If you’re like the rest of us, you have good hair days and you have bad hair days — the difference is the latter can make managing your hair feel like a dreadful experience.
The good news is that there are quite a few hair hacks and tips that you can add to your hair care routine to help keep your strands in shape. They’re simple to execute, but they can make a big difference in the appearance of your hair and lessen the difficulty that comes along with managing it. But luckily, there are plenty of hair tips and tricks that can make styling your hair easier, and we’re sharing them, below.
1. Use Dry Shampoo On Fine, Oily Hair
If you have fine hair that often gets weighed down by grease, implementing a dry shampoo into your routine can change the game.
In between proper washes, use the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair if you have light hair, and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair if you have brown hair. This tinted dry shampoo formula soaks up excess oil to refresh your hair without leaving behind white residue like dry shampoos. Spraying it generously at your roots will help you prolong the time in between washing your hair.
2. Save Conditioner for Your Ends
Focus mainly on your lengths and ends when conditioning. Avoiding your scalp area when applying conditioner can help prevent your hair from looking greasy. The more product buildup at your roots, the greasier and more weighed down your hair will look and feel.
3. Brush Your Hair the Right Way
Investing in a high quality hair brush — like a boar bristle brush — can enhance the shine and smoothness of your hair. It helps to evenly and gently distribute your hair’s natural oils through the lengths of your strands.
And, when using a brush — regardless of what kind it is — being gentle is key. That means you should start from the bottom of your hair and work your way up to carefully detangle any knots. You should also avoid brushing your hair while it’s wet because that’s when it’s most fragile.
4. Create a Fuller-Looking Ponytail
You can fake the look of a full, voluminous ponytail even when you have thin hair. The trick behind creating a fuller-looking style is to actually create two ponytails.
Gather the hair above your ears to create a half ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Then, take the first ponytail you just created and flip it forward to the top of your head to move it out of the way. Create a second ponytail using the remaining bottom section of hair. Make sure to secure the second ponytail directly below the base of the first ponytail so that it’s hidden from plain sight. The two ponies should layer on top of one another and give the visual effect of a single long ponytail that's extra voluminous.
5. Keep Your Ponytail Lifted With Bobby Pins
It’s never a bad idea to have a few bobby pins on you at all times. Using bobby pins is one way you can help to keep your ponytail from falling flat during the day.
After you’ve tied up your ponytail, prop it up with two to three bobby pins by sliding the bobby pins over the hair tie on the bottom part of the ponytail, placing them at a steep, diagonal angle.
6. Tease Your Hair In Sections to Create Volume
Instead of backcombing just the top layer of your hair using a fine-toothed comb to achieve more volume, split your hair into multiple sections. Then, tease each section to pump up the volume. This will create more overall volume as well as evenly distribute the fullness throughout your hair.
7. Use Eyeshadow to Help Make Your Hair Look Fuller
If you have gaps in your hair — especially when it’s in a bun or ponytail — you can camouflage them with eyeshadow. Find a shade that best matches your hair color, and then using a small blending brush, use the eyeshadow to fill in your hair part to help give the illusion of fuller hair.
A matte eyeshadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte-Ison Avenue, will create a more natural appearance than one with a metallic finish.
8. Star Blow Drying Your Hair At the Roots
Contrary to popular belief, wrapping your hair around a brush and blow drying it is actually not the best way to get a professional-looking blowout. Instead, place a round brush at your roots and blow dry this area first before making your way down to your ends. Doing this ensures that you’re able to smooth the top sections of your hair to avoid flyaways.
9. Cover Up Gray Roots At Home
You don’t need to head to the salon every time you see a few gray hairs pop up. Try the L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Spray next time you have a few stray grays to cover. This lightweight, quick-dry spray will help conceal gray roots without leaving behind any sticky residue. Available in multiple shades of blonde, brown, red, and black, this root cover up spray lasts one shampoo. With just a few spritzes at your roots, you’ll be able to cover gray hair in seconds.
The L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen is also a great option to conceal grays on-the-go. All you need to do is rotate the bottom of the concealer counter-clockwise to dispense color onto the brush. Then, lightly dab the brush onto your grays to conceal away. Allow it to dry for one minute and you’re good to go.
10. Wash Your Hair In Lukewarm Water
Steamy showers might feel oh-so-good, but they’re really not that great for your hair (or skin, really). Very hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, making it feel dry and even stripping your hair color if you have color-treated hair. Lower the dial and opt for shampooing in lukewarm temps instead.
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