Monday, September 2, 2013

How to Survive a Bad Haircut!

We've all been there. We go to the salon and expect amazing results, and end up having hair that just looks plain stupid.

So what do you do until it grows back and you look like a normal person?

Here are a few tips:

Cut your hair too short?
It may seem like the end of the world, but, on average, hair grows back at ¼- to ½-inch per month, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To help spur the growth, many swear by taking prenatal vitamins or a multivitamin, drinking lots of water and eating healthy nutrient-rich foods. A healthy body means healthy hair, after all. Hey, maybe you’ll drop a few pounds, too. Win-win!

Shorten the Time It Takes for Hair to Grow Back
You can speed up the time for hair to grow back after a bad haircut by using a few extra beauty products, too. Hair, as they say, is basically just dead protein, so protein treatments can help strengthen your locks. Moisture treatments also encourage healthier, and, therefore, faster-growing hair. And, there are several hair-growth specific products out there -- from hair nutrient tablets to thickening treatments to scalp sprays -- that may help speed things along.

Limit the Damage You’re Doing to an Already Bad Haircut
Cut back on your heated styling tool usage, and, when you just gotta flatten or curl, use a heat protector first. How long it takes to grow out a bad haircut has a lot to do with how well you treat those tresses.

Learn to Accessorize Your Hair
Help hide chunky layers by using headbands, bobby pins, barrettes and other fun hair fashions to disguise your bad haircut. And play around with it: Change your part. Try adding a cute little braid. Use a sea salt spray to pump up the volume and add some waves. No, you’re not thrilled with your new 'do, but, until that hair grows back, you gotta work with what you've got.

Wash Your Hair Less Often
It’s okay to get a little dirty. Too many shampoo sessions can strip your hair of its healthy oils, causing it to dry out and break. Not what you want when you’re trying to grow out a bad haircut. I usually only wash my hair a few times a week, and I've definitely noticed that my hair feels much healthier.

Talk to Your Stylist About Your Haircut In Advance
Before you even rise an inch out of that chair, tell your stylist how you’re feeling and that you are not digging your haircut. Ask him or her if there’s anything that can be done to help minimize the bad haircut fallout. Your stylist wants you to come back, so, yes, a happy client is a return client. Then, if you decide to stick with your stylist, go in for regular trims -- stretching them out to every eight to 12 weeks is fine -- to get rid of any split ends. (If layering is the issue, ask for a bottom-trim only.)

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