Victim of a Bad Haircut? 6 Tips For What to Do Until It (Finally) Grows Back

Bad haircuts don't have to mean months of horrible hair. These tips are all you need to remedy a disastrous trip to the salon

Wondering how long it will take to grow out a bad haircut? You know the one. That haircut that was supposed to be Anne Hathaway but ended up Donald Trump? Dealing with a bad haircut when it was cut too short could cause even those of us less emotional than Hathaway to publically burst into tears.

But here’s the good news: Even a pixie-gone-wrong will eventually grow out. So, whether you just got scissor happy chopping your own bangs at home, walked out of the salon with more layers than a Jackson Pollock painting or simply had no business asking your stylist for a Michelle Williams 'do in the first place, here are six tips to get those tresses back in shape.

Cut your hair too short?

It may seem like the end of the world, but, on average, hair grows back at ¼- to ½-inch per month, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To help spur the growth, many swear by taking prenatal vitamins or a multivitamin, drinking lots of water and eating healthy nutrient-rich foods. A healthy body means healthy hair, after all. Hey, maybe you’ll drop a few pounds, too. Score!

Shorten the Time It Takes for Hair to Grow Back

You can speed up the time for hair to grow back after a bad haircut by using a few extra beauty products, too. Hair, as they say, is basically just dead protein, so protein treatments can help strengthen your locks. Moisture treatments also encourage healthier, and, therefore, faster-growing hair. And, there are several hair-growth specific products out there -- from hair nutrient tablets to thickening treatments to scalp sprays -- that may help speed things along.

Limit the Damage You’re Doing to an Already Bad Haircut

Cut back on your heated styling tool usage, and, when you just gotta flatten or curl, use a heat protector first. How long it takes to grow out a bad haircut has a lot to do with how well you treat those tresses.

Learn to Accessorize Your Hair

So you asked for Jennifer Aniston, but got the Rachel? Help hide the layers by using headbands, bobby pins, barrettes and other fun hair fashions to disguise your bad haircut. And play around with it: Change your part. Try adding a cute little braid. Use a sea salt spray to pump up the volume and add some waves. No, you’re not thrilled with your new 'do, but, until that hair grows back, you gotta work with what ya got.

Wash Your Hair Less Often

It’s OK to get a little dirty. Too many shampoo sessions can strip your hair of its healthy oils, causing it to dry out and break. Not what you want when you’re trying to grow out a bad haircut.

Talk to Your Stylist About Your Haircut In Advance

Before you even rise an inch out of that chair, tell your stylist how you’re feeling and that you are not digging your haircut. Ask him or her if there’s anything that can be done to help minimize the bad haircut fallout. Your stylist wants you to come back, so, yes, a happy client is a return client. Then, if you decide to stick with your stylist, go in for regular trims -- stretching them out to every eight to 12 weeks is fine -- to get rid of any split ends. (If layering is the issue, ask for a bottom-trim only.)

Lesley Kennedy writes for ShopatHome.com. Find her on Twitter and Google+.

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