Unless you are one of those fortunate girls who just naturally have perfect, easily manageable hair, we all spend an unnecessary amount of time trying to get our hair to do exactly what we want. Or we give in, throw it in a top knot, and call it a day. These are some hairstyling hacks that are sure to make managing your hair easier and less time-consuming:
1. Tame Frizz with a Toothbrush and Hairspray
Taming with just hairspray can be a delicate balancing act. If you don’t use enough, your frizz isn’t controlled at all, but if you use too much, your hair ends up stiff and unnatural-looking. To make sure you have just the right amount of hairspray, spray some hairspray on an old toothbrush (old being very key here) and brush down your frizz and flyaways. It’ll hold your hair in place without giving you helmet hair.
2. Braid Wet Hair for Curls the Next Day
If you want some curls in your hair, but don’t want to deal with curlers or a curling iron, just braid your wet hair before you go to bed. The number of braids you do and how tight you make them depend on how you want your curls to be. For tighter, kinkier curls, you want to use more braids and make them as tight as possible. If you want the curls to be the length of your hair, do French braids.
3. Two Ponytail Trick for More Volume
This is a great trick for making your hair look like it’s longer and fuller. Pull the top half of your hair back and secure it with a ponytail holder. Then gather the remaining hair in a slightly lower ponytail. The top ponytail will overlap the lower one, making it seem like one long, thick, ponytail.
4. Use Dry Shampoo Before Bed
We all have those days where we just don’t want to take the extra time to wash our hair which then requires the styling that follows. If you spray your hair with dry shampoo before you go to bed, the product will works its way through your hair while you’re sleeping giving you clean, healthy-looking hair the next morning. If you wait until the morning to apply the dry shampoo you could end up making your hair look even dirtier if too much is applied or it doesn’t have time to fully absorb into your hair.
5. Keep Bobby Pins in Place with Hairspray
If you have thin or straight hair, it can often be difficult to keep those bobby pins where they’re supposed to be. You slide one in your hair and as soon as you move it starts to slide down your head. Spread your bobby pins out on a towel and spray them with hairspray or even dry shampoo. Be sure to shake the towel a little bit to ensure the product is evenly distributed. Now, you can use them in your hair and they will stay in place.
6. Use Aluminum Foil to Help Curl Straight Hair
I wish I had known about this trick when I was younger. I had stick straight hair and it would not hold a curl if my life depended on it. If you too have this problem, try aluminum foil. Divide your hair into segments and curl each segment around your finger. Fold each section in aluminum foil squares—the size of the squares and the segments depends on the size curls you want. Heat each piece of foil for 20-45 seconds, wait for it to cool, and then remove. You can use hairspray to help the curls last a little longer, but this trick alone should give you curls that last all day. If you find that it’s not working, try smaller segments of hair.
7. Use Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips to Pump Up Your Ponytail
If you want to make your ponytail pop or make it look fuller, try using bobby pins or a butterfly clip. Stick two bobby pins vertically through your ponytail. They should start above the ponytail holder, go through it, and towards the nape of your neck. You can also place a butterfly clip under the hair and over the ponytail holder to give it the extra volume.
8. Create the Perfect Twisty Bun
This hairstyle is both incredibly quick and easy to do. Perfect when you’re in a rush, but want to look like you made the effort. Divide your hair into two low pigtails. Braid those pigtails then wrap them together and secure them with bobby pins at the back of your head.
9. Create the Illusion of a Bob
If you’re not quite willing to part with your long hair, but would like to experience a bob, just create a faux bob. Do a low, loose braid at the nape of your neck and then secure it with pins to the back of your neck. If you have straight hair, you might need to loosely curl the rest of your hair to make this look work.
10. Know Your Brushes
This may not seem important, but different brushes are best used for different styling purposes. Using the correct brush can be really beneficial in achieving your desired look. Large round brushes are for straightening, small round brushes are for curls or volume, and paddle brushes are for smoothing.