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QUESTION: Hello madam, I just had a step cut from a local hair salon and it didn't come out like I expected. I wanted a medium length hair cut with closely spaced steps at the bottom but my stylist has made the top most step too high. Now it hardly joins my ponytail and that little bunch of hair stands out in a very ugly way. The rest of my pony tail now looks thin.

ANSWER: Hi Lakshmi,

I'm not sure how to help you. What is your question?

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QUESTION: is there a way to make it look better? Or should i just wait for it to grow back?. I dont like my hair too thin like this.

There's not much you can do about the top layer that's too short. To make the bottom look a bit thicker about the only you can do is cut it a bit shorter without adding more layers. Eliminating the thinner ends will make it look thicker but it will also be shorter. The good news is that in the photo it looks like the top layer only needs to grow a niche to two and it will lay a bit better. You could go back and ask to have it blended a bit better but I'm thinking it will grow out a lot quicker if you let it grow. In the meantime, a bit of styling cream or pomade worked through your hair will help control it and look better as it grows out.

In general, when hair is cut too short, aside from a bit of blending, there isn't much you can do.  So sorry. I will tell you, that from the photo, your hair looks fine to me because I didn't see it before. It may not be what you wanted but I don't think it looks as bad as you feel like it does. It'll be a lot better once it's grown an inch or two and should happen very quickly.  


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I can answer questions on all types of hairstyling, cutting, designing, coloring, corrective color, perming techniques,product knowledge, and in general, anything that has anything to do with hair. PLEASE NOTE: I am a professional designer and trainer. I do hair and teach advanced classes to licensed designers. I do not, under any circumstances, recommend doing chemical services including but not limited to relaxers, perms, color, highlights, or any other chemical service at home. I will not tell you how to use professional products nor will I tell you how to do your color at home. What I CAN do is arm you with current and accurate information and help you to be able to better communicate with your stylist/designer. I can also help you with what you need to do at home to maintain, protect, and treat your hair.


I have been a designer and educator for 31 years. I have been a salon consultant for Redken, affiliate trainer for ABBA Pure and Natural, Director of Education for my own salon and am currently a member of the design team and advanced trainer for my company. I specialize in corrective color, perming and style support, and image updates (make overs)

I have been actively licensed for 31 years. I actively participate in and teach cutting, perming, coloring, and business building classes. I am a REDKEN Certified Haircolorist, and REDKEN Specialist. I also have extensive training in Structure in Motion Cutting Techniques and Tigi Cutting.

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