While bad hair days aren’t harbingers of the end of the world, it feels pretty close. It’s hard to pull yourself together for a demanding day ahead when your feel-good confidence deflates every time you catch your own reflection.
But, that doesn’t mean we should take the backseat every time a bad hair day comes around. Whether it’s the harsh weather causing the slump in your hair or the possibility that you might have slept on your wrong side the night before, we’ve curated some 30-minute tips to share with you so you can bid your bad hair days adieu.
Mix ½ cup water, ½ cup apple cider and five drops of tea tree oil together. Then, apply on scalp and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
Tea tree oil is great for fighting dandruff because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties. The oil helps to fight the fungus that causes dandruff without drying the scalp, so it will help to eliminate any problems that can lead to the flaking of your scalp, too. The acidity in apple cider vinegar works in the same way.
For Oily Hair
Mix equal parts witch hazel and mouthwash. Then, dab with cotton balls onto wet scalp before shampooing your hair.
Both witch hazel and mouthwash are wonderfully effective astringents that help to decrease the production of sebum on your scalp. Mouthwash is also an antiseptic that will help to prevent bacterial growth which can damage your hair.
For Damaged Hair
Mash one avocado in a bowl. Then, add a tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix well before applying the mixture to just-washed, towel-dried hair. Leave on for 25 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
If you have dry or damaged hair, avocado, honey, and olive oil all possess moisturising properties. On top of that, avocado, chock-full of vitamins B and E, can work at the cellular level to help protect and strengthen hair. Vitamin E helps repair damage on the scalp that may slow hair growth, while Vitamin B is essential for hair growth.
For Dull Hair
Brush ¼ cup of olive oil onto your hair, starting at the roots. Then, leave it on for 30 minutes before you blow dry the ends for another 5 minutes.
Essentially, you are using the olive oil as a conditioner. Olive oil contains primary chemical elements such as oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene—all of which are emollients that possess softening qualities. It helps dull hair to glow by smoothing the outer cuticle of the hair and strengthen your hair by penetrating the hair shaft to retain moisture.
However, if all else fails and you still find your hair a hot mess, simply pull it up into a messy chignon that will render your look with a certain je ne sais quoi to conquer the day.