Haircuts you’ll regret in 10 years

Emma Roberts

When selecting a hairstyle,
people don’t generally think, “Will I regret this in ten years’
time?” Still, it’s a very real possibility — at least with a select few
cuts. While 2019 is an amazing year for hair — with its phenomenal blunt cuts,
long bangs, and inverted bobs — there are some styles you may end up
getting and subsequently regretting. Industry experts confirmed that even some
of the most popular current trends are going to be ones you’ll wish you could
For those of you who jumped on
board with “The Rachel” haircut in the ’90s, you probably know a
thing or two about hair remorse. Even “Rachel” herself ended up
hating the look. Jennifer Aniston revealed to Allure: “I think it was
the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.” In order to avoid feeling similarly
about your hair one day, there is something you can do. According to experts,
you’ll want to steer clear of the following styles.
The “Chelsea cut”

Woman with Chelsea cut

Maritza Valle, owner and
master stylist at Hair Loft Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana,
said the “Chelsea cut” is one many women may just end up regretting.
“This style is when the back part of your hair is either cut too close, or
shaved off, while the remaining front pieces are left hanging at the jaw,”
she explained to The List. “While some women can pull this off and look
great, a lot of women struggle with it and end up regretting this choice in
years to come.”
What makes this style so easy
to regret? According to Valle, the style can accentuate “signs of aging in
the neck area.” While aging is totally natural and nothing to be ashamed
of, it stands to reason that many women would rather have their haircut draw
attention to their preferred feature and, if that’s not the neck, then this ‘do
just isn’t going to cut it.
The iconic perm

woman with permed hair

Despite being the
“it” style of the ’80s, perms (aka permanent waves) were one style
many women came to regret. Nevertheless, trends are cyclical and, as such,
perms have made a major comeback. Ahead of 2019, stylist and owner of,
Fred Connors, confirmed the return of the perm. “We have had to pull out
the perm rods we haven’t seen in years to make these looks happen and clients
are loving it,” the stylist told The List.
Modern perms look a bit
different than their 1980s predecessor, but they’re still a haircut you can
wind up regretting, says Sharon Ramcharitar, a hairstylist at Vu Hair New York
at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. It’s not hard to see why. Perms can
cause quite a bit of damage to your hair due to the chemicals involved.
And if your hair is already less than healthy to begin with? Watch out. A perm
will not be your friend.
The “big chop”

Sarah Paulson
“A woman who cuts her
hair is about to change her life,” the wise Coco Chanel once
said. She’s not wrong, of course, but Chanel never did reveal whether
those women will come to regret their choice or not. Licensed hairstylist,
dreadlock specialist, and top ten finalist on Superstar Hair
Challenge, Karen Wallington, thinks they will.
“The big trend on
Instagram is doing the ‘big chop,'” she told The List. “I’m not sure
whether it’s for shock value or for the 30 seconds of fame but what I’m seeing
are bad blunt cuts that have little to no shape.” Hair that is cut straight
across and without layering actually makes the hair appear to be shorter in the
back and longer in the front, according to the expert. “The longer hair in
the front looks unflattering and drags the face down,” she explained. If
you do happen to get one of these regrettable dos, Wallington recommends
disguising the bluntness by adding in some texture and waves with styling
“Baby bangs”

Kaia Gerber
Bangs may be on trend, but
that doesn’t mean they won’t be regretted in the future. Hair Loft Studio salon
owner and stylist Maritza Valle told The List, “Bangs are tricky
because you either love them or hate them.” And, oftentimes, you don’t
realize which camp you’re in until after you’ve had them cut.
The worst kind, according to
Valle, is “baby bangs.” She explained, saying, “With bangs that
are cropped too short, they become almost impossible to style giving you too
much of a hassle in the morning and throughout the day.” The expert
revealed that if these itty-bitty bangs don’t fit your face just right, you
could look like you’ve gotten a bad haircut. Eek.
The best way to avoid
regrettable bangs — and bad haircuts in general — is to follow Valle’s sage
advice: “Look at your face shape and hair texture and do what looks best
on you no matter what is ‘in style.'”
A mullet-esque do

Kaley Cuoco

The mullet may have somehow
been popular once upon a time, but you’d struggle to find anyone who desires
the “business in the front, party in the back” look these days.
That’s not to say mullet-like cuts don’t exist. They most certainly do,
according to Vu Nguyen, a hairstylist at Vu Hair New York. Although she
agrees that no one is really requesting this style anymore, she said the mullet
can still crop up “whenever a stylist botches the layered haircut you ask
for.” There’s no doubt about it: this haircut will cause some major
If you don’t have the patience
to grow out the ill-cut layers — and we don’t blame you — a followup haircut
might just be required. Avoiding a bad haircut, however, is the preferred
option because, as good ol’ Ben Franklin once said, “An ounce of
prevention is the best cure.” If only he’d applied his own philosophy, he
could’ve avoided having a mullet too. Hmm.
The Pinterest pixie
KeKe Palmer

While the mullet is definitely
high up on the list of regrettable hairstyles, hairstylist, educator, and CEO
of Edify Hair Care Michelle Farley revealed the worst offender when
speaking to The List. And that answer may surprised you. “[It’s] the one
that throws your face out of whack,” she divulged. While you may love
perusing Pinterest for hair inspo (because, who doesn’t?), picking a cut that
doesn’t fit with your face — no matter how on-trend it may be — is a
For those with heart-shaped
faces, for example, beware of the pixie. According to the expert, “getting
that cute trendy pixie will give you an alien head that you will definitely
regret in 10 years! Or forever!” Although there’s nothing wrong with
bringing a hairstyle picture into the salon, your stylist should evaluate your
face shape and “make suggestions on how to achieve a similar style with
the same looks and feel that would be a more flattering fit,” according to
A modern bowl cut

Singer Robyn

“Every decade there is a
version of the bowl cut,” renowned stylist and owner of,
Fred Connors, told The List. Yes, bowl cuts are still a thing. In fact, bowl
cuts were modernized and popularized yet again in 2019. Despite being a fun
refashioned trend — and one that is much subtler and softer than the Dorothy
Hamill wedge — not every person who tries a bowl cut in this day and age is
going to be happy they did. 
“If you are super cool,
you can look back… and probably feel okay about it,” Connors admitted.
“If you are a regular chick sporting a bowl, you will look back and
realize you made a mistake.” Even without considering your personal cool
factor, you might want to close your eyes and imagine explaining to your kids
why Mommy had a bowl cut… in 2019. If that fills you with dread, then perhaps
the bowl cut should go on your blacklist.
“The shag”

Chloe Grace Moretz

Although shaggy locks have
started to become more popular in recent years, the intensely-layered haircut
is still a style that many will come to regret, according to hairstylist Vu
Nguyen of Vu Hair New York. She explained that “The Rachel” was the
’90s iteration of “the shag.” And we all know how that turned out.
Nguyen also confirmed that
this shaggy style was a hit in the ’70s. Much like the bowl cut, it tends to
make a brief appearance each decade. Although it has changed some since its
inception, Nguyen explained just what “the shag” is all about.
“[It] is a hairstyle that has been layered to various lengths,” the
expert began. “The layers are often feathered at the top and sides. The
layers can make the hair full around the crown, and the hair thins to fringes
around the edges.”
Rainbow hair

Cardi B.

Rainbow hair, or unicorn hair
as it’s sometimes called, started making its way to en vogue status in 2010,
according to London-based celebrity hairstylist and holistic hairdresser Stuart
Phillips. Although the love for the colorful dyed locks seemed like it was on
its way out, Cardi B. revitalized the trend yet again in 2019 after sporting a
stripy wig to the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest. Since she opted for a
rainbow hairpiece, the rapper’s colorful do didn’t harm her natural hair. But
many others have taken to dying their real hair with a multitude of colors —
and this can cause some major remorse.
Phillips revealed that rainbow
hair is “very difficult to change as you would need to bleach it out,
which means you would be left with very dry and damaged hair.” While some
may regret the damage their rainbow hair caused, others may simply regret the
bold colors themselves. Either way, Phillips confirmed that there are
“many regrets for this kind of brightly-coloured hair.”
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.