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!

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