Switching your hair day from bad to good can boost both your appearance and your mood middle school English textbook.
Did you wake up today feeling that wearing a beanie was your only solution to that crazy hair? You’re not alone. Despite what TV would have you believe, it’s not the norm to wake up with perfect hair (or make up for that matter!). Most of us wake up with a shocker hairdo at least three days a week… that’s 156 days a year!
Bad hair, bad mood!
Whether you’re fighting with frizz, or waging war with the weather, a “bad hair day” affects more than just your appearance. There is a strong relationship between what you see in the mirror, and your self-image. A number of studies show that having an off day with your hair can have a knock-on effect on your mental well-being. So much so, that seeing yourself with crazy hair can lower your self-esteem and make you feel socially insecure.
What to do when good hair goes bad
Regardless of the type of hair that you have, there are a few “bad-hair generators” that you should always try to avoid. Here is a list of what they are and how to get around them:
- Hot water – using super-hot water may feel great but it’s sucking out all the moisture from your hair. Using cooler water helps to seal in moisture from your conditioner
- Dodgy hair products – you don’t need anything fancy, but choose something suitable for your specific hair type. This also means you should avoid using your housemates “anti-dandruff” products… especially if you don’t suffer from dandruff.
- A typical “student diet” – 2 minute noodles does not count as a balanced meal. Over time, your diet can make your hair more and more unhealthy, so make sure you eat protein and iron-rich foods for strong, healthy hair. Good choices are eggs, bananas, fish and spinach.
- You’re under pressure – who isn’t, especially at this time of year? Hormones affect how your hair looks, and stress has an impact on your hormones (greasy hair alert!) Stress also shifts blood flow away from your scalp, meaning your hair won’t be getting the nutrients it needs. Stress isn’t always avoidable, but when stress hits, mix up your hair care routine to ensure your hair gets the extra attention it needs (and deserves).
- Chemical and heat overload – your hair is dead material, which is the reason you can treat it with strong chemicals, cut it or apply heat to it without feeling anything. The only problem is that since your hair is not alive, it can’t repair itself. Consider going “au natural” more often. Even if this is only once or twice a week, the less damage you do to your hair, the fewer beanie days you will have!
- It’s time for a haircut – the longer your hair gets, the more dry and brittle it gets. Your hair grows about 1.2cm every 4-6 weeks, so take that into account the next time you notice your hair looking limp and lifeless.
No one can have supermodel hair every day. The challenge is to accept the hair you have, and not to be chained to your hair iron or relaxing cream. The media’s idea of beauty is always changing, but your self-esteem and self-confidence is always in style!