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

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    1. Take the arm workout out of styling your hair with a Kiss Instawave automatic curling iron that rotates to create curls or waves in seconds. All you need to do is press the button and watch the magic happen.,

    It has prongs along the side that smooth and detangle hair as it gets wrapped around, while the ceramic iconic barrel ensures your curls are shiny, healthy, and frizz-free. It also automatically shuts off after 90 minutes to give you peace of mind after you've left for the day. PLUS it has over 1,000 five-star Amazon reviews *and* directions to help you use it, whether you have short, medium, or long hair.

    Get it from Amazon for $46.29.

    Promising review: "Here's the deal, I'm pretty much a tomboy, I don't know how to do my makeup, I have thick hair, but never knew how to do anything but straighten it, until a friend made me try her Kiss automatic curling iron. It legitimately works and it's the easiest thing to use! I've (briefly) tried other wands and burn myself over and over. I've never burned myself with this tool and I love that it makes it easy to curl away from your face on either side, with just a push of a button. I also like that it dings when it's done, so it takes some guess work out. If you want curls, but are intimidated by all the tools out there, you won't be disappointed with this styler." —Uskadelig

    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 ($6.18+ on Amazon; available in black, brunette, and blonde) for a hairdo that will actually last all day. Check out my review of them (#3 in the post) for why these are the best bobby pins my thick 'n' curly hair has ever met.

    And pro tip: You may have been putting your bobby pins in wrong your whole life. The wavy side is supposed to go *down*!.

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    3. Add some polished flair to your standard 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 a full 87 times throughout the day.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.88 (available in two color sets).

    Promising review: "These hair ties are beautiful in person and look great in the hair and on the wrist. I get compliments literally every time I go out wearing these. The gold caps on the ends of the tie laces make them look very luxe, too. These ties make every ponytail look much classier, and I wish they came in more colors (I already own the black/grey and pink/mauve sets!)." —MrsMcB

    4. Fight frizz on the go with specialized Ouai hair sheets. Each one is individually wrapped for portabolity, and the coconut and shea oil–infused formula helps fight dryness, static, and flyaways, while imparting major shine.


    Get a pack of 15 from Nordstrom for $18.

    Promising review: "Love these. The sheets are easy to use and the packaging is clever. The sheets have a great smell too." —CoffeeandRepeat

    5. Twist your braids into a pretty crown ponytail that looks impressive but is actually easy! Just roll or twist for a lovely and face-framing 'do in just two quick steps.

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    For more inspiration, check out these 7 Ways To Style Your Braids If You Suck At Hair.

    6. For the look above or any style with heavy or thick hair, tie it all together with Burlybands, the ultimate hair tie specially designed for lots of hair — it won't stretch out or tug uncomfortably on your scalp. 🙌


    A miracle product for anyone with lots of hair.

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

    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

    7. Learn the easiest way to tease your hair to amp up your strands in no time ~flat~. Just section out small sections, backcomb with a teasing brush (check out our recommended pick below), and then smooth out for big-but-polished hair.

    Check out the tutorial from Camille Styles.

    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 $9.97.

    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! Check out my John Frieda brush review for all the deets on why I love it so much — so long, pricey blowout bars.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two sizes: 1-inch and 1.5-inch).

    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

    10. Look like you actually tried this morning by using a sleek metallic leather hair tie on your boring old pony.


    Get it from Precocious on Etsy for $10. Check out all the colors and sizes available here!

    11. Try a half-up hairstyle with a twist that's *knot* difficult at all.

    That's right, just grab two pieces of hair, do the first start of tying a bow, then pin in place!

    Recreate the look by following the steps at Barefoot Blonde.

    12. Skip the heat styling and create beachy waves with a simple sleep-on-it hairdo. Let your hair air dry partially so it's damp, twist into two pigtails and pin on top of your head so you can sleep comfortably. You're gonna wake up to a very good hair day.

    Get all the details at Song of Style.

    All you need are bobby pins (once again gonna highly recommend these jumbo ones for heavy or thick hair; $8.43+ on Amazon!).

    13. Pop on a twisted headband that *looks* like a scarf — perfect for anyone who is not exactly great at tying — or is tired of silky scarves slipping out contstantly.

    Get it from Free People for $20 (available in two colors).

    There are also tons of similar options in different prints on Forever 21!

    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.

    Living Proof

    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. Dry your gorgeous hair in a uniquely-shaped diffuser attachment which scoops your curls into their natural pattern and dries them in place, reducing frizz and increasing definition AND shine.


    It has exxxxxxtra-long tips with drying vents to quickly dry even thick, long hair from root to tip without causing frizz. If you need some curl inspo today, head to the review photos — people's curls are POPPING after using this!

    Promising review: "Hands down — NO DOUBT — the greatest diffuser ever made.Cuts my drying time down SUBSTANTIALLY compared to other diffusers and it yield tremendous volume and flawless second and even third day curls...BUY IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT!" —Barbie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.15.

    17. Add major body and reduce frizz with an Elizavecca collagen-infused ~protein treatment~ for an intense at-home mask that'll help your strands look and feel less damaged in just five minutes. It's basically a time machine for your hair is what I'm saying.

    BuzzFeed / Bek O'Connell

    This is the same brand that makes the MIlky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask so many people swear by (and it looks damn cool).

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    Promising review: "I've used this twice so far and I just ordered two more tubes. It's amazing. My hair hasn't been this soft since I was a child. The most amazing part is that while it adds luster and softness, my hair isn't greasy at all. I have straight hair that has become damaged/frizzy from coloring and highlighting. I LOVE this conditioner." —Nancy

    And check out the BuzzFeeder pictured above's review for her first-hand experience (it's #1 in the post)!

    18. 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 20 from Amazon for $10.99.

    Promising review: "AMAZING and my first thought was WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE!!?? Best little clips for holding down those crazy fly always or regrow the while you stay and do your face. Little to no product needed while these keep fly always trained to sit and STAY! Great clips and no marks in your hair! Also great to use when putting in a curl. Pin it after clamping it so it can cool. A cool curl lasts all day without a ton of product. An excellent purchase and one pack of these is MORE than enough! This pack could do a whole head of old fashioned pin curls and not leave a single mark or dent. A MUST have for any sleek design!" —Tovah

    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).

    Amazon, Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    All you do is wrap hair *under* instead of over as you braid — then you can pull out and flatten the pieces of the braid out to make it look so much fuller.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    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

    See what a difference pulling out the sides of your braid makes? Hair for days!

    A Beautiful Mess

    Learn more about this super-easy technique, called "pancaking" at A Beautiful Mess.

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

    Get the full how-to at Lisa a la Mode. If you don't actually have a tapered cut, learn four ways to fake it at Kinky Curly Coily Me.

    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., Amazon

    These have over 3,500 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS.

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

    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.

    22. Accept help in the form of a borderline miraculous bun-maker so you can shape an effortless bun — and keep it locked down all day.


    1. Stick your hair through the middle 2. Slide it down to the ends 3. Roll your hair up around it 4. Bend into a donut shape. 5. WALK OUT THAT DOOR WITH YOUR HAIR DONE.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "I have very thin, fine, medium-long hair and was looking for a new way to wear my hair up. After a few false starts, I quickly got the hang of using this. Once I figured out how to do it, the results are amazing! I’ve never had thick enough hair to do a proper bun, in my opinion, but this little tool makes it look like I do! It's super simple to learn and my hair looks great. What more could you ask for?" —Jo keefe

    23. Or add a little polish to your (extremely) messy bun by just popping on a quartz-embellished ~bun cuff~.


    Adding to cart STAT.

    Get it from Crystal Eclipse Crowns on Etsy for $25.87 (available with gold, silver, or rose gold wire).

    Promising review: "Such a cute item to jazz up a plain big bun! I wear this at least twice a week 🙂" —Jemma Vanzetti

    24. 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+.

    Promising review: "I have long, naturally wavy (but frizzy!) hair and it takes forever to dry. I was looking for a product that would give me pretty, beachy waves while letting it air dry, instead of frizzy or crunchy curls. I heard about this from a friend & decided to try it out. I towel dried my hair, sprayed this all over & let it dry and I had pretty, beachy waves! After one time, I'm hooked!" —Amazon Customer

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


    And check out six other easy ways to have a good hair day!

    25. Rock a fauxhawk in just a few quick and easy steps — and with jut a few hair ties.


    Check the full tutorial (and others!) in 1 Woman + 11 Hairstyles.

    Just use non-damaging hair ties like these ones designed for curly hair. Get a pack of 20 on Amazon for $7.99 (available in three color sets).

    26. 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 $25.99 (available in 33 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "I have satin sheets on my bed but they are not high-quality and the pillowcases do very little for my hair. My hair is a very crazy and frizzy 2C style. I would go to sleep with beautiful curls and wake up with a bird's nest. After doing some research I found that silk pillowcases could help with frizzy hair. I could not be happier that I bought these because now I can wake up without looking like Mufasa had a bad blow out. Not to mention they are incredibly soft and smooth and I love putting my face on it. Also my boyfriend has noticed a significant decrease in his acne since using this pillow case. I couple this pillow case with a miracle bamboo pillow and it is truly heaven, it has become impossible to get out of bed." —Khalysee

    27. Bump up your regular hairdo (or hide dirty hair or grown-in roots) with a glitzy headband to make you feel fancy without having to actually do anything else.


    Get a headband similar to the one above from Amazon for $11.95.

    And for more inspiration, check out 15 Foolproof Ways Any Girl Can Pull Off Hair Accessories.

    28. Get that on-trend slicked-back look you've all seen over Instagram and on your fave celebs 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!

    29. 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 on the left), triangles, or whatever shape your heart desires.

    Check out more bobby pin embellished 'dos on Naptural85's YouTube channel!

    Those jumbo bobby pins I keep shouting out? The blonde/gold ones are a great option for styles like these. Check out how one Amazon reviewer is rocking them:

    Get a 20-pack of the gold ones from Amazon for $8.43.

    30. Or load up on jumbo-size pearl clips to jazz up even the most boring hair day — or, you know, distract from how dirty your hair is. Statement-making hair accessories are a super big trend rn!


    Get the set of two from Amazon for $9.77.

    Promising review: "Just as pictured—look lively and stay in your hair all day. I like that they’re big enough to fit a lot of hair in versus smaller US versions. Not heavy on head either." —Ani

    31. 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.


    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    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!

    32. 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 $39.99.

    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

    33. Opt for a gym hairstyle that'll stay in place and still look amazing long after — without having to immediately wash it.

    Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / Via BuzzFeed

    These pinned up braided pigtail hairstyle *looks* intricate but is actually deceptively simple!

    We've got eight super cute gym hairstyle tutorials you'll love — and yes, they *are* all modeled on hot dudes. I'm sweating and I'm not even at the gym right now.

    34. And smooth flyaways when you've finally perfected the perfect braided look or updo (or after you're all done hustling at the gym) by smoothing on Kristen Ess's recovery balm stick.

    This multitasking formula is made with coconut and castor oils to *also* nourish, soften, and add shine to your locks. Win-win, I say! You can even apply it as an overnight mask.

    Get it from Target for $13.99.

    Promising review: "Recovery balm is an excellent product. Controls frizz without leaving hair greasy and does not create a build up. Easy to use dispenser too!" —Rkitty

    35. Using hot rollers to create a mega voluminous look is easier than it sounds. The trick is to place the rollers in your hair in the right order — in a straight line down the middle of your head (like a mohawk), and then finish up the sides.

    I L O V E hot rollers, and if you hate burning your hand on a curling iron... or love getting results without a whole lot of work, these are a great option. Just pop 'em in, and wait for the magic to happen while watching an episode of Schitt's Creek.

    Check out the full tutorial and more hair tips at Martha Lynn Kale.

    Get a set of 20 flocked Conair hot rollers from Amazon for $44.45.

    36. Look like you grew mermaid-worthy hair overnight by simply clipping in a set of synthetic extensions with over 2,000 five-star reviews.

    They're synthetic, but you can still wash and style them!

    Get a set of five clips from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four lengths and 22 colors).

    Promising review: "Okay, so I am very picky about hair extensions. 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! They're very full and luscious. And you can straighten them! I'm very happy!" —Makenzie Long

    Learn more about these extensions in our full write-up.

    37. Trick everyone at your Game of Thrones viewing party into thinking you're the Mother of Hairstyles with this deceptively easy Daenerys-inspired 'do.

    All you need are a couple clear elastics and five minutes of time. Get larger clear elastics that won't tug on your hair from Amazon for $5.99 (for a 92-pack).

    Check out the full tutorial at Kokay.

    38. Add a head wrap as a finishing touch to your outfit or chic recovery hairstyle — with these easy cheat sheets you can TOTALLY do it.

    Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Looking for more styles? Just check out 8 Head Wrap Cheat Sheets If You Don't Know How To Tie Them.

    If you're looking for head wraps, you can get a stretchy, jersey one in solid colors from Amazon for $19.80 (available in 16 colors) or an extra-long printed one from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 40 prints).

    39. Or completely change up your look with a natural-looking wig — did you know there are some really great options on Amazon? Now ya do.

    BuzzFeed / Brittaney Trent

    Get the lob wig pictured above on one of our writers from Amazon for $24+ (available in 12 styles).

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this wig the moment I put it on my head! For it to be synthetic, the hair moves and feels just like human hair! Does it shed? Yes, somewhat but it’s synthetic so that’s expected. The only customization I did was plucking A FEW strands in the parting area and adding a bit of concealer and mascara to match my skin tone. My friend's jaw dropped completely when she saw me adjust my wig, she thought it was a sew-in! I WILL definitely be ordering this wig again....and AGAIN! Oh, and the cut? FLAWLESS." —Jasmine Summers

    And check out some of our faves in 19 Wigs You Can Get On Amazon That People Actually Swear By.

    Here's to feeling your look:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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