Bad hair days! We all have them and we all hate them. It’s like just when you think you have gotten your life together, your world reminds you of just how little you know about “adulting.”
No matter your hair type, texture, length or strength, having your hair go from fab to flab can alter your entire look. If I am really being honest, it can alter your whole attitude. There is just something about the feeling of knowing your hair is on point.
So what do you do? When you run into those moments in life where your hair has a mind of its own, the best action is pro-action. Yep, that’s right. You have to prepare for bad hair days. It’s like having car insurance. You hope you never have to use it, but you know it’s in place just in case you need it. Planning for the possible bad hair day is really the only way to fix a bad hair day.
Here are some tips and ideas so you can create your bad hair day survival kit.
Let’s face it; natural hair can be a pain in the you know what. Yes, it is endearing, and flashy and powerful, but it takes a lot to get that Angela Davis fro. If your twist-out or wash-n-go becomes a “no,” opt for twists or braids. You can easily and quickly do the tried and true twin French braids. Or you can do a few twists and pin your hair.
Which brings me to the first tool in your arsenal- Bobby pins. You should always have these on hand. They are cheap and nothing does the job quite like them. The thing about bobby pins is that they aren’t just for “fixing” bad hair days. You can use them to PREVENT bad hair days. Don’t shy away from using them while doing your hair. Even if you don’t think you need them. The truth is, you probably do.
Again for the naturals, it is a good idea to have a travel size container of your “product of the day” or some kind of conditioner you can slap on your hair when it becomes unruly. Better yet, keep several of your faves in your car or at your job in a handy pouch. It is a relief knowing that you are able to fix what Mother Nature (wind, temperatures, climate, atmosphere) has messed up before or as soon as you reach your destination.
Travel Hair Appliances
This tip may sound extreme, but I promise it is reasonable. Bad hair days are what travel size flat irons are for. Don’t think it vain or shallow if you have one in your purse. Especially if you are wearing your hair straight or perhaps you didn’t do a good job wrapping it the night before. Get one, keep it close and use it when the time comes.
Alas, when all else fails do not fear the ponytail. The ponytail is your friend. It is a faithful go to; an understanding alternative that happily welcomes your hair into a safe and non-judgmental position. If the flat iron isn’t’ working (or you don’t have one) and the twists aren’t cutting it, there is no shame in putting your hair in a ponytail. They get a bad rep sometimes because too many women in the past have “abused” the style. But having a hair tie on deck will always serve its purposes when needed. Go to the bathroom, gather yourself together, put your hair in a ponytail and keep it moving. End of story.
Bad hair days don’t have to ruin your day. Be prepared, do your best and if all else fails, do what you have to in order to keep yourself going.