8 Simple ways to rectify a bad haircut

Arianna | 16 June 2016

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. But more importantly, we survived to tell the tale – and to help you find a solution! 

We’ve all been there: you walk into the salon expecting a model-worthy cut, and come out looking like you’ve had an unfortunate hair accident. If you’ve ever experienced a bad haircut, don’t stress: you’re not the only one. Plus, there are lots of things you can do to help rectify it. While you can’t grow your hair back then and there, you can mask an unsightly chop until it grows out, or better yet: fix it. Want to know how? Keep reading ahead for our 8 top tips to fixing a bad haircut.

How to rectify a bad haircut

1. Go back to the salon

Firstly, go back to the salon, and give them the opportunity to correct the haircut. And be sure to explain exactly what you don’t like about it, says Unilever Creative Director and Head Stylist Dan Lynes.

First and foremost, go back to the salon and have a conversation with your stylist about what you do and don’t like about your haircut. (After all, you know what they say: honesty is the best policy!) Hopefully, he/she will be able to rectify the parts you’re so not keen on. Just remember to stay calm and collected when having your discussion.

2. Show your stylist a picture

“The best way you can help the process is with pictures. It isn’t uncommon now for a client to bring in mood boards created on Pinterest, or, in some instances, full PowerPoint presentations!” says Dan.

Pictures will visually help your hairdresser to understand how you want your bad haircut rectified. So, take a few screenshots on your phone, or print some images out to take with you to your next appointment.

Brunette curly haired black woman
Curls can mask a bad haircut. Credit: Indigital

3. Rock curls

If you find that your haircut is a little uneven, don’t worry: it’s nothing that a few curls can’t fix. Because they don’t fall evenly, nobody will notice if the ends of your hair aren’t cut completely straight. So, if you have natural curls, embrace them! Not only will they help to balance out a wonky chop, but they’ll also give your hair a break from heated styling tools.

If you don’t have naturally curly hair, use a curling tong. But be sure to spray some TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray (£5.50*) on your tresses to help protect against heat damage beforehand!

4. Opt for updos

If you really don’t like your new haircut, why not opt for an updo? There are plenty of options out there for every hair type: short, long, straight, wavy, curly and afro. And don’t worry if you’re an updo rookie: we’ve got tutorials for both experts and beginners!

5. Try out new hairstyles

If you really don’t like your haircut, why not try out some new styles, like braids, vintage waves or a blowout. If you don’t often tend to mix up your hairstyle, then this is the perfect time to be experimental! Need inspiration on which new looks to try? Have a scroll through our New Hairstyles page here!

play with products to rectify a bad cut
Play with products to help rectify a bad haircut.

6. Play with products

Experimenting with different textures could make you fall in love with your new haircut – or at least, it could make you hate it a little less. Try spritzing your tresses with some Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray (£7.49*) for beach-inspired hair, or for luscious, classic waves, apply some Toni&Guy Classic Wave Memoriser (£7.49*) on to towel-dried hair before styling with a straightener or curling wand.

7. Accessorise your hair

To draw attention away from a bad haircut, play around with hair accessories, like headscarves, an embellished headband or hair jewellery. Whether they’re glitzy, retro or vintage-looking, they’ll take centre stage!

8. Be patient

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do if your hair’s been cut too short. Unless you want to opt for extensions (which can be damaging to your hair, if not carefully done), you’ll have to wait it out. Our personal tip? Confidence is key, so just rock your sassy short ‘do! Trust us, no one else will hate it as much as you do!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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