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29 Ways To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good At Doing Your Hair

No more bad hair days.

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1. Take the arm workout out of styling your hair with The Beachwaver, a curling iron that rotates to create curls or waves in seconds.

Get it from Amazon for $129: available in a .75-inch barrel and a one-inch barrel. All of the Beachwaver curling irons are also available on Jet.

Promising review: "This is the best product I have ever purchased. Worth every cent. I was never able to curl my own hair; I always ended up with a dent in it from the clip or it would come out ugly. Now I curl my hair all the time, I used a YouTube tutorial the first couple times I tried it, then got the hang of it really quickly. People are always asking me what I do to get these waves. I’ve had this for almost a year now and I use it all the time. Highly recommend! Takes me like 20 mins to do my hair now." —Michelle Michaels

2. Create a gorge updo in two simple motions: twist + pin. Hello hair that's the perfect combo of old-timey elegance and modern effortlessness.

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Just grab a section, twist it in a loop, and pin. It's really that easy.

For more ideas, check out 19 Naturally Curly Hairstyles For When You're Already Running Late.

Try these jumbo-sized bobby pins for a hairdo that will actually last all day. Check out a review of them (#3).


3. Add some flair to your pony, braid, or bun with a set of hair elastics complete with bows already tied on.

And unlike a hair ribbon, it won't fall out 87 times throughout the day.

Get a set of four from Anthropologie for $12 (available in two color sets).

4. Fight frizz on the go with moisturizing and static-killing sheets.

Just run a sheet over your hair (whether it's down or in a pony) to tame flyaways and add shine. It even works for curls!

Get a box of 15 sheets from Amazon for $18.

Promising review: "I read about these anti-frizz wipes in a magazine and thought I would give them a try. They really work! In humidity, I can wipe one lightly over my hair and it tames it immediately. In winter with electricity and hair going wild, it does the same. One wipe can be used several times. Great light scent." —Dee H.

6. Tie it all together with Burlybands, the ultimate hair tie for thick or heavy hair — it won't stretch out or pull out your hair.

A miracle product for anyone with lots of hair.

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

Promising review: "These are the absolute best hair ties for thick and curly hair. If you unroll one of these hair ties, it would probably be 2" wide. They don't cut into your wrists and your pony will never loosen. My only mistake the first and second time was ordering only one pair. This time time I ordered five!" —David & Karina


8. And use a top-rated teasing comb with a mix of boar and nylon multi-level bristles to create mega height with only a few brushstrokes.

Get it from Amazon for $11.97 or Walmart for $7.66.

Promising review: "I'm new to teasing hair, but was told that this was the classic product, and so far it has lived up to expectations. Good for not only teasing hair, but also smoothing it. Adds great volume!" —Kiana

9. Blow your hair out without having to hold a dryer AND a round brush by opting for the John Frieda hot air brush instead.,

It has a ceramic barrel and ionic technology that'll leave your hair smooth and shiny, plus it has an ergonomic grip that won't tire your hands out. I've used this myself and it really works!

Get it from Amazon (available in two sizes: 1-inch and 1.5-inch) or Walmart (available in the 1-inch size) fo $31.99.

Promising review: "I am no professional hair stylist, nor do I have time to do my hair everyday (mommy of two), but I must say this blow dryer curling brush makes getting ready so much easier. It's fairly simple to use. I like my hair to have a lot of volume (I have thin hair) and my layers to show (please excuse my dead ends) so this look is easy to achieve. I just sectioned my hair in small pieces, used this tool from my roots to the tip, then from the tip curled up (inwards) and rolled the brush around and out to keep the curl. Added a lot of volume and a nice wave to the tips. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a nice easy blowout! I also used John Frieda Volumizing spray to obtain this look!" —C


13. Pop on a twisted headband that looks like a scarf — perfect for anyone who is not exactly great at tying.

14. Add texture and body to your air drying routine with Bumble & Bumble's Don't Blow It styling cream that boosts texture and volume for a perfectly undone look.

Get the large size tube from Sephora for $31 (available in versions for both thick and fine hair)

Promising review: "I am incredibly lazy and let my hair air dry basically every day. This stuff is incredible! It gives my hair good body and a little wave, even on days I'm just co-washing. It's a little pricey, but it took me two months to go through the travel size tube ($15) using it almost every day. My hair is about two inches below my collarbone, and I still only need to work in a dime-sized dab in the morning." —Kelo


15. Bump up the volume and make it last all day with Living Proof's Dry Volume Blast, which is tbh the best volumizing product on the market. It smells great, lasts and lasts, and leaves hair feeling touchably soft, NOT stiff or crunchy.,

Ok you guys, this is the shit. I don't understand *how* it works, I just know that it does. One time I sprayed this all over my hair, thinking it was the dry shampoo, and WOW was my hair ENORMOUS. But still so soft!

Get it from Sephora for $29.

Promising review: "I love all of the Living Proof products but the Full Dry Volume Blast is my absolute favorite. I have fine hair and volume is an issue. Most volume products leave my hair feeling awful. Just a few 'blasts' of this product provides incredible volume and I can style with ease!" —JEDPHX

16. Keep your hair out of your face without creating dents or bumps with a set of cute crease-free clips. We're all about maintaining that hairstyle for days!

These are great for keeping your blowout intact while you apply your makeup!

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $16.97.

17. Ditch the flat iron for this Instyler ceramic straightening brush — just stroke through your hair to get a straight (but still bouncy!) mane.


Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $59.62.

I happen to L O V E this tool myself (it me in the photo on the left)! Check out my full review (#2)!

Promising review: "This works wonders. I don’t typically straighten my hair because it’s fine and comes out flat but this gave me some volume and great frizz control!" —Dayna Russo

18. Achieve the ultimate "wash and go" 'do by wrapping it up in a triple bun hairstyle that makes wet hair look actually chic.


19. Make your braids thiccccer by spritzing hair with a highly-rated texturizing powder — and use a Dutch braiding technique (literally a regular braid but upside down).

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed,

All you do is wrap hair under instead of over as you braid — then you can pull the sides of the braid out to make it fatter.

Get a two-pack of Big Sexy Hair's Powder Play from Amazon for $18.90 or an individual can from Target for $8.99.

Promising review: "I use this almost daily on my baby fine, straight hair to give it some texture and to keep the volume from falling so quickly. Life-saver!!! I wish that I would have gotten a similar product years ago!!!" —Moulton11

20. Turn your tapered cut into this deceptively easy updo with just six bobby pins (six!!).

21. Twist your locks around flexible foam rods for overnight curls with zero heat damage. Use the largest size for loose, blowout-worthy waves and the smallest size for the tightest curls.,

These have almost 3,000 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS.

Get a set of 42 rollers (with seven different sizes, six of each size) from Amazon for $12.99 or a similar pack from Walmart for $14.99.

Promising review: "Did an amazing job at curling my hair! I have straight-wavy long hair and it doesn't usually hold a curl, but this was the easiest and longest curl without using any harmful products. I just washed my hair as usual and ran some curl enhancing mousse through it while damp and rolled my hair into the flex rods and went to sleep. Woke up the next morning and took the rods out and viola! The best curls I've ever had with almost little to no effort. They were soft and comfortable to sleep in and the curls lasted two days." —Carla R.


23. Take a hairstyling beach vacation with Captain Blankenship's sea salt spray that'll give you effortless mermaid waves.

It's made with *actual* sea salt, aloe vera, and kelp extract to create messy waves without ever drying out your hair.

Get it from Amazon for $18.50+ or Sephora for $14+.

Promising review: "Ladies if you already have wavy hair that falls kind of flat, this stuff is by far the best beach waves spray I have ever used and I have tried them all!! The only time I can ever get my waves to stay is at the beach, but this stuff gave me beautiful waves on even my dry already straight hair!!!! I will definitely be buying more" —Tayloraddicted

Pro tip: Spritz the sea salt spray and immediately blow dry — it'll melt the product into your strands without leaving it crunchy.

24. Rest your eyes (and your hair) on a pretty silk pillowcase to wake up with less damaged, frizzy locks...making that second day look so much easier.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 21 colors and patterns) or a similar product from Walmart for $12.52 (available in 11 colors).

Promising review: "Ah-mazing! The reason I bought this is because, as many curly-haired people know, using a satin pillowcase helps your retain moisture. I woke up with perfect hair the first night I used it — no lie. It is exactly as pictured with the zipper in the back. You won't regret this purchase." —Jael Opinionated

25. Bump up your regular hairdo (or hide dirty hair or grown-in roots) with a glitzy headband to make you feel fancy AF.

Get a headband similar to the one on the left from Amazon for $11.95 and the one on the right from Asos for $24.


26. Get that on-trend slicked-back look in no time flat. Because you deserve red carpet–ready hair on a random Tuesday.

You only need TWO PRODUCTS: Ouai hair oil ($28 from Nordstrom) and Ouai hairspray ($26 from Nordstrom).

Check out the full tutorial on Ouai!

27. Use bobby pins as hair art — put your hair in a normal bun or pinned back, and then place the pins in your hair to form chevrons (like pictured here), triangles, or whatever shape your heart desires.

28. Convince people you shelled out big buck$ for pastel hair at the salon, but without the expense or commitment; all you need is L'Oréal Colorista semi-permanent hair color.

Instagram: @quaitland, BuzzFeed

Get it from Amazon for $8.17 or Walmart for $9.99.

I loved this hair color and used it all last summer! Check out my in-depth review (photo snippets above) so you can see how it turned out IRL before you buy!

29. And try a five-in-one curling iron so you can create infinite looks without hogging up all your drawer space. Just pop on the different sized barrels and you can use it to create a vintagey '50s updo, a tousled just-woke-up lob, or mermaid-inspired waves. The limit (to your style choices) does not exist!

Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

Promising review: "I love this curing set! It does everything!!! Big curls that are loose and wavy to extremely tight tiny curls. With 5 different wand attachments you can curl however you want. They're easy to snap in and then twist the lock so it stays put. They heat up super fast and stay hot. It comes in a very nice box and also a carrying bag within the box! Also a heat glove so you don't burn your hand. I'm buying one for all my friends!" —Ssccharding

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