Turn bad hair days around with this braid tutorial and mood-boosting playlist

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Sadly, most bosses won’t let you use sick days for hair emergencies. So it’s extra important to have a foolproof fix in your back pocket—like the effortlessly cool side braid featured in this video tutorial.

The beauty of this look? It works for just about any everyday scenario: work meetings, play group, brunch with your BFF. For extra hair healing, apply our new Repair & Nourish Split End Serum before and after braiding. The formula’s star is bataua oil, an antioxidant-rich ingredient that helps restore damaged strands while preventing future breakage.

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While you’re getting your mane in check, take a listen to the playlist below—it’s full of optimistic songs that are guaranteed to banish the bad-hair-day blues.

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Miley Cyrus – Malibu
Jason Derulo – Want to want me
Alisha Keys – Girl on Fire
Train – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
Andrew McMann & The Wilderness – Cecilia & the Satellite
Paramore – Hard Times
Bleachers – Don’t Take the Money
Taylor Swift – Wonderland
The Killers – Mr Brightside
The Lovin Spooonful – Do you Believe in Magic
Tom Petty – I won’t back down
Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What you Want
Gwen Stefani – Sweet Escape
Maroon 5 – This Love
Lorde – Green Light

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