There is nothing quite like the frustration of your hair getting up on the wrong side of bed.
When you wake up and it looks like your head got caught in a fan or that an oil tanker crashed into your scalp overnight.
When it seems that no amount of product or styling can help.
When you’re wondering, ‘WHY ME, HAIR!?’.
Well, your hair has a few answers – and it’s probably telling you it comes down to built-up damage. So before you reach for a headscarf, read up on all the things that might be causing your bad hair day in the first place.
Most of us know that changes in temperature and humidity can wreak havoc on our hair, but this is exactly why.
Hair is largely hygroscopic which means it is able to exchange water molecules with moist or dry air. A dry atmosphere drives water molecules from your hair into the environment while humidity has the opposite effect, swelling pieces of hair as much as 16 per cent of its diameter.
Manufactured temperature can also have a significant effect on your hair with indoor heating and air conditioning causing damage.
While your hair might be dead, the follicle surrounding it is not. And it’s your diet that fuels this hair follicle, affecting the overall health of your hair.
Dermatologist Jessica Wu says that a person’s nails and hair “are a barometer of how well or how poorly you're feeding the body as well as your overall health.”
A poor diet lacking in nutrients will result in dry and brittle hair. Try eating more protein, iron and omega 3 fatty acids in foods like spinach, eggs and fish.
Just like your diet, other health and lifestyle-related factors can contribute to your bad hair day. Stress and anxiety is one of the major contributors to hair-loss and limpness.
Incorporating regular exercise and meditation into your daily life can do wonders for your hair health.