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Is there anything worse than a bad hair day?
Luckily, many of them are avoidable. Celebrity hairstylist Rodney Cutler stopped by TODAY Monday to show how to fix common hair disasters with quick and easy tricks.
Bangs are the best way to give your hair a brand new look without losing length and, according to Cutler, you can maintain them yourself.
How do you do it without creating a disaster? Try the point-cutting technique. Use a comb to section off bangs and then point your household scissors up toward your hairline. With this technique, imperfect layers create a softness that will look natural and move easily. With its mulitple layers, this trim also makes it impossible to have a major mistake.
Beyond simple bang maintenance, Cutler recommends going into a professional salon for more dramatic trims and cuts.
When going in for a change, stay in control by bringing in pictures and examples of your desired look. This is the simplest way to keep you and your stylist on the same page. Cutler also recommends using yourself as a visual model. Come into the salon wearing your hair how you like it best. That way, your stylist can see what look works best for your lifestyle.
Men and women who choose to color their hair often spend hundreds of dollars every four to six weeks to maintain the look. At-home hair color touch-ups can put less stress on your wallet and keep your color looking fresher, longer. All you need is the right technique to touch up your roots.
Start with adding dye to the brush (less is more!) and applying on the roots around your face first. Then move along your natural hair part in small sections.
If you're not quite up for a DIY single process, Cutler recommends a root concealer spray in order to cover roots temporarily.
Rita Hazan Root Touch-Up Spray, $25, Sephora
While a blow dryer seems like a simple hair tool, it's one that most of us are using incorrectly. According to Cutler, blow drying your own hair is one of the hardest techniques to really master. To make the process easier and more efficient, he suggests pre-drying your wet locks by running your fingers through your hair and letting it air dry beforehand. This step cuts down on time and minimizes heat damage.
Another pro tip? Make sure to use the right hair brush for your type and texture. Straight hair? Cutler suggests a flat brush. Wavy hair? Try a round brush.
If you're longing for a result that's different than your natural style, experiment with new techniques. For a beach-y wave, try twisting your hair up in pins. Take the pins out 30 minutes later and you'll create a wind-swept look. For bouncy ends, use a rolling brush from your hairline down to your tips.