Sometimes a bad haircut happens
Whether you’re getting a cut or a colour, a trip to the salon can be a transformative experience. When you like what your hairstylist does, it can make you feel refreshed and even boost your confidence. The flip side of that coin? Sometimes a bad haircut happens.
We’ve all been there, and as you probably know all too well, it is the absolute worst. After all, you’ll likely have to live with your bad haircut for a while – plus, things can get super awkward with your hairdresser after the big reveal. Looking for red flags at hair salons can help you avoid working with a stylist who isn’t up to snuff, but even an excellent stylist can make a misstep.
So what should you do if you get a bad haircut? Hint: one of the polite habits hairdressers dislike is clients staying quiet when they’re unhappy. Here’s everything you need to know about dealing with this situation, according to stylists.
What should you do if you get a bad haircut?
It may be easier said than done, but don’t panic. First, assess what it is you don’t like about your new ‘do. If you got a cut, is it the actual cut, or is your hair styled in a way you don’t love? For example, maybe your stylist gave you pin-straight strands when you prefer bouncy waves.
If it’s a styling mistake, you can fix that when you do your hair on your own. “If it’s an issue with the actual cut or colour, don’t hesitate to speak up,” says celebrity hairstylist, Shantise Michelle. “Constructive criticism is always helpful.” Even better? If you can speak up during the cutting (or blow-drying) process.
When you’re at the salon, pay attention to what your stylist is doing instead of zoning out on your phone. If it looks like they are taking off too much length or adding more layers than you care for, say something. “It’s better to speak up right away,” says Michelle. “This can help prevent a bad haircut. Plus, it allows your stylist to do something before it’s too late.”
What should you say to your hairdresser?
If you weren’t able to speak up during your cut or colour and you’re left with a hairy situation, you should definitely say something after the fact. One of the biggest hairstylist secrets? They really want to know what you think of their work so they can keep you as a client and give you what you want the next time around – or fix things before you leave the salon. Of course, saying something is easier said than done. Here are some pointers to get you through that uncomfortable moment.