How to Avoid and Deal with a Bad Haircut

Something I will never understand is why hairstylists confuse 1-inch with 4-inches. I feel like every time I have gotten my hair cut, I give them strict instructions, and next thing I know half my hair is on the floor. So how do you avoid and deal with bad haircuts?

If there’s one thing in my life that I am a pro at, it’s dealing with bad cuts. Whether you are dying your hair, layering it, or getting a simple cut…there’s no worse feeling than walking out of a salon, disappointed with what you paid for. In order to make sure this does not happen here is a list of things that will either help you move on or prevent it from happening again.



  • Show them pictures

The easiest way to get exactly what you want is to have pictures available. Bring in examples of what color you want, as well as pictures of the cut and texture. It is important for stylists to have a visual rather than just a description. Less room for error! Hair stylists do however know what type of style your hair will hold, so be willing to listen to their recommendations if they have some concern.


  • Pay attention to what they’re doing

Speak up! If you see that they are cutting way more than what you asked for, say something. It is much easy to say something while they are doing it, rather than waiting until it is too late. However, many times it may look like they are dying it too much or not enough, but they usually have a plan. Ask them to explain to you their process, this will relieve some of your stress. If you do not agree with what they are doing, ask them to stop. It is your hair, so you ultimately get the final say.


  • Get there early and give yourself enough time

Hair is one of those things that you just can’t rush. Stylists run on a tight schedule so getting there early is important so you can get set up and ready. They might even have an extra few minutes to see you early. Also, do not plan anything directly after your haircut, if your stylist needs to go over time, let her. There is nothing worse than rushing your hair.


  • Wash your hair & give it a few days

One of the first things you need to do if you are not happy with your hair is to wash it. Leaving the hair salon is never a clear representation of what your hair actually looks like. Many times they blow it out and it looks super good, but as soon as it’s time for you to style it yourself, it’s a disaster. Regardless if you like it or hate it, make sure you give it a wash before you start freaking out. Sometimes it will actually make it look better. If you still don’t like it after a few days, call the salon and let them know you need to reschedule a visit.


  • Tell them you aren’t happy

This is never easy for people to do and took me a few years to finally get comfortable with. YOU are paying a ton of money to get the look you want, and it is their job to help. Before you leave the salon, be honest with them about how you feel. If you have already left the salon and have gone home, call them back and see if they have time for you to come back into the salon. Hair stylists want you to be pleased with their work, so if you don’t like what they have done they will usually redo it for free. I can’t stress this enough, just call!!



In general, the best advice I can give you is to be open with your stylist. Show them exactly what you want and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Once you speak up a few times it will become a lot less uncomfortable. Hair stylists have clients coming in all day long, you are not the first person who has left that salon disappointed. Speak up!!! It is also very important that even though you are stressed and unhappy, be nice. They will be more willing to help you resolve the problem if you are calm and collected.


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