Oh dear, a 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!
How to fix a bad haircut
Here are my tips (speaking from experience) on how to fix a bad haircut – please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below!
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.
This normally fixes any bad haircuts and disasters, but if your haircut is really, truly bad, then read on.
Find another hair salon
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. Go for a reputable, good salon this time – and be prepared to spend a lot more on your hair than you originally planned. Salons such as Frederic Fekkai, Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio, Tony & Guy, Vidal Sasson are all famous, reputable salons and I’m sure they can help you out.
And this time, aim to get a cut you really like! Check out How to Tell Your Hairdresser What You Want so you can truly get a haircut you love, as well as tips on how to properly communicate the look and style you are looking for.
Try hair extensions
For that annoying growing out period, 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. Simply adding hair extensions to blend into whatever hair you have left (yikes!) and making it into a simple style (such as a shoulder length bob) for 3-6 months will pretty much undo any hair damage, and will allow you to look decent while your hair grows out.
Play around with new looks
In the meantime, this could be 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:
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. This one is especially useful in the first week of your bad haircut, if you’re still stressing about it and have no idea what to do about it.
After many hair disasters and terrible haircuts, when I would get a bad one (thankfully those days are over, though), I would just learn to accept it and then tie it up for months. It’s only hair after all. There are plenty of hair tricks to do though, as listed above, so I hope you find a solution to fix your bad haircut! 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?