Whether you’ve overslept or feel like being supremely lazy for the day (or week—we’re not judging), effortless waves are always a go-to. But the effortless part can be harder to achieve than you’d imagine. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered—keep flipping for five effortless hair hacks that’ll give you killer waves (cheaters welcome).
Post-shower, let your hair air-dry, then keep your locks in two braids during your commute. Moments before walking into work, take the braids out and spritz a wave spray (we love Unite’s Beach Day Texturizing Spray ($30). Your coworkers won’t have a clue that you didn’t lift a finger.
Before your beauty sleep, pull your hair into a ponytail at the top of your head and hold the end of it into Sultra’s Uptown Chic Bun Shaper ($6), tucking sections of hair over the outer surface until all of it is secured. Sleep on it and wake up to loose waves.
If you’re running late to work and have to go in looking like a wet dog, don’t fret—your 15-minute break will suffice. Go to the bathroom and dampen your hair. Separate your strands into six sections and twirl each section into a coil. Secure all six coils with a bobby pin, then release the coils for a gorgeous, messy mane.
Pictured: Shu Uemura Texture Wave ($38)
Waiting on your car service before a GNO? Run a dollop of Bumble and bumble’s Styling Creme ($26) through wet or dry hair and then obsessively twirl nine or 10 sections of your hair. Run your fingers through the mini dreads before it’s time to head out, and tousled hair is yours.
Before you hop in the shower, brush your hair to get rid of any knots. After you finish shampooing and conditioning, throw your hair up into a ballerina bun. Keep your bun intact until it’s time to make an appearance!
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