How to Salvage a Bad Haircut When Going To The Salon Is Not an Option

Because nobody wants a bad hair day.

We’ve all been there: A bad haircut happens and it feels like forever until it grows back to something you can work with. Whether you gave a little too much trust to your hairstylist or saw an “easy” haircut hack on Instagram and it went totally wrong, bad haircuts can be an absolutely terrible thing to deal with. But don’t hang your head in shame just yet: When there’s a will, there’s totally a way to take even the worst haircuts and transform them.

Read on to find helpful tips to live by and always have the best haircut.

We get it, it may feel like you’re stuck with a bad haircut for a very long time, but don’t worry, there are a few things you can try to make it better.

1. Sleep on it.

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Experiment with new styles when dealing with bad haircuts.

Quite often, big hair changes can be extremely jarring. Whether you have made a huge change to your length or style or you just aren’t used to changing when it comes to your hair, it can be an adjustment! First, sleep on your style and wake up the next day with a fresh perspective.

2. Go back to your stylist and express your concern.

Here’s the honest truth: your stylist wants you to be happy with your haircut! Make a follow-up appointment with your stylist to discuss your options and see if there’s anything they can do to salvage your bad haircut. Sometimes two heads are better than one, and you might be surprised what can be done to salvage your style.

3. Play with color.

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Play with color to change your look.

Alternatively, you may want to explore creative options in a different direction. Call for a consultation with a hair colorist to see if there are any hair color options you can explore to distract from your bad haircut. Be sure to come prepared with inspiration colors and styles to help give your stylist an idea of what you are looking for.

Make sure to fill your shower with color-safe hair products. We love Suave Vivid Color Shampoo and Conditioner to keep your fresh color vibrant.

4. Explore different styles.

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Braids can help cover up a haircut that didn’t go quite as planned.

You might be surprised what a creative hairstyle can do to cover up a bad haircut. Embrace updos, experiment with braids, and consider styles you may not have leaned towards before!

5. Utilize hair growth hacks.

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Work to grow your hair.

When all else fails, utilize hair growth hacks to get back to your former length. Keep your hair healthy by going easy on the hot tools, making sure not to over-wash your strands, and nourish your hair with hair masks regularly.

We love the Emerge Back to Life Hair Mask for exactly this use! Made with almond milk and shea butter, this nourishing mask will keep your hair healthy and happy as you grow it back out.

6. Try wearing hair accessories.

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Use hair clips to make your cut more fitting.

Whether you choose hair clips, a hat, or a headband a simple hair accessory can transform your bad haircut. Adding a hair accessory to your look is a great idea because it can be used to hold parts of your hair, secure your strands in an updo, or just cover up a style. Not only are these accessories cute, but they’re practical! Play around with it, and see what hair accessories work best for your style and haircut.

Are you thinking about giving one of these hacks a try? Be sure to snap a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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