short because my hair would “curl up like an Afro” and so I avoided it. I finally decided to try it like seven years later and I had no problems. I regret that because I love my hair this short and wish I’d done it sooner!

I have had so many bad haircuts – when I was 5 I had what amounted to a bowl haircut. This repeated my junior year of high school – I have too much hair and the wrong haircut. In college – I had a haircut that resembled very much Florence Henderson from the Brady Bunch (so kind of a mullet). I’m happy to say that I’ve had for several years now a wonderful stylist – who now gives me the best pixie cut and I know what styling aids are! I get compliments on my hair all the time.

A school friend once insisted on cutting my fringe to match hers. It looked appallingly bad and took an eternity to grow back.

Why does this have to be the question today -when I’m going for my first professional haircut in forever! I hope it’s not an omen!!

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