Hair 911 fast fixes: Uneven layers

Jul 17, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. ET

So you tried a new salon and ended up with a haircut you don’t like -- or, more exactly, one you loathe to the point of ruin. But don’t despair: If you have gotten a cut with uneven layers, you have a few options to fix it -- or at least make it look better until it grows out.

Woman with pin curl updo to fix uneven layers

First, call a new hairdresser to fix your haircut. In the meantime, you'll need to learn the art of disguise, says Michael Knight, elite designer at Samuel Cole Salon in Raleigh, North Carolina.

create body & texture

With hair in this state, straightening and flat ironing is a major don't because it will highlight every mistake in the layers. Instead, use Bumble and Bumble's Prep to detangle the uneven layers. This product also will even the porosity of the hair. Next, apply Bumble and Bumble Styling Crème (which works well on all hair types), holding hair firmly as you add texture. While blow drying your hair, gently squeeze the hair as you run your hands through it. As the hair dries, the styling crème will create body and texture, which will hide the uneven layers.

fast fix for a big night out

Cherise L. Beasley, licensed cosmetologist and image consultant, has a quick do-it-yourself remedy: Curl your hair in tight curls with a 1- to 1-1/2-inch barrel curling iron. Roll your hair in pin curls with bobby pins and use a satin cap with a shower cap while taking a bath or showering. When done, stay clear of the steam and humidity of the bathroom. Once you are dressed, take your curls down slowly and neatly. Take a small amount of sheen spray and run your fingers through your hair, letting it flow freely, or do a simple, loose but elegant pin-up. The curls will camouflage the fact that the layers are uneven until you are able to see a professional.

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