Not in love with your new ‘do?
Does your cut look more awful than awesome?
It’s okay to admit you have fought back tears as you sat captive in a salon’s swivel chair.
Truth be told all of us have been stuck with a crappy hair cut every once in a while. Pointing that out doesn’t make it any easier to be on the receiving end of one, I know. It can be quite upsetting. Embarrassing. Devastating even.
As you head out to the car your mind races as you ponder you options. Yet it’s not like you’ve burned your hair with a flat iron or killed it with some exotic perming solution. Thank God. So even bad cuts can be dealt with in a way that lets you show your face in public without fear of snickering and pointing.
Okay so your new ‘do may just be off a hair. (Sorry couldn’t help myself.) Or it is simply a bad haircut. Either way here are some of your options.
Your hair may not have reacted well to being cut. It happens. This is why you want to give things 24 hours to work out. Washing your hair may help hasten that process.
The problem might also be one of lack of styling know-how for the new cut. I know. When has THAT ever happened? Again your stylist should be able to assist with coaching you as to what you need to know to pull this off.
GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO FIX IT
If it’s not cut shock or lack of styling skills, most of the time your stylist can rework the results into something more acceptable – if shorter. So pick up the phone and make them aware of your concerns and give them a change to correct the problem. This should be done at no cost to you obviously. Just don’t wait too long to seek corrective action.
RETHINK THE CUT
Think of this like a do over – only shorter. Sometimes once the damage is done a different, read shorter, direction is the quickest route to recovery. It may not even take a pixie cut to right things. You may find many of the always hot bobs might fill the bill nicely.
IGNORANCE IS BLISS
This may not have been what you wanted so you may have to just pretend you don’t know how bad it is. Yeah, it’s not much of an idea, but it is something to consider?
COLOR IT UP
Sometimes color can put a new face on a cut gone bad. Going a shade or two lighter or darker can make a difference in how your mane looks anyway. Or instead of going for an overall color makeover, maybe ask about highlighting just the ends. The color variation creates the illusion of longer hair. Plus things look a bit less choppy more put together when colored this way.
CHEAT WITH EXTENSIONS
Not necessarily the cheapest but it is a way to give your problem cut badly needed mouth to mouth resuscitation. Fast too. They can instantly take your hair from way to short to much longer.
CAMOUFLAGE THE PROBLEM
If you opt not to use extensions and nothing else works you’re in for an extended grow out period. In this case stock up on hair accessories. These can range from hats, to headbands, to bobby pins that can help hold hair down. Or you might learn you way around small Velcro rollers to quickly give your strands a bit of a wave which can deflect the eye from the obvious sometimes. Or you might straighten and add a touch of length that way instead. Working on how to use any of these techniques can also give you a chance to experiment.
WAIT IT OUT
Ever watch paint dry? Probably not but waiting for your hair to grow out is about as exciting. And as fast. Yet sometimes that’s all you can do. Of course now’s a great time to turn over a new leaf and go for super healthy hair. That mean no blow drying, no flat ironing, no nothing that might damage or dry out your mane.
While it can be a hard mindset to have try to remember that this too shall pass. Because no matter how bad your hair looks today it will grow back. That thought holds out the promise of better hair tomorrow. So if your stylist delivered you your very own personalized version of the Allstate Insurance Mayhem commercial – the hair edition, don’t panic. There are options. Just none that will restore your hair to its state before you sat in the swiveling salon chair but still options you can live with for now.