Idiom:  bad hair day

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bad hair day:  

  1.  a bad day in general;  a day when many things seem to go wrong
  2.  a day when you can't style your hair well and this makes you feel unattractive


This expression comes from the idea that when a person has a difficult time grooming their hair in the morning, the rest of their day is also difficult to manage.

This expression is used to describe something in a humorous or funny way.

Example sentences

  • Yesterday, my mom was having a bad hair day so I decided to show her my report card this evening.
  • Sarah's crying because she's having a bad hair day. First, she forgot about the manager's meeting and second, she had prepared the report for the wrong client.
  • Avoid the boss if you can. He's having yet another bad hair day and is taking his frustrations out on everyone.
  • I'm having a real bad hair day. When I got in the car I noticed I was wearing my pajama bottoms and I had to run back into my house and change into my work pants. As a result, I was 20 minutes late.
  • I feel so stupid wearing a baseball cap with my skirts and dresses in the morning as I go to work but I don't want to have another bad hair day. The humidity turns my hair into a curly, frizzy mess.
  • I just throw my hair up in a ponytail every time I have a bad hair day.
  • Is she having another bad hair day? Ha, ha, yes, maybe we should get her a gift certificate to the hair salon.
  • Sorry I can't go out—I’m having a bad hair day so I’ve decided to just stay home and rest tonight.
  • Whenever I'm having a bad hair day I just throw on a baseball cap and get going anyhow.
  • He's having a bad hair day despite the fact that he's bald.


  • one of those days
  • an off day

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