Sarika Periwal, Guest Blogger
A bad hair day is something each or us go through supposedly, celebrities and the ordinary woman on the street alike. But what is a bad hair day exactly?
It is a term that came into fame way back in 1992, when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was heard to use the term in the TV show. An online dictionary defines a Bad Hair Day as a day on which one’s hair is unmanageable and untidy; presumably is not as attractive looking as you may want it to be. A bad hair day is also one that consists of general irritations or mishaps and corresponds to a generally bad day afflicted by bad luck, not just a day when your hair won’t behave itself.
But here let’s talk of bad hair days only in their literal context; that of days when your head hair misbehaves. Why do bad hair days happen?
Well one reason is hormones. Most women notice how their skin seems to glow on certain days (read certain days of the month, if you know what I mean), how they feel better and look better and how on those days their hair also looks more vibrant and full and shiny. So there is reason to believe that hormones have at least something to do with those days when your hair appears lifeless, lank, straggly, greasy and dull.
Another reason could simply be improper or inadequate washing. Product build up, oil buildup and over styling can all contribute to that dreaded bad hair day.
Then of course there is the weather – while some women love humid weather because it gives their hair an attractive curl and volume, for other women, the humidity can be a nightmare.
So what can be done to combat Bad Hair Days?
- There is little you can do about the ebb and flow of your hormones (as long as there is not imbalance and troublesome symptoms, hormones shouldn’t be tinkered with anyway). But what you can do is lower stress by learning some relaxation techniques, prioritizing and learning to enjoy life a bit. Lowering stress is important for body health and even hair health; since it can wreak havoc on your hormones.
- Keep hair styling to a minimum so as to avoid hair damage. If possible towel or air dry your hair or at least style damp (not wet) hair the way you want without drying the hair completely with the hair dryer.
- Be realistic. Your hair may appear terrible to you, but may not seem much different to others close to you. So if they assure you that your hair looks fine, believe them. Perhaps the hair is fine and really not as bad as you think!
- Tie it up. A classic chignon, just a saucy ponytail – they can all work to hide the hair, give you a bit of an image change as well.
- Wear a hat. The right hat will project what you want to convey to the world, while putting a lid on the egregious (to your mind) hair. It can be whimsical, jaunty, and full of attitude!
About the Author: Sarika Periwal represents a website propagating natural hair loss treatments and other home remedies for hair. Common hair conditions like premature graying, balding, etc can be prevented and sometimes even treated effectively through natural means.