Hair Tips: 7 ways to deal with a bad hair day

Hair Tips: 7 ways to deal with a bad hair day

by Paige Exell -

You wake up in the morning, brush (and struggle with) your hair, look in the mirror, then realize – today is going to be a bad hair day. And the worst thing about it is that you'll be stuck dealing with it until you hit the shower later on. Bad hair days happen to the best of us, and while braids, ponytails and buns are often our saviours, sometimes messy up-dos are a little too casual for everyday office life.

So what's the next best thing? Get The Look has put together a list of 7 ways to deal with a bad hair day. Whether it's too frizzy, too flat, too oily or too dry, we've got a solution for you!

BAD HAIR DAYS: HOW TO DEAL

BRAID IT

One of the most obvious ways to deal with a bad hair day? Throw it up into a messy bun, low chignon, ponytail or braid. These styles are ideal for more casual office settings or daily activities, because when paired with a bad hair day, an up-do or braid will often appear messy and tousled in that cool-girl type of way. If you're dealing with oily hair, you may be able to create a low, sleek-looking braid that's more appropriate for less casual settings, but otherwise, use a back combing brush to back comb your hair, then tie it up into a loose bun or high chignon. If you're dealing with hair that won't stay out of your face, push it all back from the roots and tie it into a cool French braid. What bad hair day?

WEAR A HAT

Bad hair days can often be a great excuse to add a chic hat to your look – especially coming into the colder months! From floppy fedoras to cool beanie hats, there are a ton of cute hat options that will hide your bad hair day. To create the appearance of a good hair day underneath your hat, curl your hair into soft waves, part it to one side and let it cascade through from under your hat!

DRY SHAMPOO

Sometimes, the reason for a bad hair day is nothing more than a little too much oil. This results in flat, lifeless hair that's impossible to work with. To fix this hair problem, section your hair off and apply a generous amount of dry shampoo onto your roots and around your hairline. If you don't have dry shampoo, baby powder will do the trick. After application, use a back combing brush to create volume at your roots.

SERUMS AND OILS

When humidity strikes (or frizz just won't go down), just the slightest coating of castor oil, coconut oil or serum on your hair can work wonders. To avoid overloading your hair with grease and product, apply a small amount onto the palms of your hand, and gently rub them down the lengths of your hair without digging your fingers into your locks. This will keep any volume you may have while combating frizz!

CHANGE YOUR PART

Sometimes the answer to a bad hair day is simpler than you think. Attack your fussy hair with this super simple maneuver: changing your part. If you normally part your hair on one side, you may find the other has more volume, or a better shape to work with. Parting your hair over to one side can also hide any signs of oil.

TRY A WET LOOK

If you overestimated how many days you could go without washing your hair, and are suffering from super oily hair, but don't have time to wash it, try embracing a wet look. The 'wet' looking hair trend has quickly become not only a bad hair day go-to, but a red carpet-worthy look that's super easy to achieve. To get this look, grab a bottle of hair gel, and tie a section of hair at the top of your head into a small knot. Using the gel and comb, brush the side sections of hair above your ears towards the back of your head. Release the section of hair that you tied up on top of your head, and it should stay in place, with the hair push backwards on top of the gel slicked pieces on the sides of your head. Next, apply a generous amount of gel between your palms and use it to flatten the middle portion of your hair using a brush for assistance. You should now have a style that's slicked back at the roots!

TEASE IT

If your hair is flat and oily, try seeing what happens when you tease your roots (ever so slightly). It might end up making a big difference. To do this, create a one-inch section of hair in the middle-back section of your hair. Use a back comb to comb your hair in a backwards motion, creating a tousled mess. Next, section your hair into another one-inch section directly in front of or behind the first section and repeat. Use a brush to smooth the frizzed sections and voila! Volume!

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