First post-lockdown haircut gone wrong? Take note of these hair tips.
You’ve waited four long months to get your hair tips treated by a professional. There’s a good chance you’ve had a go yourself, be it a fringe trim or a back-and-sides job. You waited a long time for the salons to open, and then waited even longer on the client waiting list. Even sitting in the waiting area probably felt like a long time for your first post-lockdown haircut. It was probably a bit of a strange experience; masks on, no magazines to flick through, but nevertheless, you were there, in the hot seat, getting your hair done. This was a long time coming. You’re in the gown, in front of the mirror, almost too relaxed, grateful that this day had finally come. Once your hair is dried and they’ve curled or straightened it, and you’re excited for the big reveal. It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, and then at first sight, you utterly hate it.
The impromptu fringe that you saw on an influencer doesn’t look like it did on her, on you. Those highlights you’d convinced yourself you needed look stripy. Perhaps, you went for an all-over dye in a rogue, ‘lockdown glow up’ effort and you just really wish you hadn’t. Whatever the mess was, do not worry. There are ways to fix it. And if there aren’t ways to fix it, there are ways in which you can hate it less. Don’t worry, we’ve got you. We have all the hair tips you need to get through this.
Don’t do anything too drastic
Yes, OK, it might be bad. But the best thing you can do, is not make it worse. If your lob is an inch too short, don’t flippantly cut it up to a short bob yourself. There’s a high possibility that you could end up like Fleabag’s Claire, and sit on the floor exasperated, feeling like a pencil. Likewise, if the colour you chose for your fresh new look, isn’t actually as fresh as you thought, don’t go a buy a box-dye to put over it. Apart from the fact that you don’t know exactly what colour it could turn it, it could also do your hair a fair amount of damage.
Instead of doing something you might regret, calmly book another appointment and until then, follow the rest of our hair tips.
When there’s a will, there’s a way, and sometimes that way is a simple accessory. Fringe too short? Push your hair back with a headband. New colour not quite right? Take the attention away with a big, bright and beautiful scrunchie. Rather than completely disregarding ponytails until the foreseeable future, clip your fly-away’s in with some subtle hair grips. There is a solution to whatever your problem may be. We’ve linked our favourite Invisibobble hair accessories below. Sometimes, top hair tips come in the form of pretty things.
Try a different style
So your new look might not be 100% doing it for you, but switching up what you do with your hair might pleasantly surprise you. Pop it in the bun you always hated. Change your parting from the middle to one side, or vice versa. Go for a scraped back pony-look that you swore didn’t suit you. Your new do’ might just need a bit of a spruce. It might even take some attention away from whatever it is that you’re not happy with. Give it a go, and don’t rule anything out until you’ve tried it.
Breathe, and remember, it will grow back
Although it might be easier said than done, but letting go of what you can’t control is the only way forward here. We’ve all been there, walking away from the salon feeling like we wish we’d never gone in. But your too-short hair will grow back; your too-short fringe will grow out; your colour will fade, grow out or can be altered and fixed (with professional help, of course). But worry not, whatever is wrong will always grow and you will have another chance to try something else. Patience and acceptance is key here. It might seem like the end of the world, but it’s not. It’s just a short period of time that you’ll look back on in the years to come (with photo evidence, hopefully) and laugh at the haircut as well as your dramatic reaction to it.
It’s never as bad as it seems, so pass our hair tips on to your nearest and dearest, or anyone who’s first post-lockdown haircut hasn’t gone their way.
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