Helpful Tips for a Hairy Problem

Marnie Cohen

Everyone has bad hair days. Unfortunately, it is just a part of life. Days when your hair is too oily, days when your hair simply isn’t co-operating or days when you just can’t be bothered doing it.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get around our hairy problem, and I am going to share with you a few of my go-to bad hair day solutions.

When my hair is too oily

I think everyone can relate to this – I often let my hair go one too many days without a wash. My hair feels slippery, looks shiny, is beginning to separate and really just looks a disaster.

My tip? Curl it. If I can see my hair is getting onto the oily side, I’ll pull the curling wand out and let it work magic onto my hair. The heat applied to the hair removes any slippery feeling, however the dirt and oils remaining in my hair will hold the curls together nicely. I always find this little tip will leave my locks looking fabulous, and feeling not too bad. Before I begin I like to run a little dry shampoo through my hair, and finish it off with some hairspray. I find that curling my hair will add an extra day or two onto my hair, before I need to wash it.

No curler? No problem! There are still plenty solutions. Plating and braiding are my next options, and they are a super quick and simple way to hide oily hair. With braids making a popular comeback this year, your hair will be looking its stylish best. Lock them in nice and tight, and your greasy hair will be hidden between the plaits. For something extra, try pairing your hair-do with a cute cap, floppy brimmed hat or bandana.   

When my hair isn’t co-operating

I think the most frustrating of all can be when we’re in a legitimate mood to get creative, and the plan backfires as our hair just isn’t feeling it. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t get my hair to behave and do what I want it to do.

In these instances I opt for a slicked back bun or pony tail. Pulling everything back super tight and into shape, there’s no chance for hairs to be moving out of place. I personally prefer the pony tail, especially if my hair is hanging dead straight, however a bun works really well too (especially for those with shorter hair).  Try using a smaller, yet strong hair tie to hold everything together, and finish it off with some hairspray.

When I just can’t be bothered

The ‘I can’t be bothered with my hair’ is the crime I commit most. It is very often that I have days when the last thing I feel like doing is spending a lengthy period of time getting my hair into gear.

The simple solution is a messy bun. Always the easiest thing to do, with the best results. I start by tipping my head upside down, and loosely pulling my hair to the top of my head. Next, I stand back up and loop my hair tie through twice, bringing it into a bun shape. Finally, I pull one or two shorter pieces out to complete the look.

I often like to use a bigger hair tie or scrunchie when throwing my hair into a bun. It adds more volume and completes the look. I also like to tie my hair into a slicked bun the night before, and wake up with the perfect, effortless messy bun.


I always find it helps having a bunch of hair accessories ready to go in case of emergencies. A couple of baseball caps and bright scrunchies are my go-tos, but I also have a few bandanas, black headbands and clips on hand if needed. Most often, if I can’t fix my hair alone, then I can rely on one of these items to do it for me.

Yes, I believe my hair has a mind of its own, however there is always a solution for every problem. Simplicity is often the key and you’ll be surprised with just how much you can come up with, and how you can turn a bad hair day into a great one.