From star-studded celebrities to regular bamboo-munching Pandas like us, many of us have been there—praying that our hair regrows faster, cuz the haircut we just got is so horrendous, we’re ashamed to leave the house. Hide the mirrors, get out your hats, things are going to be difficult for a while.
That’s where the ‘Just [Fudge] My [Stuff] Up’ subreddit comes in. Though we can’t mention the full name of the online group (thank you, stop words), the community itself is brilliant! They celebrate the very worst haircuts “from all walks of life,” and odds are that their latest pics will make you feel very good about your current haircut in comparison, no matter how self-conscious it made you feel before.
As you’re scrolling down, upvote the haircuts that you personally thought were the worst, dear Pandas. Don’t forget to let us know which ones you loved to hate and hated to love the most in the comments! And if you ever need some more inspiration about what not to do and what not to ask for at the hairdresser’s, check out Bored Panda’s previous feature about the JFMSU subreddit right here.
#1 Double Trouble Time
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#3 I Cannot Lol
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The JFMSU subreddit grew from 751k to 795k members in slightly less than the span of a single year. Having been founded back in 2014, the community will be celebrating its 7th birthday in mid-December.
The inspiration behind the subreddit’s jaw-dropping name is a widely known meme that goes by many other names, including ‘Just Eff Me Up,’ ‘Just,’ and ‘The Barber.’ Know Your Meme points to American actor and beloved comedian Zach Galifianakis as the person who might have started the entire meme in the first place.
#4 Yeah, So
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#5 My Mom Took Up A Hair Cutting Course About 9 Years Ago. With Little Practice She Confidentially Lured My Brother In For A Haircut. This Is The Result. Now I Can’t Make Eye Contact With My Brother Without Laughing
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#6 Instagram Never Disappoints
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According to Know Your Meme, the earliest known example of the ‘Just Eff Me Up’ joke belongs to comedian Zach. He dropped the joke in 2006 during his comedy special, ‘Zach Galifianakis Live at the Purple Ocean.’
“When you look like I do, it’s hard to get a table for one at Chuck E Cheese. I went to my stylist today and she said, ‘What are you looking for?’ and I told her, ‘Just give me the Amber Alert,’ Zach said.
#7 …Should We Tell Him, Guys?
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#8 This Person’s Mom’s Senior Picture, Late 60s
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#9 F-Ed Up Russian Style
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From there, the meme evolved and one of the biggest ‘victims’ of the joke was American singer-songwriter, Miley Cyrus. In 2012, rapper Tyler poked fun of her new haircut on Twitter by wondering if she’d asked her hairdresser to ‘eff her up real quick.’ In turn, Miley told Tyler to ‘shut up,’ insulted his face, but complimented his music.
It was in 2014 that the meme finally solidified into the form that we know and love today and inspired the creation of the subreddit. The core foundation of the subreddit itself is comedy: there’s no room for hate or harassment.
What’s more, the moderators warn that people shouldn’t post photos of people’s hair if they’re ill or have been in an accident. “We’re here to laugh at people’s poor hairstyle choices, not their medical conditions which they have no control over,” they note. For a subreddit that pokes fun at people, it’s surprisingly wholesome, mature, and polite.
#10 Yes, The Eyeliner Goes Around The Fringe
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#11 I Got A Crush Immediately
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#12 Came Home From Work This Evening To See That My Wife Gave My Kid A Karen Cut
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A while back, I reached out to barber and hairdresser Giuliano Dore, the co-founder of ‘Get Groomed,’ mobile barbering specialists in London and the West Midlands, in the UK. Giuliano told Bored Panda all about how to recognize whether a haircut is truly bad and a mistake or if it’s something fashionable, experimental, and brave.
“The main difference between avant-garde and plain bad for a haircut is the focus on details and the whole idea behind the haircut,” he said.
#13 Coolio These Days
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#14 Uh……. I Got Nothing
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#15 The Least You Could Do Is Center The Damn Thing
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“You would think that haircuts like the bowl cut are never gonna be trendy. Wrong. It’s happening and thanks to extremely talented hairstylists, we see a lot of hipsters rocking a very fashionable bowl,” Giuliano from ‘Get Groomed’ told Bored Panda that we shouldn’t say ‘never’ when it comes to slightly peculiar haircuts that look ‘out there.’
#16 Russian Three Stripe Cut
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#17 Before, Reference Picture, And After. I’m Beyond Mad
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#18 It Looks Like It Was Drawn In Permanent Marker
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According to barber Giuliano, the most important things for a hairdresser to keep in mind when working on a client are symmetry and order (even when working on more artsy, even chaotic styles). “ It’s all about pattern, symmetry, and (sometimes) controlled asymmetry. If I see patchy haircuts, holes, or broken hairlines, I am gonna assume the worst,” he told Bored Panda.
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#20 Why Hats Were Invented
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#21 Advanced Homosapiens -2800AD
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“If you want to cut your own hair at home, go with a safe option. Same-level buzz cuts are a safe choice. Home is not the place for challenging haircuts. For example, attempting a 0 to 2 high skin fade by yourself is not gonna work. Even professional barbers don’t do it themselves. I know this because they book each other on our app,” the hairdressing expert told Bored Panda that it’s always best to opt for simplicity if you’re working on your hair by yourself.
#22 Amish UFC
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#23 One Of The Best Yet
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#24 Nice Beard
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“Being able to cut just based on the reflection of a mirror takes a whole new level of 4D chess and not everyone is ready for the challenge. I would also avoid sharp tools like razor blades. It’s absolutely possible to rock a very decent hairline without using razor blades at home. Clippers are your friends.”
#25 I’m Speechless
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#26 My Cousin’s Mother In Law From The 70s
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#27 Comb Over With A Hard Part… Like ‘Moses Parting The Red Sea’ Hard
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It’s interesting to see how much things have changed over the course of the pandemic. Giuliano told Bored Panda what the situation was like at the start of the Covid-19 lockdowns, in March 2020. Giuliano said that ‘Get Groomed’ had stopped all of their office-based barbering events at the time and still hadn’t restarted them yet by November of that year. However, there were other upsides.
“We saw a surge in home-based bookings since the first UK lockdown. I believe people don’t want to go to a crowded barbershop at the moment and it’s very visible in our data. People are also more concerned about hygiene and frequently ask questions about our methodology, if the barber is coming with PPE, etc. We are making sure that our barbers are fully PPE equipped and that they clean their tools between bookings,” Giuliano told Bored Panda what the situation was like last year.
#28 Barber Has Got Me A Belter With This One. £15 For The Privilege
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#29 Mmm Perfect
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#30 Got This Ad On Youtube, I Wasn’t Ready
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So, dear Pandas, which of these truly awful haircuts do you think are a cut above (or is that below?) the rest? What’s the very worst haircut you’ve ever had and how did it make you feel? Got any advice about helping our hair grow faster after a tragedy at the barber? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments.
#31 Saw This On Television
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#32 Does Facial Hair Count? Jonathan Banks On Csi Miami And Whatever Is Going On With His Chin
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#33 Gimme That Shrigma Fam
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#34 Gwen Shamblin, Former Leader Of A Church In Tennessee
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#35 On The New Zealand News
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#36 This Subaru Salesman
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#37 This Guy In My Pre-Calc Book
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#38 That’s Some Mad Hair
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#39 My Wife Took My 4 Year Old Son To A Barber Shop
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#40 Went To A New Barber Because My Normal One Was Booked And I Have A Date Tomorrow. Asked For A Chin Length Bob. This Cost Me $58
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#41 Just Saw This Guy On My Way Home Lol, Does His Cut Qualify?
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#42 This Guy….
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#43 New Heavyweight Champion Oleksandre Usyk
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#44 Dem Bangs Are On Fleek
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#46 Jay-Z’s Hair On The Tiffany And Co. Commercial
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#47 What I Asked For vs. What I Got
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#48 Found This While Scrolling Through Instagram
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#49 The Result Of Asking My Dad To Go Over My Outgrown Undercut Again. Said He Didn’t Want To “Accidentally Shave Too Far”
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#50 Kanye West’s New Haircut
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