Since the start of Hair.com, we’ve been committed to making sure you have the best hair day, every day. When it comes to your hair care routine, not only do we want to provide the best salon-quality hair products out there, but also tips and tricks to help you get the most flawless hair ever. That’s why we’re bringing you our ultimate hair hack guide.
Whether you’re looking to amp up your daily styling routine or discover better ways to achieve healthy hair, keep scrolling for 33 hair hacks you need to try ASAP.
Hairstyling Hacks To Try Now
Use a diffuser
If you have curly hair, a diffuser attachment can speed up your blow drying time while giving your ringlets maximum volume.
Create a ponytail with no elastic
No hair ties on hand? Check out this tutorial on how to create a ponytail without a hair elastic.
Tame flyaways with a toothbrush
This quick toothbrush hack is key to taming flyaways quickly. Simply apply a few spritzes of hairspray like Matrix Style Link Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray onto your toothbrush and gently brush them over the flyways to create a sleek, smooth finish.
Fake shorter hair
If you’re nervous about committing to that trendy bob, don’t worry! You can easily fake the look of shorter hair. Pull all of your hair towards the back of your head, excluding the strands that frame your face. Create a three-strand braid, tuck the braid under, and secure it with bobby pins. Apply a few spritzes of texturizing spray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray to give your look effortless, disheveled texture.
Style your hair overnight
Simplify your morning routine (and catch a few extra Zs) by styling your hair while you sleep. Whether you want effortless beach waves or big bombshell curls, there’s an overnight styling method that can help you achieve it. Click here to read about our favorite overnight styling techniques.
Switch up your part to create volume
For a quick and easy volume boost, swap your middle part for a deep side part. This creates instant volume and body at the root.
Spray bobby pins with hairspray
If you have fine hair, you know the struggle of trying to get your bobby pins to stay put. To remedy this, spritz your bobby pins with hairspray like Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Moya Hold Finishing Hair Spray before inserting them into your style for extra grip.
Curl your hair in a ponytail
If you don’t have time to curl your hair in sections, achieve gorgeous bouncy ringlets in half the time by curling your hair in a ponytail. Apply a heat protectant like Biolage Thermal Active Heat Protectant Spray throughout your strands before pulling them into a high ponytail. Use a curling iron or wind to curl the loose strands from the ponytail. Let down your hair to reveal your completed look.
Fake thicker hair with styling products
For those who want fuller-looking hair in a pinch, it’s as easy as using hair thickening products. We recommend trying a formula like Redken’s Thickening Lotion 06. This medium-control styling foam lifts and volumizes hair from root to tip while protecting your mane from heat and humidity.
Get creative with bobby pins
Bobby pins are our go-to for taming stray strands and keeping our updos in check throughout the day, but that’s not all they’re good for. Mix and match the colors of your bobby pins or create geometric shapes to add creativity to any hairstyle.
Amp up your hair shine
If you’re having a dull hair day, give your mane a quick shine boost. Use a shine spray like Redken’s Shine Flash Hairspray to give any ‘do a glass-like, high-shine finish.
Fake a fuller ponytail
Give your ponytail a volume boost by inserting two bobby pins vertically on each side of your hair tie. Flip your ponytail back over to reveal a high ponytail with a bit more height.
Try the flat iron braids hack for perfect beach waves
If you’re looking to achieve those perfectly imperfect beach waves, you’ll need a flat iron (and basic braiding skills). Separate your hair into four even sections and create a three-strand braid with each one. The bigger your sections are, the larger your waves will be. Next, pass your flat iron over each braid, starting at the root and slowly working your way down to the ends. Unravel your braids to reveal perfect beach waves.
Pancake your braids
Create the illusion of thicker, fuller braids with the pancaking method. Use your thumb and pointer finger to pull apart each section of the braid gently.
Finish your blowout with a cool shot
That “cool shot” button on your hairdryer is more useful than you think. Complete your blowdry with a shot of cold hair to seal the hair and ensure that your blowout lasts as long as possible.
Hide your bad hair day with accessories
Good news: Bad hair days aren’t the end of the world. Whether you’re dealing with frizz or flat, lifeless strands, pop on a headband or hair scarf for a quick and trendy fix.
Hair Color Hacks To Try Now
Wear twists and braids to show off dimension
If you just got a fresh head of highlights and lowlights, you’re going to want to show them off. Hairstyles like braids and twisted updos are the best way to show off the dimension in your hue.
Add color-toning shampoo to your routine
Keep your salon color vibrant and brass-free between appointments with color-toning shampoo. For salon blondes, pick up a purple shampoo formula like Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo. This formula targets unwanted yellow tones in blonde hair.
If you have lightened brunette strands, pick up a blue toning shampoo like Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo to eliminate brassy orange undertones. If you have dark hair with red undertones, pick up Matrix Total Results Dark Envy Shampoo. This green color-depositing shampoo removes red undertones from dark hair.
Use a root concealer
No time for a root touch up? No problem! Use a root concealer formula like L'Oréal Professionnel Hair Touch Up Root Concealer Spray to temporarily hide growth between appointments.
Brighten up your face
You don’t need a full head of blonde highlights to transform your look. If you want instant brightness with low commitment, ask your colorist for a money piece technique. Your colorist will paint the strands framing your face two shades lighter than your base color.
Use purple shampoo on dry hair
If you want brighter, brass-free blonde in minutes, try applying dry shampoo to dry hair. Click here to see how it’s done.
Wash your hair in lukewarm water
While that steaming hot shower feels amazing, hot water can quickly strip the vibrancy from your salon color. That’s why, when it’s time to rinse your hair, we recommend switching the temperature to lukewarm.
Hair Care Hacks To Try Now
Protect your hair from humidity
Click here to watch stylist Matthew Newman seal his hair against humidity using L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Morning After Dust Dry Shampoo and Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil.
Plop your curls
If you want to enhance the look of your curls sans heat damage, try the hair plopping technique. This technique involves gathering all of your hair at the top of your head and wrapping it in a cotton t-shirt. This helps create a more defined curl pattern while being a gentle alternative to heat styling.
Apply dry shampoo before bed
Applying dry shampoo to your hair before bed will help absorb oil while you sleep, so you wake up with refreshed strands in the morning. Try a formula like Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo to get maximum oil absorption and instantly refresh your look.
Switch to a microfiber hair towel
If you deal with frizz after towel-drying your mane, swap your cotton towel with a microfiber variation. Microfiber towels absorb water quicker and help prevent frizz.
Use silk and satin accessories for damage-free styling
While elastic hair ties and cause friction and hair damage, gentler materials such as satin and silk can keep your strands protected while you style. Click here to discover our favorite accessories for healthy hair.
Switch to a silk pillowcase
You should also swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase to prevent hair damage while you sleep.
Only apply conditioner to your ends.
Applying conditioner to your roots can leave your mane flat and lifeless. That’s why we recommend applying conditioner only to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. We recommend trying a formula like Pureology Hydrate Conditioner. This conditioner hydrates and softens dry, color-treated hair while protecting against color fade.
Wrap your hair to preserve your curls
Keep your ringlets maintained and frizz-free while you toss and turn by wrapping your hair in a silk hair scarf or bonnet. Click here to check out our expert’s guide to wrapping your hair.
Clarify once a week
All of that product build-up can do a number on your strands, which is why we recommend using a clarifying shampoo like Redken Detox Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo once a week. This formula removes product build-up, excess oil, and pollution residue in just one use.
Opt for an overnight serum for extra dry strands
Give your strands extra nourishment while you sleep by adding an overnight serum to your hair routine. We recommend Shu Uemura Art Of Hair’s Essence Absolue Overnight Serum. This lightweight serum repairs dry hair, tames frizz, and helps leave hair more manageable.
Massage your scalp
Hint: Your at-home scalp massage can be just as good as the one you get at the shampoo bowl. A scalp massage can help to increase circulation in your scalp and promote healthy hair growth. Not to mention: It’s a great way to incorporate self-care into your hair routine.
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