How to Avoid Hair Disasters

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Experiencing bad hair days more than you would like?

These 25 tips will help you to avoid any future hair disasters

  1. Use a Toothbrush

If you hate the way that hairspray makes your hair go so stiff, but need to use one to tame your flyaways, this is a tip that you will love…

Rather than spraying your hair directly, spray a toothbrush with the hairspray, and then use this to gently brush your flyaways into place.

This should be enough to provide some hold, but without turning your strands too stiff.

  1. A Sprinkling of Baby Powder

Whether your hair is naturally quite oily or you simply haven’t washed it for a couple of days, excess oil in your hair will turn it limp, making it so much harder to style.

Not only that, but the greasy look is never a good one…

However, if you have some baby powder handy, try sprinkling a small amount into your palms and then running this through your hair.

Why?

The powder will absorb the excess oil, while giving your hair a bit more volume.

3. Change Your Part

Changing your part is such a simple way to avoid a hair disaster, but it is one that many people forget to try.

If you usually part your hair on one side of your head, try flipping it over to the other.

You may find that parting it on the other side for a change gives your hair more volume, or just makes it easier to work with.

4. A Scalp Massage

The scalp tends to get much dirtier than the ends of the hair, especially since this is where oil and dead skin cells build up. However, many people do not pay enough attention to their scalp when washing their hair, and this is something that can lead to regular hair disasters.

The next time you are washing your hair, give your scalp a little massage. Not only will this help your hair, it will also increase blood circulation, which will increase hair growth

5. Come Up With 3 Foolproof Go-To Styles

When you are having a bad hair day, the last thing you want to be doing is spending hours trying to find an acceptable way to style your hair.

It is always worth taking some time to experiment with different hairstyles in advance, finding inspiration from blogs and YouTube videos.

Try to narrow these down to three styles that you know will work when you have a bad hair day. They should be styles that are classy and polished, but easy to put together.

6. Squeeze Rather Than Rub

Is frizz something that you often have to deal with?

Well, this could be down to how you dry your hair after washing it.

Rubbing your hair with a towel will only end up ruffling the surface, resulting in frizz. Instead, use an absorbent towel to squeeze out any excess water.\

7. Know Your Temperatures

When washing your hair, it is important that you use water that is lukewarm in temperature.

Why?

Because if the water is too hot, this will open up your hair follicles, making your hair dry and frizzy.

After you are done washing your hair, before you step out of the shower, give it a blast with some cold water. This will then lock in any moisture and leave your hair looking much shinier once it has dried.

8. Deep Conditioning

If your hair is nourished and well-conditioned, your chances of experiencing a bad hair day significantly drop.

You may be thinking…

“I already condition my hair each time I wash it!”

While this may be the case, how long do you actually leave the conditioner in for?

If your answer is under ten minutes, then your conditioner will not have been working to the best of its abilities, as it will not have had enough time to penetrate into your hair.

Make sure that you leave your conditioner in for at least ten minutes, or more if you have damaged hair.

9. Waves in the Morning

If you really do not have time to wash your hair, but are dreading the way it is going to look in the morning, try giving it a quick rinse instead, only enough to make it damp.

Then, braid it up into a tight braid, and release this in the morning. Your hair will have gorgeous waves in it, with plenty of volume.

10. Clean Your Hair Tools

Even if you start off your styling session with fresh and clean hair, using dirty hair tools can quickly have an effect.

Whether this may be your hairbrush or your heated styling tools, anything that is coating their surface, whether this may be dust or product residue, will only end up in your hair.

To prevent this, carve out some time every couple of weeks to give your hair tools a thorough clean

11. Stash Bobby Pins Everywhere

Bobby pins can be a godsend during hair disasters, so you need to make sure that you have a plentiful supply wherever you may be.

Stash some bobby pins around your house, in your office, in your car, in each of your handbags, in your purse, in your jacket pocket, and anywhere else that you can think of.

While this may seem a bit over-the-top, you will be so thankful for the extra help the next time you are dealing with unruly hair.

12. Opt for a Low-Maintenance Haircut

When it comes to the different haircuts out there, there are some that require so much maintenance and styling each day.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with opting for one of these styles, but only if you really do have the time to actually maintain it.

If you do not, it may be worth going in for a lower-maintenance hairstyle that does not require as much time to keep in shape.

13. Wash and Style Your Bangs

If you do not have enough time to wash your hair, but have bangs, give these a quick wash over your sink. Then, dry them and style them, so that they look fresh and polished, but pull the rest of your hair back into a ponytail or braid.

14. Use Less Shampoo in the Winter Months

Your hair’s natural oils help to keep it hydrated and protected, which can be difficult during the dry days of winter, when the air sucks the moisture out of your hair.

While you do need to still shampoo your hair, many stylists recommend using less shampoo in the winter months.

Why?

Because shampoo strips the hair of its natural oils, leaving it vulnerable to the environment.

It is also okay to leave a bit of residue from your conditioner in your hair, rather than washing it all out, as this will give your hair some extra moisture and protection.

15. Know Your Hair Type

Just like everybody has a skin type, everyone has a hair type too. Whether yours is oily or dry, it is important that you are aware of what your hair type is.

Wondering why this makes a difference?

Because you need to be using products that have been formulated for your hair type, especially if you are trying to avoid hair disasters. 

16. Don’t Neglect the Cool Setting on Your Hairdryer

Is the cool setting on your hairdryer a button that you rarely press?

If so, it is time to stop neglecting this incredibly useful function.

While the heat is necessary for quickly drying and styling your hair, the cool air really helps to set the style that you have created.

Either alternate between hot and cool as you style, or give your hair a blast with the cool setting once you are done. 

17. Avoid Hat Hair

Hat hair is often the cause of many hair disasters, but wearing hats can sometimes be necessary, especially in the winter months.

So, how can hat hair be avoided?

To begin with, wear a looser hat, such as a loose-fitting beanie rather than a tight one.

You should also choose hats that have been made from materials such as cotton or cashmere, as this will help to prevent any static cling.

Finally, the way in which you wear your hat makes a difference…

Before you pull your hat over your head, push your hair over to the opposite side that you want to wear it on. Then, once you take your hat off and flip your hair over, you will have plenty of volume rather than flatness.

18. Create a Bedtime Routine for Your Hair

If your hair is really long and thick, sleeping with it loose can often result in quite the tangled mane in the morning, especially if you tend to move about quite a bit in your sleep.

To prevent this, try loosely braiding your hair each night before you go to bed. Not only will this keep any knots away, but it will also protect your hair from damage, and give you some great texture in the morning.

19. Invest in a Go-To Headband

When you cannot seem to come up with anything to do with your hair, headbands can be great, as they will give you a polished look while hiding any flaws.

The key here is to have a quality headband that will work with the majority of your outfits…

A simple, neutral color  will usually be your best bet, especially since this will not draw too much extra attention to your hair.

20. Research Styling Tools

If your hair disasters often seem to occur after you have tried, but failed, to style your hair, your styling tools could be to blame.

The results that you will achieve with a high quality styling tool is a world away from what a low quality styling tool will produce.

So, how do you know which ones are good and which ones are bad?

Online research is the best way. Scour reviews, forums, and even the comment sections in magazine and blog posts, as you will pick up some great recommendations for what you are after.

21. Know When to Brush

Do you use a brush on your hair while it is wet?

If your answer is yes, then this is something that you need to stop doing.

Using a brush on wet hair causes some serious breakage, leaving your hair looking dry, damaged and unhealthy, making it so much harder to style.

Instead, use a wide-tooth comb on your hair when it is wet, saving your brush for when your hair is fully dry.

22. Make Sure Your Hair is Completely Dry Before Going to Bed

If you often wash your hair at night, and go to bed with it still slightly damp, this could be the reason behind a few of your hair disasters.

By ensuring that it is completely dry, you will avoid having strands standing up in every direction in the morning.

 

23. A Boost of Moisture

Leave-in conditioners are great for taming hair disasters, especially if yours has been caused by dryness.

They will not only moisturize your hair, but also smooth it down, making your strands much easier to manipulate and style.

 

24. Don’t Be Tempted to Snip

While it may be tempting to take matters into your own hands when it comes to cutting your hair, this is something that you really should avoid doing, as this will likely only lead to an even bigger hair disaster.

Hairdressing is a skill, and takes years of training to master, and even most hairdressers do not cut their own hair themselves.

Since you will likely only need to visit the hairdresser to fix what you have attempted to cut, give the middle step a miss and just visit the hairdresser straight away.

 

25. Use a Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoos were made for days when your hair is not cooperating, so make use of one to avoid a disaster.

How?

Lift your hair and spray the shampoo lightly onto your roots. Leave it to settle for a couple of minutes, before brushing it out.

Wondering how it works?

It basically absorbs the oil in your hair, leaving it feeling much fresher, as well as easier to style.


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