Photos of Bad Haircuts

Terryn Kelly
Too many layers

The Wrong Hair Cut

The wrong cut for your hair type and facial structure can lead to a disaster you're stuck with until your hair grows out. There are many different types of 'bad' cuts - but fortunately there are also some things you can do to make the best of your look while waiting for your hair to grow.

Too Many Layers

All too often trendy stylists suggest adding layers to the hair for a new look. Sometimes, the result is a haircut that is nearly impossible to style. If you are the victim of a cut with too many layers, ask your stylist to cut your hair even to the length of the shortest layer.

If you you're not willing to part with any more length, your best option is to slowly grow the layers out. Tell your stylist you only to wish to have the ends of your hair trimmed, leaving the layers alone until you get some length back.


Outdated Mullet

Trendy hair styles may be hot at first, but that heat wears off pretty quickly. The mullet, for example, was a popular style in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but today it is a more dated style that can look awkward.

If you have a mullet that you don't like, trim the back shorter to create a layered short hair style that is upbeat and edgy instead of tired and stale.

Pixie with heavy bangs

Varying Lengths

Although this mullet is updated, the length in the back is still a bit awkward and unflattering.

Since having a heavy, layered bang as pictured is trending now, the front of the hair doesn't need much work. Have your stylist cut the rest of your hair into a pixie cut, being sure to blend in the bangs to the cut.

Crew cut

Drastic Changes in Length

Asymmetrical styles are trendy, but too much of a good thing doesn't make for an attractive look. Here, the hair is very long in the back of the head and drastically gets shorter moving to the front. There are many different layers all over the head that are not flattering.

An option to fix a cut like this would be a crew cut. The back of the head and sides should be cut short, while leaving more hair on the top to allow for styling.

Very Short Bangs

Too Short Bangs

This haircut isn't flattering for many people, especially those with a larger forehead. The strange length of the bang exposes and draws more attention the forehead. Since some parts of the bangs are so short, pinning them back won't be much help.

A logical solution here would be a close cropped pixie cut to disguise the uneven bangs, at least until some length begins to return.

Disconnected Bangs

Disconnected Blunt Bangs

Normally, a new set of bangs can blend into a current hairstyle effortlessly. Here, though, there is a strong disconnect between the shortest part of the bangs and the rest of the hair.

The quickest way to fix these bangs would be to get rid of the asymmetrical cut and opt for an even cut that grazes the eyebrows.

Blunt bangs

Heavy Angled Bangs

This short cut is thrown off by the blunt bangs that have been cut at a 45 degree angle.

For a quick fix, snip the left side of the bangs so they match the right side. The completed look will have the bangs on the right side starting above the brow, growing longer toward the middle, and then back above the brow on the left side creating a curve effect.

Haircut with harsh lines

Harsh Lines

This haircut is very uneven, and is a combination of several haircuts in one. There is no blending done which results in harsh lines.

The most efficient cut to fix this mistake is a mushroom cut. This would involve cutting the longest layer of the hair to the shortest part of the hair as pictured. The back of the head can either be tapered with scissors or cut with clippers depending on the type of mushroom cut. The top of the head may be cut with a very blunt, heavy bang.

Long side pieces in bob

Extended Side Pieces

Although the long peek-a-boo strands with a short cut were popular in the 90s, this look has grown outdated.

This graduated cut can simply be fixed by cutting off the length and tapering the longer pieces of the hair closer to the sides of the face for a modern twist.

Unstructured cut

Unstructured Cut

When cutting dramatic styles on straight hair, unfortunately, every mistake can be seen. In the picture, due to the lack of blending, the graduated layers look more like stair steps, rather than making a smooth transition to each layer.

To help soften the harsh lines, the hair can be cut into a uniform ear-length bob with well-blended face-framing layers. This will create structure and allow for easier styling at home.

Unkept asymmetrical haircut

Unkept Haircut

Although asymmetrical haircuts look edgy, keep in mind they still require routine maintenance. In this example, it appears the model's cut has lost its original shape. The bangs now look jagged and unkempt, and the once closely tapered hair around the ears has grown out as well.

The solution to this problem would be to receive regular trims every four to six weeks to maintain the shape of the cut and dust split ends.

Avoid Mistakes

If you're ready to grow out your short cut, avoid going through an awkward phase by consulting with your stylist to determine the best styling options to help you transition to longer hair.

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