We’ve all been there and had a bad hair day at some point. Though not classified as a chronic condition, they’re known to be brought on by humidity, lack of hair washing and excessive dying or styling.
Symptoms range from limp and greasy locks to superfluous frizz and volume, reminiscent of the “finger in a light socket” look. No matter where your mane falls on the spectrum, it’s enough to make even the best day look dark and gloomy. But instead of pulling your unruly strands back into a pony, covering them up with a hat or curling up in the fetal position and calling in sick, we’re here to help you cut the drama. Here are five hair-care essentials every girl needs in her arsenal to cure any bad hair day and transform it into the best hair day ever!
5. Hairspray (L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray, $11)
Why you need it: Did you just spend 25 minutes of your morning straightening or curling your hair into the perfect coif? “Damn, I look gooood!” You silently remark at your impressive handiwork. Just as you unplug your hot tools and grab your purse to run out the door, you realize that the universe is against you today. It’s raining. Don’t have a meltdown — just reach for your can of magic hairspray. We love Elnett not only for its strangely addictive scent, but its non-sticky, super soft formula is the ultimate in flexible hold. And if static is the culprit of your bad hair day, spritz a hairbrush with a bit of spray and brush your way to a sleek, smooth lid. Hello, gorgeous!
4. Hair Texturizing Spray (Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $30)
Why you need it: We all dream of achieving those luscious beachy waves from those glam unattainable hair commercials. Well, unattainable no more — you don’t need a team of hair pros primping and perfecting every strand to rock your own best hair. What you need is a killer texturizing spray to give your natural style a leg up and that little bit of oomph it needs to really shine. Bumble and Bumble makes the perfect go-to product for a tad of volume, an echo of structure and a whole lot of texture. Whether you let your hair air-dry naturally or you’re after an up-do, you’re bound to get addicted.
3. Dry Shampoo (Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, $9)
Why you need it: If you haven’t already discovered the wondrous invention of dry shampoo, allow us to introduce you to your new hair-care BFF. Really, the pleasure is all ours. If you’ve ever suffered from second-day hair (who hasn’t), you know the telltale signs — slightly flat, a touch greasy, “but I swear it looked SO great yesterday” hair — and dry shampoo is your answer. While not all products are created equal, Batiste is a fave to get the job done. Simply spray at the root, rub it into the hair follicle and you’ll have clean-looking voluminous strands in seconds. Embrace the illusion.
2. Heat Protector Spray (Oscar Blandi Pronto Heat Protector Spray, $25)
Why you need it: Sometimes reworking second-day hair can be a fine art. If you’re one to brush out yesterday’s style and get busy with a brand new look on day two, make sure you practice safe straightening (or curling, crimping, feathering, mohawking — whatever floats your beauty boat). A heat protector spray will create a barrier so that your precious locks aren’t getting deep-fried in your best hair day ever pursuits. Oscar Blandi’s version is genius because on top of heat protection, it also acts as a dry shampoo and a shine spray, meaning your second-day hair will probably look even better than it did on day one.
1. Frizz Serum (John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum, $12)
Why you need it: If you’ve ever been a victim of trapezoid hair (you’ve only had to experience the pain of it once to shy away from humidity and moisture for the rest of your life), then you know that rainy spring days and hot, sticky summer nights are enemy number one. Besides ensuring that you always have a hair elastic and a plethora of bobby pins on your person at all times, start your hair routine with a frizz serum. Just a few drops of the John Frieda serum, which is lighter and less greasy than a cream formula, will help alleviate your frizz-pain by repelling humidity and decreasing the dreaded poof.