I am not a morning person. If given the choice between an extra ten minutes of sleep and a closet full of gorgeous, red-soled Louboutins, sleep would win without a fight – it wouldn’t even be close. That’s why I’m always running late in the morning – and when you’re already in a rush, frantically trying to remember where you left your car keys, there’s nothing more panic-inducing that catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and realizing you’re having the mother of all bad hair days.
Now, depending on your hair type, a bad hair day can mean any number of things – greasy hair, frizzy locks, limp, volumeless strands. But whatever your bad hair day burden, there are a few quick fixes that can get you out of the house in a hurry – and without anyone guessing that your hair’s anything less than fabulous.
Bust Out the Dry Shampoo
If greasy roots are ruining your morning, let some dry shampoo ride to the rescue. Dry shampoos contain oil-absorbing ingredients like mineral clay that can freshen the look of greasy hair and add some subtle volume at the roots. Even if your hair’s on the dry side, it’s good to keep a can of the stuff on hand when you need a little help in the volume department. Tresemme’s Fresh Start Dry Shampoo comes in an easy-to-use spray can, so you can style your hair in a hurry.
Rock a Sleek Pony
Whether you’ve got frizzy or greasy locks, a ponytail is a surefire way to camouflage a bad hair day. For the sleekest look, pull your hair back into a super tight pony. If your roots are oily, the tight ‘do will hide the greasiness and leave you looking totally polished. If your hair’s curly and a little frizzy, you may want to work a smoothing cream like Bumble and Bumble’s Grooming Creme in at roots to keep your pony nice and neat.
Cheat with a Bun
If a ponytail feels too casual, hide your bad hair day with a sophisticated bun. It’s an elegant, classic look that’s easy to pull together and secure in place with bobby pins, though you may want to use a little smoothing cream like you would with a ponytail. If you’ve got super fine hair that just won’t give you a full, eye-catching bun, try a product like Conair’s Bun Maker. It comes with a foam donut to give your bun volume and shape, so all you have to do is make a ponytail, pull it through the center of the donut, and wrap it around the foam to create an impressively full bun. Yeah, it might technically be cheating but we won’t tell!
Pull Out the Accessories
When your hair doesn’t want to cooperate, take a little help from your favorite accessories. A fabric-covered band in a bold print can take the attention off unwanted frizz or greasy hair. Beaded clips and bobby pins with rhinestone or crystal embellishments are perfect for pinning back your hair in a half up, half down do that can mask a multitude of hair problems. And when all else fails, a cute hat like beret or fedora can hide your bad hair day all together.
Add Some Curls
If you’ve got flat, limp locks or uncontrollable frizz, a curling iron can instantly improve a bad hair day. Adding curls to fine hair gives it much needed volume, particularly if you use hot rollers near the roots. With frizzy hair, a curling iron can help soften and smooth your tresses for a look that’s totally put together. However, to avoid having another bad hair day the next morning, remember to spray your hair with a heat protectant like Tresemme’s Heat Tamer Spray to prevent damage and keep your locks shiny and soft.