Not every day is going to be a good hair day, but that doesn't mean you can't make the most of every hair situation. From flat roots to greasy strands to hair that won't stay in place, these hacks will help you handle pesky hair hassles.
*Spritz and Style
George Gonzalez, owner of George the Salon Chicago, says to always dampen hair when it's proving difficult to style. "If one part does not look good, spray it with water and redo it," says Gonzalez. "Never keep going over dry hair again and again with your tools or brush. This will just make it worse." Forget fancy products; a simple spritz can do just the trick.
*Grease, Be Gone!
Get rid of the greasy stands using this helpful hint from New York City hairstylist Jenna Mast: Use a boar bristle brush to comb your hair from roots to tips before applying dry shampoo. The brushing will distribute the oils from your scalp to the ends of the hair, which tend to be drier.
Mast cautions against holding the dry shampoo can too close to the scalp when spraying, as it can cause product buildup. Instead, keep it an arm's distance away.
*Don't Shampoo Daily
Next-day hair, also known as the second day after shampooing, is best for styling hair up and keeping it in place, according to Sam Villa, a global artistic ambassador for Redken and founder of Sam Villa. "Always work with hair that has not been shampooed, as it will stay 'up' better and longer," he says. Adding texture products will give the hair "shallow peaks and valleys," and "Curling the hair over the texturing will enable curls to last and last." The result of this technique is "an organic look and feel."
*Such a Tease
"One of the best hair friends you can have is a teasing brush," says Mark Sejvar of Brushopolis, a beauty products company. "It is the ultimate quick fix. Teasing brushes can be used to tame flyaways. Simply spray a little hair spray on the brush and then skim the top layer of hair to smooth it. This can also be used to smooth out updos and to blend baby hairs into a hairstyle.
Dig around your bathroom cabinet for an extra toothbrush. Violife, a hair company that makes products designed for modern people on the go, recommends using a manual toothbrush to apply dry shampoo in one area at a time for precision control. Use a toothbrush to create volume by teasing sections of hair with the toothbrush.
What do you do when a hair product like gel or spray won't hold? Get out the blow dryer, says Mast. Start out on a gentle speed, and then slowly increase the heat to set the product.
*Get Ready on the Go
Need to touch up your 'do on the run? Portable, foldable brushes and combs can conveniently fit in a purse or bag. One in particular, the Go-Comb, is a lightweight comb about the size of a credit card. Available for both men and women, it can fit into a wallet, which is ideal for quick styling and urgent touch-ups.
Clean hair is a good thing, which means so are clean brushes. Stylist Mast suggests first removing all hair from brushes and then using a brush cleaner to wash them. "Most of my brushes have boar hair so I shampoo them to remove natural oils and product buildup," she explains. She cleanses the brushes with Barbicide, a disinfectant, rinses them in very hot water and lets them air-dry on a clean towel.
Fernando Salas, creator of White Sands Haircare, suggests a three-minute blowout to "preserve the life of your style."
First, spray hair spray to soak up extra oils and create lift at the roots. Then use a hair dryer to direct heat only at the scalp and hairline. Next, flip your hair and dry it upside down using a round brush.
"When you come back up, you will have volume while also refreshing tresses," says Salas. "Spray your brush with perfume and run through your hair to finish."
Whether you're short on hair styling time, tools or talent, these tips and tricks will help you walk out the door feeling like a million bucks.