Ever got a haircut that you’ll remember for the rest of your life because of how horrendous it was? If so, get in line! We regularly talk about haircuts that are presentable and ridiculously attractive on the eyes, but we often fail to acknowledge what’s present on the other end of the spectrum: bad haircuts.
There’s a saying: “When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good” that’s always been around, and we couldn’t agree more! A good haircut brings in an ample amount of confidence. On the other hand, a bad haircut drains you out and makes you want to shave it all off!
Table of Contents
- 19 Horrible Haircuts That You Should Always Avoid!
- The Patriotic Mohawk
- The Pineapple
- The Harp Hawk
- Afro Mohawk with Cornrows
- Fade with Racing Stripes
- The Last Airbender
- The Mini Man bun
- A Peculiar Fade haircut with Zig Zag lines
- The Greased Up Pompadour
- Combover on Grown Out Thin Hair
- The Asymmetrical Skrillex look
- The All You Can Grease Look
- Frosted Tips
- Emo Fringe
- Bowl Cut
- A Bad Fade
- The Swoop
19 Horrible Haircuts That You Should Always Avoid!
Although most horrible haircuts are unintentionally achieved, there’s a minor portion that isn’t. Today, we will mention those haircuts and explain exactly why they should be dropped indefinitely and immediately.
The Patriotic Mohawk
Loving your country is a good thing. It shows that you genuinely appreciate those that are around you and the environment you’re in. The love for it can be expressed in several ways as well. You can be a good citizen by obeying the rules, and a good person by spreading positivity. You can even express the love you have for it by making patriotic food items and posting them on social media.
Just make sure to never try to incorporate the colors of your country’s flag to your hair. It’s not just unnecessary, but also pretty funny to look at. There are so many looks that are trendy, but this one is on the other end. Love has no boundaries, and this haircut is a solid proof for that theory.
When people use the term “You are what you eat”, they don’t mean it literally, but unfortunately, some have failed to understand the assignment over the years.
The pineapple haircut looks literally the way you think it does: Like a pineapple! Perhaps the ones who have worn their hair in this fashion thought they were doing something, and if one of the tasks was looking like a buffoon, then they have succeeded. We simply can’t comprehend why this look was ever implemented, and neither should you.
The Harp Hawk
No matter how long your hair is, don’t show it off through a mohawk that is abnormally lengthy, unless you’re aiming to get a few laughs and some stares. Not only will your hair look bad, but it’ll feel heavy as well.
Moreover, hairspray usually seals the look with a firm hold, and leaving it on without washing for too long will ruin the texture of your hair in the long run. It might also cause your scalp to flake, mainly since the strands will start drying out eventually.
Moral of the story: Don’t do this unless you want to drive everyone away until the end of time!
Afro Mohawk with Cornrows
This haircut was showcased by Abel Xavier and has not been recreated ever since. He dyed his hair blonde, had an afro hawk at the top which was supported by cornrows on each side. Truth be told, he didn’t look as ridiculous as he had been known for pulling off multiple peculiar hairstyles prior to this one, but that doesn’t mean you should give it a try.
It looks very goofy and silly. People won’t even look like clowns if they part their hair this way. They’ll look like a whole circus! This hair shouldn’t make the cut even if you’re a person who loves experimenting with their hair. It just won’t fit anywhere, ever!
Fade with Racing Stripes
Cars are adored in this world, and we completely understand why as well! They save time, and are comfortable to be in. It’s exciting to be behind the wheel and go for a drive as well. However, racing stripes should always be ON the car to complement the color of it. Not on your scalp.
Although the thought of twinning with your car seems extremely wholesome, it’s completely irrational to bring it to life. Twin with your car with a similar colored outfit or invest in a costume, but leave your hair alone if you’re just gonna torture it.
The Last Airbender
We were absolutely horrified when we came across photos of people that tried to mimic the hair of the last Airbender. It genuinely made us uncomfortable. To an extent, we don’t know why someone would try to shave their heads and just leave a directional print behind. If they’re looking for hints and signs, perhaps they should make a u-turn and shave it all off. It will definitely save them from being in a series of unfortunate events and from entering the meme-world.
The Mini Man bun
Some hairstyles are missed dearly and are mimicked today on a regular basis. However, this is far from being one of them.
A mini bun is very similar to a medium sized undercut, mainly since most people wear it with their sides shaved off and grow their hair out on top. To show the growth of the hair strands in the middle, they wrap it up in a bun.
Even though this hairstyle has been around for centuries, it didn’t create much of a buzz in the fashion industry until David Beckham, renowned footballer and the most stylish man alive, wore this look in 2013. What followed was something to behold, as multiple celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, Jared Leto started wearing a man bun, too. However, that’s not the main topic of concern. The haircut that we would like to say goodbye to is the mini bun.
The mini man bun doesn’t only look unpresentable on the eyes, but it also doesn’t seem suitable for any occasion. Moreover, the hairstyle is as unhealthy as it looks. Pulling your hair up causes a lot of friction, which leads to friction alopecia. In simpler words, wearing a man bun will lead to hair loss in men because of the damage it will cause to the scalp.
Therefore, if you’re looking for something to cut something out this year, let it be this hairstyle. Try growing your hair out completely if you want to wrap it up in a bun. A man bun with longer sides looks classy and elegant, unlike the mini bun with buzzed sides.
A Peculiar Fade haircut with Zig Zag lines
Goodbyes are hard, but not when this haircut is the main subject. Though it was heavily praised when it was first showcased in the 80s, the fame of it was short-lived. What seemed rather fashionable in the 80s and 90s earned the title “outdated” after the 2000s, and we completely understand why.
A fade haircut with patterns on each side wouldn’t be convenient to pull off if you’re in highschool, but it can’t be worn if you work a 9-5 and want to be taken seriously, unfortunately. This look screams unprofessional and will not be beneficial when sitting for an interview and when holding a meeting with a client. A patterned haircut would only benefit and get you compliments if you go back in time to the 80s.
For a more sophisticated yet appealing look, go for a simple fade, for instance, the taper fade. If you need assistance and don’t have enough knowledge on it, you may want to check out another article that we wrote on Taper fade and all the hairstyles that you can obtain through it. You can find the link to the article here.
You shouldn’t even think of hopping on this trend unless you really want some character development through hardship and criticism. Not only will it leave a huge dent on your work life, it will also substantially hamper your love life.
The look involves having short hair at the front and long at the back. The sides are shaved and look eerily similar to a bald fade. The look overall looks very old fashioned and corny. The short hair strands at the front also look like botched bangs.
Surprisingly, regardless of all the cynical remarks it has received over the years, the mullet has made a remarkable comeback. It all happened last year when renowned people on social media started rocking a mullet amidst quarantine. The hair really grew on them because of its laid back appearance. At the end of last year, the mullet was named the most requested hairstyle of the 2021.
All in all, at the end of the day, if you choose to go with a mullet, make sure to go to the right stylist. Add in some highlights to make it a bit more exciting. You can even dye your hair if you want to take it a step further. Choose a color that’s flashy if you really want to make your presence known. Go for plain colors if the look is temporary.
The Greased Up Pompadour
We never knew there’d be a hairstyle that would physically hurt to look at, until we came across this one. It simply looks as if the person wearing it just got out of the pool, or got splashed with an enormous bucket of water.
Making its debut in the early 2000s, this look was mostly worn by musicians and rappers, and we still can’t tell why! A temple fade with a blowout seems like a pair that is completely out of place. Adding some hair wax might help, if you want your hair to look worse.
However, fortunately, for every bad hairstyle, we will provide you with useful tips to wear it the right way. To style this hair correctly, get rid of the hair dryer. Achieve the thickness by using a round brush. More importantly, stay away from the greasy hair wax. Greasy hair wax will make your hair feel heavier, and look thinner, which might be an issue to those with fine hair.Try investing in a container of matte hair pomade instead. Take a dime sized amount of it and apply it evenly to every portion of the hair. To seal the look, use some hairspray that is paraben free.
Combover on Grown Out Thin Hair
We know it’s hard to let go of hair when you’re one of the victims of hereditary hair loss. In other words, balding isn’t an easy process. Even though there are multiple procedures to reverse hair loss, it’s not easy when the full head of hair you once had starts to decline. However, don’t grow it out to an extent where your bald patches are visible. They will only hamper your self-esteem even further.
To make things easier, try shaving it off and embracing the process instead. There is nothing wrong with shaving it all off. If anything, acceptance is key, and showing one’s vulnerable side is very admirable these days. If you’re not ready to let go yet, you can opt for a buzz cut, especially if your hairline is in the middle.
Furthermore, if you want a fresh start with an effective outcome, invest in your hair and get a hair transplant. You can even invest in finasteride and minoxidil. Seek a hair specialist if you are not really keen on shaving all the hair that you have left.
The Asymmetrical Skrillex look
If you used to listen to Skrillex in 2010, you probably still have a great taste in music. He really took the world by storm when he released his first album, which was critically acclaimed and achieved praise worldwide. His music was played at local parties and festivals all over the world.
Even though his music helped us with being open to a whole new genre and will never be forgotten, there’s one specific thing that should be left in the past: His hairstyle.
The asymmetrical fade, also known as the Skrillex look, involves a side part with shaved sides. The hair is usually lengthy at the front and at the back. It’s similar to an emo shag with shorter sides. It may have been the go to haircut over a decade ago, but is rather frowned upon these days. The reason behind it is understandable, though. The haircut is not suitable for any occasion. It would look incredibly unpresentable at any event.
To make this look better, however, we’ve got some tips that might be useful for you. First off, don’t get that haircut if you want to be taken seriously. Get a look that is timeless, for example, a fade haircut. If you want to be open to more options and acquire more knowledge on hair, you should most definitely check out our previous write-ups on our website.
The Rattail is perhaps the most horrendous haircut our eyes have ever seen! There is no purpose behind the look, nor was it a prominent look, ever. It looks as unpleasant as a mullet, but even worse due to the tail that is present at the back end. What really makes it infuriating is the fact that people who achieve this look showcase it through colors and braids.
The rattail was never meant to be a trendsetter. It was originally created for characters in mangas and actors that were portraying martial artists. The horrifying portion started when the rattail made its unfortunate debut in Hollywood. The first victim was Hayden Christensen when he portrayed Kylo Ren in Star Wars. Although we’re happy for Hayden and are looking forward to seeing him reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker in 2022, we hope he graces our screens with a new hair-do!
The All You Can Grease Look
The title says it all. Any haircut, regardless of how good it may be, will get completely ruined if it’s completely gelled up. A look that involves having damp hair is alright at times, especially when they’re slicked back. But a hairstyle that has been drenched with product or water is the complete opposite.
Also, this look isn’t healthy for your esteem or for your hair strands. Hair that is wet for too long tends to dry out quickly, resulting in brittle and dull hair.
Moreover, using a hair gel too often will result in a lot of buildup on your scalp. The buildup will make the scalp flaky and make it prone to skin diseases like dermatitis and eczema.
To sum it all up, unless you’re auditioning for the remake of 1978 movie Grease, please take control of your urges and stay away from this look.
People in the 90s had so much courage and work ethic. They worked relentlessly to build a better future for the upcoming generations. What really makes them commendable, however, is the amount of unpleasant hairstyles they came up with and flawlessly showcased back then. Frosted Tips was one of them. Whoever came up with this look definitely set the bar low for trends back in the day.
This hairstyle became a go-to look for everyone once NSYNC heartthrob, Justin Timberlake, started pulling it off. Another notable person that kick started the success of frosted tips is Guy Fieri. He can probably answer every question related to food, but he’s yet to come up with a reasonable explanation for this look.
On the other hand, the cynical reaction toward frosted tips is understandable. Surfers and musicians used to wear this look from the 90s up until the 2000s, as the haircut had a laid back vibe to it, which was the perfect trait any youth would settle for back then. However, as the years and decades passed by, everyone moved on to better hairstyles, which unfortunately brought an end to frosted tips and its streak.
Even if you want to go for a look that is similar to frosted tips, make sure to color your hair entirely instead of installing highlights. Beach blonde in particular would look great with frosted tip-esque hair. Moreover, invest in a brand of hair wax that isn’t water based.
If you’re in your 20s and 30s and are a big fan of alternative rock music, this hairstyle is bound to bring back loads of memories. This hairstyle was to die for in the 2000s and was extremely popular amongst the best rock bands in that era. Musicians Pete Wentz, Jared Leto, and Gerard Way really helped with carving the path to success for the Emo Fringe. Teens and semi-adults used to carry themselves with the utmost pride when wearing this hair back then.
However, all good things must come to an end, and similarly, the look just ran out of time. It became rather one-dimensional after 2014 and was considered to be a bad haircut. After losing to better alternatives like the eBoy haircut, it hung up its gloves for good. These days, we can only hope and send our best wishes to those that are wearing their hair this way.
The emo fringe might have had a shorter run as opposed to most hairstyles on this list, but will forever remain in our hearts.
We can’t wrap our head around this hairstyle, but we can definitely explain why it’s a bad choice for anyone and everyone. The bowl cut, also known as a mushroom cut, is self explanatory. The appearance of it is similar to a salad bowl that is turned upside down. People usually team it up with an undercut or a bald fade, which makes the hair look even worse overall.
Thankfully, it was never a must-have look. The only time it was noticed was when Robert Pattinson wore it in the most unusual manner at the 7th annual GO GO Gala in 2014. Before that, it was mostly worn by musicians in the 90s. They would often get a bowl cut just to create their own rendition of the M-Shaped curtain hair. It later got replaced by the undercut and was never seen nor heard from again.
A Bad Fade
Everyone has bad days. Identically, a good hairstyle can also be botched and showcased in a horrible way.
The fade haircut is always high in demand at any salon, and even though it usually looks presentable and tidy, it doesn’t take much to make it look the opposite. A fade can be botched in multiple ways, especially when trimming the sides.
One tiny error when shaping up the sides might mess up the whole look. For example, if a person with receding or thinning hair gets a fade and receives a taper fade with uneven sides, it might just end up haunting them for the rest of their life. A fade is supposed to increase one’s confidence and is supposed to give anyone’s hair a boost in volume, not make them age 10 years overnight.
Lastly, to avoid this, make sure you go to a stylist that is reliable and has enough knowledge on hair itself before trusting them with yours.
The swoop is very close to a side swept fringe, but the hair is usually trimmed from the sides in hopes of bringing more volume at the top.
It had been a common cut amongst teens after 2000, but gained a lot of positive attention after talented musicians like Harry Styles and Justin Bieber started parting their hair and mimicking the swoop look. They’ve undoubtedly been two of the most successful musicians for over a decade now and have multiple platinum records on their belts, but this hairstyle was definitely not one of the reasons behind their success.
The swoop look definitely maximizes volume, but the messy texture and the emo fringe like hair just doesn’t sit well with people nowadays. It just looks like a hairstyle that had no gameplan whatsoever. Even growing a beard wouldn’t be effective in rescuing this hairstyle’s potential.
To make the look better, however, we have come up with some useful tips for you. Get rid of the excessive amount of hair on top. Make the length shorter so that it’s easier to control the hair. Invest in hair products like pomades and styling foams to make things better. If you decide to grow your hair out, get a maintenance cut every 2-3 weeks so that the process is graceful.
It’s safe to say that every problem has a solution. Here’s our take on dealing with bad haircuts!
What should I do if I get a bad haircut?
Point it out to your stylist immediately. Being straightforward in that case will help you from having bad hair for the next few months! Tell them what went wrong and find a solution with their assistance.
How long does it take for a bad haircut to go away?
It depends on the hair’s appearance and length. The lengthier it is, the easier it will be to fix it. You can even get your hair fixed within the next two weeks if the hair is long enough. If not, it might take a month or two before you can pay your stylist a visit!
How can I hide a bad haircut?
If you don’t want to make changes to it and let it be for the next few days, start wearing hats or beanies. However, if you’ve got a big event coming up soon, go to a different stylist and get it fixed! Ask them for a lift if the hair is not as lengthy. If your hair is longer, ask them for a trim. You can even get rid of a substantial amount of length and completely change up your look!
When all is said and done, we hope this write-up makes you crack up a few times and helps you with embracing the doubtful hairstyles that you have gotten in your life. Remember that it’s completely okay to get a bad haircut. It might haunt you and cringe you out, but it’s very common. Everyone has experienced this. Some have been in this situation a few more times than most, but we’ll let that slide ‘cause it’s just hair!
If you were a victim of bad fortune and had one of the hairstyles that are mentioned above at least once in your lifetime, keep your chin up. The way your hair looks isn’t the biggest factor when meeting new people. The way you act towards them is. Style your hair as you please, and as much as you want to. Just make sure it adds to your confidence, ‘cause that’s what matters in the end.