Having a good hair day is more than just about having hair that looks good. Your hair can definitely affect your mood, afterthink about it: When your hair is doing what it's supposed to, everything else just seems to fall into place. But when it's not behaving, your day can go from bad to worse in a second.
That empowering effect of "looking good, feeling good" really is a thing — so much so that there's even a National Good Hair Day! And although having a "good hair day" every day may seem out of reach, it's really not hard to achieve. Just follow our simple tips below and you'll soon be on the road to great hair.
Use a heat-protectant spray.
The easiest way to ensure that you have a good hair day is to use a heat-protectant spray, like the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray ($7.71, Amazon), after you wash your hair and before you straighten, curl, or blow-dry it. Not only will this protect your hair from any heat damage, but it will also create the perfect base for you to whip up a long-lasting hairstyle.
Did you know that blow-drying can cause damage to your hair? Hair dryers work at a lower temperature than straighteners, but blow-drying, brushing, and styling your hair can damage your hair in the long run. When you blow-dry wet hair, it's weaker and so more susceptible to breakage. Make sure to always use a heat protectant!
Add some oomph.
Backcombing or teasing your hair can go a long way in making your mane look like you've just stepped straight out of a hair salon. This is especially true for those days when you want to wear your hair down. To create some volume at the roots, you'll need to use a trusty teasing brush and some root-boosting spray or powder. If you just want volume at the back, then focus on just your crown area. But if you want an all-over body boost, then be sure to backcomb — by repeatedly combing the hair towards the scalp, causing the hair to tangle a bit — the whole top section of your head.
Amp up the shine.
It's no secret that great hair is always associated with shininess — just look at Kate Middleton for proof! So if you want to make every day a good hair day, look to up your shine status. In the long run, you can achieve this by using a weekly deep-conditioning hair mask to quench dry hair. But in the mornings, you can seal your strands with a lightweight hair serum to add an effortless layer of shine.
Keep emergency hair products in your handbag.
Even when you style your hair to perfection in the morning, you can still fall victim to a bad hair day when things like bad weather threaten to dampen your style. But being prepared by having emergency hair products in your handbag can help you avoid this. Carry some mini styling products (think hairspray, dry shampoo, hair serum, and a hair brush) with you at all times, and you'll be sure to stay one step ahead of the elements, come rain or shine.
This post was written by Arianna Chatzidakis,and shared with you by Irene Pagan on YGS. For more, check out our sister site, Grazia.