Six Ways To Regain Your Confidence On A Bad Hair Day


Hair is often described as a woman’s crowning glory, but sometimes it can feel like just the opposite. Most people know that “Bad Hair Day” feeling, which kicks in when you get out of bed and find that your hair just won’t do what you want it to. Perhaps you feel you need a cut and restyle, but there is no time to get to the salon. Alternatively, maybe you have just had a new style and aren’t happy with the results, feeling that it’s not quite you after all… or that a new colour doesn’t suit you as much as you had hoped.

Bad hair blues can also strike if you have been feeling rundown and fear that your state of health is taking the shine out of your locks. Or maybe you are worried about female hair loss. Equally, there might be no special reason for your concern about your hair, just the fact that your self-esteem is rather low at the moment. Whatever the reason for your hairstyle worries, here are some ways of boosting your confidence.

Revamp Your Style: An expensive salon visit isn’t always needed to give a new look to a tired cut. You can do a lot at home by grabbing some straighteners or a heated styling brush, or using soft bendy rollers to it give more shape and body. Changing your parting and using styling products such as mousses and gels can also give you a different look. Or, if your hair is getting too long and you haven’t got time to get it cut, make a virtue of the length and try putting it up in a bun.

Bring Back the Shine: Try a different shampoo and conditioner, or splash out on a nourishing hair treatment which will make your hair both feel and look good. Set aside the time to indulge yourself and enjoy experimenting with different products to find out what works well for you. Coconut milks and oils are among the natural ingredients which can help to create a shine. Also, take a look at your diet and make sure it is nutrient-rich. Fish, seeds and nuts are among the foods which could help to put the shine back in your hair.


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Accessorise: Wearing new hair accessories is another way to give a boost to lacklustre locks. A clip-in hairpiece, such as a ponytail, will add interest, or you could use a top-piece to hide growing-out roots or thinning hair on the crown. Colourful braids are another fun option, or try using headbands, clips and other accessories. A bright scarf or piece of jewellery could also serve as a distraction from your hair, giving something else to focus attention on.

Pamper Yourself: Sometimes you may realise that your hair isn’t really the problem, and you are just worrying about it because you are feeling stressed out in general. In this situation, it can help to take a step back and do something which will relax you, such as booking a massage or beauty treatment or a day out at a spa. A little pampering makes a great break in a busy life, and can help you to keep a sense of perspective about your hair. 

Cover Up: If nothing works and you just can’t bear to let your hair be seen, don’t be afraid to go for the cover-up option. Many celebrities, including superstar singer Adele, regularly wear wigs to avoid constantly restyling their own hair – and the good news is that there are now many realistic-looking wigs on the market which are much easier to wear than the heavier versions of the past.


Try a Hat: As well as wigs, hats are another great option for covering hair, and they are also currently very fashionable. There are many styles to choose from, including Fedoras and Trilbies – borrowed from the boys, and, with winter on the way, all kinds of warm hats and scarves are also now available, which will both look good and stop you getting cold. Just remember to have a comb and brush to hand, to avoid being left with “hat hair” when you take off your headgear!


Terry O’Brien is a leading trichologist at The London Centre of Trichology, which provides diagnosis and treatment of male and female hair loss.

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