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19 Questionable Beauty Trends People Thought Were A Good Idea

Raise your hand if you thought overplucking your eyebrows was a good idea.

We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the beauty trends they regret trying. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Not everyone is a fan of the '90s making a comeback.

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"Butterfly hair clips were NOT cute. Also, twisting small sections of hair and securing it in any way was not flattering. I used to do that with butterfly clips or do the twists and knot the rest of the hair and thought I looked so fly like a good little '90s girl. I cringe now when I stumble across those pictures." —LaurieIsNotLori

2. It's hard to rock a celebrity hairstyle without a glam squad.

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"I got a Mary-Kate-and-Ashley-style haircut, and it was so bad. I obviously didn’t have a person to fix it all the time so I always had messed-up bangs." —christinahroland

3. If patience isn't your strong suit, you probably shouldn't shave the side of your head.

"Do I really need to explain here? In 2011 I thought this was a good idea. It took FOREVER to grow back, and it basically left me with a mullet until it was finally grown in. I still see people doing this type of cut today and my mind is just blown." —Lekait
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"Do I really need to explain here? In 2011 I thought this was a good idea. It took FOREVER to grow back, and it basically left me with a mullet until it was finally grown in. I still see people doing this type of cut today and my mind is just blown." —Lekait

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4. No one is immune to bad foundation.

"When you use a darker foundation and think no one will notice. They notice." —Sevans13
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"When you use a darker foundation and think no one will notice. They notice." —Sevans13

5. Mall bangs and perms make for the best #TBT Instagrams.

"I had mall bangs with a perm when I was a kid. Ya know, those GIANT bangs where you back-comb some to make a giant wave on your head, and leave some straight on your forehead? Looked just amazing with my long, permed hair.Worst idea ever. Thankfully it was the '80s and everyone else looked equally ridiculous." —MrsH810
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"I had mall bangs with a perm when I was a kid. Ya know, those GIANT bangs where you back-comb some to make a giant wave on your head, and leave some straight on your forehead? Looked just amazing with my long, permed hair.

Worst idea ever. Thankfully it was the '80s and everyone else looked equally ridiculous." —MrsH810

6. Contrast hair destroyed many people's manes in the early 2000s.

"Bleach blonde on top, black underneath. It looked like trash and my hair was fried from all the bleach/dye. It took years of maintenance and growth to have healthy hair again." —artistthateats
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"Bleach blonde on top, black underneath. It looked like trash and my hair was fried from all the bleach/dye. It took years of maintenance and growth to have healthy hair again." —artistthateats

7. Sun-In didn't give everyone sun-kissed hair.

"Sun-In…on hair with lots of red undertones. You know what that gets you? An alarming shade of Tennessee Orange. Two years to grow it out, because my parents did not allow me to dye my hair. I am 32, and my friends still make jokes about it." —natoshabee

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8. Hair stamps might've looked fun, but they were a nightmare to get rid of.

"HAIR STAMPS! It looked so cool on TV but then when I tried it, everything went downhill. My hair was screwed up for a week!" —FnchDarcy

9. Feathers should only be for birds.

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"The hair feathers that were popular during like 2012–2013, for sure! I had one that stuck out of my hair because it was so small — it was bright yellow/blue and it looked like barf!" —JuliannaSwygert

10. Scene hair wasn't worth the time or effort.

"I regret the ‘scene’ look so much! It was a costly, time-consuming style that only looked good in photographs after a ton of editing and filters. I wanted to look edgy and authentic, but usually looked like a hot mess for the majority of my teenage years. I won’t pretend to regret leaving behind any of the fashion or pretentious veneer of counterculture from my scene kid days." —nekkonekkok

11. Everyone wanted "The Rachel," but very few succeeded in re-creating it.

"I tried to get 'The Rachel' back in 1996. It did not work out. It wasn't horrible, but I still get asked, 'Why did your hair look like that?' in old pictures. It was a fairly cute side-parted bob overall, but in no way, shape, or form did it ever resemble anything on Jennifer Aniston's head." —Maranie Lin, Facebook
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"I tried to get 'The Rachel' back in 1996. It did not work out. It wasn't horrible, but I still get asked, 'Why did your hair look like that?' in old pictures. It was a fairly cute side-parted bob overall, but in no way, shape, or form did it ever resemble anything on Jennifer Aniston's head." —Maranie Lin, Facebook

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12. The wet, scrunched look is making a comeback, but not everyone is a fan.

"Putting a shit ton of mousse in your hair to give it that 'wet, scrunchy' look. I can't believe I actually thought that was a great idea." —AshleySteidl

13. Fake beauty marks seemed like a good idea, somehow.

"Please, please tell me I’m not the only one who thought it was cool to ~sometimes~ have a beauty mark somewhere on my face? The kind that ~always~ looked suspiciously smudgy halfway through the day?" —miznortonbuswell
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"Please, please tell me I’m not the only one who thought it was cool to ~sometimes~ have a beauty mark somewhere on my face? The kind that ~always~ looked suspiciously smudgy halfway through the day?" —miznortonbuswell

14. There were no rules when it came to black eyeliner.

"I used to put black eyeliner under my eyes. Not on the water lines. Not on the lids at all. Literally just under my bottom lashes. People would always ask me if I was trying to look emo, which was confusing, because my style was very preppy otherwise. So cringeworthy." —SQVID
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"I used to put black eyeliner under my eyes. Not on the water lines. Not on the lids at all. Literally just under my bottom lashes. People would always ask me if I was trying to look emo, which was confusing, because my style was very preppy otherwise. So cringeworthy." —SQVID

15. Side ponytails with massive scrunchies isn't a look people are proud of.

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"Gawd, the side ponytail…usually with an aggressively large scrunchy or bow." —miznortonbuswell

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16. Roll-on glitter made eyelids shine bright.

"Those glitter roll on things from Claire's. I would rub that all over my eyelids until they looked like disco balls. Why didn't anyone tell me to stop?" —Dominique Marceau, Facebook
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"Those glitter roll on things from Claire's. I would rub that all over my eyelids until they looked like disco balls. Why didn't anyone tell me to stop?" —Dominique Marceau, Facebook

17. Eyebrows on fleek = the thinner, the better.

"Super-thin, overplucked eyebrows. Mine never fully recovered from the massacre." —Sam Kramer, Facebook
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"Super-thin, overplucked eyebrows. Mine never fully recovered from the massacre." —Sam Kramer, Facebook

18. Once upon a time, the pullet (perm + mullet) was thing.

"The worst was the pullet. In middle school I had a mullet with a perm. I would also use a banana clip, which would only contain the 'party in the back,' so I had a giant poof of 'business in the front.'" —Michele Buccheri Pelham, Facebook

19. And fake hair scrunchies were super fashionable.

"Back in the early '00s, dyed fake hair was a thing. So I'd put my brown hair in a bun (with As Seen on TV's Hairigami, of course), then use a bright blue scrunchie-like hairpiece to put over it. My hair looked like a brown cinnamon roll with a synthetic blue pinwheel sticking out of it." —Angelique Felice, Facebook
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"Back in the early '00s, dyed fake hair was a thing. So I'd put my brown hair in a bun (with As Seen on TV's Hairigami, of course), then use a bright blue scrunchie-like hairpiece to put over it. My hair looked like a brown cinnamon roll with a synthetic blue pinwheel sticking out of it." —Angelique Felice, Facebook

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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