If you roll out of bed looking like you had a fight with a lawnmower on a regular basis or have course and unruly hair then you will probably appreciate how frustrating a bad hair day can be. There’s nothing worse than struggling with a cowlick, or hair that just won’t lie flat or sit the way you’d like. No one wants to walk into a meeting looking like they have a mullet or go on a date looking like they’ve been standing in the wind. A bad hair day can make you look like a mess and it can be embarrassing venturing out into public when you look like your partaking in ‘crazy hair day’. You can’t hide your hair under a hat every day! Some guys just deal with the problem by buzzing all of their hair of and wearing a buzz cut permanently.
A bad hair day can occur for a number of reasons, but common culprits are freshly washed hair, air drying, thick, curly textured hair, heat or colour damaged hair and humidity.
Whilst some people are lucky enough to naturally have perfectly frizz-free, shiny, healthy hair, that’s not the case for everyone. If you want to know how to keep the bad hair days to a minimum then read our tips below on managing unruly hair and avoiding the common causes of bad hair days!
Thick hair and course texture
If you have thick, curly or course hair then you know the pain of trying to style or control it. Having a good hair day with curly hair sometimes requires a great deal of knowledge about managing your mane and more often than not you’ll be left with frizzy, difficult to manage hair. Curly, course hair doesn’t play by the same rules that straight hair does. Unfortunately the rules we’re often taught about hair care when we’re young most often apply to straight, fine hair. As a result, those of us out there who have thick hair tend to be left with a frizzy, unruly mess of hair on an almost daily basis. The most important thing to remember if you have thick or curly hair is that the rules are not the same. If you handle thick and curly hair correctly it can look fantastic every day, but the knowledge of how to avoid bad hair days isn’t implicit. Everyone has to learn to care for their own hair, and unfortunately there is no on-size-fits-all approach out there to suit every hair type. Everyone’s hair is different, and getting it to look its best takes a bit of trial and error and research.
The first thing that everyone should do is figure out what type of hair they have and what its natural texture is. The needs of dry, course hair are very different to the needs of someone with an oily scalp, fine hair, or very straight hair.
If you’re a guy with thick, course hair who struggle with frizz or hair that’s difficult to style, then it’s likely you’ve been following the wrong hair routine all your life. Maybe you’re tempted to shave it all off! Luckily there are some much less drastic ways to get it under control.
Whilst course hair can sometimes feel rough, dry or dull, that doesn’t mean it is damaged. It can sometimes be easy to confuse naturally course or curly hair with damage as it tends to feel a bit drier than other types of hair, but it’s often actually the case that course hair is exceptionally healthy and strong. Course hair however can present quite a challenge when it comes to styling and hair care which often leaves people dealing with bad hair days. Here are a few tips for dealing with hard to manage but otherwise healthy hair:
Dry hair carefully
One of the most common ways that men end up with a bad hair day is by being too rough when drying their hair. Rubbing a towel against wet hair ruffles up the hair cuticle, which can cause hair to become frizzy and makes it look messy and dull rather than smooth and shiny. Towel drying hair too roughly can actually cause damage to hair fibers which can get caught on the towel, which stretches them out and causes breakage or split ends. When towel drying hair men should remember to pat the head dry rather than furiously rubbing at the scalp. Contrary to popular belief, damaged hair cannot be ‘fixed’, so it’s best to be as gentle as possible with the hair. If damage has already been sustained then it’s a good idea to get a haircut and then let the hair grow out.
Avoiding thinning scissors
A lot of barbers and hairdressers will pull out the thinning shears when dealing with men who have thick or course hair. This is actually not as good of an idea as you might think. Shearing hair to make it thinner can actually increase the bulkiness of texturised hair. The shorter thick hair is, the bulkier and bushier it tends to look. Thick hair already has plenty of texture, so it’s always best to avoid cuts and styles that might add any more.
Use moisturising hair products
No matter what the texture of your hair is, you should always use a high quality shampoo and conditioner duo. Poor quality products can dry out or damage your hair which is a particular concern for course hair which already tends towards dryness. Low quality hair products often contain sulphates and silicone products which can make hair more unruly and dry. For course and dry hair, hydrating and moisturising products are ideal for keeping hair soft and silky. If you have a naturally dry scalp and hair, try using shampoo every other day or so and conditioning every day.
For extra soft, well-nourished hair you should also use a good deep conditioning treatment. Well moisturised hair will look shinier and healthier, but will also have better definition and be easier to style and manage. Hair that does not have proper hydration will become dry and brittle.
Use the correct styling products
One of the biggest challenges that people with course, curly or thick hair face is trying to style it. Thicker and courser hair sometimes require heavier duty styling products and different approaches to achieving certain styles. Some classic men’s hairstyles like slick-backs are not ideal for highly textured hair. The secret to styling course or dry hair is to keep it hydrated and use strong-hold, hydrating products like pomades or finishing creams. Hair pomades are great for adding back control and shine to the hair, they can come in everything from matte to high shine finishes. Good finishing creams are also fantastic for achieving a number of different looks.
Use the correct styling tools
If you’re trying to avoid a bad hair day then finding the right styling tools is essential. Unruly hair or hair with a natural curl should not be styled with a fine tooth comb as this can cause hair to look frizzy and cause damage. Heat styling tools can also cause hair to frizz and can cause damage to already dry hair. If you have curly or thick hair then you should invest in a good quality wide tooth comb for styling the hair, and also consider in investing in a good diffuser for your blow dryer. A diffuser can help to add definition to your hair and will leave it looking voluminous and bouncy. The best way to ensure you have a good hair day however is to allow hair to air dry, using a bit of a hydrating product.
Get a good hair cut
Damaged hair with a lot of split ends, or dryness will look worse. If it’s been a while since your last haircut and you are noticing your hair is not styling well or looking good, then it’s probably time for a haircut. Regular trims help with keeping your hair manageable and healthy.
Good choices for men who want to have a good hair day every day include clean cuts such as high fades, brushed back longer cuts or a Don Draper style.
Rules that everyone should abide by
No matter what your hair texture is, whether it’s thick and curly, or fine and straight, wavy or anything in between, there are some rules that everyone should follow. Find out what everyone should be doing to ensure every day is a good hair day!
Wash hair regularly
Hair that looks dirty and greasy is always going to be unattractive and equal a bad hair day. If you want your hair to look good then the best starting point is always clean, healthy hair. If you want your hair to look good then you should wash your hair on a regular basis. If you have a naturally dry scalp then you’ll need to shampoo less frequently and use a conditioning or mild shampoo that will not remove all the natural oil from the hair. Oiler scalps might want to shampoo more often. If you’re prone to bad hair days then the easiest way to get your hairdo under control is to wash your hair in the middle. Washing and wetting your hair will allow you to reshape and style your hair. This can be time consuming in the morning, so if you’re short on time then try dampening hair and reshaping it.
Test out new hair products
Have you ever tried out a shampoo or conditioner and felt like your hair suddenly look healthier and more voluminous? Have you ever discovered that it starts looking duller or doesn’t seem to take as well to the shampoo and conditioner after a few weeks?
The reason this happens is due to product build up and your hair gradually becoming accustomed to the hair products you are using. It’s important to switch up your hair products occasionally to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. Experimenting with different hair products will also help you to figure out what does and doesn’t work for your hair.
Nobody likes to have a bad hair day but unfortunately some men are more prone to them than others. There are some easy fixes for getting a bad hair day under control, including dampening hair, heat styling tools and certain styling products. The most important thing to remember is that hair should be washed well in order to create a good base to work from. Clean, healthy hair will always look better than dirty, damaged hair. If you don’t want a bad hair day then protecting the health and hydration of your hair should be priority number one. Hopefully you find these tips helpful and have a good hair day!