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26 Easy Hair Hacks And Products That'll Save You Time In The Morning

A wet-to-straight flat iron, anti-frizz sheets, no-heat curls hack, and 24 other ways to get hair that's ready to go in no time.

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1. Put your hair up in little low buns in mere minutes to make it look like you care.

You'll need hairspray, hair clips, and clear elastic hair ties to complete this look. Get the full instructions from Advice From a Twenty Something here.
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You'll need hairspray, hair clips, and clear elastic hair ties to complete this look.

Get the full instructions from Advice From a Twenty Something here.

2. Or, add a synthetic puff to your natural hair when you're super short on time.

Promising review: "This is a lazy naturals dream! I do not have the time or patience to pick out and shape my pouf just to have it shrink an hour later, so this is a great option. I just put my hair in a ponytail and pop it on. At night I take it off and tie my hair down so I can repeat in the morning. I wish I had found one of these much earlier." —Candice boultFind more tips for natural hair from BuzzFeed here. Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
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Promising review: "This is a lazy naturals dream! I do not have the time or patience to pick out and shape my pouf just to have it shrink an hour later, so this is a great option. I just put my hair in a ponytail and pop it on. At night I take it off and tie my hair down so I can repeat in the morning. I wish I had found one of these much earlier." —Candice boult

Find more tips for natural hair from BuzzFeed here.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

3. Skip the morning shower and clean up oily hair with texturizing dry shampoo.

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And try applying dry shampoo to your hair at night instead of the morning, for even more volume.

Promising review: "Umm what is this sorcery?! It’s a pretty much transparent dry shampoo that leaves NO white residue AND my hair doesn’t feel the least bit gunky or stiff like all the other kinds I’ve tried. And it smells so yummy! This is amazing, and definitely my dry shampoo holy grail. I only shampoo once per week, so I’ve tried LOTS of dry shampoos. This one is by far my favorite." —NurseLovesDeals

Get it from Amazon for $3.59 or from Target for $3.59. And check out some of the best dry shampoos you can get on Amazon here.

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4. Before you get too far in your hairstyling endeavors, try spiral hair pins. They'll give you more hold, and won't fail curly/thick hair.

Spray these with hairspray before applying for even more hold. Promising review: "My hair is thick, curly, and almost two feet long. This product holds it so well. Straight pins have always been a issue for me. I will be buying this again because they hide well and hold even better. Highly recommended. ;)" —Byrdie AGet a 20-pack from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).
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Spray these with hairspray before applying for even more hold.

Promising review: "My hair is thick, curly, and almost two feet long. This product holds it so well. Straight pins have always been a issue for me. I will be buying this again because they hide well and hold even better. Highly recommended. ;)" —Byrdie A

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).

5. Stretch your washes and skip styling altogether (almost!) with a cute headband.

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Promising review: "I have short hair, and this looks gorgeous with my hair. It makes it easy to do my hair and get ready faster when I don't want to style or wash my hair. I had short hair for years, then long hair for years, and then I donated it and went back to short hair. I was struggling to style and get used to it at first. I was so used to going a few days in-between my washes to keep my hair healthy. This makes it easier to stretch my washes without looking like a mess." –Alicia

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.99 (available in multiple styles).

6. Get your hair up in a messy bun and you'll be out the door in under a minute!

Read the full instructions from Hairspray and High Heels here.
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Read the full instructions from Hairspray and High Heels here.

7. Accessorize that messy bun with cute hair clips and trick everyone into thinking you spent tons of time in front of the mirror.

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Promising review (for the scissor clips): "I have fine hair, and this really helps. I get compliments when I pair this with my safety-pin hair pin. They look unique :)." —Jen

Read our full review of the golden branch clips here.

Get them from Amazon: six-pack of scissor clips for $6.99, three-pack of golden branch clips for $8.99, and two-pack of butterfly clips for $5.39.

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8. If you're working with a short style, invest in a good pomade — keep it at your desk, and you can tame your bed-head throughout the day.

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I do this allllll the time with Malin + Goetz pomade. Almost every time I think I've tamed my bed-head before work, I get to work and it's a mess again (thanks cowlicks). This stuff is safe for colored hair, doesn't flake, and gives the perfect amount of hold. I also use it to add a little more texture to my hair. A little goes a long way; I just tousle a dab of it into my dry hair, or for really stubborn fly-aways, I dampen and then apply.

Get it from Barneys for $22.

9. Find a stylist who knows how to work with your hair type, so your hair shall be easier to handle every morning.

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I recently switched hair stylists, and to my shock my stylist gave me a cut that works with my extremely thick hair and cowlicks. The cowlicks are still there, but my hair is much more manageable now. Usually stylists just comment on how thick and unruly my hair is, instead of doing something about it. Don't be like me and put up with this, find someone who knows how to work with your hair type, and you'll feel more confident in your hair endeavors every morning.

10. Make those curls last for days on end via a magical potion (aka coconut oil leave-in treatment).

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Promising review (for SheaMoisture Coconut Oil Leave-in Treatment): "I use this for my hair whether it is natural, curly, and crazy, or in braids. I love it! It moisturizes my scalp and it smells so good." —Tnance

Find more product suggestions for natural hair from René Daniella here.

Get it from Target for $9.

11. Brush and straighten your locks with an all-in-one straightening brush for amaze before and after pics in under 30 mins.

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This brush can work wonders in 5–20 mins (according to reviewers), depending on how thick/long your hair is.

Promising review: "It took less than five minutes for the straightener to reach the desired temperature (410°F is what I used), while I brushed my hair, and about 5–10 minutes to straighten my hair. This tool is super easy to operate! I can run about twice as much hair through at once than what I can with my flat iron. And when I mindlessly touched my scalp with the brush, it didn't hurt because there are longer bristles that don't heat up, so my skin never touches the heating element. Also, my hair didn't feel dry like it sometimes does when I go too hot or too slow with my flat iron, possibly because less hair is in direct contact with the heat. If you consider the time saved by using this brush, it's well worth the price." –cgall

Get it from Amazon for $43.94 or from Walmart for $46.69.

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12. Commit to the big chop, and save tons of time and money. The less hair you have, the less products/styling you'll need.

Pros of a buzz cut: You'll barely use hair products, you can stop thinking about what to do/how to style your hair altogether, and you'll save money on hair cuts — just get a pair of clippers and you'll be good to go.I rocked a buzz cut for a year with no regrets. I thought about doing it for months, and finally got the courage to do it after following Instagram accounts that normalized femme-identified folks with short hair. If you're thinking about going short, find the inspo you need from hashtagpixiecuts for pixie cuts; and njamba_juice or buzzcut.babes for buzzcuts.
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Pros of a buzz cut: You'll barely use hair products, you can stop thinking about what to do/how to style your hair altogether, and you'll save money on hair cuts — just get a pair of clippers and you'll be good to go.

I rocked a buzz cut for a year with no regrets. I thought about doing it for months, and finally got the courage to do it after following Instagram accounts that normalized femme-identified folks with short hair. If you're thinking about going short, find the inspo you need from hashtagpixiecuts for pixie cuts; and njamba_juice or buzzcut.babes for buzzcuts.

13. Comb through your hair using a detangler brush — it just may be a miracle worker for your hair type.

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Promising review: "I just bought this today. I wet my hair with a spray bottle and put my Devacurl in. I used the brush, and it got all my tangles out with no pulling or resistance with my 3c-4a African American hair. I love this brush. A must have!" —D. Green

Get it from Amazon for $10.77 (two colors).

14. Save time on your morning hair routine by creating heatless curls the night before.

View this video on YouTube

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You'll need a spray bottle, soft hold mousse spray, hair ties, a jumbo hair doughnut, comb, bobby pins, and Argan oil to complete this look.

Check out similar style tips from MakeupWearables Hairstyles channel here.

15. Use a modern shower cap (good for all hair types!) to preserve those curls, or whatever hairstyle you're rocking, for another day.

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"Shhhower Cap is is a line of water-repellant shower caps that have a no-slip band that fits securely around your head. I wore mine when my natural hair was straightened, desperate to not get my hair wet, and it worked better than any other cap I've ever used. EVER!" —Essence Grant

Find more products loved by BuzzFeed's Beauty Team in 2017 here.

Get it from Sephora for $43 (available in multiple colors/styles).

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16. Never experience the terror of ponytail indents again with Invisibobbles.

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Promising review: "Invisibobbles provide a strong ponytail or messy bun hold with NO pinching or tugging at my roots. And — *breathes deep sigh* — no indents on your hair or marks (or minor feelings of blood flow restriction) on your wrists either. Something as simple as putting your hair into a ponytail shouldn't be painful or stressful, and I can't believe it took me so long to realize that. These get stretched out after a wear (obviously) but they actually shrink back to their original size after a while. Annnd they come in a bunch of colors, so you can coordinate to your heart's content if that's your thing!" –Sarah Han

Read our full review on these hair ties here.

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9 (mint), $7.84 (clear), or $8 (brown); or get them from Sephora: the circus collection for $8 or the pink for $8.

17. Dry and straighten your hair at the same time using a wet-to-straight flat iron.

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Promising review: "This worked great. I had toweled dry hair, and with just two passes it was dry and straight! I had tried one of these before that not only didn't work but it made my hair frizzy. This one my hair is nice and smooth. I use Garnier flat iron perfection while I use this. I checked out a ton of these wet/dry flat irons, and I am really glad I went with this one. This is going to save me 15 minutes a day because I don't have to blow dry any more!" –L. Moen

Get the 1¾-inch flat iron from Amazon for $26.94 or the 2-inch flat iron from Walmart for $24.53.

18. Let smoothing sheets do the work of keeping frizz at bay.

Promising review: "When I first tried these, I automatically fell in love. I wear extensions, and these hair wipes really gave my hair and the extensions beautiful shine, and no frizz. I bring one in my purse every day, but never feel the need to use it cause one wipe in the morning usually tames my hair all day. Love love love this product." —KimberlyGet it from Amazon for $18.
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Promising review: "When I first tried these, I automatically fell in love. I wear extensions, and these hair wipes really gave my hair and the extensions beautiful shine, and no frizz. I bring one in my purse every day, but never feel the need to use it cause one wipe in the morning usually tames my hair all day. Love love love this product." —Kimberly

Get it from Amazon for $18.

19. Hide dirty hair by pinning up the front — where all the oil likes to hang out.

Find more tips for disguising dirty hair from Hair and Makeup by Steph here.
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Find more tips for disguising dirty hair from Hair and Makeup by Steph here.

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20. Achieve the perfect bun with as little effort as possible with this handy wrap up.

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Promising review: "This is my go-to when I'm short on time in the morning. Called 'the perfect bun' by ladies at my work :)." —Samantha S.

Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in three colors).

21. And when you don't feel up to putting any effort into your hair, wear a hat that'll make you look classy and put together. Or try a snapback to match your laid-back vibe.

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Promising review (for the cloche): "Super cute — looks just like the photos. Beautiful color, fun fit. I bought it as a gift, and my friend receives compliments on it all the time." —claire

Get the cloche from ModCloth for $19.99, rose snapback from Amazon for $12.99, or the floral hat from Overstock for $32.53.

22. Reinvent the ponytail using four black scrunchies.

Start with a standard ponytail, then use the scrunchies to add each section. Pinch each section with two fingers, and pull out slightly to create each little pouf.
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Start with a standard ponytail, then use the scrunchies to add each section. Pinch each section with two fingers, and pull out slightly to create each little pouf.

23. Distract everyone from whatever state your hair is in with a dramatic hair accessory.

Just clip it in and go!Promising review: "Very pretty! I really like the colors, and the clips hold them really nicely. They look nice when I’m trying to dress up my hair for work." –AmyGet a five-pack from Amazon for $11.99 (available in multiple colors).
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Just clip it in and go!

Promising review: "Very pretty! I really like the colors, and the clips hold them really nicely. They look nice when I’m trying to dress up my hair for work." –Amy

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $11.99 (available in multiple colors).

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24. Sleep in these super comfy curlers, and you just might save enough time to sleep in.

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Uhm so these also absorb water, in case you want to save the most time by going to bed with wet hair.

Promising review: "These are amazing! My hair is very long and they give me beautiful curls overnight; and they are not uncomfortable to sleep in. Eight curlers are enough for my very long hair." —Molly

Get them from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two colors).

25. Running too late to braid? Clip in a synthetic fishtail braid.

Promising review: "These braids are extremely thick and beautiful. I have two, and at times wear both — or pull my hair to the side/back, and wear only one. Thumbs up on this item!" —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in seven colors).
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Promising review: "These braids are extremely thick and beautiful. I have two, and at times wear both — or pull my hair to the side/back, and wear only one. Thumbs up on this item!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in seven colors).

26. And tame stubborn fly-aways via a toothbrush and some hairspray.

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~This is my hair toothbrush.~

Promising review: "Headstrong will keep your hair in place through anything, so it’s great for wrangling baby hairs into sleek ponytails or finishing off an updo for an event. Although $24 is more than you’d spend on drugstore-brand hairspray, a 10-oz. bottle lasts a long time. The spray also contain vitamins that promote strong, healthy hair, and reduce breakage." –Adrianna Licitra

Read our full review of Headstrong here.

Get it from Amazon for $22.50 (also available in travel size for $9) or from Jet for $19.97.

Walking out the door in the morning with your hair:

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