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Hairstyle Hacks: 16 Tricks To Cheat Your Bad Hair Day

by Lareese Craig Published on 2 May 2014
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Knots, grease and unruly curls - we’ve all had bad hair days but we’ve got a few tricks to help you look more human. From rinsing your bangs to embracing your boho and swapping glamour for grime, here’s the hairstyle hacks you need to know about. For girls that love a top knot...

1. Wear a headband

If you can’t wash it wrap it. A headscarf can hide a multitude of sins and they make you look like a bad ass 1940s land girl. Just a headscarf and a whole lot of sass.

2. Dry shampoo

Texture is everything. Talc, volumizing powder at the roots and dry shampoo. Make them part of your hair arsenal. ASAP.

3. Avoid straighteners

Ever stuck your greasy hair under a flat iron? Massive mistake. Not only does it smell funky but it’s a sure fire way to fry your hair.

4. The quick wash

We all know how greasy bangs can get and but don't let fringe freak outs put you off - there is a fast fix. Just dip your bangs in the sink (not as filthy as it sounds), shampoo and blow dry. Takes five mins! Simple.

5. The wet look

When your hair is massively overdue a deep cleanse but you’ve got zero time to style it, spray some water on there, comb it back and act like you invented the wet look. #wethairdon'tcare

6. Rock your roots

It’s BOT to look like a hot mess so make the most of it. Throw on a shift dress and make like boho is what you were born to do. After all the Olsen twins wouldn’t be seen on the front row without a bit of regrowth and grime. If you can’t beat them, join them.

7. Don’t overplay

Too much touchy feely and you’re basically giving your hair follicles the green light to produce more oil. Once you’ve decided on a style, stop touching and put down your hairbrush.

8. Slick it

Thank god Nicole Scherzinger made the slick-back ponytail a thing. This one minute hairstyle hack saves you some serious shower time and it pulls everything north for a flawless feline look. Meow.

9. Top knot

The miracle worker. Take bad hair days in your stride and adopt the top knot technique. Brownie points for using just your hand to comb it back into a bun. Messy rules.

10. Clip and go

Nine times out of ten your bangs will be behind your bad hair day. If you can't cover them up or stick them down with a baggy beanie then just roll them up and secure with a pin. It's like your forehead can finally breathe again.

11. The lazy fishtail

Plaits are the ultimate get out clause for troublesome tresses. Just twist them into a slouchy fishtail and sleep in it for days. No one will ever know you're scrimping on shampoo!

12. Sea salt spray

If your hair is looking seriously lack lustre why not give it the surf treatment with some sea salt spritzing? Fixes the flyaways AND disguises dirt. We're obsessed.

13. Bobby pin twist

It's amazing what a sliding bobby pin can do for a bad hair day. Working with a middle parting, twist a strand either side away from the face and pin. Voilà. One festival approved hair 'do.

14. The dishevelled chignon

Take this Hollywood classic and give it the modern rough up. It's less chignon chic, more beautiful bird's nest. But it works.

15. The braided knot

Usually we'd be cussing the knots in our hair but this is one loop to be thankful for. Divide your hair into two and gently tie into a knot. Double up and twist into a gorgeous bun. No fiddling around with donuts necessary.

16. Sweep over

A comb over might not be your signature style but it'll soon be your guilty pleasure. Hide all signs of a greasy parting by flipping your hair over to one side and finishing with a chunky plait. Fluff up your roots with baby powder and you're done. Your secret's safe with us.

How do you deal with a bad hair day? Tweet us you hairstyle hacks @sofeminineUK

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