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10 Hair Hacks to Help Hide a Bad Hair Day

Updo & Bun Hairstyles

10 Hair Hacks to Help Hide a Bad Hair Day 10 Hair Hacks to Help Hide a Bad Hair Day 10 Hair Hacks to Help Hide a Bad Hair Day

Bad hair days: Ah, they happen to the best of us. Whether it’s the weather that’s making your hair look not its best or your new haircut didn’t exactly turn out the way you thought it would, the occasional bad hair day is inevitable. And of course, when you wake up and are unhappy with the way your hair looks, it can put a damper on your entire day. Ugh. But that doesn’t mean you have to hide under the covers. Before you reach for that oversized hat in hopes of going incognito for the day, try one of these 10 hair hacks to salvage a bad hair day without taking a toll on your overall beauty look. No one has to know you’re not totally in love with your mane at the moment!  

BAD HAIR HACK #1: ROCK A DOUBLE PONYTAIL

In the case of a bad hair day, two ponytails are better than one! This style is super chic and easy to create.  

What you’ll need:

Hair ties

L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create your first pony

Gather the hair above your ears to create a half ponytail, then tie it up with a hair elastic.

Step 2: Flip your hair

Take the ponytail you just created and flip it forward, over the top of your head, to get it out of the way.

Step 3: Double up

Create a second ponytail using the remaining bottom section of hair. Make sure to secure the second ponytail directly below the base of the first one so that it will be effectively hidden once you flip your first pony back into place. After that, spritz on a little hairspray to finish off the style. See, it’s that easy!

BAD HAIR HACK #2: TWIST YOUR HAIR INTO A DUTCH CROWN BRAID

The good news is, undone hairstyles are totally in, so you don’t have to worry about perfecting your hairstyle on days when your strands aren’t quite working with you. Try donning a messy version of a Dutch crown braid for an on-trend look.

What you’ll need:

Bobby pins

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create two Dutch braids

Use an underhand braiding technique to create a Dutch braid on each side of your head. Don’t worry about making your braids flawless, think: perfectly imperfect.

Step 2: Pin the braids to the opposite side

Wrap the braids around your head and secure both (using your bobby pins) at the nape of your neck. Two steps and that’s it! 

BAD HAIR HACK #3: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, PUT ON A HEADBAND

If you’re in a rush to get out the door or just don’t feel like any style is doing it for you, throw on a giant headband, which will hide frizz and any hairs that are out of place. Whether you go for a solid-colored headband or one that’s bedazzled, there are plenty of options out there for you to choose from.

BAD HAIR HACK #4: ROCK A TOP KNOT

When in doubt, throw your mane into a top knot! There are so many ways to do this classic hairstyle, and it’s the perfect way to pull your strands up and out of your face when they aren’t behaving as you hoped. Check out our article, 7 Top Knots for Every Day of the Week, for some inspo.

BAD HAIR HACK #5: TRY A MESSY BEDHEAD HAIRSTYLE

Rather than fight against your bad hair day, embrace it with a messy bedhead hairstyle! This mussed-up ‘do is totally on trend.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Grab a pomade

Take a pomade or paste and gradually work it through your mane to create a textured, piece-y look. Feel free to scrunch your locks to amp up the messy vibes. That’s it—hello messy bedhead!

BAD HAIR HACK #6: WEAR A TRENDY HEAD WRAP

Not a fan of headbands? Head wraps are one of the latest hair accessory trends and they’re the perfect way to disguise your bad hair day. Here’s How to Wear a Trendy Head Wrap.

BAD HAIR HACK #7: WHIP OUT THE HEAT TOOLS

Is your hair still not behaving? It may be time to turn to your flat iron or curling iron. Heat tools can be a saving grace when you need to manipulate your locks. Just don’t forget to apply a heat protectant first! Check out our article, The Complete Guide to Heat Tools, for everything you need to know about utilizing the power of heat.

BAD HAIR HACK #8: TRY A TEASED BUN

When you’re having a bad hair day, we bet that the last thing you want to do is wear your hair down. Well, you can’t go wrong with putting your hair in a teased bun. Plus, this hairstyle is always on trend.

What you’ll need:

Hair tie

L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray

Teasing brush

Bobby pins

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create a ponytail

Gather your hair into a high ponytail and use a hair tie to secure it.

Step 2: Add some volume

Spray one-inch sections of your ponytail with a little bit of hairspray, then go through and tease your pony in small sections.

Step 3: Create your bun

Wrap the ponytail around its base to form a bun and secure it in place with a few bobby pins.

Step 4: Seal the deal

Spray your bun with more hairspray and you’re good to go.

BAD HAIR HACK #9: PUT IT HALF UP

A few things that can be behind a bad hair day? Oily roots, frizz, or hair that simply won’t lay the right way. If any of those apply to your bad hair day, a half-up hairstyle is the hack for you. Need some ideas? Head on over to our article, The Best of Both Worlds: 6 Half-Up Hairstyles to Try.

BAD HAIR HACK #10: WEAR A SLEEK PONYTAIL

If your strands just don’t seem to look good any way you twist them, a sleek ponytail will be your saving grace. This slick look will smooth down any unruly strands and look like a completely intentional part of your beauty look—not a bad hair day fix!

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel

Hair elastics

Flat iron

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Slick back your strands

Take a small amount of hair gel and apply it to the top of your mane, slicking your hair towards the back of your head in the process. Remember: less is more. Start with a little bit of product and gradually add more to create your desired look.

Step 2: Create your ponytail

Grab a hair elastic and pull your hair back into a low ponytail. Make sure there aren’t any bumps!

Step 3: Straighten your pony

For an even sleeker look, straighten your ponytail with a flat iron. Easy, peasy!

Want more tips for uncooperative strands? Head on over to our article, 6 Tips for Crazy Hair Days.