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Has a Bad Haircut Experience Put You off a Change?

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Having a change in hairstyle should be a rewarding, satisfying, feel-good experience that leaves you with a great hairdo and boosts your spirits and self-esteem. Sometimes, however, you can come across the worst hair salon experience that you may not ever want to cut your hair again.

If this has happened to you, The Hairstyle Channel has some handy advice to get you back on the road to recovery and back into the salon chair.

You Had One Bad Hairstyle Experience a Long Time Ago
Bad Hair Colour

Having a bad hairstyle experience a long time ago can have lasting effects on you. For example, it could have been a bad color or permanent wave that has led you to believe that you should steer away from these salon services at all costs, and you have done so ever since. The truth is that chemical services have improved incredibly in the past few years and you could be robbing yourself of the chance to make life easier and more exciting, all because of a bad result many years ago.

Wrong Haircut

It could be a slight misunderstanding between you and your hairstylist, where the specific haircut or hairstyle you meant to communicate was perceived differently by them, and you got a different hairstyle altogether, but not necessarily bad. It just wasn’t exactly what you wanted.

Poorly Trained Hair Stylist

Perhaps it was a bad razor cut that has led you to believe incorrectly that your hair is the type that cannot be razored. What if this is not true? What if it was a poorly trained hair stylist that just got the whole thing wrong? It’s pretty hard to know these sorts of things without having done a course in hairstyling, so what we suggest here is that you keep an open mind if a hairstylist ever makes a suggestion to you about trying something that might not have worked for you before.


There are so many reasons and factors that give bad hairstyling experience, they can include the following:

  • bad communication between you and your stylist where the wrong message has been sent and understood on both sides
  • incompetent skill or lack of care on behalf of your hairstylist
  • low grade/quality chemical products used by your hairstylist
  • wrong, off the mark expectations from you
  • wrong hairstyle choice that is not in line with your lifestyle needs
  • you making a sudden impulsive decision that your stylist completely missed
  • you were given a new hairstyle change too soon before you were mentally ready for it

You Have Had a Bad Hairstyling Experience More Than Once
Chemical Damage

If you have had a bad haicut experience more than once, then it’s probably left your confidence to try something new or even a variation of what you had done in a very fragile state. Depending on what the bad experience was, you can avoid it from happening again (such as chemical damage).


However, a bad haircut experience is a combination of things that went wrong, not just one single thing. The whole episode most likely began on the wrong foot at the consultation stage. If the starting plan (the foundation) is wrong, then the hairstyle is doomed from the start no matter what happens thereafter.

You Regularly Have Bad Hairstyling Experiences

Considering that most people on an average visit a hair salon between 6-12 times per year, the chance of getting a bad haircut can be high. The fact that it is happening to you on a regular basis is unfortunate, but the good news is that it can be stopped and avoided. It’s important to not let any bad experiences stop you from trying new hairstyles and looks; they are after all, in the past!

You Have a Bad Hairstyling Experience Every Time You Visit Your Salon

If you have had a bad haircut experience every time then you could be excused for thinking that it’s just not worth the trouble to consider changing your hairstyle. It could just be a case of terrible luck, bad timing, or that you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever the reason was, it would now be a good time to arm yourself with a new strategy to stop this from happening again.

Also, you can refer to: How Long Should You Think About a Hairstyle Change?

Consultation Gone Wrong

There are so many things that can happen and result in a bad hairstyle experience even before you start, and through our observations, the biggest reason has been bad consultation or a lack of communication between the client and the stylist.

It’s really all about what you understand versus what your stylist understands. Let’s use the example of soft waves. To you soft waves could mean a very slight bend in your hair. To your stylist, soft waves could mean soft curls. It’s to your advantage to make sure that you go to your hair salon armed with information and pictures about what exactly it is that you want. So, before going for hair stylist consultation, remember to share your ideas before.

Get Your Terms Right

Even if you are not totally sure exactly what you want, it’s still a good idea to have some thoughts (bits and pieces) about things, such as hair length or color. For example, using words like “to sit above, on, or below the shoulders” will set certain parameters that any hairstylist should be able to follow. Other things to discuss include how talented you are at reproducing the new planned hairstyle at home as well as your time factors and future hairstyling maintenance.

You do have an important role to play, and that is to get your message across in a clear, concise way. When choosing the best hair stylist consultation, be sure that they are on the same page as you and that they fully understand what you’re asking for, and that you probe them for anything at all that even slightly worries you.

Take Charge

Don’t settle for “leave it to me, I know what you want” if you feel that they have not listened. The rest will then be up to your stylist to use their expertise and knowledge to create that new hairstyle. Ultimately, they do know what’s best and it’s a good idea to listen and be guided by what they tell you, but only in consultation.

You need to try a new strategy when you visit your hairstylist. Use pictures and be sure to discuss what you do like and don’t like before any work is performed on your hair. If you are satisfied with your consultation first, then there is a very good chance your new hairstyle will be just right!


So don’t allow past worst hair salon experience to stop you from trying something new. Understanding some of the reasons why you had to go through some bad experience can stop it from happening again.

Keep an open mind to things that could make life easier and more exciting and learn from your experiences, try a new strategy and then move on! The only thing that is worse than a hairstyle disaster is if it stops you from trying new styles and services forever that could make you feel and look wonderful.

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    many miracle treatments are on the market that claim to have properties that will seal your split ends, however I am here to tell you that they are of a cosmetic nature only, filling the hair with silicones mostly to make it look and feel better. While some of these products will indeed help protect the hair from the elements, the split end needs to be amputated, cut off and removed as the best cause of action.

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    Yes, if you don’t cut off, remove the split ends they will travel up the hair shaft and cause more damage due to how the inside layer (the cortex) is exposed to all elements and the sun. Cutting split ends seals the hair, and is actually the best way to get longer hair because as it grows it won’t break off.

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    Naturally coarse wiry hair is what many people are born with unless you have damaged your hair from overusing chemicals, heat appliances, or the environment.

    The hair can feel dry because of how the cuticle sticks out at 45 degree angles, and also because of this, it is easy for coarse curly hair to actually dry out.

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    Curly hair that is coarse needs to be carefully cut all starting with a plan based around the type of curl, length of the hair, and then a person’s face shape, lifestyle, home hair care options, and available time.

    Some great haircuts for curly hair include

    • Short shaped afros
    • Short layer cuts
    • Undercuts
    • Medium layered Bobs
    • Layered Lobs
    • Long layer cuts
    • Curly curtain bangs
    • Side swept bangs
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    The best haircuts for coarse wavy hair vary depending on the length of the hair, and some of these include;

    • Short Crops
    • Short Pixie cuts
    • Short layer cuts
    • Medium Lobs and Shags (avoid razor cutting)
    • Medium layered Bobs
    • Long layered hairstyles
    • Wavy Curtain Bangs
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    Great haircuts for straight coarse hair include some of the following

    • Short crops
    • Pixie cuts
    • Layer Cuts
    • Razor cut Shags
    • Graduated Bobs
    • Layered Lobs
    • Classic long stacked layer cuts
    • Choppy cuts
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    Getting the best haircut for coarse hair depends on the texture and condition of the hair. Further to this, the best haircut for coarse hair also depends on a person’s face shape, personality, lifestyle, and other important factors.

    The best haircut for coarse hair is one that helps keep it in shape without too much work or effort.

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    There are many hairstyles that work perfectly for fine hair types, making the hair looker thicker, more solid, even without any body and these include:

    • Short Precision Bob Cuts
    • Wedge Cuts, or Pixie Bobs as they are also known.
    • Angled Bobs
    • Geometric Bobs
    • Bob Cuts with bangs
    • Mid length bangs
    • Blunt cuts
    • Deep side part
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    If you have fine hair you should avoid some of the following things:

    • Using shampoos and conditioners that have too much moisture in them as this will make your fine hair flat and dull.
    • Don’t overuse hair color and chemicals as this will damage your hair
    • Only use heat styling aids occasionally on your fine hair otherwise this will lead to damage.
    • If you have straight fine hair, avoid getting layers particularly if your hair is medium or long.
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    Straight hair can be cut in many ways, using a variety of haircutting techniques such as blunt cutting, sliced edges, chipping, razor cutting, layering, tapering, and much more, all on short, medium, and long hair lengths.

    Straight hair is easy to work with, but consideration must be given to how it falls naturally, working with the amount of hair, all against a person face shape, lifestyle, and personality

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    Curly hair comes in 3 ranges that include

    1. Loose curls
    2. Tight curls
    3. Coily curls
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    The answer to this often-asked question is that

    • Long curly hair tends to behave better due to how gravity weighs it down, making it tame and looking amazing, however it does take more work to keep it healthy and looking great
    • Short curly hair can look incredible when the right haircut has been created on the right face shape, personality, and that considers a person’s lifestyle factors. Short curly hair is also easy to style and maintain.
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    Layer cuts on curly hair are great at defining curls, allowing movement and bounce from eliminating weight. Layering curly hair is definitely good, and all about adding shape to create a hairstyle that will suit the individual.

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    There a number of ways to make straight hair change to curly or wavy, however they can be grouped into two categories.

    1. Non-Permanent, using thermal appliances such as hot irons, curling tongs, hot rollers, or curling the hair when it’s wet on round shapes (rollers overnight) will change the texture of hair when it dries. These new curls on your once straight hair will only last until moisture gets inside your hair shaft and is why you are told to stay away from humidity when you have your hair curled. The change in your straight hair to curls is on the Hydrogen bonds only (outside) and so not permanent.
    2. Permanent, using chemicals that go into your hair and rearrange the sulphur bonds, known as perming. Straight hair is stretched and moulded around a roller, chemically altered, and then set in place in new formations or curves, round shapes that we know as curls. This can be made straight again by using chemicals to drag the hair straight again, however moisture or simply washing your hair will not make permed curly hair straight on its own.
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    The thing about bangs is most people have tried them at least once in their lifetime and have either had a great experience or a really bad one.

    What’s important to remember about bangs is that they do have an effect on hairstyles and other important elements such as;

    • Straight across bangs halve the vertical length in a person face shape, thus they suit people with oblong, diamond, or narrow face types.
    • Curtain bangs with a middle part actually add length to face shapes, suiting round and wide faces best.
    • Side swept angled bangs are great on angular face shape such as square and broader jawbones.
    • Straight across bangs draw attention to the eyes.
    • Bangs are an easy way to do something different without having a complete full makeover.
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    The short answer is NO. The longer answer is no don’t razor cut wavy or curly hair unless you are wanting it to frizz, look wiry, like it has split ends. The reason is that razor cutting slices hair on an angle, and also removes only some (not all) of the hair, and when hair is wavy or curly and razor cut, the shorter pieces with less weight spring up between longer pieces making a bushy, frizzy effect.

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    It is a good idea to get your hair trimmed by your hairdresser every 4-6 weeks.

    Regular trims ensure that;

    • The shape of your haircut will be maintained easily
    • Any damaged or split ends can be cut off, visit by visit so that they don’t creep further up the hair shaft.
    • You will be able to style your hair far more easily
    • It’s an opportunity to treat yourself on a more regular basis.
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    There was a time not so long ago that every young lady (sorry guys no disrespect) was told to brush their hair 100 times in the morning and another 100 times at night with a good natural bristle brush.

    This was very important for long hair types as it ensured that

    • Any knots or tangles where brushed out
    • That sebum from the scalp was distributed to the mid length and ends, protecting the hair with natural oils.
    • The brushing on the scalp created good circulation to the follicle to help with better hair growth.

    The art of brushing hair was sadly lost back in the eighties and nineties when perms and brushing were not a good match.

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    This answer depends on your lifestyle, hairs length, and hair type.

    For example, if you live a sporty lifestyle you will need to shampoo your hair every single day and so will need to consider a hairstyle and home haircare regime that will help facilitate this.

    On the other hand, if you work inside out of the elements, have normal to dry hair and scalp on short hair, you should only be shampooing it 2-3 times per week.

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    There is no right or wrong answer here, fine hair can look amazing short with stylish one length looks and bangs, but it can also look great when it’s straight and all the one length, precision cut. Wavy and curly fine hair types can also look great short or long.

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