Surely there are few feelings better in life than the pleasure that comes from the knowledge that you are having a supremely good hair day. For me, a good hair day takes time spent blow drying my hair, time that I am often too lazy, or lacking in patience to spend. That’s crazy right? That something so small and that can give me great pleasure and confidence is something that I simply don’t prioritise, for the sake of 15 minutes. A lot of #JanuaryJoy is about taking pleasure in the little things and making the best of every moment. So today is totally superficial and focusing on your hair.
Image via Refinery29
So here is my list of ways to make your hair your crowning glory this January and get a bit of that glow that comes with a good hair day. Maybe the hair cut has to wait for pay day, but some of these are simply everyday pieces of happy.
1. Master a new plait. This one’s not just for the long haired lovelies out there. I keep meaning to try this one for short hair myself. If you do have long hair though, how about trying a fishtail braid? This video tutorial is the best I have seen yet.
Plaits for short hair from The Beauty Department
2. Try a new colour. If I could choose any hair, I’d love a firey red shade like Rachelle LeFevre. (I wouldn’t say no to the curls either!) Unfortunately red hair doesn’t work with my skin tone at all and I’ve had my fair share of goth looking disaster outcomes trying to enrich my natural shade of brown that ended up too dark. Instead I’ll be trying a wash-in-wash-out colour in my natural shade for added sparkle and shine.
3. Learn how to curl your hair. I have a theory on this. I was never one of those girls who spent ages trying to curl or plait or style their hair as a teenager and I’m sure that’s why I can’t do it now. Teenagers have the time and the inclination to perfect a certain style and I know if I just set aside a little time to practice my curls, I could nail the look. This is so going on my personal January Joy list. Nail that curl. If anybody has any tips, I would love to hear them!
Waterfall Braid tutorial from OnceWed
4. Work a new style. Last year I tried this ‘waterfall braid’. (I know, braid is an American word, it just doesn’t sound the same if you say ‘waterfall plait’.) Or how about this easy up-do?
5. It’s a simple one, but book a hair cut. I am the worst person at doing this. I procrastinate, don’t make time and for at least 4 weeks out of every twelve I am frustrated that my hair won’t do what it should, and end up tying it up. My hair grows ridiculously fast so it’s partly not my fault, but getting it cut, making those ends smooth, getting it back into shape and looking so much healthier, brings that good hair day a little closer. 😉
So then readers, let’s hear it. Which of the above are you doing? Have you got a hair style that remains your nemesis and you would like to master, or a tip for me? Or are you going all out and getting a big chop or changing your colour? (Leave a link in the comments if there’s a picture you want to share!)