How to Fix a Bad Layered Haircut? A hairdresser reveals 4 ways to fix it

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Did your layered haircut turn out awful? Is it not what you wanted?


Don’t worry, here we’re going to go over how to fix it.

  • If your layers are too short, unfortunately, all you can do is wait for them to grow out. But don’t give up just yet: we’re going to go over how to hide a bad haircut.
  • On the other hand, if your layers are too far apart, what you can do is add a layer between them, which we will also go over in this article.
  • If your layers are uneven, they should be redone following the original haircut, although should be done by a professional.
  • If your layers are too low, simply add more layers.


Getting a bad haircut can be overwhelming, whether you cut it yourself or if it was done by a professional.

Once the scissors have cut a strand of hair, there’s no going back.  Not even the world’s strongest glue will be able to put that lock of hair back on your head.


 Layered haircuts are one of the most popular styles, as they’re quick and easy to do and work well on many different lengths and types of hair. But, unfortunately, not every layered haircut is a good one.  

But what if the layered haircut just came out bad?


Issues with hair dye, or even bleach, are relatively easy to fix. Issues with the cut itself, on the other hand, can be a bit more challenging.

So, if your layers aren’t what you expected -or are just plain bad- the first thing you’ll need is a bit of patience. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s worth it in the long run.


 To find the right solution to your bad haircut, it’s important to first figure out what went wrong. 

There are few reasons why a layered haircut could turn out bad, and we’re going to discuss those today.


So, in this article we’ll go over:

  • When you should simply let the bad haircut grow out
  • How to fix choppy or separated layers
  • How to fix uneven layers
  • How to raise very low layers
  • Everything you’ll need to fix a layered haircut


Now, let’s take a close look at each solution, so you can fix your haircut and show off your new look.


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When You Have to Let the Bad Haircut Grow Out

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Layers that are cut too short is a common problem of layered haircuts.

Generally, people who choose this cut are looking to remove hair damaged by styling or dyeing without losing much length.

And hairstylists sometimes let their scissors get carried away in their quest to remove all the damage.

The only way to fix this problem is to wait for your hair to grow.


 Unfortunately, letting your hair grow out is the only way to solve the problem of too-short layers without sacrificing length. 

But don’t throw in the towel just yet: there are a few temporary solutions that can help your haircut look better.


  • For example, you can wear it half-up with clips or dress it up with a cute headband.
  • Another option is to try clip-in extensions, which are easy to use and available in a wide range of colors.
  • Last but not least, you can take multivitamins that contain biotin to stimulate hair growth. Believe me; your hair will thank you.


How to Fix Choppy or Separated Layers


Overly short layers are not the only issue you could have with a layered haircut.

The layers could also be too far apart and look choppy.


If you have this issue, you likely chose this hairstyle to reduce the volume and the dreaded frizz.

In your quest for more manageable hair, you might have ended up with one layer above your ears and the next layer at your chin.

And when that happens, the space between the two layers can be quite noticeable, which isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing.

The solution: add another layer.


 Create a ¾ inch layer between the layer at the top of your ears and one near your chin. 

Make sure not to cut too much. The idea is to add a layer in between the two existing layers.

I recommend using two mirrors so you can see the back of your head.


How to Fix Uneven Layers

Now we’re venturing into dangerous waters. Fixing uneven layers requires a bit more finesse.

As you’ll see, there are various styles of layered haircuts.

The layers can be:

  • Round, following the shape of your head
  • Straight, following the cut of your hair
  • A-line, or in a point.


 If your layers are uneven, they need to be cut again while following the shape of the original haircut. 

For example, if you got round layers at a salon, you can't cut them straight across or in a point.

You have to follow the shape of the original haircut.

This can be a bit challenging, so I recommend finding a professional to cut your hair.


How to Raise Very Low Layers

Low layers are generally done to trim the oldest portion of your hair. If you have this problem, the layers might not start until your shoulders or even lower.

The solution is to add more layers a bit higher than your existing layers.


 Simply separate the section of your hair without layers from the section with layers. Then divide the hair without layers into 1.5-inch sections from ear to ear, and just cut. 

And there you'll have another layer. It doesn't take much, so be careful not to cut too much off.

If you're not interested in cutting your own hair, simply go to a salon and ask them to add some higher layers.


Everything You Need to Fix a Layered Haircut

  • Sharp scissors that cut well.
  • At least two mirrors so you can clearly see the back of your head.
  • On top of that, you'll need to get your hair damp but not very wet.
  • Finally, comb it in the same way the stylist did when your hair was cut.



Layered haircuts can be eye-catching, a great way to quickly change your look.

But as a stylist, I recommend that you go to a salon because problems with a haircut can be more difficult to solve than issues with dye or even bleach.

Now it's your turn to share: have you tried to fix a layered haircut? How did it go?

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