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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If summer heat, sweat, and humidity make nearly every day feel like a bad hair day, welcome to the club. Talia Abbas, SELF, "17 New Summer Hair-Care Products," 16 Aug. 2018 Kendall Jenner might have just defined summer styling and solved all your bad hair day woes with one outfit. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wears a Baseball Cap and Silk Dress to Pick Up Unreleased Yeezy Boosts," 12 June 2018 Pets never ask to review the photos or ask for a reshoot because of a bad hair day or their makeup was bad. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "All American Pet Photo Day: The picture pros share their tips," 11 July 2018 Add the Wrap-Up into your routine, and wrap up bad hair days once and for all! Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "Get Three Chic Hairstyles with One Easy Tool," 28 Jan. 2015 For Fleetwood Mac’s frontwoman, there was no such thing as a bad hair day. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why Stevie Nicks Is the Ultimate Festival Hair Muse," 9 June 2018 Sometimes being desperate to cover a bad hair day with a hat isn't always the answer! Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Style Q&A: Alexandra Richards," 14 Jan. 2015 Jane in New Jersey Dear Readers: A jaunty straw or felt hat for spring can be the perfect accessory to hide a bad hair day, or to complement a flirty dress. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Hands in the air?," 12 Apr. 2018 Thirty-four percent reportedly had their days ruined by having plans fall through, and a whopping 25% said that a bad hair day was at fault. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Average American Experiences 60 Bad Days Each Year," 21 Feb. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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