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Why a good hair day is so much more than just looking good

Why a good hair day is so much more than just looking good

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Why a good hair day is so much more than just looking good

A recent hair study revealed that feeling good about your hair is linked to confidence, health and feeling in control.

Anyone who has had a good hair day knows of its unique power. It’s linked to confidence of course. A good hair day lets you face the world knowing that, if nothing else, you've got your hair handled.  Which is why it’s surprising that so many women don’t have a good hair day that often. In fact, according to a study conducted by Professor Marianne LaFrance of Yale University and Pantene, only one in ten women is satisfied with their hair every day. Which means that most of us don’t experience good hair days regularly. And given the benefits, that’s a problem.

Here, we’re chatting about some of the findings of that study—which will hopefully convince you that hair care is more than just vanity—and we have a few tips to help you increase your number of good hair days.

Good hair does more than just improve confidence—it has a real psychological impact

We’ve known for a while that a good hair day can make anyone feel a bit more confident. But this study also showed that “a good hair day was correlated with feeling more productive, less stressed, more socially powerful, more resilient, physically stronger and more in control.” That’s quite the effect. We asked Jeni Thomas, principle scientist P&G Beauty, about these correlations, who said: “I think for some people the way their hair performs and looks is a reflection of how they’re feeling inside—when there’s a match, it’s great and you just put yourself forward.”

It’s no secret that on days when you need to be at your best, looking the part—at the very least—makes you feel like you can get anything done. Projecting how you want to feel on your outside, can actually create a positive impact on your mood, making you less likely to feel like an imposter or down about yourself.

A good hair day is related to your overall health

The study also found that having a good hair day makes women feel strong—as strong as having exercised. While we would never recommend ditching your workout regime entirely and just focusing on how your hair looks, the study found that a good hair day does relate to a healthy lifestyle. Basically, the women who reported being the most satisfied with their hair were also the same women who admitted to exercising regularly and practicing a balanced diet. In fact, exercise and a healthy diet were found to have the highest correlation with hair satisfaction. So actually going to the gym, could make you more invested in how your hair looks.

Thomas thinks this is related in part to people becoming more interested and invested in practicing a healthy lifestyle overall. “The way people may look at getting healthy hair will include products, but also an appreciation for getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, keeping stress low,” says Thomas. “All of that goes into play with the hair that you’re producing.” The bottom line is your interest in a healthy lifestyle can only have a positive impact on your hair—not just how it looks, but its actual health.

TIPS FOR GETTING THAT GOOD HAIR DAY

1. Use conditioner

According to Pantene, 55% of Canadian households don’t use conditioner (compared to 16% in the United States)—which is shocking given that it’s an accessible and relatively affordable way to get a good hair day. “Conditioner can replenish nutrients in your hair and strengthen,” says Thomas. This is especially true if you’re trying to grow out your hair, you dye your hair or if you use hot tools to style your hair regularly. Conditioners have come a long way, and now, instead of just making hair shiny and soft, they actually work from the inside out to heal damaged hair. “If you’re doing things to your hair that you know are inflicting damage, then you really need that extra boost of strengthening that you can get from a conditioner.”

Pro tip: “When you condition, you want to use the product at the lengths where you’re going to be applying heat,” says Thomas. “That’s not something that people do, but you can get heat protection.” This means you may need to apply conditioner from root to tip (instead of just the ends) to keep your hair healthy.

2. Heat is causing damage—but friction is worse

The combination of dragging a tool through your hair and heat is doing a lot of damage to your tresses. The key here is turning down the heat (“try to find the lower temperate that gets you the look you want”) and avoiding pulling at your hair. This includes taking out elastic bands gently, brushing carefully and making sure your hair is as smooth as possible before pulling any heat tools through it.

3. Find the right hair-care range for your hair type

Though there does seem to be a trend for a more one-size-fits-all hair care regime, Thomas still recommends finding products that suit your specific hair type. “I think we need to continue on with the more customized, personalized way of hair care, but take advantage of new technology that allows people to figure out exactly what they need.” You’ll need to start with figuring out your hair type. People who are on the extreme ends of the hair spectrum—very fine/flat or very thick/coiled—tend to have a good idea of what they need. It’s everyone in the middle that could use some help. A few tips? If you colour your hair, start there—you need products that help colour-treated hair. Your hair is probably fine if it tangles easy, doesn’t keep a curl and is typically straighter. Thicker hair is a bit more rigid and often dry at the ends.

4. Lean into the trend of embracing your natural texture

“I do think people are taking better care of their hair,” says Thomas. “I think it’s because there’s the trend—that I think is brilliant—about embracing your natural texture.” This goes hand in hand with heat styling. If you’re constantly trying to straighten your curls or curl your sleek ‘do, you’re doing heat damage in the long term. This is also something that is related to the more psychological effects of bad hair days—the very real frustration that can come from trying to achieve a style that doesn’t come naturally to you—not to mention the time commitment—can completely ruin your day. “I think people end up happier with the results when they find ways to embrace their natural texture because they’re not constantly fighting it.”

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The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Mila Kunis Before

About a year ago, Mila chopped off her long locks and served us a playful, yet sophisticated, side-parted bob.

Image by: instagram.com/chadwoodhair By: Samara Abells

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Mila Kunis After

Premiering blunt bangs at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kunis slays her new edgy look.

Image by: instagram.com/kunismilaonline By: Samara Abells

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Jennifer Lopez before

One thing remained relatively constant when it came to the superstar's hair: long and luscious locks.
 

Image by: instagram.com/jlo By: Samara Abells

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Jennifer Lopez after

Premiering a shockingly slick, above-the-shoulder 'do for the Met Gala 2018, J.Lo gives us the short haircut we didn't even know we wanted.

Image by: instagram.com/jlo By: Samara Abells

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Leighton Meester before

You might be surprised to learn that Leighton Meester’s hair was a natural dark blonde before her Gossip Girl fame.

Image by: Instagram.com/itsmeleighton By: Murissa Barrington

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Leighton Meester after

Meester took her mane to new heights with icy blonde locks and a blunt bob.

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Brittany Snow before

Snow kicked off her new year by chopping off her long auburn mane into a bob.

Image by: instagram.com/brittanysnow By: Murissa Barrington

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Brittany Snow after

Taking things up a notch, the Pitch Perfect star decided to ditch her red hair for a new platinum blonde ‘do.

Image by: Instagram.com/brittanysnow By: Murissa Barrington

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Madeline Brewer before

The Handmaid's Tale star wore long, fiery red locks before deciding to switch things up.

Image by: instagram.com/madbrew By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Madeline Brewer after

Brewer looks chic with a sleek, blunt bob that keeps her signature red hair colour.

Image by: instagram.com/justinemarjan By: Murissa Barrington

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Maria Menounos before

We loved Maria Menounos’ long, voluminous tresses with glamorous waves.

Image by: instagram.com/mariamenounos By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Maria Menounos after

The TV personality looks just as amazing with a fresh, shoulder-length cut.

Image by: instagram.com/mariamenounos By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Mandy Moore before

Mandy Moore has typically opted for long, full brunette tresses. 

Image by: instagram.com/mandymooremm By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Mandy Moore after

Moore took a break from the brunette locks she regularly wore while taping This Is Us and went for a tousled blonde look. 

Image by: instagram.com/mandymooremm By: Murissa Barrington

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Chrissy Teigen before

Long highlighted blonde locs has long been the go-to look for this star. 

Image by: instagram.com/chrissyteigen By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Chrissy Teigen after

The soon-to-be mother of two debuted a new, shorter 'do at the Grammy awards in February. 

Image by: instagram.com/chrissyteigen By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Ayesha Curry before

Ayesha Curry is no stranger to playing with different hairstyles but she typically stays true to her signature long, brunette look. 

Image by: instagram.com/ayeshacurry By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Ayesha Curry after

In addition to announcing that she and husband Steph Curry are expecting their third child together, the TV showed off a new, wavy bob. 

Image by: instagram.com/ayeshacurry By: Murissa Barrington

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Nina Dobrev before

It's been a time of transformation for the Vampire Diaries star. Late last year she chopped off her long tresses into a bob.

Image by: instagram.com/nina By: Murissa Barrington

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Nina Dobrev after

We love this shaggy chic bob on Nina Dobrev. 

Image by: instagram.com/nina By: Murissa Barrington

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Allison Williams before

Earlier this year Williams was spotted with blonde hair and darker roots. 

Image by: instagram.com/aw By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Allison Williams after

Williams appears to be going for an edgier look with this dark asymmetrical bob. 

Image by: instagram.com/aw By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Julianne Hough before

TV personality Julianne Hough has long been associated with her platinum blonde hair. 

Image by: instagram.com/juleshough By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Julianna Hough after

Hough said in an Instagram post that she finally feels like herself with her fiery new mane. Taking a look at herjoyful smile and glow, we can see why. 

Image by: instagram.com/juleshough By: Murissa Barrington

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Jessica Biel before

Jessica Biel has been a long-time brunette but recently her stylist says the star decided she wanted to go really blonde. 

Image by: instagram.com/jessicabiel By: Murissa Barrington

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Jessica Biel after

Jessica's stylist Tracey Cunnigham posted this photo of the actress' new hair colour that she says only took her an hour and 15 minutes! 

Image by: instagram.com/traceycunningham1 By: Murissa Barrington

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Sarah Jessica Parker before

This style icon has changed her look a number of times over the years. More recently she's sticking to effortlessly tousled locks in a flattering middle-part. 

Image by: instagram.com/abigail.jayne.design By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Sarah Jessica Parker After

SJP fans were likely holding their breath after she posted an image of chopped off hair on her Instagram with the cryptic message, "Not saying anything." A few days later, she was seen out and about sporting side bangs. 

Image by: instagram.com/sergenormant By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Lupita Nyong'o before

Lupita Nyong'o has been quite the style chameleon lately. In the weeks leading up to the premiere of Marvel's Black Panther film, the star has appeared with a handful of new hairstyles. 

Image by: instagram.com/lupitanyongo By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Lupita Nyong'o after

At Black Panther's Welcome to Wakanda show for New York Fashion Week, Lupita went for an intricately braided crown. 
 

Image by: instagram.com/cushnieetochs By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Alison Brie before

When she's not wearing an 80's mullet-inspired 'do on Netflix series Glow, Alison Brie keeps things sweet and simple with dark brown shoulder-length hair. 

Image by: instagram.com/alisonbrie By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Alison Brie after

Alison's new, shorter cut bob really helps to show off her face. 

Image by: instagram.com/alisonbrie By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Emma Watson before

Towards the end of 2017, Emma Watson was seen wearing a long bob. 

Image by: instagram.com/emmawatson By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Emma Watson after

To kick off the new year, Watson shared a selfie with one of her favourite books and extra short, choppy bangs. 

Image by: instagram.com/emmawatson By: Murissa Barrington

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Ciara before

The R&B singer is known for her long, flowy tresses styled in a middle-part. 

Image by: instagram.com/ciara By: Murissa Barrington

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Ciara after

While on vacation with husband Russell Wilson, Ciara switched up her look with waist-length box braids and a completely bare face. 

Image by: instagram.com/ciara By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Zooey Deschanel before

Long hair with bangs has pretty much been a part the New Girl star's signature look. 

Image by: instagram.com/sessaodupla By: Murissa Barrington

The best celebrity hair transformations of 2018

Zooey Deschanel after

Keeping her signature bangs, Deschanel lopped off her locks into a an adorable blunt bob. 

Image by: instagram.com/zooeydeschanel By: Murissa Barrington

 

 

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