Bad hair days are real and they can be vicious. They catch us off guard and they happen to all of us — even those of us who are really, really good at having perfect hair (def not me). One day we can be totally at peace with what our hair is doing, and the next it can completely change direction. Like, the complete opposite direction of where we want it to be. And no matter what we do to it, nothing helps.
But according to a new app, bad hair days may not come out of no where after all. Popular menstrual tracking app Clue has just added two new features that allow users to track their hair’s hormonal changes alongside their monthly cycle. Because apparently, our periods can not only dictate our abdominal pain level, our mood, our skin freakouts and how often we need to change our underwear (you know it’s true), they can even dictate what our hair looks like.
“For some people, a couple days before their period, they’ll have a certain oil production on their scalp. For some people it’s the day of their period,” Francesca Fusco, an expert on all things scalp-related, told Allure. “Everybody is different, but being able to keep track of it means you’ll be able to take care of it better.”
It sounds like the key is to be one step ahead of your period-induced bad hair days, if that’s really possible. While Clue gives users the ability to track life habits such as partying, exercise, and sleep, their daily hair tracker allows users to mark whether their hair is “good” (manageable and stylish), “bad” (unruly and unmanageable), “oily” (greasy, flat, and stringy), or “dry” (not enough glossiness, lifeless and dull).
For an ever deeper look at what tracking can do, Allure also spoke to Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. He also thinks tracking your hair changes throughout the month is a good one. “Increases in oil not only affect the skin on your face but also your scalp, leaving your hair feeling oily and sticky,” he said. “Knowing where you are in your cycle and whether it’s an oily time or not may help you choose the best shampoos — or even when to shampoo to leave your hair looking and feeling the best it can.”