Hair Skin Care Bad Hair Day Fixes

If you’ve ever had a bad hair day, you know how tempting it can be to hide under a hat. While a hat is a good option for a head of hair gone awry, it’s not the only thing you can do to tame your mane. Here are some quick fixes that can turn a bad hair day into a fab hair day!

Banishing Bad Hair Days

One of the best ways to fix a bad hair day is to start all over. If you have the time, hop in the shower, shampoo and condition and then style your hair using your regular techniques and styling products. Often, this will help calm your hair and will result in more normal-looking hair.

If, however, you don’t have time to re-style your hair, try these options:

  • If it’s your bangs that are causing the problem, wet them in the sink, lather with shampoo, rinse and style. This can save you from having to wash your entire head of hair and will allow you to re-style only your bangs.
  • If you have long hair or medium-length hair, consider pulling your hair into a ponytail. You can choose a high ponytail or a low ponytail. To keep your hair under control, spray your hair with hairspray and smooth any stray hairs before heading out the door.

    Another option for people with medium-length to long hair is to twist your hair into a bun. Pull your hair into a low ponytail and then twist it counterclockwise around the base. Pin your hair in place with bobby pins.

  • If you wake up with hair that’s too oily, try using baby powder to soak up excess oils. Put a very small amount (approximately one teaspoon) of baby powder in your hands, rub your palms together and then pull the powder through your hair starting at the roots.
  • If your hair is extremely short, apply some styling wax or gel to your hair. This will allow you to “freeze” your hair into a desired style.
  • If your hair is limp, try changing the part of your hair. For instance, if you normally part your hair to the left, you can add volume by parting your hair to the right.
  • If your hair is short, consider pinning back problem areas with bobby pins. Or, opt for a stylish headband. Wide headbands are especially helpful at holding down unruly locks.

As stated earlier, however, nothing hides a bad head of hair quite as well as a hat. Choose a hat that works with your wardrobe and that will fit with the activities you’ll be doing during the day. For instance, if you’ll be in the office, a stylish beret might be the way to go. If, however, you’ll be hanging out with friends, throw on a baseball cap.

Or, instead of tucking your hair under a hat, consider wrapping a scarf over your ‘do. Not only will your hair be hidden, but you’ll also look stylish!


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