10 two-minute tricks for happy hair days
Fake a blow-out
"If you have fine, straight hair, letting it air-dry will boost your volume," says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins, who created the looks in this story. "Once it's dry, smooth on a tiny drop of defrizzer." (Try Dove Style + Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum, $3.99; walmart.com) Then, for extra polish, run a flat iron over the length of your hair in one-inch sections, "bending the iron under as you reach the ends to add soft bounce," he says.
Do the twist
"The ripples in curly or wavy hair make for an effortless, romantic updo," says Hawkins. All this one requires is an elastic and some bobby pins. First, divide your hair in half from ear to ear. Make a side ponytail at ear level with the bottom section, then rake your fingers through the top section—"this makes it soft and wispy," Hawkins says—and pin the ends at the base of the ponytail. Wrap the tail around into a side bun, and you're good to go.
Make pretty waves
The secret to air-dried curls that look this good: "While your hair is damp, cover every inch with a frizz-fighter to block out humidity," says Hawkins. (Try Tresemmé Smooth Salon Silk No Frizz Serum, $4.29; target.com) After it dries, curl just the pieces in front: Wrap large sections around a one-inch curling iron, rolling away from your face. Let it cool, then shake it out into lush, lovely waves.
Video: Fighting frizz
Decorate your pony
You can upgrade any ponytail in 10 seconds flat, Hawkins says. "First, part your hair on the side, which creates a nice shape, then brush your hair into a sleek low pony right above your nape." Slip on a colorful ponytail cuff (she's wearing L. Erickson Atelier enamel pony cuff, $22; amazon.com), and no one will know this is no-time-for-a-shower hair.
Lend a beachy vibe to a cropped cut
"A spray-on volumizer can create cool, piece-y texture on short hair," says celebrity stylist Jenny Cho. Mist a product like Suave Professionals Volumizing Root Boost Spray ($3; walmart.com) all over damp hair, "then finger-comb, pulling sections in different directions, and let your hair air-dry," she says.
Define curls on short, kinky hair
"I use Lubriderm body lotion ($9.99; amazon.com) as styling cream," reveals Dan Sharp, lead stylist for T3 hair tools. "It nixes frizz and isn't greasy." Work a dime-size drop through damp hair, then comb or finger-comb your hair into place—"and don't touch it again until it's dry."
Pump up fine hair — without products
"Something as simple as combing your wet hair in the opposite direction of your normal part creates extra lift at your roots," Sharp says.
Coax coarse hair into touchable waves
"The trick is to braid your hair while it's wet," says celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright. (For short hair, make four small braids.) "Sleep on it, and when you undo your hair the next day, you'll have a relaxed wave."
Give a bob some curves
Cho's tip: messy pin curls. "Twist inch-wide sections of damp hair from roots to ends, then wrap each piece around itself and pin to your scalp," she says. Once the curls have dried, take them out and break them up with your fingers.
Style overgrown bangs
"Just braid or twist them to the side and pin the ends near your temple," Cho says. The result is sweet and super-pretty.