Our Emergency Guide to Fixing a Bad Haircut

Megan Dominion

The thing about a bad haircut is that you can’t always hide it. The worst part is that most of the time, nobody will notice that you got a fresh haircut if it was done really well but everyone will
notice a bad haircut (unless it’s not actually as bad as it seems, but you’re like me and need every hair to be in place – no easy feat with curly hair!). The good thing is that you are probably not the first person to get a bad haircut. In fact, there are many simple fixes to sort out, “snipping gone wrong.”

Now, you might end up with a bad haircut after trying to DIY your haircut or it could happen because the stylist didn’t particularly adapt your chosen hair inspiration to your individual hair texture and face shape.

Here are a few tips to help you fix up whatever hot hair mess you find yourself in:

1. Cutting your hair again

If layers are the problem, maybe try and reduce their length. If there’s room to cut your hair shorter in a different style that won’t be as bad-go for it. You may initially be hesitant to walk back into the salon to get your hair cut but it might be the easiest solution to a bad hairdo. Sometimes all you need is the expertise of a more professional stylist who can rectify the shortcomings of a more amateur stylist’s haircut. I’ve found my favourite curly DIY cut but I’ve definitely had my fair share of ‘whoops!’ cuts in the past before I found my go-to.

2. Accessorize until your hair grows again

If you’re not brave enough to get a fresh haircut immediately after your hair has been ruined, you can also wait until your hair grows out. One of the best ways to get your hair to grow out faster is to invest in a great hair growth shampoo (here’s one we’ve heard is great and has some amazing reviews on Amazon!). You would also be doing yourself a favor by trying out cute hair accessories such as a simple hair bow or headband.

3. Rope in salon extension

If you decided to go shorter and your hair ended up going too short, you may want to consider adding hair extensions. Not only do salon extensions look good and real, but they’ll also help to effortlessly spruce up the overall look of your hair. You do have to make sure that you choose the right color extensions though, so they match your own hair well.

4. Wear scarves, hats, caps!

Have you ever noticed that many bald men like to wear caps? And how many women wrap a scarf around their heads when having a bad hair day? A ruined hairstyle can always be hidden under a bigger straw hat or a casual cap as well, this may also buy you some time before you manage to get to a salon. So don’t let ruined hair weigh you down. Use it as an opportunity to rock those scarves, hats, and caps instead. Try a satin-lined beanie in winter to protect your hair as well as hide that cut.



5. Experiment

Why cry over spilled milk? Have fun with your hair instead. Explore and experiment with different hair tools. See if your new cut looks better when curled than when it is straight. This is your chance to try out something different and find ways to style your hair that will suit your face shape and your preferences.

Here’s some tips on root clipping and how to add volume to type 2 hair, to add to the experiment list.

6. Wait it out

Eventually, your hair will grow again and one of the best things you can do for yourself in the interim is to use hair growth shampoo and nourish it with hair oil while waiting for your glow up. Respect and love your hair (irrespective of how it looks) and your hair will show love back to you by growing well.

Megan Dominion

Megan Dominion is SILKUP's Managing Editor. She's been down both the curly hair and skincare rabbit holes many times and loves that there's always something new to learn; a new science, method, product or personal experience.