Situation: you went to the salon (or maybe you busted out the scissors at home) and it didn’t turn out how you wanted. We’ve all been there, but what do you do next? It’s okay to cry or just be in your feelings for a while, but eventually, you have to make a decision about what your plan is moving forward. Here are some steps you can take to (hopefully) make you feel a little bit better:
1. Assess the damage
Haircuts can be bad for a number of reasons. Maybe it’s shorter than you wanted, or maybe it’s uneven. Have layers you didn’t want? Or, bangs you didn’t ask for? The severity of your “bad” haircut will determine what steps you’re able to take next.
2. See if it’s the styling and make it your own
Your haircut might be styled in a way you don’t like or even parted in the wrong place. Hop in the shower, wash it out, and see if you can get it looking good with your own products and tools.
3. Call the salon
If you got your hair done by a professional, it’s okay to ask for changes. They want you to be happy with your service, and most likely will do touch-ups free of charge. If there’s nothing to fix, but you just aren’t happy with the cut, you can always ask for a partial refund. If you cut your own hair, you will have to pay to have it fixed, but it will be worth it.
4. If your hair is too short: fake it till you make it
If the reason you don’t like the hair is because it’s too short, there are some options:
-Invest in some extensions.
-Your hair will grow back so just be patient, take some vitamins that promote hair growth*
-Learn to style your new short hair in the meantime.
-Embrace hair accessories to work with your new look.
5. If your hair is uneven: this is an easy fix
If this happens, you have to head to a professional! This is an easy fix and you’ll be looking (and feeling) better in no time. If you don’t trust the person who cut it in the first place, ask to see someone else at the salon, or cut your losses and book a new appointment elsewhere.
6. If you didn’t like the cut: don’t let it bog down your confidence
What if there’s nothing inherently wrong with the haircut, but you just don’t like it? Maybe it’s what you asked for and it doesn’t look how you pictured it, or maybe it’s something you didn’t ask for. If the haircut isn’t bad, but it’s just not for you, that’s okay. Learn from this and make sure to ask lots of questions, take photos for reference, and stand up for yourself at the salon (when needed).
Boosting confidence after a bad haircut can be challenging, but there are several strategies to help. First, remember that hair grows back, so be patient. In the meantime, consider using accessories like hats or scarves to temporarily conceal the haircut. You can also consult a different stylist for adjustments or styling tips to make the most of your current hair. Experiment with hair products to find a look that suits you. Focus on overall self-care through exercise, a healthy diet, and relaxation techniques. Embrace positive affirmations and seek support from friends and family to boost your spirits. Lastly, view this experience as a lesson in effective communication with stylists for future haircuts. Confidence is about more than just appearance; it comes from within, and you are more than your hair.
*Always consult with your doctor before adding vitamins to your routine.
Rock it like a Redhead!