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The How-To Lounge: Recovering From a Bad Haircut

Have you ever made a horrible spur of the moment decision at the hair salon? Well, unfortunately I have, and it was the worst mistake of my hair's life -- I went from long wavy locks to a short bob that wasn't flattering or cute. Since my hair was too short to pull back in a pony, I had to do the best with what I had and patiently wait. Below are some tips for you to consider if you find yourself in a similar predicament.

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  • One rule of thumb to keep in mind is to never cut your hair when you are emotionally upset or unstable. While you might want to start fresh or change your look, think long and hard before you do anything too drastic
  • If you are considering cutting off all of your hair, take a Polaroid picture of yourself on a black background, take a marker to black out the length of your hair so you can get an idea of what you would look like before hitting the salon
  • Before thinking your life is over from a bad cut, go home, wash your hair, and style it yourself. Your own styling technique could make a huge difference
  • If you are still unhappy with your cut, unfortunately you are going to have to accept your new look, at least for the time being. Scream, cry, get your frustration out, but then let it go -- there is only so much you can do
  • If you jumped on the bangs band wagon and are not happy with the result, remember that bangs seems to grow at a much faster pace than the length of your hair. Also, you are in luck that headbands have made a come back! Another option is to keep your bangs pinned up and slightly pulled out for a cute rocker/chic look
  • If you have over cut layers in your hair that you now regret, bring things back into proportion by cutting some length off the bottom to even things out
  • Hair accessories can help hide a bad cut. Barrettes, headbands, clips etc. can pull your hair away from your face to imply the look of a bun or ponytail
  • The fastest way to grow out your hair is to keep it as healthy as possible. Try to avoid using heated appliances and heavy hair products. If you color your hair, use non peroxide color and cut back on your shampooing but never skip out on conditioner
  • Make sure to eat a vitamin and protein rich diet -- your hair needs good nutrition just as your body does
  • Taking a dietary supplement to promote hair growth such as PHYTO's Phytophanere Dietary Supplement - Hair & Nails or Hairtopia can help jump start growth

Although this might not be the answer you want to hear if you just got a bad haircut, time is the only cure. While hair typically grows 6 inches a year, everyone is different and if you live in a colder climate or got your bad haircut in the winter time, you're in luck -- hair grows faster in cold environments!


MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
I got the worst ever haircut today. It's horrendous. I had long, wavy hair and went in to a new person for a TRIM. I made it clear what I wanted, and only a few minutes later, I had really short, ugly ugly ugly hair.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
Just stick you head in the freezer, Layla... :rotfl:
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
Wow, word travels fast of my horrid haircut! :rotfl: Dear, did you do this blog just for my bad haircut? :P
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
:rotfl: LaylaCams! Did you see this?!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
A month before my freshman year of college I chopped all of my hair off. Its something I have done tons of times before and always liked the results. However this time the cut turned how HORRIBLY. I want a cute layered bob with side swept bangs. I even had pictures illustrating what I wanted. It was the worst haircut I have ever had. I looked like a homeless child. I had to wait the longest time for my hair to grow out. I got really good at pinning my hair back since it was too short to put in a ponytail I also had a bad bang cut. I pointed to where I wanted my bangs but pointed higher than I thought. I basically ended up with bangs about an inch long. Every time I tried to straighten them they would stick straight out. I got really good at pinning them back also
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
I got probably one of the worst hair cut possible a couple weeks ago. The hair stylist gave me an awful looking mullet. I ended up going to a different salon, had the "mullet" part cut, and am now pinning my hideous bangs back until my hair grows in. I wish this posting had been put up before I made that horrible decision.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
In 2004, I went to a new hair stylist and brought the exact picture of the cut I wanted. It was a simple bob with the back higher than the front. Clean, simple and straight. Somehow - I got a Dorothy Hammel haircut with uneven sides! It was horrible! How do you get a soccer mom hair cut from a basic bob? I had to go to another hairstylist that had to fix it - and by fix it - cut off more hair to make it even. To this day I am still growing out my hair. My advise is always to ask people who have great hair cuts. If they love their stylist - they will give you their number. And don't be afraid to ask for their portfolio. A good stylist keeps pictures of her best work. If not, bring several pictures of the style you want along with the color you want. Some people think of ‘chestnut’ as two different color shades. AND SPEAK UP if you don’t like what you see. You are the one that will walk about with style – not them!
fab4 fab4 10 years
I just got my haircut 2 weeks ago. The girl cut it exactly like the 'Rachel-do' off of Friends. It is SO 1996 its not even funny. It looks pretty bad, but I am just wearing it very straight and pulling it in a ponytail 3 or 4 days a week. I am so ready for it to grow out. Good thing I have a trusty straightening iron!!! Any suggestions??
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
Good adivce....especially since I am going to get my hair cut soon.... O___o
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
I got a really bad hair cut once, so I walked out the shop with my hood up and when I got home I screamed! It was awful!
cubadog cubadog 10 years
Lets not forget those that keep their hair short. Make sure you find someone that is actually experienced with short hair it is just like making sure someone can cut curly hair. I have had the short Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby) look forever and not everyone can cut short hair. If you like someone's hair ask who did it, that is how I found my new gal and she is amazing. The best part is, is I was spending $75 a cut every 6-8 weeks and she only charges $35. Needless to say I was shocked but like she said it's a haircut not brain surgery.
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