Yes! I’ve had long hair and very short hair…..and everything in-between. It’s not about the pros and cons of having short vs. long hair….necessarily.

The regret usually comes along because the new cut(whether it be short or just plain bad) was a result of an impulse decision. Maybe you just went through a big life change, so you make the mistake of changing something else….your hair. This is so common and I do my best to prevent these bad decisions when clients make quick appointments and attempt hasty decisions!


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In this example I went short on a whim! There was a guest artist from Paul Mitchell The School in LA and he needed 3 volunteers…of course, he chose me because my hair was long! I didn’t regret it, but no one could cut it as well as he did!


So, you regret cutting your hair and you need help coping. Here’s how I got through my worst haircut decisions:

First, you need to make yourself feel better.

Wear makeup. If you haven’t bought any in a while, get some new makeup. I usually splurge on a good mascara, bronzer, and lip gloss.

Wear cute earrings, necklaces, etc. If your hair is really short then you definitely need some earrings! They will add some sparkle to your style and you’ll feel more feminine!

Second, you need to find a way to like your hair.

This may seem nearly impossible right now. That’s okay, because it’s not.

When I was 24 I had shoulder length hair and it looked great. I got a “wild hair” and decided that an asymmetrical bob was a good idea. It is….if the person cutting it knows what they’re doing. The fellow stylist that cut my hair obviously had no clue. It did not “flow”, there were no gradual angles, and it was more of a bluntly cut…uneven haircut.

What did I do? I definitely did not get it cut again! That’s what most people do, and that’s a mistake! I got my curling iron out, some bobby pins, etc. and I played with it. For the next 6 months or so I wore my hair back. I just curled it a tad and pulled back the sides with bobby pins, then stuck some flowers in it. I would love to share photos of this, but they are hard to find because I probably didn’t want to take pictures of it!

So…find a way to style your hair….and like it.

Third, don’t make any more changes.

Refrain from coloring your hair….especially drastic changes! A lot of people do that after a regrettable hair cut, and you will only hate it more. If anything, just get a few face framing highlights. Brightening up your look always helps when you’re feeling down about your hair!

Don’t get a haircut for at least 6 months. I know that everyone tells you that frequent trims help your hair to grow faster. This is true….if you have split ends. Let it grow a bit before you get a trim!

Lastly, be patient and never forget this experience!

After your hair grows out….the next time you think about doing something drastic….remember this moment!

It’s hard to be patient while you wait for your hair to grow out. That’s why pinning it back is perfect! You forget how short your hair is…and you are pleasantly surprised with the length when you finally decide to try wearing it down again. It worked for me on several bad hair occasions and it will work for you too!

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This time I decided to cut my hair because I was going through a lot in my life. It was a great cut, but I shouldn’t have done it. I’m still growing it out, but that’s okay! Hair grows back and don’t forget that!

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