Bad haircuts happen to everyone. Maybe the stylist cut more than expected, maybe the short cut looked better on the woman in the magazine, or maybe it was an experiment with at-home cutting. Whatever the cause, it's time to move on and begin coping with the haircut that came out too short.
1. Let yourself be upset - for one day. Close yourself in your bedroom, cry in front of the mirror, and call your girlfriends for support. It isn't childish to be disappointed in a bad haircut. Get it out of your system and it might make it easier to look at your hair in a new light.
2. Accept that it will take time for your hair to grow. There's no magic pill or shampoo that will make your hair grow inches overnight. The best thing you can do is find a way to make the best of your short hair style.
3. Be ready to experiment. Try parting your hair differently or use styling products, curling irons, or rollers to give it a new look.
4. Go shopping. Headbands, clips, and barrettes are your friends when growing out short hair. You can even buy hair extensions, ponytails, or clip on bangs to wear until your own hair grows.
5. Get another cut. Depending on just how short your hair has been cut, it may help to see another stylist. Sometimes cutting in some extra layers or reshaping your bangs can make you happier with your shorter look.
Even when you have found ways to make peace with your short hair, you may still miss your long hair. There are a few things you can do, and some things you should not do, when trying to grow your hair quickly.
1. Eat a healthy diet. Your hair needs vitamins and protein for it to grow. There are no miracle pills that will make hair grow rapidly, but making sure you are getting the proper nutrition will help. Some nutrients that may help hair growth include, vitamins B, C, and E, biotin, and zinc.
2. Do not take large doses of vitamins, minerals, or herbs in an effort to make hair grow. Never exceed the recommended daily amount and talk to a doctor before taking new herbal supplements or vitamin complexes, especially if you take other medications. Some supplements can be harmful in large doses or if they mix with other medicines.
3. Exercise and get enough sleep. The things you do to have a healthy body will also help you have strong hair and a healthy scalp.
4. Wash your hair daily. Oily build-up can clog hair follicles making it difficult for new hair to grow.
5. Reduce stress. Stress has a negative effect on hair. It can cause excess oil or hair loss.
6. Get regular trims. Hair with dry, split-ends is prone to breakage. Cutting your hair regularly will keep the ends fresh, which helps hair to grow.
7. Massage your scalp. Before shampooing, gently massage your scalp to promote circulation. Massaging the scalp can produce oil, so be sure to massage right before shampooing.
8. Do not pull on your hair in an effort to make it grow faster. It will only stress your hair and lead to breakage or loss. Avoid over brushing your hair and air dry hair if you can avoid a blow dryer.
Short haircuts can be upsetting, but they do not have to devastate your life. It will take time, but your hair will grow back. In the meantime, try to find a way to embrace your short look. Maybe you will even grow to like it.