Hair Advice to Your Younger Self: Our Editors Sound Off

Turning back the hands of time.

As we reflect on the many things we did to our hair in the past, we can’t help but think how foolish some of our choices may have been. Since we love to look at the bright side of things over here, we can’t help but to laugh. We now have some sound hair advice that we would give to our younger selves.

Read on as we all explain what we wish we knew then but totally know now:

hair advice to your younger self.
Note to self: Proceed with caution. Photo credit:

1. Don’t color chemically processed hair on your own.

“In high school, getting hair color was a huge trend. Of course, I had to jump on the bandwagon. Being a girl who grew up in the hair salon on the weekends, I thought I had everything under control. I bought some hair color and colored my hair myself. Big mistake.  A few weeks later, I had thin hair and tons of breakage. Did I mention prom was a few weeks away and my hair was relaxed at the time? Yup, that happened. I’d tell my younger self to keep calm and leave the hair coloring up to an expert.” —Alyssa François, Beauty Editor

2. Don’t chop your hair before picture day.

“DO NOT get that choppy bob the summer right before your senior year ID photo. Or get it anyway, and develop the panache to wave off any naysayers (it will come in handy in your future career, wherein taking beauty risks will become a wonderful occupational hazard). Love you bb, no regrets!” —Eunice Lucero, EIC

3. Embrace your natural hair texture.

“When I was younger, I would straighten my hair until it was perfectly sleek and stick straight. I wish I had been more open to enhancing my natural waves rather than getting rid of them completely. I would tell my younger self to ease up on the hair straightening and start embracing her natural waves much sooner! Now I feel the most ‘me’ whenever my hair is full of volume (thanks to TIGI Copyright Custom Create Volume Lift Styling Spray) and texture and I wish I could have experienced that sooner.” —Miriam Herst, Associate Editor

4. Heat protectant will save your strands.

“I would tell my younger self to use heat protectant! I used to blow dry and straighten my hair every day without it and I had so many flyaways and split ends it took forever to get back to a healthy state again. Now that I use heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, my hair is stronger, softer and shinier when I style it.” — Marisa Haber, Junior Beauty Writer