Bad Hair Day Blues
I remember the first time I had a bad hair day.
After washing it, I had spent the entire night doing my hair. Before going to sleep, I even wrapped it and hydrated it. To not risk messing it up, I also slept on a particular side of the pillow, in an uncomfortable position. Going to sleep excited thinking that in the morning, I would be looking flawless. I was wrong.
Unfortunately, I woke up looking a hot mess. My supposedly correct twist out turned out to be a frizzy mess. The worst part of the entire thing was that I didn’t have time to redo it. That morning, I had school, and work and couldn’t risk using a “sick” day over something silly.
At the time, there weren’t many “how to” guides on how to overcome a bad hair day as a black girl. Therefore, my options were limited. Luckily, I was able to wear a hat to the places I was going. And I did just that until I was able to come home and fix my hair.
Here at Private Label Extensions, we give you the guide to bad hair days that many of us have never had.
How Do You Know You’re Having a Bad Hair Day
Sometimes, when we’re having a bad hair day, we don’t know it.
I will share some tips on how to point out whether you’re having a bad hair day or not. Most importantly, be aware that a bad hair day is subjective. What may seem wrong to you, may look fabulous to someone else and vice versa. Since it’s your hair, you have the power to change it how you’d like. If you wake up and your look seems off, then you may be having a bad hair day. Or if your hair is sticking out in places it shouldn’t, you just might be having one of those days.
If you planned a look the night before, and can’t perfect it, then you may want to think of alternatives.
The Different Types of Bad Hair Days
With any bad hair day, there are different types of hair disasters, and with each failure, comes a better solution.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with frizzy hair, uneven bangs, too crunchy curls, and more. We’ll give you a solution to each one, and help you curve those days that are trying to get you and your hair down.
If you were attempting to get a straight look, and it came out frizzy, then there are plenty of solutions you can choose from!
If you have short hair, you can use a leave-in conditioner, or curl enhancer to get rid of the straightness and rejuvenate your curls. By applying some product to your hair, you’ll look like you stepped right out of the shower. Tada! Bad hair day conquered.
If you have long hair and ended up with unwanted frizz, try using some hairspray with essential oils to tame your locks.
Brush your hair down, and lightly run a straightener over it to get those flyaways in order.
If you have a fro and your twist out, braid out, or any other natural style went wrong, then don’t fret. The fantastic thing about having an afro is that it’s such a versatile look that it’s easy to curb any bad hair days you may be experiencing.
If you were going for a curly look that went wrong, try picking out your fro. This way, the frizz can be a part of the style instead of something to get rid of. If you have bobby pins, try using those to put your hair into a manner that doesn’t look as unhinged.
An updo style would be a great substitute in this case. If you’ve got a headband, utilize that to wrap your edges and hide those flyaways.
With the way that life is set up, it’s easy to forget to touch up your roots after changing your hair color.
If you wake up and realize that your roots are looking a mess, there are some simple tricks and tips to cover up the uneven tone. There are products such as colored hairspray, and hair mascara that can serve as temporary fixes for grown out roots.
Also, adding volume to your hair is a great way to make it harder to hide your mismatched roots. Typically, if you have concise parts in your hair, the mismatch of color will be visible.
Add that volume and forget about having a bad day, cause it’s going to be great now that you’ve got your solution.
Whether you’ve decided to grow out your bangs, or you just got a bad cut, there are ways to beat the battle of jagged bangs.
It doesn’t matter what the length of hair currently is because if you embrace accessories, you’ll always be good to go. Use bobby-pins to create a design that can twist back or hide those uneven bangs. When you make it the center of your hairstyle, it becomes less noticeable that your bangs are jagged.
When you do that, a bad hair day is practically non-existent.
So many of us have dealt with greasy hair. When hair is too oily, strands start to clump together creating a look that is far from what we desire.
The texture of your hair is irrelevant when it comes to oiliness because oil can affect everyone. Try dry shampoo if you’re dealing with oily hair. Dry shampoo will be more convenient than washing your hair, primarily if you have limited time.
The dry shampoo will absorb the oil, leave your hair fresh, and prepare you for the day ahead.
Sometimes, we wake up in the morning and see that our bonnet or scarf has fallen off and caused our hair to look like we’ve just gotten out of bed.
Sometimes, if we have hair that has a mind of its own, we might look like we just got electrocuted. If bedhead day is what you’re experiencing, then there are some quick fixes you can use to your advantage.
Try wrapping a scarf around your head, or braiding down your hair so that you won’t have to worry.
Different Types of Bad Hair Day Solutions
So, we’ve talked about the different types of terrible hair days, but because one individual’s experience doesn’t define a bad hair day.
Having a list of all the possible solutions is essential. If you have a list of all the possible ways to fix an awful hair day, then it won’t matter what kind of hair day you’re experiencing because you’ll always have an answer to your problem.
Wrap Up Your Hair!
It doesn’t matter what kind of hair day you’re experiencing, wrapping up your hair can be a quick and easy way to manage and get through the day.
There are so many possible ways to style a head wrap. You can twist it into a bun that sits at the nape of your neck or tie it into a bandana for when your edges are out of control. You can wrap it into a bun at the top of your head, or create a large, beautiful and eye-catching dome that sits on the top of your head, and reaches up.
If you’re unsure of how to achieve this look, there are plenty of resources like Youtube, and Pinterest that can teach you how.
No matter the occasion, bobby-pins got you covered.
Bobby-pins can be used to control edges, trap down stray hairs, and create the perfect ponytail. If you’re someone that likes to have a variety of different styles, then bobby-pins should be your go-to hair accessory.
You can utilize bobby-pins to create pin-up styles, and the great thing about them is that in most cases, they are barely noticeable.
The fantastic thing about dry shampoo is that it works on all hair textures, and it’s a great go-to hair product to have.
When you’re having those oily days, or just don’t have the time to wash your hair, dry shampoo is there to save the day. Make sure that you choose one that doesn’t have harsh chemicals in it. You want to have clean hair, not harm it.
If your hair is lacking that vibrant curly look that you desire then try using some leave-in conditioner.
Leave-in conditioner works wonders for your hair and can assist you in getting the proper nutrients without actually having to wash your hair.
Braid it Up!
Braids are the most diverse section because there are so many options to choose. I’ll give you a few examples as we go along.
Cornrows are a great way to control untamable hair. If you’re someone that likes to have a style, then it’s suggested that you try out a braided crown style. This technique is a braid that goes around the entire perimeter of your edges and looks like a crown once completed.
There is also the french braid style that can look good for any occasion. If you’re someone that enjoys more of an updo look, then you can quickly braid your hair up in the back and lead it into a ponytail. Also, some quick boxer braids may be suitable for any weird hair day scenario.
There are plenty of braid styles to choose from; it’s all about deciding how much time you have, and which one looks best on you. Don’t worry too much about figuring out how to braid either because there are tons of tutorials out there that can show you how.
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If you are having a bad hair day, and want to use heating tools to fix it, then it’s suggested that you don’t do it too often.
Adding heat to your hair in a rushed manner like that can be damaging. There are so many ways to damage your hair with heat. When you don’t have a plan or a professional adding the heat to your hair, it makes the risk of damage higher. Be gentle with your hair, especially if you’re not having the best day.
As mentioned before, if you’re in need of some light straightening, don’t be afraid to use a brush/comb first before settling for heat. If you want to blow-dry, try using the lowest level possible, and don’t use it for too long. You already have limited time, and don’t want to waste the majority of it damaging your hair.
Be mindful of the setting you put your straightener on. If you’re not sure of how to do something, always ask a professional first.
What to Remember
Don’t judge yourself if you have a bad hair day; I promise we’ve all been through it.
In any situation, resources are your friend. The more hair accessories you have, the better. Before you dive into just fixing the problem, make sure you know what the problem is first. It’s always smart to be prepared for a bad hair day and to have the proper tools on deck. When you’re ready for something like this, it’ll take you less time to fix it.
Make sure you do your research before diving into a quick fix.
An excellent way to prepare is to have a style already in mind if your original technique doesn’t work.
When you have a plan B hairstyle, life becomes so much easier to manage. Dry shampoo, leave-in conditioners, head-wraps, bobby-pins, and other hair tools are your friend! Never forget it! If you’re someone that is concerned about the health of your hair, try to avoid heat as much as possible.
Always remember that Private Label Extensions is here to give you all the hair tips you need!