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Ask a Hairstylist: How to Grow Out a Bad Haircut

Get back to your long, luscious locks.
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Q: I have naturally straight, fine blonde hair which was always quite long and in pretty good condition. 

Laura's naturally healthy, "never-should-have-messed-with-it" hair.

After bleaching it and then subsequently dyeing it red, I had to have loads of it chopped off. I miss the length so, so, so much! 

Laura during her brief red hair period.

I have vowed never to dye it again. It's pretty much back to normal health (thank God!), but I think the bangs I have at the moment are making my face look too round. I sometimes wear clip-ins, but they irritate me. 

Laura's current hairstyle.

Could you suggest a cut that would make my face look less round, and something exciting that would make me feel better about having lost so much length? Thanks! — Laura

A: Laura, thank you for your request for this consultation.

Yes, your natural hair is really beautiful—and yes, best to leave naturally gorgeous hair alone.

The grass may seem greener on the other side of the fence, and so might red hair… I know when we are young, experimenting is so much fun.

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But our hair changes throughout our lives, and you will never get it back to the same colour or condition again after this long process. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but everyone should learn from this.

If you do not have naturally beautiful hair, then go ahead and play all you want. I love hair colour when it is appropriate and is needed to enhance, not to take away natural beauty.

So here we are with your start-up kit to get you back to your long, luscious locks.

This is an example of a softer bang that will make it easier to wear forward and to sweep to the side.

Brittany Murphy at the 2004 Puma Bodywear launch party.

Work your way up to this length: 

Emma Stone at the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.

And start using a wand or curling iron to add more texture:

Emma Stone at the 2012 Be Amazing, Stand Up & Volunteer event.

Then wearing this straight, and you should be back to your lovely long locks shortly after this...

Emma Stone at the 2012 London premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Hair at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment. 

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