Advertising
Advertising

30 Hairstyling Hacks Every Girl Needs To Know

30 Hairstyling Hacks Every Girl Needs To Know

Sometimes the stars align and you have a good hair day without having to do much at all, but most of the time good hair takes some maintenance. Fortunately, you can keep that maintenance relatively minimal with these hairstyling hacks. Streamline your hair routine with the 30 tips below.

1. Tame frizz with a toothbrush and hairspray.

Using hairspray to control frizz is a delicate balancing act: use too little and it doesn’t make much difference, but spray too generously and you’ll end up with unpleasantly stiff hair. In order to make sure you have just the right amount to tame frizz, spray an old toothbrush with hairspray and run it over those pesky flyaway strands. It’ll hold your hair in place without turning it into a helmet.

Tame frizz

    2. Braid wet hair for curls in the morning.

    If you want to avoid using a hair dryer or curlers, try braiding your hair after your shower at night (either a series of small braids or one French braid, depending on your hair type and desired style) and leave the braids in while you sleep. In the morning, undo the braids, spritz the resulting waves with a little texturizing spray, and scrunch with your hands to get bouncy waves.

    3. Volumize your hair with the two ponytail trick.

    To make your hair look longer and fuller, pull the top half back and put it in a ponytail. Then gather the remaining hair into a lower ponytail. The top ponytail will hide the lower hair tie, making it look like you have one long, high ponytail.

    4. Use a boar bristle brush for shine.

    According to Charles Baker Strahan, the celebrity hair stylist for Herbal Essence, running a boar bristle brush through your hair while you blow dry will help move natural oil from your scalp to your ends. That means that you’re naturally taming your hair and giving it more shine.

    boar bristle brush

      5. Use dry shampoo before you go to bed.

      If your hair needs a wash but you know you won’t have time to do that before work or school in the morning, apply dry shampoo before your head hits the pillow at night. The shampoo will work itself into your strands overnight, resulting in clean, healthy-looking hair in the morning.

      Advertising

      dry shampoo

        6. Try hair extensions for temporary added length and color.

        If you’ve got mid-length hair and want to add length and color for a special occasion, try clip-on hair extensions (ombre is a good color choice if you’re a brunette). They’re not ideal for long-term use, but they’re an inexpensive and convenient option if you want longer hair every so often.

        hair extensions

          7. When curling, start with the middle of your hair.

          To get full, long-lasting waves using a curling iron, start from the middle instead of the end of your hair. This helps your hair stay wavy for longer.

          When curling

            8. Keep your bobby pins in place with hairspray. 

            If you have sleek, straight hair that bobby pins usually slide right through, spread out your bobby pins on a towel and spray them with either hairspray or dry shampoo. Carefully pick up the towel by the corners and shake it a bit in order to evenly distribute the hairspray or dry shampoo on your bobby pins, then style your hair and rest easy knowing the bobby pins won’t slip out.

            bobby pins

              9. Use aluminum foil to help curl straight hair.

              For anyone whose hair has trouble holding a curl, try dividing your hair into segments, curling each segment around your finger, and folding it up into aluminum foil squares (the size of the squares will depend on the size of the waves you want). Heat each piece of foil for about 20–45 seconds, wait for the foil to cool, and remove. Use hairspray to hold hair in place if necessary, but in many cases, you’ll find that the curls hold all day.

              10. Get your hair style to stay using cool air.

              When you’re styling your hair, don’t just rely on warm air from your blow dryer. Set that blow dryer to cool and alternate between warm and cold air in order to best set your style.

              Advertising

              cool air

                11. Pat moisture out of wet hair with a towel.

                When you get out of the shower, gently pat your hair with your towel to get out extra moisture. Don’t rub your hair with the towel—this leads to frizz.

                12. Leave the last half inch of hair unwrapped when curling.

                If you’re curling straight hair, leave the last half inch of hair out of your curling iron to get a more natural-looking, modern look.

                last half inch

                  13. Create the illusion of bangs.

                  You can create the look of bangs without the permanency of cutting your hair simply by splaying your ponytail on top of your head (watch this video tutorial to learn how).

                  14. Get volume overnight.

                  Wash your hair the night before you want to get a voluminous look, add a little volumizing gel, and twist it up into a bun on top of your head before you go to bed (wear a beanie over your hair if you’re worried about frizziness). The next morning, blow dry your hair while still in the bun for a couple minutes, then let your now-bouncy hair down.

                  15. Use the ponytail trick for quick curls.

                  If you want curls but don’t have a lot of time, put your hair into a ponytail and curl it by dividing your hair into just two or three sections and wrapping them around your curling iron. When you’re done, just let your hair out of the ponytail.

                  16. Prop your ponytail up with bobby pins.

                  If you really want to make your ponytail pop, just place two bobby pins so that they start above and go through your hair tie, pointing towards the nape of your neck.

                  17. Another trick to getting a fuller ponytail: Use a butterfly clip.

                  Just place a medium-sized butterfly clip underneath your ponytail and over your hair tie in order to instantly get a fuller look.

                  Advertising

                  butterfly clip

                    18. Create the perfect twisty bun.

                    Create a twisted bun quickly by simply dividing your hair into two low pigtails, braiding those pigtails, then wrapping those braids together and securing them with bobby pins at the back of your head.

                    twisty bun

                      19. Keep your hair out of your face with a partial braid.

                      Take a small section of hair starting at your forehead, braid it, and tuck it behind your ear. Bonus: If you haven’t shampooed your hair in a couple days, it’ll be even easier to get the braid to hold without a bobby pin.

                      hair out of your face

                        20. Create a bobby pin triangle.

                        If you’re partially pulling your hair back with bobby pins, choose pins that contrast with your hair color and pin them into a triangle to give yourself an instant hair ornament.

                        21. Flat iron your braids to get curls.

                        If you don’t have time to intricately curl straight hair, separate your hair into six or so braids and then heat the braids with a flat iron. Undo the braids, and you’ll now have curly hair.

                        22. Use your hands to apply hairspray.

                        Instead of just spraying around your head with reckless abandon, spray a bit of hairspray on your hands and run them through your hair to fight flyaways without getting an overly stiff look.

                        apply hairspray

                          23. Boost your roots.

                          If you have thin, straight hair, give yourself more volume by flipping your hair upside down and blow drying from the roots while wet.

                          Advertising

                          24. Get bangs out of the way with a French braid.

                          Growing out your bangs? French braid them to get them out of your face.

                          French braid

                            25. Use the half-up hairstyle for any hair type.

                            Whether your hair is straight or curly, thick or thin, you can get a quick elegant look by pulling the front part back for a half-up hairstyle.

                            26. Make creaseless hair ties.

                            Make your own creaseless hair ties so that you can wear your hair up during the workday, then take it down without having any awkward hair tie lines.

                            27. Curl with a headband.

                            Get curls without using heat by wrapping long, wet hair in a headband overnight, then simply taking down in the morning.

                            28. Or curl with socks!

                            No curling iron? No problem. You can wrap your hair up in socks to get the same wavy look.

                            29. Create the illusion of a bob.

                            If you have long hair that you don’t want to part with, you can still create a faux bob by doing a low, loose braid at the nape of your neck and securing the braid at the back of your neck (if you have straight hair, you may need to loosely curl the rest of your hair to make this look work).

                            30. Know your brushes.

                            Last but not least, understand the purpose of different brushes. Large round brushes are for straightening, small round brushes are for adding curl and volume, and paddle brushes are for smoothing.

                            Well that should be enough hairbrushes...

                              Featured photo credit: Rachel A.K. via flickr.com

                              More by this author

                              Fun, Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction 20 Amazing Benefits of Thrift Shopping You Probably Never Expected 15 Easy And Fun Outdoor DIY Projects You Can Do In Less Than An Hour 50 Creative And Smart Home Products That Will Brighten Up Your Kitchen 7 Tips to Streamline Your Email Communication

                              Trending in Leisure

                              1Bonding With The Boys! 29 Memorable Guy Trip Ideas 26 Easy Ways to Treat Yourself 318 Things You Need To Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo 4271 Best Answers on Quora You Might Have Missed Last Year 520 Fascinating Webcams You Can Watch Online Right Now

                              Read Next

                              Advertising
                              Advertising

                              How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                              How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                              Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                              But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                              Sight – Visual Stimulation

                              The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                              1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                              Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                              Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                              2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                              Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                              Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                              Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                              3. Take note of your environment.

                              Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                              By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

                              Advertising

                              Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                              What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                              4. Engage in conversation.

                              Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                              Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                              Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                              Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                              5. Listen to upbeat music.

                              Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                              Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                              Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                              If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                              6. Work your nose.

                              Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                              If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

                              Advertising

                              Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                              Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                              If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                              7. Have a good breakfast.

                              Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                              Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                              Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                              Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

                              20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                              8. Drink lots of water.

                              Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                              So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

                              How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day (and How Much Is Too Much for You)

                              Advertising

                              Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                              3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                              9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                              Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                              Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                              Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

                              25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

                              Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                              Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                              10. Splash cold water on your face.

                              Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                              This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                              5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

                              Advertising

                              11. Use acupressure.

                              Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                              Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                              12. Get moving.

                              Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                              And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                              You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                              Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                              Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

                              Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

                              Read Next