Bad hair day

A bad hair day may describe a day when one’s hair remains awry and unmanageable. Figuratively, a bad hair day describes a day which is filled with annoyances and mishaps, a day when everything goes wrong beginning with the inability to tame one’s hair. The phrase bad hair day seems to have originated in the 1980s, the first known instance of the term bad hair day in print is in a column in the Houston Chronicle penned by Susan Swartz in 1988. Swartz does not claim to be the originator of the phrase, she believes that she picked it up from a group of teenage girls.  The plural form is bad hair days.


When you’re 13, a bad hair day is overwhelming because for adolescents, social acceptance is an important part of that developmental stage. (The Huffington Post)

Shaved head or not, Gina Rodriguez just made a major statement about her hair—and beauty standards in general—that we wish we could plaster all over the next time we’re having a bad hair day. (Glamour Magazine)

Whittaker, with a laugh, recalled one day when a student told her she was having a bad hair day and that “it was distracting him and she needed to fix it.” (The Bridgeport Daily Voice)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon having ‘a bad hair day or a heel falling off’ enough to trigger second independence referendum, says top Tory Baroness Goldie (The Herald)

Twelve ordinary men and women have been asked to decide whether revered Australian artist Brett Whiteley, who died of a heroin overdose in 1992, was just having a “bad hair day” when he created three paintings at the heart of Australia’s largest ever alleged art fraud. (The Australian Financial Review)

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