Have you ever had a bad haircut?! I’ve had my fair share. Getting a bad haircut is traumatic, especially when it’s cut very short because the stylist is left with little to work with. The one I got last week was particularly bad, so I wanted to share my ideas for dealing with this kind of scenario. There are two main options: fake it until it grows out or go shorter to even it out.
Although my haircut was terrible, I reminded myself that it was most noticeable to me compared to other people. During the nine days that my hair was choppy and uneven, most people didn't notice the extensive flaws until I pointed them out. I made the decision to get it fixed at another salon within a week and a half. Although I got my lopsided bob fixed, I still had to live with it until my next appointment and I wanted to share my ideas for managing it.
1. Wear it Wavy
My hair is naturally wavy so this was a given. Most people didn't notice the flaws because it’s harder to tell where the layers begin and end. If your hair is not wavy or becomes flat easily I recommend curling it with a wand or curling iron to achieve a similar look. Curling your hair with a heating tool is great for covering up a mess like this because you can manipulate your hair to curl a certain way and make the mistakes less noticeable.
In addition, if your hair has some curl it is important that the stylist flatirons your hair to check if the lines are straight upon completing a haircut. Towards the end of my haircut, the stylist informed me that she refused to use a flatiron which is why my hair got butchered. Although she blow dried it "straight", my natural waves still came through and she continued cutting it on one side in hopes that it would appear more even when I left the salon. The combination of my colic and waves made my hair appear uneven when it was blow dried, but had she used a flat iron she would have seen what it actually looked like and wouldn't have overcut one side. If I knew from the start that she didn't use a flatiron, I wouldn't have let her continue cutting it once it was dry, or even booked the appointment.
2. Wear a Hat
Wearing a hat is a great distraction tool if you have a bad haircut or even a bad hairdye experience because it covers up the roots. In my case, a hat helped to distract the viewer from my hair, and focus on my hat instead. The hat didn’t cover up the entire problem area because the left side was an inch longer than the right, but as I said in the beginning, most people barely noticed the inconsistencies unless I pointed them out.
3. Braid it
One of the problem areas with this haircut was on the right side. The stylist cut into one of my waves that didn't appear to lay flat with a blow dry. She only took off weight on one side which made it appear choppy and uneven once I flat ironed it at home. My french braid picked up the uneven pieces and tucked them away nicely.
4. Wear it Up
Up-Do's in general are great for covering up a bad haircut because nobody can really see what's going on. My hair was long enough to style half-up but if you have longer hair you could easily do a full ponytail.
5. Play with Your Part
When my hair was split down the middle, the flaws were more apparent because the left side was literally an inch longer than the right. The way I dealt with this was to wear my hair on the side rather than down the middle. The inconsistencies were still somewhat noticeable because of how extreme they were, but much easier to disguise when I wore it on the side.
6. Go Shorter!
My last tip is to go shorter. The only way you can truly FIX a bad haircut is to cut it again.
To be honest, ever since I cut my hair short, I wasn't in love. My last haircut was decent, but not precise, and I had waited over three months to cut it again. I had high hopes this time around, so when it turned out even worse I was deeply disappointed and frustrated. I didn't want to wait another three months for my hair to grow out, so I decided to go shorter this time around. Had I waited for it to grow out again, I would have felt uncomfortable for six months and I didn't want to live like that for half the year! My hair is now even, cut precisely, and I feel comfortable styling it straight or wavy, on the side or in the middle.
If you are ever in this scenario, I hope these tips help! But I hope you don't ever have to deal with a butchered haircut like this!
Although I invested several years into growing out my hair, after some brief contemplation I was positive that I was ready for a new look. I decided to transform my mermaid waves into a 1920's inspired bob practically overnight. I felt my long hair was weighing me down even though I cut off five inches a few months ago and was ready for a change. When I posted my new look on Instagram I received an outpour of supportive messages and comments which reinforced my decision and made me feel that I should share some more details about my hair journey!
First, A Little Background...
Transforming from long to short hair isn't for the faint-hearted, and I feel it's important to share why I was okay with making such a drastic decision so quickly. I first began playing with cut and color in 7th grade. I experimented with different styles from the age of 12 until my early twenties. The styles ranged from hip length to an a-line bob, golden highlights, pitch black, and burgundy hair. After about ten years of cutting and dying my locks I was exhausted from the upkeep and decided to start wearing my hair more naturally. I stopped dying and straightening it cold turkey so that I could learn how to wear my hair in it's natural state.
My natural hair journey evolved in three main stages. At first, my goal was to save time and money, but eventually it transformed into more of a spiritual ideology. As a young adult living independently I had to cut spending and dying my hair was one of the first aspects of my life that I deemed unnecessary. I knew that revoking this luxury would easily save me hundreds of dollars a year. Second, I loved the idea of being low maintenance. I no longer wanted to rely on a straightener to feel complete. My goal was to wash, dry, and go within 45 minutes to an hour. I have thin hair, but I have a lot, so straightening it took literal hours. The third step of my hair evolution came a few years later. I had already been wearing my hair naturally for two or three years when I began to reconnect with God. Reconnecting with my spirituality reinforced that I should love myself for who I am instead of manipulating my features (this is also when I began to grow out my eyebrows). This doesn't mean I am extreme and never use a curling wand or straightener, I just felt it was important to embrace the features I was born with.
Now that you have a background on my hair history we can fast forward to my current status. I mentioned earlier that I felt like my long hair was weighing me down. I had been growing out my layers for a while because I wanted my hair to be one length. I felt it would grow out healthier and be less prone to split ends. Eventually, my hair became heavy and flat. In addition, I have a puppy, am in school full-time, while doing my best to balance working and blogging. My time is limited and some days I don't have enough time to shower or style my hair before I leave the house. My long waves don't do well with "second-day hair" so I would often resort to a messy bun or ponytail, and not the cute kind, just frizzy.
In two of my classes this semseter (Biography of a City: Shanghai and Biography of a City: Berlin) my teachers briefly lectured and showed images of women during the 1920's. We spoke about how women during the Roaring 20's exerted their independence by cutting their hair short. Seeing these photographs and learning about the historical mentality behind them inspired me to be my own modern woman.
With all these thoughts flooding my mind, my feelings on low-maintenance resurfaced and I thought to myself: instead of trying to wrangle all this hair on top my head, why don't I chop it off?! Considering I have had short hair in the past, I sort of knew what to expect, and wasn't afraid. The difference this time around is that I wouldn't be using a straightener every day.
I called a bunch of salons and found one available for a same day appointment. A few people in my personal circle advised me not to cut it short, but of course I did anyway, and I'm so happy! I was a bit nervous about styling it wavy at a shorter length because I did not like it in the past, but now I know what products to use and have been loving it! It was such a liberating experience to chop off the hair that was dragging me down and I intend on keeping it on the shorter side for the years to come.