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5 tricks to disguise bad hair days

You can't run to the salon every time you're having a bad hair day. But you can salvage those crisis days by giving these beauty tips a shot

Whether it's a fish tail, milkmaid or messy braid, the beauty of braids is that they can magically help you hide unkempt, unmanageable hair and tame them to make you look elegant and feminine. Plus, braids have become a popular look on fashion run-ways, the world over, and are in vogue.

Fish tail braid
How to get the look: Comb and remove any tangles from your hair. If you have fly-aways, use a smoothing cream to settle the mane before you start braiding. Divide your hair into two large sections, straight down the middle of your hair. Decide which direction you want to weave; you can weave from right to left or left to right. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the first section. Pull this strand over the first section, and add it under the second section on the other side. In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the first section and finishes under the second section. The skinnier the strand, the more intricate the braid will look. Finish the fish tail braid off by tying your hair with a hair bobble. You can also add a cute ribbon, barrette or charm to give it some personality.

Half pulled back braid
How to get the look: Start by taking a one-two inch section of hair on one side of your hair above your ear. Split this section in three and make a braid. Angle the braid back around your head and secure the end of the braid with a small, clear hair elastic. Repeat on the other side, taking a section above your ear and making a braid. Secure the end with an elastic. Bring the first braid across the back of your head and pin in place with bobby pins.

Messy bun
If it's hot outside and you're in the mood to have an updo, the messy bun is a great choice. The best part about this hairstyle is that it doesn't have to be perfect, so you can get away with any mishaps! Also, it will help draw attention to your face, instead of your hair. High, low or to the side, with a few strands framing your face, this casual take on the classic chignon can work wonders to camouflage any bad hair day.
How to get the look: Apply a heat protective, straightening cream on mid length to end of your hair and use a full volume mousse towards the roots to towel-dried hair. Blow-dry four-inch sections of hair (using medium heat), holding the hairdryer a little away from your head, and use a paddle brush to straighten and smooth each section. Pull your hair into a loose ponytail and secure it with elastic at your crown. Twist and wrap your hair into a messy bun, then loop the ends through the elastic. Run your fingers through the front of your hair to loosen it from the elastic, and add texture. Mist your entire head with a hairspray to secure your style. Use a colouful headband as an accessory to turn any loose bun into a chic style!

Pin it up
If you have a fringe that's not behaving, just pin it back with some cutesy barrettes or bobby pins for a quick fix. Using something as simple as pins can save the day!
How to get the look: Start with clean dry hair. Spray each section with a styling spray before rolling. Using medium to large hot rollers or velcro rollers (velcro rollers require external heat from a blowdryer). Set your entire head, using an irregular pattern i.e. place the rollers in different directions to give it a more natural look. Leave rollers in for a minimum of 15 minutes. Take the rollers out and rake your fingers through the hair. Now pull your sides back and secure with accessorised pins. For extra security, use pins in an X pattern.

Style tip:
Don't style your hair, until it's completely dry. Sometimes, wet hair doesn't style the way you want it to. Eventually, it may become frizzy and fall apart through the day. Moreover, using heated styling tools like flat irons or curling tongs on wet hair may cause them severe damage. So remember to just let your locks air dry.


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