Making the Best of a Bad Haircut

On a whim, I decided to chop my golden locks.

I had scrolled through Pinterest looking and beautiful choppy lobs and decided to take the plunge. The only problem is, I was traveling and didn’t want to wait to book with my usual stylist. Instead, I had the genius idea of booking at a different salon, with a Student Stylist. I know, I know but it was such a great deal and they would be watched by a Senior Stylist so what could go wrong? Well, trust your instincts folks. Tinder profiles, job descriptions, studio apartments-if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

After a surprisingly thorough consultation that included showing pictures, and explaining what I didn’t want, it was off to the sink. Getting shampooed at a salon is so relaxing. Your hair gets sooooo clean and you don’t realize how much you enjoy scalp massages until you get one. During the cut, I had been scrolling through my phone and not paying attention. What should have been a collarbone-grazing lob ended up in a severely angled, “can I speak to your manager” helmet bob. Enter that sinking panic of “oh god what have I done?!”

Here is my advice for what to do when you realize your new do is a nightmare.

  • Speak up! Even if he/she’s done with the cut, see if the angles/layers can be adjusted.
  • If it’s too short or can’t be salvaged, make sure to explain that you aren’t happy and there was clearly some miscommunication. Don’t worry-the stylist needs to hear that something went wrong. There is probably an opportunity for her to work on her consultations/listening skills.
  • When you head into the outside world, know this-no one is looking at you and they do NOT think you look bad. You may be screaming inside but trust me no one is looking at you (unless you are actually screaming).
  • Go home and take a shower. Use your usual shampoo and conditioner. Style it how YOU would style it. In my case, I blow dried the helmet effect out, took a wand to the chunks, and added texturizing spray.
  • If you can’t attempt to style it, the last step is acceptance. Hair will grow. It will be OK, but like a broken heart, it will take time.

Have you ever had your hair hacked? How did you get through it?

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