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Question: I have a bad haircut; how can I deal with it?

Answer: Going to the hair salon and coming back with hair inches shorter than you asked for, jagged layers, and less-than-perfect bangs is something we’ve all experienced at one point or another. The quickest solution would be to go back to the hair stylist and explain specifically what isn’t working for you—but if you can’t do that, don’t panic. The good news is that a bad haircut can be worked with. It’s not like a stubborn two-year-old who refuses to eat carrots or the french bulldog puppy that continues to pee on the rug even after you yell “no” over and over. Hair will (more or less) listen to you.

If you’re not thrilled with the way the ends of your hair are sitting, one thing you can do is curl them. Loose, tousled curls are quick and easy to do. I use the Remington 1 1/2 inch curling wand ($25, amazon.com) on the bottom half of my hair, which takes less than 15 minutes. After I recently cut 10 inches off and needed to adjust to the length and add more defined layers, curling my hair made any imperfections disappear.

If bangs are your problem, headbands and bobby pins will be lifesavers. You can pull back or braid the pieces you don’t want in your face. To achieve this look, simply section your hair off, twist it, and pin it in place. Repeat this process so that the sections move further back on your head as you go along.

Buns are also great when it comes to disguising bad haircuts. I barely had enough hair to make one after my haircut, but that worked in my favor because it ended up looking relaxed and messy. Depending on how much hair you have, you can incorporate braids in your bun. Separate your hair into three sections, braiding the two on the sides and making a bun with the middle one. Pin the braids back so that they cross over at the top of the bun, and then wrap the lower halves of the braids around the bun.

Try out these styles to see what works for you—and when in doubt, throw your hair into a ponytail and work that updo!