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    27 Things To Keep On Hand In Case Of A Bad Hair Day

    Beware: things might get... hairy.

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    Ever have one of those mornings where your hair just won't cooperate? From fly-aways to bangs that have a mind of their own, a bad hair day is just...BAD.


    But we don't need to continue to suffer! It's time to take a stand against hairy mishaps. There are tons of products that can help turn a bad day into a fabulous one.

    1. A one-step hair dryer and styler that'll take your hair from drab to fab in no time.


    Do you often wake up with over-the-top frizzy hair? Let this tool be your savior in a pinch! Unlike conventional hair dryers, this styler can be used to both dry and style your hair at the same time. Magic!

    Promising review: "This brush makes drying thick, natural hair so much easier. It has three settings and it detangles as you brush. My granddaughter usually complains about how painful it is to detangle and dry her hair. I didn't hear one 'ouch!' This product makes my life easier." β€”Frequent Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in black or pink).

    2. A set of Turbie Twist hair towels to fight frizz as soon as you step out of the shower.


    The one thing my sisters fight over when we're all staying at my parents' house are the Turbie Twists. Believe it or not, these microfiber towels make a huge difference when it comes to drying your hair and eliminating frizz. They're also amazing if you want to multitask while your hair dries. I will definitely be ordering this four-pack for my siblings and I to share.

    Promising review: "These are amazing! They look super cute, dry your hair, and keep it from getting damaged. I like that it keeps my hair out of my face long enough for me to finish my routines before addressing my hair." β€”Vicki

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $21.99.

    3. Living Proof's 5-in-1 styling product that'll literally guarantee a perfect hair day. What more could you wish for?

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    Living Proof has done it again with their PhD (Perfect hair Day) 5-in-1 styling treatment. Created to protect hair from humidity, reviewers say it works wonders on thick hair. It's safe for all hair types, is silicone-free, and can be used on colored and chemically treated hair. Sign. me. up.

    Promising review: "I have medium length fine hair. I only have to use a nickel-sized dollop to give my hair volume! It has a pleasant smell also." β€”SherryA

    Get it from Walmart for $18.98+ (available in 2 or 4 oz).

    Check out our full review of Living Proof 5-in-1 here (#8)!

    4. Ouai wave spray you can spritz right onto your wet hair for chic, beachy waves on a whim.

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    I would put my life on the line for Jen Atkin's magic Ouai wave spray. I have naturally wavy/curly hair and most mornings I run my sleepy head under my shower faucet, use some bobby pins to pin some pieces of hair back, then spray this all over before I head out the door. It's a miracle product.

    Promising review: "I actually use this product as a hairspray rather than a texture spray. I curl my hair and spray this all over and it keeps my curls in tact without it being weighed down, feeling dry/crunchy, etc. You can't even feel the product in your hair it's so weightless! Gives your hair a nice shine as well. I have thin hair so my curls typically fall flat but with this my curls just look like effortless beachy curls-LOVE!" β€”Purrdykitty

    Get it from Sephora for $12+ (available in 1.7 or 5 oz).

    5. A set of hair clips that'll transform a failed updo into something super chic.

    I have SO many mornings where I fiddle with my hair, twisting and turning it, putting up, taking it down, all for naught. It's on these days that the only solution is to throw my hair in a bun and MOVE ON. But thanks to these minimalist hair clips I can now transform my last-ditch hair effort into something a bit more composed β€” classy, even! The set comes with 15 different designs, so you're sure to find a favorite.

    Promising review: "I wasn't expecting a lot because of how cheap these were, but they are so cute! They don't look cheap, and you get a lot of options. I love that there is a silver and gold version of each. Would definitely recommend!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a 15-piece set from Amazon for $11.99.

    6. A hair straightener brush to give you a sleek 'do with no stress.

    This enhanced hair straightener brush by MiroPure incorporates the heat styling of a straightener with the knot-freeing abilities of a brush, resulting in silky-looking, healthy hair! You won't have any flat, burnt hair after using this tool.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but this straightening brush is amazing! I have tight curls/coils and this brush straightened better than my very expensive flat iron. I brushed my hair with a wire brush in sections and then passed the straightener brush through once and it was shiny and straight. Would definitely recommend for anyone with curly hair β€” even my natural-hair sisters with kinky/coily curls!" β€”Kamesha Fontenette

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

    7. A hair dryer that'll work with you to prevent bad hair days before they even start.


    Bad hair day? Say no more. The Lee Stafford Hair Blow Dryer is here to save you! It's designed to help prevent heat damage, and the coconut oil–infused grille creates smooth, shiny-looking hair. It also features three different heat settings and two speed settings, so no matter your hair type you'll love using this tool. Adios, frizz. (This is also our budget pick on BuzzFeed Reviews for best hair dryer!)

    Promising review: "I used it for the first time and man I love it! I really like the setting, and the fan and temperatures are perfect! The color is pretty, I like how the back is as well. I blow-dried both my and my daughter's hair. My daughter's hair took longer but came out smooth and shiny, and didn't take long to dry. I could feel the smoothness on my hand. I'm very happy!" β€”Natasha

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    8. A hydrating argan oil hair mask to refresh your dry or damaged hair.


    Have you noticed your ends splitting or breaking off throughout the day? I'm going through that right now but simply don't have time to schedule a haircut. What's a girl to do? OH, right β€” use this hair mask! Its sole purpose is to repair, store, and strengthen weak, damaged, and ove-processed hair, which in turn will help prevent more bad hair days.

    Promising review: "My hair is very thin and curly. The ends are damaged from heat and color, causing my hair to look even more unruly. I do oil treatments once a week and only wash my hair two to three times a week but NOTHING has made my hair feel like this product does. There is an immediate difference as soon as this product touches my hair. It leaves my hair feeling so silky, even after I rinse it out and dry my hair." β€”Maegan W.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    9. A set of 100 no-crease hair ties, which will make sure you can put your hair up in a last-minute ponytail comfortably, without worrying about looking messy when you take it out., Amazon

    And because there are SO many in this set, you'll never find yourself without a hair tie again! I have tons of these ribbon-like elastics and love them for putting together a last-minute sporty look. Opt for one of the more colorful options to add a little pizazz to your pony.

    Promising review: "I love these hair ties because the colors and fun designs dress up my ponytail and they hold my hair secure without causing the usual ponytail 'sore area on your head.' They come in mostly solid colors with a few patterns sprinkled in here and there. The material on most of the ties is slightly pearlescent and a very rich color with a lot of stretch to it." β€”Alice

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in six styles).

    10. A headband that's so versatile you can wear it to the gym, to work, or on a date.,

    I'm not exaggerating when I say headbands saved my life for a solid year and a half after I make the life-altering mistake of getting...bangs. This magical headband can be styled in 14 different ways β€” you truly can wear it anywhere!

    Promising review: "YOU GUYS. This is literally the best headband I've ever worn. I have a small head and fine hair that tends to be slippery with just about every other headband out there, even the ones with the little rubber grips on them. I've also found that headbands are usually made to be sporty or made to be dressy β€” not both. This is no longer a problem! I'm wearing these headbands for yoga, weight training, and to dress up an outfit. Oh, and to work. They stay put on your head, no matter what you do, and are extremely soft and comfortable. They are stretchy but keep their shape. My only complaint is that I need them in ever single color known to man!" β€”K. Metzger

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 30 colors)

    11. A set of velvet scrunchies you can use to easily dress up even the most boring of hairstyles.


    Did you wake up late and now you don't have any time to do your hair? Fear not! Simply throw it up in a pony or a (somewhat) neat bun, accessorize it with a pretty velvet scrunchie, and head for the door! It'll look like you made an effort without actually having to.

    Promising review: "The scrunchies are very soft, are very strong and stretchy, and surprisingly smell pretty good. They can make an outfit more interesting even by just wearing them on your wrist. 11/10 would recommend." β€”Torence H.

    Get then from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in a pack of 10 or 13).

    12. A tiny straightener to keep at your desk for inevitable hair emergencies.,

    I can't begin to tell you how many times I've gotten caught in a spontaneous rainstorm after straightening my hair. I'm probably cursed, but I digress. I'm not above breaking out a straightener in the office bathroom to salvage my hair for the rest of the day β€” and you shouldn't be either! This Kipozi Titanium Flat Iron is only 1 inch wide, making it perfect to stash under your desk. The temperature ranges from 170℉ to 450℉ so it can tackle all hair types.

    Promising review: "Having overprocessed, dry hair, I look for irons with variable heat settings. I love that this flat iron has settings from dry, damaged hair all the way to high heat for healthy thick hair. And once I set the temperature, it automatically returns to that same temperature the next time it gets plugged in. It heats up super quickly, which is so important in the morning, as I'm usually running late!!!" β€”Laurie Lotus

    Get it from Amazon for $37.06 (available in black, gold, and pink).

    13. A chunky beanie you'll love because it's cozy and convenient for surviving a bad hair day.


    Alright, friends: Sometimes the best thing to do is throw a beanie on and call it a day. To be honest, I like rocking a beanie despite how my hair looks. This set comes with two soft cable-knit beanies that you'll never want to take off. They're the perfect way to feel comfortable in the colder months while still looking cool and put-together. Win-win!

    Promising review: "Love my beanies! I wear them almost every day. Has good amount of slouch to it and it doesn't stick up like you have a cone head either β€” I was worried about this happening. I didn't realize how cold my ears and head got until I started wearing these. Will definitely purchase more colors in the future! They are very comfortable and stylish." β€”Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50+ (available in 77 color pairings).

    14. Or a similar hat from Love Your Melon that'll keep your hair in check and make you feel like a good human since 50% of their profits are given to the Love Your Melon fund to support the fight against pediatric cancer.

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    I have one of these hats and NO JOKE it is the softest thing I've ever put on my head. Stylish, comfy, and a chill slouchy fit? You'll find me wearing one of these all winter long.

    Get it from Love Your Melon for $30.

    15. An Invisibobble hair ring to stop pesky strands from escaping your ponytail or bun.


    I am truly obsessed with my Invisibobble hair rings. I have them in a variety of colors and keep one on me at all times. If your hair isn't doing what you want, simply grab one of these and you'll be able to put together a chic bun in no time. They don't pull on your hair AT all (they're my go-to for when I need to put my hair up in the shower or for the gym). Helpful tip: After wearing them all day the ring will stretch out, you can toss it into hot water to bring it back to its original size.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    Not into pink? Check out a ton of other styles here.

    16. A bejeweled headband that'll make your bad hair day a memory of the past.


    The best way to tame those irritating flyaway baby hairs is to flatten them out with a sparkling, over-the-top headband. I'm loving the jewels on these elastic hairbands and I know I'd grab one regardless of whether I was having a bad hair day or not. The set comes with five different styles that will add some extra flair to any of your outfits.

    Promising review: "As a professional jewelry maker, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these! They are not overly tight like most, but don't slide off my head at all either! I have never been able to wear a headband all day without needing to reset it before. But I swear by these. The backing fabric has excellent grip while never snagging your hair. They are also very pretty and sparkly :)" β€”Conyay

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A detangling brush to help you start your hair-doing process on the right foot., Amazon

    The Wet Brush Pro Detangle Hair Brush is beloved on Amazon, with 3,877 customer reviews and a 4.5-star rating that can't be messed with. It goes without saying that this tool will help you kickstart your day the right way by removing the knots from hair without causing you any pain. Note: Make sure to choose the brushes that have Prime shipping, as customers have received fake ones when choosing other options.

    Promising review: "This brush is frigging magic. I would have never considered purchasing this if I had seen it in a store, the bristles are very 'flimsy' and I would have assumed it would do nothing to my super thick, curly, coarse (currently bleach-damaged) long hair that turns into a cavewoman wig by the end of one day. The great reviews persuaded me to give it a try. SO happy with the results! The brush is very gentle and I see very little hair on the brush even after going through the worst of rats nests. It is simply amazing. I was so tired of brushing my hair, I was actually considering chopping it off. So happy I tried this brush first!! If you are on the fence, order this sucker! It is a game-changer!" β€”Jen Downey

    Get it from Amazon for $7.60+ (available in 13 colors).

    18. Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls, which will help you achieve the defined coils of your dreams with just a tiny bit of effort.

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    Whether you're fighting Florida humidity or trying to make it through the rainy season in Seattle, Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls has gotchu. You only need a tiny bit to make a difference and prevent a bad-hair mishap. Check out our full review of Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls!

    Get it from Walmart for $18.22.

    19. Batiste dry shampoo to make your dirty hair appear fresh, clean, and bouncy in an instant., Amazon

    The real MVP of a bad hair day? Batiste dry shampoo. If you're running late and your day-old hair seems somewhat salvageable, don't fight it. Spray some of this miracle product to refresh your hair and get going!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product! I have dark hair and all other dry shampoos leave me looking like a grandma. This one actually controls my super-greasy hair. I usually have a lot of trouble with the bangs, but this one works perfectly." β€”Hannah

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $15.33.

    20. No-Frizz Instant De-Frizzer from Living Proof that'll prevent you from looking like Monica Geller in that notable episode where her hair was MONSTROUS.

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    Promising review: "Guys, this stuff is magic! It is like the oil, but in a spray form. It is also very light, it does not leave the oily grease or any residue at all. Makes the hair look super shiny and, well, not frizzy at all! I love it." β€”MaryNightingale

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in 2.8 or 6.2 oz).

    21. Or trendy oversized hair clips that are all the rage right now and will make your slept-on hair actually seem quite put together.


    Promising review: "I had been looking around for acrylic hair clips and this set was the best assortment of colors for the lowest price. The actual clip itself is very sturdy and holds well in hair. You really can't go wrong with these clips!" β€”Emily S.

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three styles).

    22. An automatic curling iron that'll do all the work for you in the morning so even if you snoozed your alarm five times you can still try to salvage your hair. What bad hair day!?,

    Promising review: "Life changing sounds a bit exaggerated, but not for me! I hated curling my hair β€” it took so much time, I couldn't quite get the 'wrist twist' down with my straightener, my curls never seemed to last, the time it took just wasn't work it. I actually WANT to curl my hair now! It's quick, easy to use, and my curls last! You don't have to worry about twisting your arm up and around your head, while contorting to get that perfect curl. You seriously don't even need to do much of anything. It even alerts you when the curl is done. I mean, how much more simple could it get?! I'm so pleased with this product, I've told several of my friends about it." β€”Stephanie Overstreet

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    Learn more about the Kiss Instawave automatic curling iron here!

    23. John Frieda's Hot Air Brush will quickly become your go-to to repair an unfortunate hair day. Dunk your head under the shower real quick then blow dry/brush it straight with this helpful gadget.,

    Promising review: "I am no professional hair stylist, nor do I have time to do my hair every day (mommy of two) but I must say this blow dryer curling brush makes getting ready so much easier. It's fairly simple to use. I like my hair to have a lot of volume (I have thin hair) and my layers to show so this look is easy to achieve. I just sectioned my hair in small pieces, used this tool from my roots to the tip, then from the tip curled up (inwards) and rolled the brush around and out to keep the curl. Added a lot of volume and a nice wave to the tips. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a nice easy blowout!." β€”C

    Get it from Amazon for $33.32+ (available in two sizes).

    24. A teasing comb and brush in one you can totally keep in your bag and do some damage control when you get to the office. Get ready for some va-va-volume!

    Promising review: "I love this little brush! I only just learned such a thing existed and had been using a teasing comb. This does much better with creating volume at the top of my head (I have very fine hair) without tearing my hear and frizzing it. With fine hair, it's especially important to have these gentle bristles. I highly recommend this brush for anybody wishing to create volume or height in their hair. And a very good price too!" β€”M. Montour

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in five colors).

    25. Or a volumizing texture powder from Big Sexy Hair to help you add a little ~umph~ to your locks when, despite all your best efforts, they're looking a bit flat.,

    Promising review: "I've always had thick hair and a lot of volume, but since I moved to Miami my hair keeps going down, thanks to the weather and humidity. I decided to try this product, and really, this is amazing. The bottle is small, but you only need a little bit to add volume to your hair, I even put too much (and still it was so small that I thought it wouldn’t be enough) that I had to wash my hair to take it off because my hair was TOO thick and too voluminous !! I’m amazed." β€”Camille De Armas

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    26. Hair scarves you can use to transform your messy bun or last-minute ponytail into a work of hair art., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these hair scarves. they are all so cute and the perfect size. They each come tied around a scrunchie, but the scrunchie is detachable from the scarf, so its almost like you get four hair scarves as well as four adorable scrunchies!! Just when I thought this purchase couldn't get any better, I noticed that it all also came with two cute hair ties!!! Thanks so much for these incredible products, I LOVE!!!" β€”leslie m loper

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 17 styles).

    27. And a cool dad hat for when all else fails., Amazon

    Sometimes the very best thing you can do is throw on a baseball cap and go about your day regardless of what the mop on your head looks like. At least this hat will keep you looking cute while you hide your uncooperative hair, right?

    Promising review: "Very cute!! I wore this to a medical procedure where I was instructed not to use any hair product (except shampoo) and I was afraid my hair would be wild and untamable. However, I would wear this anywhere because it's so nice." β€”ajk

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 18 styles).

    Just remember, no matter what your hair looks like, work it!

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    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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