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Hair is one of the first things people notice, positioned front and center it’s one of the most visible aspects of your appearance and as such it provides a wealth of information from which to from a first impression. From an evolutionary perspective, our brains are wired to decode information and judgments based on the amount, luster and texture of our hair. Our hair is personal, an extension growing outside our bodies that gives insight in a most public way to our health, age, social status and femininity. Hair matters, especially in when it comes to women. A hair insecurity or bad hair day has the potential to impact more than just your image as these feelings spill over into your day and can impact your productivity at work, your social networking ability and most importantly your confidence. The good news is, your hair is the one aspect of your appearance that in most cases is within your control. While you can’t change your height, your features or the hands of time, you can with relative ease enhance your hair. And while the hair and beauty industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, you can quite effortlessly transform a bad hair day without breaking the bank with these simple tips:


  1. Dry shampoo:

Dry Shampoo is the most efficient way to take your day (or two) old hair and transform it to an oil free voluminous mane.  Be sure to keep some in your desk!


  1. The ponytail:

There are a myriad of options to amp up a simple ponytail into a sleek and sophisticated hairdo.  From wrapping your own hair around the elastic to adding a delicate accessory such as a jeweled hairband or hair broach. For a more dramatic do, try a sleek high pony with bangs swept back in a poof. There’s nothing quite like the instant (non-surgical) facelift that a high placed ponytail provides.


  1. Extensions and clip-ins:

Ask any woman who wears extensions and they will tell you they rarely have a bad hair day!  Available in every form, color and style, extensions instantly add volume, length and body to limp, thin or lifeless hair. If a full head of extensions are not within your budget, opt instead for clip in strands that you can strategically place to add volume or flowing curls to enhance your own locks.  Clip-ins also come in the form of ponytails and beautiful chignon buns. Simply tie back your hair and effortlessly clip the piece into place!


  1. Hair Filler Fibers:

Instantly fill in balding patches or thinning hair. Simply shake on the powder like fibers, which bond to the existing hair to add fullness and coverage to thinning areas. Finish off with a spray which keeps the fibers in place and voila, an instant boost in coverage and confidence!