WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE: EX­PERTS’ BIG­GEST BEAUTY DIS­AS­TERS

Friday - - Beauty -

An­drea Lindeyer, co-founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Be Bar Blow Dry Bar: ‘When I was an as­sis­tant at Jose Eber Salon in Bev­erly Hills, I told my boss he could do what­ever he wanted to my hair. I ended up with a cut rem­i­nis­cent of David Bowie in the 1980s. To put it bluntly, it was a mul­let. I ended up hav­ing to get hair ex­ten­sions put in for over a year un­til the

lay­ers grew out!’ Ruk­sher Mailk, co-founder of Pas­tels Salon: ‘I was 14 years old when a renowned Ital­ian stylist flew into the town where I lived, and my mother per­suaded me to let him shape my hair. We went to the salon and the stylist, a very flam­boy­ant artis­tic char­ac­ter, didn’t lis­ten at all.

Look­ing back at it now, as a stylist I can ap­pre­ci­ate the tech­ni­cal bril­liance of the style but at the time, I hated it. I sobbed and sobbed, telling him what a hor­ri­ble hair­dresser he was.’ Kim­ber­ley Bo­s­tock-Clarke, brand man­ager, ColorWOW: ‘The worst beauty mis­take I’ve made is def­i­nitely over-pluck­ing my eye­brows as a teenager. If I could turn back time and put down those tweez­ers, I ab­so­lutely would. It took years for my eye­brows to grow back and even now, the ends are still look­ing a lit­tle sparse.’ Aamna Mani, owner of The Nail Pavil­ion: ‘I was 17 years old and de­cided to wax my up­per lip. I stuck the strip on my lip, pressed it down, and in one fast mo­tion, pulled it off. Ouch!

Not only did I pull off the hair, but half the skin of my up­per lip – and I walked around for over a week with a burn mark on my up­per lip that no make-up could cover. It was mor­ti­fy­ing.’ Cather­ine Hawkes, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Mar­quee salon: ‘I was 10 and wanted red hair, so I de­cided to make a ‘nat­u­ral hair dye’. I had heard le­mon juice was good for blondes, so I as­sumed ketchup would do the same for red heads – so I mixed ketchup, a raw egg, and le­mon juice, and ap­plied it all over my hair, wrapped it in cling film and left it for the night. Of course it didn’t work and I spent two weeks pick­ing bits of ketchup out of my hair.’

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