bad hair day

noun

Definition of bad hair day

informal
: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web What would an athleisure outfit be without a baseball cap that can hide a bad hair day or give you protection from the sun? Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "The best activewear and athleisure deals at Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 22 June 2020 Snipping off the top leaves the passengers vulnerable to the elements and to bad hair days. Martin Padgett, Car and Driver, "1993 Porsche 911 Speedster Road Test," 27 Mar. 2020 The look somehow fixes any bad hair day and makes every outfit a little more pulled together. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can’t Stop Wearing Claw Clips," 12 Feb. 2020 Add her hilarious and often-poignant Instagram account (including stories on hometown Target runs and bad hair days), and Hannah is a year-round source of entertainment. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Here are Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2019 Nine times out of 10, that's solid advice which will save you months of tears and bad hair days. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Got the Cutest '70s-Inspired Bangs and Now I Desperately Want to Cut My Hair," 12 Dec. 2019 Loose Braids Braids are a go-to favorite for adding shape or masking a bad hair day. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "7 Fall Hairstyles That Will Be Huge This Season," 11 Oct. 2019 Coach John Harbaugh had his bad hair day Sunday with all those gambles on fourth-down situations, as well as trying to convert several 2-point attempts instead of kicking extra points. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Here’s why the Ravens aren’t a top-tier playoff team ... yet," 24 Sep. 2019 Sounds like us New Englanders have more than a few bad hair days in our future. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "The Farmers' Almanac Predicts Summer 2019 Will Be Muggy, Stormy, and 'Scorching'," 30 Apr. 2019

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Bad hair day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bad%20hair%20day. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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