Tip No. 1: Tell Your Hairstylist What's Up
When you look in the mirror and, to your horror, realize that the cut you requested is not the cut you see, things can get awkward real fast. Don't just sulk on your way home! Politely tell your stylist that your cut isn't cutting it. "So often, a haircut can be hated, but then easily turned into something you love," says Matt Fugate, the consulting hairstylist for hair-care brand Kérastase Paris. "Have an open conversation with your stylist and let them know. They can help figure out a solution to help shape the cut in a way you like."
"The relationship between stylist and client should be able to withstand a bad haircut."
If you and your stylist have a good relationship, they probably won't be mad when you tell them you aren't satisfied. "The relationship between stylist and client should be able to withstand a bad haircut," Fugate says. "When a bad haircut happens, don't abandon ship—talk and work through it together. It takes two to tango!"
Tip No. 2: Load Up on Products
Styling agents will become your best friends in this time of need. "Ask your stylist to teach you how to use styling products that will work best for your particular cut," Fugate says. If you have a flat pixie, add some texture and volume with a flexible pomade. If a blunt bob causes your hair to frizz out at the sides, invest in a smoothing serum."
Tip No. 3: Pull on a Cap
One of the easiest ways to wait out hair growth is by adding a hat to your outfits. "You can find interesting ways to style them to take the focus off of what you dislike," Fugate says.
Tip No. 4: Try a New Color
"A color can change a bad haircut into something more modern or cool," Fugate says. Your locks can look a bit fuller with pastel or neon-dipped tips. But if you want something more subtle, try balayage, babylights, or an all-over natural color like chestnut, auburn, or ashy blonde.
Tip No. 5: Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
Fugate suggests gathering your favorite accessories—including headbands, pins, and clips—and putting them to good use. Create your own designs with brightly colored bobby pins, or wear a statement headband as if it were a crown. These embellishments will steer the eye away from an uneven chop, especially when they help to clip back the worst haircut disaster of them all: bad bangs.
Tip No. 6: Avoid the Bad Cut Altogether
Before the scissors touch your strands, be as specific as possible about what you want. "Make a Pinterest board with lots of inspiration, and take the time to learn about the products and styling required for your desired cut," Fugate says. The more you have to back up your wants, the more your stylist will understand and give you the style you deserve!