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It happens every day, in the best salons and in people's houses. An awful haircut can feel like a curse of a month or more, because you feel like your only option is to let it grow out. Before you give up and put on that mini-Fedora, take a deep breath and call in reinforcements. There may be a way to fix that awful haircut.
Stop your stylist. If you are still in the salon, perhaps still in the seat, take advantage of the situation and speak your mind. This strategy only works, however, if you feel your hairstylist has the skills to save your look.
Wash your hair. Get rid of the product, style and any other add-ins, so you can see what you have left to work with. Once you lose the retro bouffant or that goopy hair wax, you might find you like what you see.
Snip with caution. You take a risk in cutting already short hair. However, some modest tricks can give life to an awful haircut. If your bangs sit short and flat against your forehead, liven them up by trimming them with cuticle scissors angled so they point upward. If your kinky hair is pyramid-shaped, cautiously cutting the very top layer with make it spring upward, releasing the layers underneath.
Experiment with your styling products. Shorter or thinner hair usually requires lighter conditioners and styling solutions. Switch to a lotion-based conditioner, and try a light spray gel to keep your hairstyle in place. Employ a diffuser to reduce frizz and a curling iron to add volume.
Camouflage problem areas. Small, clip-on hair extensions can give you rocker girl chic. Hair clips and bobby pins make spiky sides look sleek. A headband or folded scarf partially covers uneven cuts.