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Common Hair Styling Mistakes

Angelika Young

For those of us with shorter hair, it can be easy to assume hairstyling is less of a concern and uncomplicated. Far from it! There are plenty of mistakes that can be made for those with shorter hair. You may not even be aware of what these may be. Don’t panic, read on and discover these common hairstyling mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Attempting a hairstyle that doesn’t suit your hair

Everybody gets inspiration from somewhere. Whether it be a friend, celebrity, or random hairstyle you see on the street. It's easy to be inspired by hairstyles and attempt to recreate them on your own hair. This isn't a great idea, as there are many hair types and textures out there. You could be configuring a whole new look with a head of hair completely unsuited to the style you're going for!

Let’s break it down. Generally, there are two categories when it comes to hair. They include thickness, and texture:


There are three main types of hair when it comes to thickness:

Depending on the thickness of your locks, you will find some products work better than others. Thicker clays and waxes are more manageable the thicker your hair is. If you have thinner hair, look for products specifically designed for thinner hair. Please be aware that thinner hair can feel weighed down by these thicker clays and waxes.


Your hair texture will usually fall into one of the following categories:

Curly, wavy, or straight hair will also need different product types. The right product for you will again depend on your goal. Smoothing out your natural curls will need a different product than if you want to flatten your hair out. Again the product descriptions will help you choose the correct product type for you.

Not using Styling tools correctly

A very common hairstyling mistake is to use incorrect or poor quality styling tools. Cheap tools can snag your hair and pull at it, causing damage or breakage. Always look for products that suit your hair type, and work with your hair to mold and create the look you want.

Some of the top tools to use include:

  • A comb. This should ideally be made from wood. Wooden combs reduce static and help distribute the natural oils of your hair better.
  • A round brush, to add volume to your hair when blow drying.
  • A hairdryer, with different heat settings and a cool setting to finish your look. A good tip when blow-drying your hair is to make sure your hair is completely dry. When you blow-dry your hair from wet to dry your forcing the hair into the direction you want it to go in. If your hair is still wet after you finish blow-drying it will set into its more natural position.
  • A paddle brush, as this can help straighten out your hair and build volume at the front. The natural wide teeth avoid pulling and tugging at your hair and allow for greater control.
  • Your hands. I know your hands are not a tool! A top tip though is to resist the temptation to keep touching or fixing your hair. When you keep messing with your hair after styling you’re transferring oils and your hair will quickly start to look greasy. Style it then forget it!

Check this video on how to style your hair with only your hands by Ben Arthur.

Not choosing the correct product for your hair type

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when styling your hair is using the wrong product. With such a large variety of hair styling products available, how do you know which is best for you!

Thankfully, there are easy ways to narrow down your product list. There are so many products out there that offer different solutions for your hair. They will differ in price, texture, formula, and result.

It’s important to pinpoint what you want from your product. Do you want a sleek look? Or are you looking for a messy, beach-combed aesthetic? Do your research and read the product description. After a little trial and error, you will soon find the products that work best for you. Some products available include:

Top Tip: Read the product description carefully. You will then know in detail what the product offers. You should also find out what hair type is best suited to the product.

Thin or Thick?

When choosing the appropriate product for your hair, there many factors to consider. Is your hair thin or Thick? The length of your hair can also affect the outcome. The shorter the hair, the less there is to work with and style. If you have curly, straight or wavy hair, there will be a range of products to choose from. Do some hunting and research to find the product that works best for you.

For both novices and experts in the hair styling field. This handy guide should help identify the more common mistakes you might be making. Consider the products, your hair type, and the tools you use, and you can be well on your way to achieving that dream look.

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