Why am I having a bad hair day? I got out of bed on the wrong side....
* Survey from Crown Clinic reveals that bad luck is most popular explanation for why
our hair simply won't behave
* The weather is second biggest factor - with rain, humidity and hot
summer days all to blame
* Having a lie-in was the third most popular cause - with women in
particularly saying they simply haven't the time to sort out their
* The fourth key factor were hangovers - many respondents said it was
impossible to sort their hair out after a big night out
* Other popular reasons for bad hair days were thinning locks and too
much blow drying
The top 20 root causes for having a bad hair day have been revealed in
a new survey.
And the most popular reason given for why hair inexplicably won't
behave is plain back luck.
Almost of respondents put some of their bad hair days down to 'getting
out of bed the wrong side'- easily the most popular answer.
The second most popular cause was the weather, with rain, humidity and
summer heatwaves all given as explanations for why we have bad hair on
any given day by 42% of those polled.
Having a lie-in was the third most popular cause - with women in
particular blaming a lack of time to do their hair for not looking
The fourth most popular answer was a hang-over - with many respondents
saying they found it impossible to get their hair sorted after a big
Another key factor was thinning hair - in both men AND women.
The results are revealed in a new poll of 1,000 people by Crown Clinic
in Manchester - Britain's premier hair transplant clinic.
Bad hair days are often described as one of the great mysteries of modern life.
Women have them up to three days a week - meaning 26 years of bad hair
throughout their lives.
Studies show that that bad hair days affect more than appearance - and
they can shatter an individual's self-confidence.
But hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak said there were strong
scientific reasons why our hair does not look its best - and there
were simple remedies everyone can take to avoid bad hair days.
Dr Shahmalak - hair loss expert on the TV show Embarrassing Bodies -
said: "We've all woken up in the morning and found it impossible to
make our hair look good.
"Many people think this is just down to bad luck and there is nothing
they can do to prevent bad hair days.
"But there are lots of simple ways to improve the health of your hair
- the key is good diet, limiting stress and not damaging your hair
through over bleaching."
Dr Shahmalak said that thinning hair - particularly amongst women -
was a big reason for bad hair days.
He said: "Thinning hair is not just a problem for men - around 40% of
women experience some kind of hair loss in their lives, compared to
65% of men.
"Sometimes this happens temporarily in women due to pregnancy or
illness but many women suffer permanent hair loss which can be
enormously damaging to their self esteem.
"We have seen a big rise in women seeking hair transplants as a
permanent solution to the problem.
"Men with thinning hair have three solutions to avoid a bad hair days.
Either they shave their head like Bruce Willis.
"Or they try to comb over their bald spot like
David Cameron who has covered up a growing bald spot on his crown in
"Or they change their hair style completely and comb it forward like
George Osborne, who joked that this was his way of
halting the recession of his hair.
"Sadly none of these methods will bring back their lost hair - only a
hair transplant can do that."
He has also pioneered new surgical techniques and was the first
surgeon in the UK to perform an EYELASH transplant.
Top 20 reasons for bad hair days
1 I got out of bed the wrong side ie bad luck
2 The weather
3 Having a lie-in - not having enough time to prepare
5 Thinning hair - in both men and women
6 Poor hair products
7 Grey roots showing in dyed hair
9 Hair is too greasy
10 I need a haircut
11 Blow drying too much
12 Poor diet
13 Drinking too much alcohol
14 Wrong shampoo
15 Time of the month
16 The comb-over just isn't working
17 Taking the pill - this can cause hair to thin
18 Over bleaching
19 Poor hair dye
20 Change of routine - sleeping at another person's house
Dr Shahmalak's five top tips for avoiding bad hair days
1 Food such as eggs, fish, bananas and spinach provide your hair with
rich nutrients that stimulate hair growth, strengthen hair cuticles
and give your hair that lustre we all crave. A poor diet that lacks
nutrients which result in dry, brittle, lifeless hair. You hair grows
at a rate of half an inch every four to six weeks. If you change your
diet now, you can expect to see better results in 3-6 months.
2 Avoid stress - stress affects your hormones, which results in
poor-looking hair. An abundance of estrogen may help the growth and
retention of hair, while too much testosterone can have the opposite
3 Certain times of the month for women can be a problem - usually the
third week of a woman's cycle will trigger estrogen production which
will in turn trigger increased oil production causing the hair to look
limp and lifeless and making it difficult to get it into its normal
style. A simple remedy is to shampoo twice rather than once.
4 Build-up of hair products - the ingredients in conditioners and
styling products cling to our hair and do not get washed out during
regular shampooing. It can make hair look straggly and limp. Find a
shampoo that is specfically made for ridding their hair of this
5 Keratin is the protein that gives hair its structure. Humidity in
the air makes the bonds inside that protein break apart causing hairs
to swell up - making your hair frizzy. Even in winters months when the
air turns drier, your hair may still not co-operate. The cold air,
combined with dry heat in your home, can remove moisture from your
hair, and leave it full of static. The key is to keep your locks
trimmed and well conditioned with high quality products.