Bad haircut makeover

Photo: Alex Beauchesne

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Kitchen Beautician
The Backstory
For ten years, Brooklyn resident Staci Cupid, 35, had been cutting her hair herself using—wait for it—kitchen shears. (She's not alone: An O poll found that 42 percent of readers have also gone the DIY route!) "Just for the convenience," admits the Whole Foods employee. No surprise, she ended up with uneven layers and a hole in the back.

The Counseling Session
The key to solving all of Cupid's hair issues at once was to create an architectural shape, so Buckett gave her an angled bob that's shorter in the back. "The abbreviated nape makes a prettier silhouette than a one-length allover bob," he says. As for the hole, "I camouflaged it by trimming the rest of her hair to meet it," he says. Because Cupid's hair has lots of texture, Buckett was careful not to over- layer, which would make it look poufy and round when she goes curly. To add shine, he smoothed a little oil through Cupid's dry hair from the midsection down.

The Happy Outcome
Cupid was so wowed by the change that she vowed to start going to a professional for regular trims (yes!). She's also decided to keep blowing her hair out straight. "I love the movement and the way my hair frames my face," she says.

Her Cut
To help even out the overall style, Buckett chopped four inches off the back.

A swooping side bang adds a sexy touch when hair is straight and helps maintain a flattering shape if Cupid wears her natural hair curly.

The sleek cut hits below the jaw, slimming Cupid's full cheeks.

Earrings: Forevermark by A. Link, Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal