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Genius Hair Hacks That Will Change Everything

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    As beauty enthusiasts, we're always looking for ways to shake up our routine — namely, to make it quicker, easier, and less of a pain in the you know what. And sometimes that means forgetting everything we're taught and starting new. While we could probably apply our makeup in our sleep (no? just us?), styling our hair — and all the tugging, product dousing, and bicep flexing that comes with it — is an entirely different story. So with your precious time and tired arms in mind, we're rewriting the rules.

    To help us challenge our go-to tricks, we teamed up with TRESemmé and hairstylist Linh Nguyen to break down how to achieve enviable, touchable waves, curls, volume, and updos that buck traditional styling approaches. (Warning: You may find yourself tossing out your hot tools and switching up your shower routine.) Feels good to rebel, doesn't it?



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    No. 1: You Shouldn't Sleep On Wet Hair
    We're total proponents of getting a full eight hours of shut-eye (#goals). It's good for your health, it makes your skin glow, and — as it turns out — it's a prime time to style your hair. While some stylists balk at the idea of showering at night and going to bed with wet hair (it can cause breakage and split ends), there are hair-healthy ways to do it and wake up with loose, tousled waves. Here's how.

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    After showering, towel dry your hair and scrunch in a curl-enhancing mousse or gel. Put it up into a ponytail. (It's best to use a creaseless hair tie versus an elastic, because it creates less tension.) Split your ponytail into two sections, and twist each section individually. Then, twist the two together into one thick ponytail. Finally, wrap it into a bun and pin to the base of your scalp to sleep. Set your alarm, and catch some ZZZs.

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    In the morning, undo your twisted style and shape your waves with your fingers. (If your hair's still sopping wet, blowdry with a diffuser attachment.)

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    Think of your finished product as a more zhuzhed-up version of woke-up-like-this hair. You can add more definition by loosely curling face-framing layers. Just make sure to tousle, tousle, tousle, so your style appears loose and natural.

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    No. 2: Shampoo First, Then Condition
    Big hair don't care? We're into it. If you've tried everything from dry shampoos to root-boosting sprays to no avail, we may have finally discovered a foolproof method for salon-blowout volume. The trick: switching up your shower routine by conditioning, then shampooing. Stick with us here.

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