7 Quick Fixes for Hair Disasters
Bad hair days are a part of life, but they don’t’ have to be disastrous. Here are 7 hair disasters and quick fixes to get you out the door (disaster free!) without hassle.
Green, but not with envy – Has your blonde hair turned an unsightly shade of emerald after a dip in the pool or a day out in the sun? Unfortunately, blonde hair is susceptible to a color change due to minerals that cause a color reaction after certain activities. It may sound strange, but washing your hair with ketchup can help you turn your hair back to its normal color. The red color of the tomatoes in ketchup cancel out green tones, and the acid contained in this bright condiment help remove minerals that cause the change. Simply massage a few tablespoons of ketchup on your hair with your fingers, let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse with cool running water.
Dull hair – If your hair has lost its youthful sheen and body, it could be due to a buildup of product, the overuse of a product, and environmental factors, like pollen. There are many clarifying shampoos and products on the market, but for the DIY ladies out there, a homemade clarifying cleanser can do the trick. You’ll need apple cider vinegar, water and a spray bottle. Mix one part apple cider vinegar and give parts water in a spray bottle, then spray liberally on your scalp. Rub it until it starts to fizz, then rinse with cold water (the colder the water, the shinier your hair will be). Finish with a light spray-on conditioner and dry and style like usual for shinier, softer and bouncier hair.
Greasy hair, no time to shower! – We’ve all been there. Whether you pushed the snooze too many times or missed the alarm completely, sometimes there is just no time to wash and dry your locks. It’s easy to still look presentable at work without rocking the grunge look. The answer? Dry shampoo. This powder-in-a-can is sprayed on your roots and will soak up excess oil and leave your hair with a fresh scent. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo is a great choice, but you can also use a mixture of cornstarch, essential oil and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle for a DIY version of dry shampoo.
Big Box Mistake – The box dye job might have seemed like a good idea at first….if you find yourself with a funky hair color at home, the best thing to do is wash it with clarifying shampoo or dish soap ASAP. Permanent hair color sets very quickly, and washing it right away (before you dry it, if possible) can help the color fade or appear less harsh.
Staticy Charge – “That picture would be perfect if my hair wasn’t sticking straight up!” Sound familiar? Static electricity can wreak havoc on your do, especially if you’re a fan of hats or pullovers. One of the quickest ways to combat static electricity on your hair is to carry dryer sheets with you in your purse. Dryer sheets will smooth your hair without messing with the volume. Another option (that can also leave you smelling great) is to apply lotion to your hands and then rub them over your locks. The lotion will add enough weight to keep your strands from standing up.
Frizz fighter – There aren’t many hair types that aren’t occasionally perplexed by the summer frizzies and often times this can only be fixed by a trip to the hair salon. Brought on my humidity, frizzies can leave your hair unmanageable and limp. Instead of relying on a ponytail all summer, use a curling iron to add body and shape to your hair and smooth your strands. Spray your hair with a heat-protectant first. Another great tip is to wash your hair less, letting natural oils keep your hair smoother and fight frizz naturally.
Bad hair day – We all have days when the universe is working against us and our hair, and no matter what we do, our hair looks awful. It’s the classic bad hair day, but it doesn’t have to ruin your disposition. Use a sock with the toes cut out to create a perfectly formed top-knot. Use a few bobby pins to pull your hair into a half up-do. When all else fails, a sexy ponytail (wrap a few strands of hair around the elastic) or a side braid can do the trick!
Timothy Jenkins is a writer specializing in hair styles and hair fixes for women. Timothy also writes about Hair extensions at Philip James.