It’s happened to us all: being on the receiving end of a bad haircut. Whether your stylist went scissor happy, you weren’t on the same page as to what you expected or you downright got a hack job, there are ways to fix a bad cut and minimize its effects. Celebrity hairstylist Paul Norton shares his tips and tricks of the trade on how to handle a cut gone wrong.
Experiment With New Styles
Norton says this is the perfect time to experiment with new styling products to work with what you have. “Gels and creams give texture and shine and can be helpful in creating more of a wet look that removes the hair from the face. It’s more controlled and confined while still modern.”
Wear Your Hair Messy
Even the most horrible of cuts can be made to look messy, which Norton says an instant fix. “Joico HairShake has the ability to give fun, quick and simple texture to even the most basic of styles. Just spray it over your entire head from top to bottom to build out volume and create a fun look.”
You may want to suggest to your stylist that they cut a little more texture into your hair to remove some of the weight and refresh the cut. “Creating a new perimeter or hair line can give the illusion of a better-looking cut,” says Norton.
Wear Your Hair Up
When all else fails, wear your hair up in buns, twists and ponytails. “Also, add in headbands and scarfs to help conceal the cut, too,” says Norton.
If your hair is too short for your liking, you can add in extensions, either clip-ins or long-lasting ones, for instant length and fullness.
Finally, Find a New Stylist
If this isn’t the first time your stylist went scissor happy on you, it’s time to break up with him or her and find a new stylist. “You may need to seek out another stylist to fix what you don’t like about your hair, someone who sees you in a different light,” says Norton.