When Bad Haircuts Happen to Good People

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Practically everyone has a story of a haircut gone wrong. If you don’t, then we all envy you. Perhaps the most frequent mistake made is that the hairstylist cuts off more hair than you bargained for.

“There is no perfect answer to why bad haircuts happen because there are so many factors that could have contributed to it,” says Sexy Hair Artistic Creative Director Rafe Hardy. “Communication between the client and the stylist must be a priority when it comes to achieving a haircut that both will be happy with.”

To prevent a bad haircut, be sure to discuss what you want and even what you don’t want with your stylist. Be as descriptive as possible. It helps to bring in a photo of someone who has a similar hair texture, color and face shape as you to show the stylist exactly what you want.

If you do end up with a cut that you don’t like, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. “It’s the stylist’s responsibility to ensure the contentment of their client,” says Akira hairstylist at the Eiji Salon in New York City. 

Go back to the stylist who cut your hair originally if there are just small adjustments to be made. For example, if the sides are uneven, if there’s not enough texture or if it’s too long. If it’s a big mistake, you may want to go to another stylist. To avoid another bad cut, just remember communication is key. “Make sure all parties are on the same page and have realistic expectations,” says Hardy.

“If a client walks in with a bad cut, the stylist will let the client know if the cut is fixable, if it is not the stylist can show you ways to manage and style your cut until your next visit,” says Akira.

There are several different products you can use to your advantage. Use a hair wax like Short Sexy Hair Frenzy Bulked Up Texture Pomade ($18) to create texture and fullness. Hairsprays like Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray ($24) can help create volume and add body to your hair.

If you have an absolutely awful cut, going shorter may be the best option. “My main tip on how to salvage a bad haircut is to be open-minded to something a little shorter depending on the mistake,” says Hardy.

And then there’s always the option of waiting it out. On average, hair grows back a little less than an inch per month. So if going shorter isn’t an option, try a chic ponytail or invest in some cute hats and hair accessories.

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