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We’ve all been there…Monday morning, five minutes until you need to leave for work and your hair is out of control. No matter how fabulous your styling skills are, there are days where a restless night, wild weather, or a styling mishap thwart your best efforts. It’s easy to give in and accept your savage strands, or give up and go for a basic ponytail, but there’s a better way. The best way to stop bad hair days is to prevent bad hair from happening in the first place. Click the notes for preventative measures and quick solutions to your worst hairstyling disasters. –– Laura Martin

Tip #1: Productive Sleep. The time you spend in dreamland can offer all sorts of benefits for your hair if you sleep smart. Before lying down, make sure your hair is dry or slightly damp; wet hair is fragile and prone to taking on odd shapes. Apply a bit of leave-in conditioner or a light oil, wind into a low bun secured with a scrunchie, and lay your head a silk pillow. You’ll wake up with glossy beach waves.

Tip #2: Dry Shampoo. A good dry shampoo covers a multitude of hair problems: oily roots, flatness, overuse of product. Apply a few pumps at a time, focusing on roots and shake through with fingers instead of brushing for the best result.

Tip #3: Go Easy on Product. When your hair isn’t behaving it can be tempting to overload it with a menagerie of styling aides, but this will probably just make it worse. Keep your daily product use to a maximum of three, add a little at a time, and of things start to go awry, add water or leave-in conditioner and gently reshape.

Tip #4: Weightless Moisture. If your hair is looking messy, try a weightless moisturizing product to add shine, movement and softness. Healing Oil is great for heavily colored hair, and medium-thick textures. Hydro Mist is a refreshing treat for fine and straight hair. Shine Luxe Oil will tame thick or course textures; Cream Whip offers soft and pliable enhancement for all hair types.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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