Back to school doesn’t just mean back to buying textbooks, back to packing clothes, and back to decorating a dorm room. In the few weeks leading up to either your big debut as a college freshman or your return as an upperclassmen, you’ll probably want to do some personal prepping to ensure you look and feel your best on your first day.
This pre-college beauty routine often involves a quick haircut or trim to ensure your ends aren’t dead and that your locks are just as lovely as they were at the start of summer. But, what if, dare I say it, something goes terribly wrong, and you leave the salon with the hairdo of your nightmares as opposed to the cut and blowdry of your dreams? Despite what you may think, the world has not ended. There are ways to combat a bad haircut if you don’t have the time (or patience) to let it grow out. Follow these tips for battling your beauty blues and you’ll be well on your way to a happier hairstyle before you can even say frat party or football game.
A little too close of a trim for comfort?
If you’re like me you probably freak out when the hairdresser takes so much as a half inch off your hair, panicking that it looks so short. Obviously, this is not quite a realistic complaint, but if you do indeed find that the trim you asked for turned out to be more of a fullout cut (or hack), no need to mourn the loss of your tips any longer. Often times, length is less noticeable when hair is worn up and not down where a change in cut is more readibly noticeable. Think trendy ponytails and loose, low buns, both of which are very in vogue for the fall.
Bangs that aren’t quite “bangin’ “?
Whether you opted for straight across blunt bangs or a sideswept accent and aren’t quite satisfied, you can look to a wide array of hair accessories for comfort. For a sleek look, push bangs back to be unregonizable with a wide, stretchy headband or a thin, embellished crown-like halo. You can also pin up those pesky pieces with pretty barrets to accent your outfit or neutral colored clips for a more simple look.
An angle accident or lethal layers?
So you wanted to add some shape to your hair with angles and layers and ended up with a collision of chops and chunks instead. Quite a common casualty, so don’t fear, you are definitely not alone. Although you probably won’t want to mess with your ‘do anymore at this point, and it seems counterintuitive, you need to get creative. Even if not quite done right, angles and layers do add a jumpstart to style. Pin up shorter layers in a bouffant esque half ponytail style or wind your hair into a loose bun or braid and let the shorter pieces hang out for a relaxed, classy look. If you prefer your hair down, by all means avoid hot tools. Add a squirt of waving spray or dab of texture gel and scrunch with fingers then let air dry. Layers looks infinitely better when they can flow together and create body and volume, as opposed to being ironed flat and appearing choppily stacked on top of one another. Forgoing the straightener will also expedite the growing out process, as your hair will be saved a great deal of heat inflicted damage.
Regardless of why your hair went haywire or how you fix it, the best solution is always confidence. Even if you don’t absolutely love your new look, if you show it off with a sense of pride for trying something new, you’ll look a million times better than you actually feel. Before you know it, your bangs will have grown out, your angles will have evened, and your length will be Rapunzel-esque.
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