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36 Basic Hair Tips You'll Wonder How You Lived Without

Because we're adults now, and that means knowing how to get rid of those dang split ends, am I right?!

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1. Perfect (or learn how to even do) your at-home blowout with smooth results. The biggest thing to know? Dry by section with a large round brush to make each and every strand *shine*.

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What you'll need: large round brush ($14.99 on Amazon), detangling spray ($4.49 on Amazon), hair dryer ($31.49 on Amazon), heat protectant spray ($7.53 on Amazon), and styling clips ($8.99 on Amazon).

Check out even more must-see charts for fantastic hair!

2. If that's STILL too hard (baby steps, my friend) turn to this powerful ceramic styling brush (the InStyler Glossie). It can conquer even the thickest hair in almost no time at all. All you have to do is guide it.

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It has 65 ceramic heated plates to separate and style each strand of hair. You can adjust the temp from 300°F–450°F, depending on how much heat you'd like to apply.

Psst! The BuzzFeed editor above swears by this product! Read her review of the InStyler Glossie Brush!

Promising review: "This brush really does the job and is a better alternative for flat irons (for me personally). It took me just 20 minutes to straight my hair instead of one hour with a traditional straightener. I love the result!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $58.99.

3. Don't forget about those bangs! They have their own special steps for a frizzless blowout (again: s e p a r a t e first).

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What you'll need: large round brush ($14.99 on Amazon), hair dryer with diffuser ($31.49 on Amazon), heat protectant spray ($7.53 on Amazon), and styling clips ($8.99 on Amazon).

Check out more from The Beauty Department for how to properly blow dry bangs!

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4. Prevent heat damage (SO. IMPORTANT.) when using hot styling tools by first spritzing on some CHI thermal protection spray. This one works overtime to not only guard every strand from heat and breakage, but will seal over hair cuticles to prevent future damage.

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Don't worry, its weightless formula prevents any buildup so your hair feels lighter than ever. Plus, its super silky finish certainly doesn't hurt. AND it's not tested on animals!

Promising review: "This spray works really well! A stylist showed me once how well it works — she sprayed some on the back of my hand then put the blow dryer on HIGH towards it. The skin around where it was sprayed got hot but where the spray was, I couldn't even feel the heat. So imagine how helpful it is to prevent damage to your hair! I always use it whenever I apply heat to my hair to prevent further damage." —mogripup

Get it from Amazon for $7.53 or from Walmart for $9.20.

5. Create TWO ponytails instead of just one (and layer them on top of each other) for a 'do that looks longer and fuller with just about zero effort! Bad hair days who?

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It helps if you make your hair wavy with a curling wand (like this one for $14.65 on Amazon) first for more volume!

Check out more from Free People on how to revamp the classic ponytail!!!

6. Nourish split ends if you're not ready for a haircut by treating them with a Dove serum. They'll be restored in strength and shine, thanks to this product's soothing oil formula.

7. Tackle braiding your own hair by learning the timeless fishtail style in eight easy-to-remember steps. Is braiding like riding a bike? I hope so.

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8. Only apply conditioner to the bottom three-fourths of your hair and keep product away from your roots. This is especially great if you have fine hair, because it keeps it from getting greasy!

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This conditioner ($10.40 on Amazon) has tons and tons of reviews about how it doesn't weight down thin, fine hair.

9. Smooth over your feuds with baby hairs by simply spraying a toothbrush with hairspray to hold them down.

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Garnier Fructis hairspray ($3.29 on Amazon) does it all: its bamboo-extract formula ensures a 24-hour strong hold so your 'do stays in place all day long, but also fights humidity by wrapping itself around each and every strand for double the protection against frizz.

10. Protect your hair, especially if it's thin and fine, by limiting your heated hair tools to 350 degrees, max. It also helps to stick to ceramic products, like this Remington straightener with titanium protection coating so there's less damage during the process.

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Check out more for hair hacks for every type of hair.

Promising review: "I got this to replace a high-end brand that I dropped and broke. The iron I dropped was so heavy — it was uncomfortable to use. I had doubts that this one at such a low price would be able to handle my hair. To my great surprise, it not only handles my hair, but it conquers it even better than the high-end brand ever did. Dropping the old iron was a blessing in disguise; no more tired arm, much better hair!" —TORRIE

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $19.96.

11. Speaking of straighteners, match the right one to your length and texture of hair to create an easier, more efficient routine. No more fighting tooth and nail to get just one straight strand!

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Check out more for everything you need to know about straightening your hair.

Get them from Amazon: ½" straightener for $9.99, 1" straightener for $19.96, 1 ¼" straightener for $19.99, 1½" straightener for $26.37, and 2" straightener for $22.02.

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12. Memorize a deceivingly upscale updo (say that five times fast) that only takes ~ten minutes~ to do! Once you learn this, every fancy occasion will be a breeze.

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What you'll need: bobby pins ($5 on Amazon), mini elastic hair ties ($2.88 on Amazon), styling clips ($8.99 on Amazon), and hair spray ($3.29 on Amazon).

Check out even more easy-to-follow charts for new hairdos.

13. Use bobby pins *upside down* and fix the mistake you've probably been making your whole life. It's ok, we've all been there. It just holds your hair WAY better if placed correctly!

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The ridges are made to really get a grip in your locks while the flat side creates a more polished appearance.

Get a 60-pack of bobby pins from Amazon for $5 or a similar 48-pack from Walmart for $2.94.

14. Cut shampoo out of your routine if your curls constantly feel weighed down. Instead, use DevaCurl's cleansing conditioner, which'll both thoroughly wash your hair and moisturize every ringlet at the same time.

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Check out BuzzFeed's Seven Day Curl Challenge for more life-changing techniques.

Promising review: "I have waited to draw any conclusions about DevaCurl products because I've been fooled before. I've been using No-Poo (and other DevaCurl products) for about three weeks, and my hair seems to be softer every day! It is a little hard to get used to no lather, but it is definitely worth it. My hairdresser even noticed that the curls are more defined, and the texture is softer and fuller. Before I started using DevaCurl No-Poo, I had two shampoos and at least three conditioners that I would rotate through often — hoping to get rid of that straw-like texture. I think I'll be tossing all of those products out!" —imatiger

Get it from Sephora for $44.

15. Explore new looks without going the lengths if you're feeling bored with your look — but aren't ready to commit. A faux bob takes five easy steps but makes a lasting impression. Best part? Come morning, you're back to you!

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What you'll need: ½-inch curling wand ($24.92 on Amazon), wide-tooth comb ($2.97 on Amazon), teasing brush ($7.95 on Amazon), elastic bands ($2.96 on Amazon), bobby pins ($5 on Amazon), and hair spray ($12.81 on Amazon).

Check out more from Lulu's for the full tutorial.

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16. Know that one dry shampoo isn't for everyone — it totally depends on your kind of hair! Dove Refresh and Care works especially well on finer hair, while Batiste is well-known for conquering heavier 'dos.

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Btw, if you have thin hair, try putting dry shampoo on before you go to sleep! It'll *soak in* better and leave a more naturally full-looking effect.

Get them from Amazon: Dove for $3.99 and Batiste for $5.88.

17. Find the perfect part placement that truly flatters your face shape. The most universally pleasing is the side part (below)!

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And remember this when you get your next haircut — they'll need to style the haircut around where you like to part.

Learn more from The Beauty Department for how to perfectly map out your side part.

18. Don't shell out major cash over and over again to color your hair — make it last! Use color-safe products like L'Oréal Ever Pure shampoo and conditioner that'll protect your precious locks from fading prematurely.

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These pups work as both a deep conditioner and a color-protectant — meaning they work to repair any bleach damage, while also making sure your colored hair stays bold and bright (thanks to their anti-fading formula). They even protect your mane from daily color aggressors like water, UV rays, and heated styling tools. Their main ingredient, goji (a super fruit), will undo the negative effects of coloring and bring your tresses back to their luxuriously smooth state. Tldr: dead ends go away, and luscious locks come back. And they're sulfate-free!

Another helpful tip? Try to avoid heated styling tools. I know, hard! But the heat actually speeds up the color's fading process.

Check out even more ways to make color-treated hair LAST!

Promising review: "I love this set of shampoo and conditioner. I dye my hair and it's really fine, so it's always super dry. Because of this, I tried so many shampoos without any good results, but this set makes my hear as soft as silk! I take them wherever I go!" —RoBin

Get them from Amazon: shampoo for $6.55 and conditioner for $6.38.

19. Win the battle against flyways by simply spraying your hands with hairspray and running them through your hair. This works great for updos, too!

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This ultra-lightweight hairspray combines the effects of a dry shampoo and a hairspray, so you can go another day without washing yet achieve unbeatable volume and texture. How, you say? Its formula is loaded with volcanic minerals to absorb oil (goodbye yesterday's problems) and refresh your strands.

Check out the full tutorial on Ouai here!

Get Ouai hairspray from Nordstrom for $12+ (available in two sizes) and hair oil for $28.

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20. Master the art of the bun, but with a twist. No one needs to know all it really takes is a handy bun-maker tie that does all the work for you.

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Promising review: "These make achieving the perfect bun so effortless and easy. I get so many compliments on my hairstyle and no one would ever notice that I used this tool!" —Em

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.98 (available in two colors).

21. Or, if you're feeling little more ambitious, braid a low ponytail and wrap it around into a bun (in just four easy steps!).

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What you'll need: bobby pins ($5 on Amazon) and mini elastic hair ties ($2.88 on Amazon).

Check out more for the full tutorial and other easy hairstyles.

22. Make your own blow drying techniques match that of a pro's by setting the hairdryer on low and aiming from the top, NOT the side of your head. This will make every stand look sleek and polished!

23. Take a page from the Kardashian playbook and magically grow a long, sleek mane overnight with nothing more than clip-on extensions.

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Promising review: "Okay, so I am very picky about hair exensions. I've spent hundreds of dollars on numerous sets, and have never been completely satisfied. UNTIL NOW! These are BY FAR my favorite, and for such an amazing price! If you're worried that this deal is too good to be true (because I was) then stop worrying! And buy these extensions. Also I have very short hair, and they still look great — very full and luscious! And you can straighten them. I'm very happy!" —Makenzie Long

Get them from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four sizes and in 20 colors) or a similar style from Walmart for $7.99 (available in seven colors).

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24. Don't despair if your hair looks like it's reached a place of no return thanks to bleaching and heat styling. Bring life back to it without a hefty salon charge by using an Olaplex at-home hair repair treatment.

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Crazily enough, this isn't even a conditioner — just a very intense repair kit that's usually exclusive to salons (typically you use this after over-bleaching and coloring, but it's also great for any kind of damage!). It relinks broken bonds in hair to provide structural repair. TL;DR: your hair goes from stringy AF to shiny and new. #Science.

Promising review: "I have highlighted hair, and before Olaplex I had problems with breakage. Since using Olaplex, my hair is stronger and much healthier. I did take a short break, as I was trying to save money, and I totally saw the difference in my hair. I have now gone back to faithfully using it once a week, and my hair is back to being strong despite the coloring and use of heat on my hair. It is worth every penny!" —mapb

Get it from Sephora for $28.

25. Identify which curling iron is best for you based on design and outcome: Ceramic styles focus on minimized damage and even heat distribution while tourmaline products promise to leave hair shiny. And titanium wands know that all you really want is to stop snagging your own damn hair.

26. Remove dulling components (aka product buildup) that you probably didn't even know impact your shine by using Neutrogena's anti-residue shampoo. This is seriously like a breath of fresh air for your entire head.

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Use this once a week to effectively remove ~up to 90%~ of dulling residue (aka leftover shampoo, coloring treatments, etc.). Plus, it helps boost volume! Win-win.

Promising review: "This is a great product! This shampoo removed years of product build-up in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed fewer styling products to achieve the same results." —Kat

Get it from Amazon for $4.79 or from Walmart for $4.83.

27. Save your hair (particularly if it's curly) from breaking by drying it in a cotton T-shirt. It's much gentler and will stop any broken ends from happening.

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Check out more easy ways to protect curly hair.

Or if you're like, "nah that's weird", try this super-absorbent yet gentle microfiber towel! Get it from Amazon for $8.29!

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28. Scrub away dandruff and dullness with a shampoo brush — it'll gently deep-clean your scalp so every strand of hair gets the ultimate restoration.

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Promising review: "I'm so extremely impressed with this. I've been battling dandruff for two years since I moved to the South. There's something about the humidity that has not agreed with me, and it's been a hassle. From home remedies to expensive salon shampoos, nothing has worked until now. Not only did this work immediately, but my hair is silky smooth as well." —Tarin G

Get it from Amazon for $0.01 or a similar product from Walmart for $5.87.

29. Wash afros once every seven to ten days to avoid drying out (but rinse your hair in water every day). If you find your hair is actually more on the oily side, switch to washing it twice a week.

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Check out more for everything hair stylists want you to know.

Try out a well-loved, curl-specialized shampoo and conditioner set on Amazon for $16.25.

30. Assign the proper brush to your *hair goals*. Some are great for some extra bounce and glossiness, while others will help you smooth your bangs!

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Need some suggestions? Get top-rated ones from Amazon: paddle brush for $4.49, round bristle brush for $7.99, round curling brush for $5.11, round combination brush for $13.98, bangs brush for $10.80, and smoothing brush for $12.89.

Learn more from The Beauty Department on learning all things brushes.

31. Give your hair a break from hot styling tools in favor of a damage-free option: a pack of twist flex rods. Same look, happier hair.

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Each pack comes with three sizes so you can choose based on your hair length and thickness!

Promising review: "These are so soft and healthy for your hair. I received mine today and put four of the orange ones in my hair to see how long before it would curl dry hair. Well, after doing a couple of things around the house, I removed them and low and behold my hair was curled nicely. I'm back to order another tub of these. You can't beat this price." —Chao Zhi

Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $9.99 or a similar 42-pack from Walmart for $10.99.

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32. Try a hand (or strand?) at a no-brainer DIY dry shampoo recipe. Saving money? Successfully avoiding washing hair yet another night? YES 👏 PLEASE 👏.

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What you'll need for light hair: Cornstarch ($1.99 on Amazon), baking soda ($0.99 on Amazon), and essential oils ($10.10 on Amazon).

What you'll need for dark hair: Cornstarch ($1.99 on Amazon, unsweetened cocoa powder ($5.99 on Amazon), and essential oils ($10.10 on Amazon).

Check out the whole video for the tutorial.

33. Give your hair more volume with nothing more than BrioGeo volumizing conditioner while in the shower if you hate the thought of styling your hair yourself. Its dual-action formula (comprised of ginseng and biotin) promotes healthier hair by starting at the source: your scalp.

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In simpler terms, it stimulates blood flow to the scalp, encouraging long-term growth so your hair can naturally thicken.

Promising review: "I have dry, frizzy, curly hair. My hair definitely needs some volume and after reading reviews I decided to give this a try and I wasn't disappointed. It definitely gives volume and makes my hair really soft and frizz-free. It smells heavenly! Plus its 95% made out of natural ingredients; no harmful chemicals — can't beat that." —fb24

Get it from Sephora for $24.

34. *Poof* yourself into a great hair day by teasing the middle layers of your 'do to add some major volume and save the drama for your selfie... NOT your morning.

35. Study this general guide to learn the proper order in which to use your hair products. Like everything else in life, there's a time and place for everything (unless we're talking about cake, because that's just all the time).

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36. That being said, your routine should slightly differ based on your hair texture! You're obviously aware that curly hair needs different products than straight — but do you know the *order* in which to apply them?

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