I hate the phrase ’bad hair day’ but have to admit its
If you don’t know what a bad hair day is, you’re either bald or male
(probably both). I’m talking about the kind of day when you would sooner
chew your leg off than remove your scrunchie.
Traditional hair magazines are no help. Even the ones that claim to
target the consumer (rather than Gervaise at Curl Up and Dye) feature
exotic looks created using twigs, glue and a selection of gardening
tools. So the women’s weekly, Best, has come to the rescue with an
easily digestible title, cunningly named Best Hair.
Despite its predictability, it’s more glam than I expected. OK, there’s
the obvious feature on how to recreate the stars’ barnets - the Paltrow,
the Imbruglia, the Posh Spice (all ineptly executed) - but the rest of
the hairdos exceeded my expectations of ’easy-to-wear cuts for busy
mums’ (time to address my stereotypes, obviously).
The rest is a bit of a yawn, unfortunately. Overcoming problem hair
fills a couple of pages, as does a display of floral hairslides and
other tortuous decorations. And while we good girls already know the dos
and don’ts of looking after our manes, we are still hectored at in
The Q&A page addresses today’s hot issues: how much do you tip a
Is wax just for short styles? And, of course, there’s the inevitable
So will this title - out every two months - survive? Will there be
enough new hairdos? As a one-off it isn’t bad, but I can’t imagine many
people would subscribe to it. Mind you, with my glossy chestnut mane,
I’m hardly in the target market ...
Eleanor Trickett blow-dries gently, using a soft brush.