Is there any hope?

My hair is like this on both sides but as you can see the back in full but the sides are stringy. I've tried manipulating it so that it doesn't look ridiculous but it ends up looking the same no matter what I try to do. It's a little better when it's dry but still very noticeable. My hair is wet in the picture.

So I guess I'm wondering if there is a way to fix this or am I going to be wearing a hat this summer?