Blame it on the weather, laziness or an unfavorable trip to the salon — bad hair days happen, and they happen to the best of us. But whether you’re bummed out about your bangs or annoyed over frizz, there’s a solution for every problem. Below, nine fixes to banish your bad hair days forever.
1. Try a Hairline Braid If Your Bangs Are Sticking Up
This style looks cool, and it’s super easy to master. Mist your hair with a texturizing spray before plaiting to help the pieces grip each other and stay in place. Then pin it behind your ear with two bobby pins fixed in an X shape.
2. Use Braids to Control Curls
While your hair is still damp, gather it into two sections. Form two braids and let the hair “cook” for 20 minutes. The style will coax your hair into soft, loose waves free of fuzz.
3. Pull Hair into a Half Updo
Half-up styles give your hair structure with minimal effort, and they instantly work to brighten your face. To master the look, section out the top layer of your hair and fasten it with a hair tie.
4. Dry Shampoo Is Your Secret Weapon
You don’t have to wash your hair every day. Before going to bed, douse it with dry shampoo. The product will soak into your hair while you sleep so you can wake up, style and go.
5. Rock Frizz-less Curls
Sometimes you want to play with your hair’s natural volume with a more natural look. To take advantage of the fuzziness, flip your head upside down and fluff the hair around the nape of your neck with your hands or a hair pick. This builds body from underneath.
6. Cure Hat Head by Switching Your Part
Before you put on your hat, flip your hair over to the opposite side on which you normally wear your hair. Switch it again when you take off the hat.
7. Tame Bangs with Accessories
Anyone with bangs knows the awkward grow-out stage. You can’t make it in for a trim quite yet, but your bangs are in your face. Embrace bobby-pin art. Instead of just sticking them in wherever, make the look purposeful with a cross design.
8. Rev Up Flat Hair with Hairspray
Try using hairspray on the underside of the roots, let it dry and then run your hands through to add volume. You can also use a blow-dryer, flipping your hair over to add a boost.
9. Fix Ponytail Bumps by Making It a Double
The only way to get rid of an unsightly ponytail bump is to wet your hair or to apply heat. If you don’t have the time to mess with it, you can opt instead for a double ponytail. Leave the top section out while gathering the back into a pony, secure it with elastic, add in the front section and secure it with a second elastic.
Andrea Kasprzak is a writer. She's fascinated by the imagination, folklore and fantasy, the healing power of art, and finding magic in the mundane. Her playbook, Imagination Transforms Everything, is forthcoming this spring from Seal Press/Hachette Book Group.