7 Easy Ways To Fix A Bad Hair Day At Work
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By Carly Cardellino for Cosmopolitan
You know when you get to your office, and you absolutely hate your hair, and the worst thing about it is that you'll be stuck with it all day? Here's how to fix all of those bad hair days.
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Frizz Fight2 of 8
Scenario #1: Your textured hair has frizzed up at work.
Advice: "When curly hair is dry you can't fix it, so you have to wet it," says celeb stylist Gardner Edmunds. "At work, keep a conditioning spray nearby, which dampens the hair and resets the curl without making it look frizzy." Edmunds suggests spraying one like Living Proof No Frizz Restyling Spray onto hair, and using your pointer finger, reforming the curl.
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Scenario #2: You have fine hair that started out voluminous-looking, but an hour before your big meeting it fell flat.
Advice: "Keep a travel-size dry texturizing spray, like Oribe's, in your bag at all times," he says. "To give yourself a boost of body, flip your hair over and spray it everywhere, but mainly concentrating it on your roots. Not only will it help to soak up any oil on your scalp, it will also add instant volume."
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Straight Up4 of 8
Scenario #3: You have a straight, sleek-looking style, but by the time you get to work you have a kink in your hair from putting it behind your ear or being tucked into your coat collar.
Advice: "There really isn't a magic trick for getting your hair straight again once it has a bend in it," says Edmunds. "But keep a mini flat iron in your desk drawer, so you can flatten out any kinks before a big meeting." Try the Amika Mighty Mini Ceramic Styler.
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Curl Power5 of 8
Scenario #4: You want to make sure your ringlets last longer.
Advice: "To lock in your style, curl your entire head, then apply a lightweight hairspray," says Edmunds. "Divide your hair down the center from your hairline to the nape of your neck as if you were about to create pigtails. Twist each side away from your face, securing in a bun behind your ears. When you get to work, let your hair down and shake it out."
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Give Static6 of 8
Scenario #5: You have major static.
Advice: When you have a static charge, neutralize it. Edmunds suggests rubbing a pea-sized dollop of serum, like Aveda Smoothing Fluid, in the palm of your hands, and applying it from the middle of your hair to the ends. If you have oily, static-y hair, don't use a serum. Instead, try a light-hold hairspray like Aveda Air Control. The worst thing for static-plagued hair is brushing it, so avoid that at all costs.
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Scenario #6: Your hair turns oily around 4 p.m. after you've played with it all day.
Advice: "Spray a dry shampoo onto your roots and brush it through, so that it coats your hair at the roots and soaks up the oil," says Edmunds. If your hair is so oily you have to put it up, apply dry shampoo and then pull your hair into a French twist. Then, hit it with some hairspray—the alcohol it contains will help soak up any oil. Try PSSSST! Spray Shampoo.
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Do the Wave8 of 8
Scenario #7: You have wavy hair that falls flat midday.
Advice: "Keep a salt spray in your bag to revive your waves around 2 p.m.," says Edmunds. "Apply it all over, then twist it into a bun and let it dry—this will reinvigorate your wave. You can also spray the same product on your hair and scrunch it up from ends to roots, using your hands and holding it for a few seconds when you get closer to your roots. The heat from your palm will help activate the salt spray, allowing it to restyle your waves." Try L'Oréal Paris Beach Wave Spray.
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