A few weeks ago, my husband told me that the 80s metal scene was on the phone for me: it wanted its hair back. See, I have naturally curly hair that I usually beat into straight submission with the help of my trusty flat irons. This takes plenty of work, mind you, since I love bangs and refuse to let them grow out. On this particular bad hair day, I was too tired/lazy/apathetic to do anything other than let it dry naturally…and, voila, the perfect 80s storm of poodle-esque "business in the front, party in the back" was born. Now maybe your hair days aren’t quite as heinous as mine, but no matter who you are, there’s no woman walking the earth today that’s immune to their ego-deflating power (why do you think J.Lo learned to rock those scarves?). Here are the three most common reasons that your strands misbehave, and how to keep them in check. #1 Wrong haircut Bad cuts are like bad boyfriends: It may not be that they’re bad in general, they’re just not right for you. In fact, what often makes a cut bad is that it works against your natural hair texture, or it’s just too much work in general (and too complicated for your lifestyle and beauty routine). “If your stylist spent 45 minutes fussing to finish it, chances are you won't be able to re-create the look once you get home,” says Washington, D.C. stylist Jeremy Row. When the cut is good, hair naturally behaves better under all circumstances and is more likely to do what you want it to. It also works with your hair texture and type, so it can actually help control frizz and defy the gravity that always seems to be tugging at your limp locks. Next time you see your stylist, bring along pictures of styles you like but make sure to be honest when you discuss your hair texture, how much time you’re willing to spend on your hair, and what types of products and tools you use. Don’t forget to mention what you don't like about your hair (the cowlick, the frizz, etc), and ask for solutions. #2 Hair type Every hair type has its pros and cons, but the right products can virtually erase those traits you wish didn’t belong to your tresses. #3 Weather Congratulations—the cause of your tress trauma is something completely out of your control. But there is good news: you can beat the barometer with a few tweaks to your routine. How do you save your bad hair days?


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