Preventing a Bad Hair Day
Proper hair care can go a long way toward preventing bad hair. Try the following strategies:
- Get a good haircut. A good cut makes hair easier to style. Then be sure to get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks to keep it from growing out of its shape.
- Select a shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. If your hair is thin, lather up with a volumizing shampoo. If you have dry or damaged hair, try a leave-in conditioner for extra moisture.
- Avoid shampooing every day. Washing your hair too often can dry it out and make it harder to manage.
- Stay away from styling products that are high in alcohol, especially if your hair is dry. These can make hair brittle.
- Keep your hair natural. Letting curly hair curl and wavy hair wave doesn’t just mean fewer bad hair days — it means hair that’s easier to care for in general.
Fixing a Bad Hair Day
Even with your best efforts, it’s not always possible to keep your hair looking good. Bad hair days do happen. But before you take refuge under a hat, try these tips:
- If your curly locks go frizzy, rub a little hand cream between your hands, then smooth it lightly over your hair to tame it.
- Rub dry, flyaway hair with a dryer sheet. Just as dryer sheets keep your skirt from clinging to your panty hose, they can keep hair from sticking together, which will make it easier to style.
- If your hair won’t hold a curl, use a styling cream or gel to lock your look in place.
- No time to shampoo? Use a dry shampoo (a powder that absorbs oil to clean hair without water). Dry shampoos can also add volume.
- Accessorize. Pull or brush your hair back and put on a headband. If your locks are limp, clip them away from your face with a barrette. And remember, long hair can always be pulled into a pony tail.
- Try a hair extension to add length and fullness to your own hair. Permanent extensions are sewn or bonded to your hair and last about five months; clip-on extensions are attached to your hair with clips that are almost invisible.
- Get a wig (or two). Wigs cover up problem hair — and they can also give you an entirely new look.
The bottom line: Home repairs can turn your hair from bad to at least acceptable, so you don’t have to let bad hair ruin your day.