We’ve all gone in for a trim and had way more hair hit the floor than we planned for. The good news? Your split ends are gone! The bad news? Your hair is much shorter than you wanted. While time is usually the only way to heal this wound, there may be other things you can do. For one, if your hair is longer than shoulder-length, you can try this stylist trick to give the illusion of longer hair:
“By cutting some shorter layers around the face, it will give more of a ‘V’ appearance that will make your hair appear longer,” says stylist Mikka Rummo of Salon AKS in NYC. As your stylist to create graduated face-framing layers that fall to a point to visually draw the eye down and make hair appear longer.
Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to go back to the salon — and we don’t necessarily mean the same one that you just came from. See below for our cheat sheet on how to deal with the most common haircut no-nos:
If it’s uneven…
It’s perfectly fine to point out an uneven piece — either during the appointment (if you happen to catch it then) or after. The salon should accommodate you and even our your hair at no charge.
If it’s too layered…
Unless you specifically stated NO LAYERS, the salon likely won’t be able to fix this — at least for free. If going shorter is an option, the longest layers can be cut off for a more blunt look — but the best thing to do is (sigh) just wait a month or two and get another cut.
If it’s too long…
You wanted a more serious cut, but you left the salon with hair that looks exactly the same? This is actually a good problem to have, as a stylist who errs on the side of caution while removing length is usually just looking out for you. They’ll probably be happy to have you back to cut off more, but whether this will be free or not will depend on the salon.
If you just don’t like it…
If you think the stylist just didn’t get you, there’s no point in going back to him/her to fix it. Return to the salon for a consultation with another stylist to see what they recommend. Some salons may offer to fix the cut for free so that you leave happy, but others will charge you for another cut.
Regardless of your current haircut happiness level, Spa Week is a great time to get a cut! See some of the $50 treatments available October 15-21 below — but book fast, limited appointments are available:
ELLE Spa Miami Beach, FL: Spa Week Wash and Cut Hair Service
A.F. Bennett Salon & Wellness Spa, Staten Island, NY: Revitalizing Kerastase Treatment with Precision Haircut
Ardan MedSpa and Salon, Wellesley, MA: Wash, Cut, Kerastase Hair Treatment with Blowout
Diva Spa and Salon, Jersey City, NJ: Full Base Hair Color, Haircut and Intensive Protein Treatment
A Better Body Salon and Day Spa, San Diego, CA: Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment with Cut & Style