20 Hair Struggles Every Girl Knows (And DIY Ways To Fix Them)

(Originally posted here on April 4, 2016)

20 Hair Struggles Every Girl Knows (And DIY Ways To Fix Them)

Whether your hair is curly, straight, or a little bit of both, you’ve probably dealt with most, if not all, of these struggles. A good day can turn bad really fast and all because of a strand of hair. We have all had it happen, and it’s just a devastating tragedy when it does. But hopefully with some of these solutions, you can turn a bad hair day into a fantastic one.

20. Jewelry getting caught

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Via: 9gag.com

No outfit is complete without the perfect necklace or some sparkly earrings. The only problem is if your hair is unruly and rebellious, it will fight against your jewelry on every front. It will either object to the removal of the jewelry and horde it within its tresses or it will sneak into the clasp attacking you and its shiny enemy.

A way to combat this is to wait to wear your awesome dangly earrings with the perfect up-do or add the plastic stoppers on the back of your earrings to help stop the tangling. For necklaces, depending on your necklace, you can get a jeweler to change the clasp to a magnetic one or you can take some ribbon at the end of the chains and tie the necklace together instead. The bow will add something extra to your necklace and won’t pull your hair.

19. Hair Traps

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Via: 9gag.com

Even if your hair is short, you know it can still get stuck in things like seat belts, zippers, and even the back of a chair. No one looks elegant while his or her hair is stuck in something. To help with a seatbelt, you can get a seatbelt cover and sit it up by the retraction or where the problem area is. The cover will help prevent your hair from getting in the little traps.

For zippers that are on your clothing and aren’t used, you can cover the teeth with clear nail polish. The nail polish will give it a smooth finish and you still get to see the zipper. When it comes to the chairs, bring a scarf with you and hang it off of the back of the chair. The chair will put a barrier between your hair and the trouble area.

18. Shampoo-to-Conditioner Ratio

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Via: 9gag.com

Most of you will have dealt with the struggle of never having enough conditioner. It always runs out first. A way to fix it is to use less conditioner between your shampooing and conditioning and take a tea towel or a washcloth and quickly towel dry your hair first.

When you are going to use the conditioner, start at the ends and work your way up, more conditioner is needed on the ends. You can concentrate where it is needed more, instead of wasting so much up at your roots. This will also give more volume to your hair.

17. A Mouthful Of Hair

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Via: rebelcircus.com

Nothing kills a sexy moment like kissing a mouthful of hair (well, unless its a sexy beard, that doesn’t count). If you find your hair keeps being a smooch blocker, try moving your hair to one side. When you lean in for your kiss, lean the way your hair is all falling so you aren’t fighting gravity for a little action.

16. Bobby Pins

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Via: buzzfeed.com

Booby pins are a hair necessity, yet you start out with about 400 and end up with 4 in only two days. Whether you loose them in your hair or they are stolen by gremlins, they always disappear. One way to keep track of them is when you take them out of your hair, you can pin them all together to make a chain so they are a bigger mass and not as easy to lose. Or, if you can, store them in awesome ways such as a magnetic strip in your bathroom either on the back of a cupboard door or on the wall, in cute little containers, or in a magnetic paperclip holder.

15. Hair Thieving Ponytails

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The ponytail is one of the simplest hairdos and yet it can be one of the most harmful styles for your hair. If you find your ponytail is pulling out a lot of your hair, it could be a couple of things. If your ponytail sits higher than your ears, there is more of a chance it will pull. The tightness of your ponytail also makes a big difference. If you are going to use a tight pony at the top of your head, use a more elastic type ponytail so there is more give in your hair. Also, when you are taking it out of your hair, don’t just pull it out; instead, unwind it from your hair.

14. Saving Arm Day For Blow-drying

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The chores of blow-drying your hair can really make you rethink your exercising goals. After 25 minutes, you feel like your arms are going to fall off and yet your hair is still damp. A faster way to get through your hair is to layer it as you dry. Take a hair clip or two (depending on your thickness) and leave the bottom part of your hair down, dry that section and then reposition your clip and dry the next section. Drying will go quicker because it’s getting through to all of your hair easier.

If you find you lose too much volume this way, you can also sit down and flip your head upside down and blow-dry your hair this way. Your hair being upside down will give your roots some volume and allows your arms to not be above your head.

13. Headbands Are Too Tight

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Headbands are adorable accessories; they can add the missing piece or be the perfect distraction from a messy bun that just won’t do what you want. But with their awesomeness, comes some downfalls. The inevitable headache that comes with a headband that is too tight sometimes makes the perfect hairdo impossible.

But there is a solution! If you find plastic headbands are your culprits, you can always opt for the fabric ones; they will give you the better fit. You can find thick and thin fabric ones and you can even find them made out of silk. If you just have to use the plastic ones, you can add some cushion on the ends so you have a barrier between your head and the plastic. You could use pom-poms or cotton balls or just a little piece of fabric glued onto the end.

12. Ponytail Dent

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If you have worn a ponytail, then you know about the dreaded ponytail dent. The beautiful crease it creates when the elastic is gone and all you’re left with is frustration. Well, frustration be gone! There are solutions to this horrible problem. Some as easy as using different elastics all together. You could invest in products like the Invisibobble, spin pins, or ribbon hair ties that are made to alleviate those dreaded dents. Or, if you are partial to your elastics, you can slightly move your ponytails location every 30 minutes or so to stop it from leaving the crease, high maintenance yes, but you still get the sleek ponytail look you want.

You can also try putting only the hair closest to the back of your head in a ponytail and pin the hair at the front back so it looks like it’s a part of it. That way, when you take it out, the hair on the top of your head can cover any crease that is created. Another solution is the no-poo method, where you use a cleansing conditioner instead of a shampoo and conditioner. This can sometimes make your hair healthier and helps to fight against the dreaded dent.

11. Ponytail Not The Right Size

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Via: her.ie

Have you ever just given up because your elastics are either too big or too small? Well, don’t you fret; it’s not you, its your elastic. If you can’t seem to find any traditional ones to work no matter the brand, you can always try something unconventional like the hair bungee. It allows you to choose the stretchiness and adjust it so your ponytail won’t fall flat. You can also try using a clip to hold your hair instead of an elastic.

10. Tangles

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Whether thick, thin, curly, or straight, everyone has had to deal with tangles at some point in their life. There are a couple easy remedies to help with all of the tears these little buggers can cause. You can try detangling your hair while it is wet or damp; if you try it dry, this is what can cause breakages.

First, section off your hair and dampen it with some water – you can add coconut oil or conditioner for some added help. When you start, use a comb not a brush and start from the bottom and work your way up your hair. This will cause the knots to get smaller and not just to grow as you go down. For the stubborn tangles, you can use a detangling spray. You can buy sprays or make your own. You can make it with just a spray bottle, 2 tablespoons of your favourite conditioner, and fill the rest of your bottle with water. Give it a good shake and start spraying.

9. The Cowlick

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Via: cosmopolitan.co.uk

The rebellious strand of hair that just won’t submit to your fashionable ways will soon learn its manners. To tame this piece of hair, you need to attack it at the source: your roots. You can attack it with a great weapon: your hairdryer. Use a brush to hold the rebellious strand and blow dry it from all sides making sure to move it, or you can blow dry it just in the direction you want that piece to go. You might also want to put those strands in restraints with a low-hold serum to make sure it knows whose the boss.

8. The Bun

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The bun is an easy concept, but sometimes a difficult execution. The lazy up-do is sometimes more work than its worth. Some ways to once again add this up-do back into your rotation are as simple as using a sock bun to force your hair to keep its shape. You could also use spin pins along with your ponytail to keep the bun secure. You could also tie your hair into a couple of knots and pin the ends to create the messy bun instead of the traditional twisting of your hair.

7. More Hair In Your Brush Than On Your Head

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A normal human loses about 50 hairs a day but, if after every brush, you find there is enough hair to make up a wig, then there might be some issues. But some of those can be fixed with a couple of different solutions. You could be using the wrong brush, using a brush with plastic needles that are widely spaced is better for your hair than the ones with bristles. Try to brush your hair less. Let it relax and breathe so it is taking less damage.

When you do brush your hair, make sure it’s dry and not wet. If you need to go through it while it is wet, use a comb instead. Brush your hair in small sections at a time. The small sections will allow you to go through the hair less and still get all of the tangles out. Also, make sure the brush you are using is clean and washed out. Using a brush already filled with hair can create spaces where more hair can get caught. Last but not least, when you find a big knot, don’t angrily brush it, stay calm and take it piece by piece.

6. Bed Head

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We have all woken up at least once with crazy out of control hair. But there are ways to keep the crazy under control. With seven easy steps, you can be the master of your own bed head. First, make sure to go to bed with dry hair. You can use a leave-in conditioner; it will help keep the moisture in your hair. Before bed, make sure you brush it. You can also wrap it up to sleep in, using conditioner wrap your hair around your head and use a couple pins to keep it in place.

You could also try a top-knot or a bun in your hair while you sleep, making sure to use a scrunchie or a tug-free hair tie while you are sleeping. Sleep with a humidifier on, this will also add some moisture back in your hair. Also, you could invest in some silk sheets; they will create less friction while you are sleeping.

5. Broken Hair Clips

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Via: projectjunkieinthecity.blogspot.com

If you find your keeps breaking hair clip after hair clip, it could be the style you are using. Some hair is too thick to hold and some hair just fights against them. If they just keep breaking, try using a different size clip and if that doesn’t work, go to a different style; instead of the jaw clips, try a banana clip or a barrette instead.

4. The Good Hair Day Timeline

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Via: weheartit.com

One of the most heartbreaking hair catastrophes is creating the perfect hairstyle and it falling flat an hour later. There are a couple of tricks to help it stay all day, so don’t you fret. You can start your hairstyle by using a heat protectant product that also has shine and frizz control built into it. Hairspray is also your best friend when it comes to staying power.

If you are using spray and it is still falling, you can try using a different brand or a different strength to match your hair needs. You can also use a texturizing powder to help create a base for your hair and ensure your hair holds onto each other. If you want to keep the same hairstyle for the next day, you could even try a silk or satin pillowcase to sleep on and after all the previous steps, it might help preserve the style over night.

3. Humidity

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Vacations and warmer weather bring with it humidity. With humidity comes frizz and volume control issues. But there is a way to lessen the effects of humidity. One way is to start in the shower; you can use a lightweight shampoo and conditioner specially made for hydration.

Keeping your hair from getting too dry will help against the frizzing super powers of humidity. After you have used the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, attack it with a lightweight serum or oil to help keep that moisture in. After blow-drying your hair again to combat the humidity, use an anti-frizz hairspray to lock it all in.

2. Too Much Or Too Little Volume

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Everyone knows hair volume can make or break a look. Everyone curses hair volume whether it is too little or too much. For the ones cursed with not enough volume, try not using products so close to your roots. When you do use products, make sure they are lightweight so they don’t weigh your hair down. You can also use volumizing products that concentrate on the roots. When blow-drying your hair, you can also do it upside down, concentrating on your roots to trick them into going the right way.

If too much volume is your curse, all hope isn’t lost for you either. Products are your friends. You can use a deep moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that will help stop you hair from being too fluffy. Leave-in conditioners will also control the frizz, which sometimes gives your hair body as well. Gels and styling serums will also help to smooth out your hair and tame its height.

1. No Variety

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Via: beerwahhairandbeauty.com

We’ve all been so bored and frustrated with our hair that we have thought about cutting it ourselves just for something different. If you are too afraid to just chop it all off, there is some things you can do to create some variety and change in your hair. If you find you always have your hair up—have it down; if you never do up-dos—change it. You can also do something less drastic, like bangs. Colour can also add some spice into your relationship with your hair.

Hopefully some of your hair frustrations have been solved and now you can get on with the rest of your day looking fabulous while you do it.

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