We’ve all been guilty of it — skipping a haircut or two in the hopes of trying to help our hair grow faster. Whether you’re dreaming of longer locks or simply can’t get an appointment at the salon soon enough, dealing with overgrown hair isn’t the cutest. You see, skipping haircuts can cause your strands to look straggly and damaged with split ends and frizz. Worst of all, it can even hinder hair growth.
So, in the meantime, as you wait for your upcoming appointment at the salon, you can put your hairstyling skills to the test and hide overgrown hair. Keep scrolling for our best tips for styling hair that’s overdue for a cut.
1. Rock An Updo
If your length is getting out of hand and you want to disguise unkempt ends, one of the easiest ways to do so is to throw your mane into an updo. An updo will help conceal your frazzled ends, keeping any breakage and uneven length your little secret. Whether you opt for a messy bun or something a bit more intricate, like a crown braid, is up to you.
2. Clip Back Bangs With Barrettes
If you have bangs and haven’t paid a visit to your hairstylist in a while, you may be dealing with quite a dilemma. After all, there’s nothing more annoying than having overgrown bangs covering your face and impairing your vision.
Before you reach for a pair of scissors to give your fringe a trim yourself, turn to handy hair accessories like barrettes and hair clips. You can use them to keep your overgrown bangs out of your face. And not to mention, you’ll look stylish and trendy in the process with all the gorgeous options out there.
3. Try Out A Head Wrap
Or if you can’t stand the sight of your overgrown hair and want to hide the entire mane, try a head wrap or hair scarf. Available in a variety of different fabrics, prints and patterns, head wraps are a way to accessorize your head but also protect your tresses from further damage. They’re especially a must-have option for folks with natural hair as it helps retain moisture, prevent frizz and maintain curls.
4. Play With Texture
One way to camouflage uneven length is to amp up the texture. If you have sleek, straight hair and you’re working with an outgrown cut, the last thing you want to do is draw attention to it. But if you add a bit of texture to your mane, no one will be able to tell you’ve skipped a salon visit. For an easy, texturized look, work a bit of the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty through your mane and tousle it.
5. Curl Your Hair
Another way to hide the fact that you're overdue for a cut is to curl your hair with a curling iron, which makes for a more polished look. Whether you have a special occasion, are heading out on the town or simply want to wear your hair down without people noticing that your tresses need a trim, curls are the answer. Instead of looking dead and frizzy, your ends will look wispy and styled.
Just be sure to spritz a heat protectant, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, throughout your mane to avoid any more damage.
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Edited by: Sophie Dweck, Photography: Chaunte Vaughn, Senior Art Direction: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Senior Visual Designer: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Assistant: Victoria Ochoa, Digital Tech: Kyle Thompson, Model: AnnChristine Velazquez
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