How to bounce back from a bad haircut


If you've ever had a less than fortunate haircut (who hasn't?!), or are currently trying to grow one out now, these tips from celebrity stylist Jeanie Syfu can help save your strand sanity. (And possibly prevent a tress tragedy from happening at your next appointment.)

Even Stars Shed
Tears Over Haircuts...

We think her hair looks ah-mazing, but even A-lister Cameron Diaz recently said she "burst into tears" after getting an accidental new short haircut (she just wanted a trim).

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Accessorize Your 'Do

Incorporating chic hair accessories or exposed bobby pins into your style helps lessen the look of a cut gone wrong.

Got a too-short cut? Twist a few sections away from your face and secure it with a pin to create a quasi-updo.

Ricky's NYC Small Retro Bobby Pins, $2 for 12,


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Have Fun with Your Hair

Changing up your look with a curling iron, flat iron, or diffuser can make your tresses more tolerable until they grow out. Who knows, you may even end up loving your new 'do rather than loathing it.

Conair Infiniti Professioal Tourmaline Ceramic 1" Curling Iron, $16,

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Play with Products

A little salt spray or texturizing cream goes a long way, adding fullness and manageability to otherwise flat-as-a-pancake strands.

Slicking your hair back with gel into a sleek ponytail will also keep the hair out of your face—and off of your mind.

Growing your bangs out? Put them into a pompodore or pin them to the side to blend them in with the rest of your strands will also help mix up your look.

Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair Texture Paste, Starting at $3.50, Yahoo! Shopping.

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Go for Extensions

The temptation of cutting your hair shorter when you get antsy from growing it out (we've all been there) can be detrimental to your 'do. Clip-in hair extensions are the perfect option because they're affordable, can look like your own hair, and they're temporary.

The key to making the pieces look real and not store-bought: Take them to your stylist and have them trim the extensions so they blend in seamlessly with your strands. Then, before you apply them at home, tease the hair one inch below the area you intend to use them. Next, add a little hairspray, and clip them in.

HairDo Clip In 22" Straight Hair Extension, $68,

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Prevent Bad Haircuts From Happening in the Future:

Bring a picture with you. Providing a visual (of a celeb or model's hair you really liked in a recent issue of Cosmo) can help the stylist see where you want the length to be and how want your hair to look.

Tell your stylist knows how you normally wear your hair. If you're a wash-and-go girl, for example, ask for a cut that will look good since you tend to skip styling. This is important because it will depend on how he or she cuts it.

Give your new cut a chance. You're used to seeing yourself a certain way, so if you went from long locks to a short bob, sit with the style a bit. If you don't like your 'do after a few days, tell your stylist. They want you to be happy, so they'll usually offer advice or try to fix it so you like it. If it's beyond repair, use the previous tips we mentioned to get you through the grow-out stage.

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