bad hair day


: a day when one's hair is unattractive and unmanageable
You think you've had a bad hair day? One U.S. woman has hair problems that go way beyond such ordinary complaints as split ends.Science News
also : a bad day : a day with many problems, annoyances, etc.
Way back when Moses had that bad hair day on the mountain and broke the commandment tablets, I'm thinking when he put them all back together there was an 11th one missing. Dwain Walden

Examples of bad hair day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hair insecurities that range from a bad hair day to postpartum hair loss or stress shedding leave women across the world looking for hair care solutions that can protect and rejuvenate their hair. Miami Herald, 21 May 2024 Speaking of hair, a Nike baseball cap will cover up bad hair days, while a Le Labo hair mask will help fix them. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 In the meantime, Weldon has used the instrument to stay connected to her brother, talking to it — to wish him a happy Thanksgiving, to complain about a bad hair day. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 8 Dec. 2023 Say goodbye to bad hair days and hello to healthy, happy hair with Artnaturals Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 Say goodbye to bad hair days and hello to healthy, happy hair with this exciting new set from New York Biology. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 Unplugged Styler $299 at Amazon This compact, portable flat iron that offers up to 20 minutes of styling time will save them from having any bad hair days while on the go. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 21 Aug. 2023 Say goodbye to bad hair days and hello to healthier, happier locks. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 There are bad hair days — and then there are those really bad hair days. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 17 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bad hair day was in 1970

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“Bad hair day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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