Sure, there are days when the stars miraculously align and you wake up to amazing hair. But most of the time, a good hair day requires some form of maintenance.
Since there are only a few people who are lucky enough to have professional hairdressers at their beck and call (i.e. celebrities and the über rich, having a few hairstyling tricks under your sleeve can mean the difference between a bad hair day and a good hair day.
If you’re looking for quick tips that can help you streamline your hair routine, these 11 hairstyling hacks should get the job done for you. All you need are a few tools to keep your tresses looking gorgeous every day of the week.
- Avoid frizzy hair by patting moisture out of wet hair.
Avoid frizzy hair once and for all by patting your hair instead of rubbing or wringing it dry. When you rub wet hair with a towel, you’re not really drying your hair — you’re only causing it to frizz due to static.
- Set your hairstyle using cool air.
As a rule of thumb, warm air dries hair, while cool air sets it. So the next time you want to set a complicated hairstyle, set your blow-dryer to cool and see it work its magic. Make sure to alternate between warm and cold if you’re working with damp strands.
- Sport a partial braid to keep hair out of your face.
No headband in sight just when you need it the most? Then start braiding to keep hair out of your face. Just take small sections of your hair from the forehead and braid it until you can tuck it behind your ear. Secure the braid with a trust bobby pin and voilà! You have yourself an instant romantic and feminine hairstyle.
- Keep bobby pins in their rightful place with a quick spritz of hair spray.
Here’s a trick that hairstylists swear by: If you want to keep bobby pins from falling out, spray them with hairspray before use. This way, you’ll be able to style your hair easily without having to deal with slipping pins.
- Make your ponytail pop with a couple of bobby pins.
To make your ponytail truly stand out, all you have to do is place a couple of bobby pins through your hair tie to prop up your ponytail and you’re all set. Make sure that the bobby pins are pointing toward your nape to get the full effect.
- Achieve a fuller ponytail with a butterfly clip.
Another easy trick to achieving a fuller ponytail is using a butterfly clip to give you an illusion of thick hair. Once you have your regular ponytail in place, take a medium-sized butterfly clip and place it underneath the tail and over the hair tie. With this simple hack, you can say good-bye to lifeless ponytails forever.
- Use dry shampoo on your hair before heading to bed for a quick freshen-up.
If you don’t have time for a thorough wash, you can get away with using dry shampoo on your hair before going to bed. Allowing dry shampoo to work on your hair overnight will not only result to cleaner hair, but will also give you a more refreshed feeling the next morning.
- Get quick curls with the ponytail trick.
Curling your tresses can take up a lot of your time so if you want it done quickly, just use the ponytail trick. Wear your hair into a high ponytail and divide it into two to three sections. Then, wrap each section around a curling iron and apply the necessary heat to set those curls. Once you’re done, let your hair out and loosen up the curls with your fingers.
- Get extra volume by prepping the night before.
To get extra volume for a special day, wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo the night before and apply a bit of volumizing gel before you twist your air into a bun. Don’t forget to wear a beanie or hair cap to secure the bun and avoid frizziness. Blow-dry your hair in the morning before letting your hair down. This trick should give you bouncy hair each and every time.
- Boost roots with a blow-dryer.
Thinning hair can be a drag — not to mention unattractive — so if you need a quick pump of volume without having to use mousse or other hair volumizing products, you need to change up your hair drying method. Simply flip your hair upside down and blow-dry the roots while your hair is still damp. The heat should boost your roots and result to fuller hair.
- Create a faux bob.
If you’re not ready to take that plunge to a shorter haircut, why not create a faux bob instead? It’s fast and easy! Start off by making a low loose braid from your nape and securing the braid at the back with a couple of bobby pins. The trick to pulling this off is to make the hairstyle as natural as possible so don’t forget to loosely curl the other parts of your hair for a natural lift.
You have to remember though that these hacks are not meant to replace proper hair care. The only way to gorgeous, healthy, and shiny hair is to choose to live a healthy lifestyle, and use products that are suited to your specific hair type. Once you get the hang of proper hair care, every day is bound to be a good hair day for you.