Everyone has had bad haircuts. Whether it was a DIY trim gone wrong, a misunderstanding with your regular hairdresser, or taking a risk at a new hair shop, the outcome was always horror. Anger. Disbelief. Hats.

Well-meaning people advise wearing a wig or extensions while it grows out. Just the thought of using FaceTime or Zoom makes us cringe, much alone leaving the home. Yeah, we have been there too many times as a hairdresser (who should know better) to not have a few answers in reserve. These are 11 strategies for surviving a poor haircut.

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  1. Try a mental flip

That may not be as horrible as you believe. In reality, often all we need to refresh our appearance—and outlook—is a significant shift. For instance, a year ago, you may not have given lug-sole boots, a hoodie, or joggers a second thought. Look at pictures of famous people and begin to see this as your new role for temporary. Pick anything you like or at least like about it, such as the bangs that draw attention to your eyes, the swingy shape that enhance your jaw, the edgy appearance of layers, or a tousled pixie. This might be all that is necessary after you get over your astonishment.

  1. Get another opinion and maybe another haircut

Listen to me out before you respond, “No way!” Getting a “modification cut” is often the only option to save a terrible haircut. For instance, you might cut your hair a bit shorter to fix an excessive A-line or asymmetrical bob, or you could chop off any textured ends that make your bob haircut appear more wimpy. However, you might receive a quick lesson from a hairdresser & learn how to utilize your texture to soften the shape of cut or how to use various products to change the appearance instead of getting a haircut. You should get compensation from the original salon where you had the haircut. Just so you know, never let a stylist pressure you into getting a razor cut or “taking a little weight and bulk off by thinning it.” Both are unquestionably terrible for more mature hair. Be kind and courteous when you approach your hairdresser. It will not help to curse at your hairstylist for doing a poor-cut job. Most terrible haircuts are the result of inadequate or miscommunication, and this goes both ways.

  1. Deal with unwanted layers

Some of us like the messy look of layers, but not when a stylist uses gives you a shag rather than the one-length cut you requested. Layers may make thin, fine hair seem even thinner. You may have also gone through the process of “let us simply add some layers for movement.” If you continue cutting the bottom simply, waiting for layers to develop to one blunt swingy length once again will be simpler. Do not touch anything else! Even a half-inch snip known as “dusting the ends,” a salon euphemism, counts. The sooner you get a blunt aspect overall, the better you will feel.

  1. Make your bangs pop

Lucky you if your new bob, lob (long bob), crop, shag, or pixie already has bangs. By giving an eye-framing be the centre of  attention and deflecting attention from a poor cut, they will make the grow-out more tolerable. On the other hand, a terrible cut may be salvaged by adding any kind of forehead fringe (see tip number 2). This is what works best: The simplest bang styles to create and integrate into your hair are long side-swept bangs and curtain bangs with a center part. Full straight-across bangs are a wonderful option to maintain the coolness of a short haircut and to give medium-to-long hair that has been poorly layered some structure. Even thin, feathery tendrils at the nape, ears, and hairline may soften a crop cut, and they only take a month to develop.

  1. Use your rollers and curling iron

Instead of wearing your hair smooth, you may curl, wave, or crimp it for a fantastic temporary fix. For hair of any length or style, this particularly helps cover up a cut you do not like, along with uneven or unblended layers and undesirable bangs (if you do not want fringe). The quickest approach is a curling iron or hot rollers, but Velcro rollers or vintage pin curls may also “set” wet or newly washed hair for body, waves, or curl. To get a neat form, try a side part with one ear tucked in, twisting the bang area, or simply setting, drying, and brushing out loose, carefree waves.

  1. Highlight body and volume

Although you can not quickly add length over the night, you may give your hair a fuller, thicker appearance. Volume may enhance any cut; do not mix it with length or curl. You may also add depth by using any mousses & dry shampoos you may have on hand.

  1. Reevaluate your style methods

Your new haircut may not need the same techniques and products that you used on your hair before the tragedy. A smaller round blow-dry brush may work better for your new style or bangs. For hair that is naturally wavy or textured, it may be time to convert from a nozzle drier to a diffuser attachment to promote texture or body. Even if you want to keep things simple, you may invest in a multipurpose heat styling tool.

  1. Think about changing your color

This may be the time if you have always wanted to go red, blond, or a deeper shade of brown. Cut becomes less significant when hair color is your most notable hair statement. This can be a component of your second-opinion plan. If you are trapped with a short haircut that you do not love, changing the color of your hair is a simple approach to updating your appearance. A short haircut may be dramatically changed by a new hair color to appear modern and younger.

Adding some highlights or lowlights may help give your hair more depth and improve the appearance of a cut if you are not ready for a total color change. Changing your hair’s color is a terrific method to refresh your appearance if you are in a rut with it.

See a qualified colorist to help you select the ideal shade to go with your skin tone and hairstyle if you are uncertain about your hair color.

  1. Commit to eating properly for your hair.

No matter what you do, hair can only grow a maximum of half an inch every month, so it will take at least four months to notice a significant change in length. Make dietary modifications that will help you get stronger, thicker, glossier hair throughout this period. To promote hair growth and health, make sure you get enough protein, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, vitamins C, D, and E, zinc, and iron. A good place to start is with foods like salmon, avocados, beans, healthy grains, eggs, sweet potatoes, almonds, berries, and olive oil, which are also helpful for dry, thin, or damaged hair that needs to be repaired.

  1. Give your scalp additional TLC

Moreover, stimulating the flow of blood and oil to the hair roots aids in promoting hair growth. Create a five-minute pre-bed regimen that includes massaging your scalp. Just softly push down while forming little circles with both the fingertips (pads, not nails). A wide-tooth comb or a brush with a soft rubber tip should be used to untangle damp, delicate hair. In this instance, start at the ends of the hair (not the roots) and work your way up an inch at a time to prevent snags.

  1. Use hair accessories

If you have not worn a hairband, scrunchie, jaw clip, or barrette since high school, give them a try right now. If you pick wisely, hair accessories may solve a lot of difficulties right now and still appear fashionable, even when you are over 50. The greatest bobby pins and clips for adults are very low-cost accessories that are available in tortoiseshell, gold, or silver, however, even Prada and Gucci offer luxurious versions.

  1. Play to Your Audience

The fact that your earrings are no longer obscured by a mass of unruly hair is one of the major benefits of having a short haircut. Take advantage of this by purchasing some earrings. Choose newly designed earring that will enhance your hair and face. Go a bit wild and choose creative or amusing looks that will grab attention.

Take advantage of the fact that wearing earrings with short hair allows you to make a statement. Be sure to remember your hair jewelry. You may change the style of your short hair by using decorative bobby pins, combs, and hair bands.

Use a jeweled headband or hair clip for a more glam appearance. If you are seeking something unique to improve a terrible short haircut, think about headwraps or hair feathers. Whatever your fashion sense, there is certain to be a style of hair jewelry that will work for you.

  1. Revise Your Makeup

You may need to make some changes to your cosmetics makeup after such a significant haircut change. Are the products you are using appropriate for your skin tone, eye color, and facial shape?

Applying attractive makeup is even more important when you have short hair since your face is more exposed.

Ask a professional at your neighbourhood cosmetics store for advice if you are hesitant. To assist you to achieve a more put-together appearance, they may suggest the ideal foundation, powder, and blush.

Pay care to your brows next. Ensure sure they are contoured and well-groomed. This will highlight your eyes and frame your face. Your hair will get less attention if people concentrate on your eyes.

If All Else Fails

Keep your head up! You can discover that a horrible short haircut is not as awful as you first believed with some time. Poor haircut are a common occurrence. Everyone eventually experiences one, but the good news is that they are transient.

The terrible haircut will ultimately fade into obscurity when the hair grows back. Try to rock it with confidence in the meantime. And keep in mind that you can always acquire hair extensions if you are desperate!