Oh dear, you’ve gotten a really bad haircut. Don’t panic.
No, I mean it – don’t panic. It CAN be fixed. Take it from someone who, believe me, has had many, many disastrous haircuts.
I’ve honestly tried so much haircuts and styles over the years, and thankfully, the past few years, my haircuts have been looking much better – only because I know better! Here are my tips on how to fix a bad haircut:
Talk to them. Right after you’ve finished your session, politely go up to the hairdresser and explain why this is not what you asked for. Don’t be afraid to honestly tell them. (This is what I did after my disastrous digital perm.) But control yourself: No swearing. No cursing. Certainly no hairdryer-throwing. Treat your hairdresser how you would want to be treated in this situation; with respect and kindness – chances are, they will be more than happy to fix it for you – I’m sure they want happy customers. If you’re super mad or upset, calm yourself down a bit before talking to them.
Find another hairdresser. You can always go to another hairdresser and let her know what has happened, and hopefully she may be able to fix it for you. And aim to get a cut you really like this time! Check out How to Tell Your Hairdresser What You Want so you can truly get a haircut you love. Find a place that has a good reputation or ask a friend to recommend her hairdresser.
Try hair extensions. It’s my personal belief that any terrible haircut can be hidden by fake hair. (And lots of it.) Go to a shop for either glue in, clip in hair extensions, and see what you think will work best for your, your cut and your lifestyle.
Play around with new looks. This is a good time to get your creative juices flowing. – it could be good to get a new ‘look’, especially if you’ve had the same hair for years. You might even find a look you like! Sometimes, a bad haircut can look better when styled differently; such as straight/wavy/curly. Tie it up, pin it back, twist it around, curl it, crimp it; anything. Something should look decent!
Tie it up. When growing out my bad haircuts in the past, honestly, I just tied it up for a couple of months until it grew out and looked somewhat decent, and then I got a better cut to hide it. Now, I won’t suggest wearing a ponytail everyday for the next 6 months (although you could, if you don’t mind), because there are plenty of awesome hairstyles that are updos, as I show here:
Accessorize. Bring out the hats, scarves, hairbands; everything. And if you’re really ashamed of your new hair, I guess a mask would be the best accessory! (I kid, I kid.) But accessories can definitely “hide” your haircut for awhile, so use them whenever you want.
Hair Vitamins. I’ve heard prenatal tablets also do wonders for hair growth. However, please ask your doctor before you take anything.
Accept it. After many hair disasters (like me) you learn to accept it… it’s only hair after all. In the meantime, it’s always good to take care of the hair you do have right now. Avoid harsh heat and chemicals, and deep condition regulary. That way, your hair will grow out nice and healthy – think of it as starting anew.
Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas on how to fix a bad haircut. Now over to you – how do you fix a bad haircut?