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SORTED: 3 ridiculously easy hair hacks to get you out the door fast.

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Ask any woman and she’ll tell you: a bad hair day can deflate your vibe faster than anything else.

In our dreams, we all want a shiny, glossy, bouncy mane, but the reality is, most of us wake up with the opposite.

But you’re busy and don’t have precious time to be straightening and curling and washing and blow-drying day in and day out. No, you need easy, practical hair tips that can get you out the door and living your life fast.

Well, we’re here to help.

From no-heat beach waves to 60-second root touch-ups, here are three ridiculously easy hair hacks to try ASAP, as styled on the very lovely heads of Mamamia Out Loud hosts Holly Wainwright and Jessie Stephens.

1. Beach waves, without heat styling tools.

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Say Holly wanted to switch her hair up, she could try some no-heat beach waves. Image: Mamamia.
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The answer = space buns and texture spray. Image: Mamamia.
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Twist, twist, twist, twist, twist. Then run your hair dryer over your space buns. Image: Mamamia.
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Go on, run your fingers through those waves. Image: Mamamia.
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How great do these waves look? Image: Mamamia.
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A head full of beautiful beach waves is the ultimate laid-back hair look. Only, it's a lie because there's nothing laid-back about holding a curling wand behind your head for 20-plus minutes.

The good news is you can now get beach waves without a single curling wand or tong. You can even do it while you sleep.

But first, if you're short on time in the morning but are lost for what to do with limp two/three-day old hair, the answer is space buns and a texture spray.

Here's how:

  1. Separate hair into medium sections - the more sections you do, the tighter the waves will be.
  2. Grab the first section and spray with a texture spray or sea salt spray, like Schwarzkopf's got2b Sea Salt Spray for $12.99.
  3. Next, twist the hair into a space bun and secure with a hair tie or bobby pin.
  4. Repeat for all remaining sections of hair.
  5. Leave for as long as possible (even if it's only 15 minutes between brushing your teeth and finding someone's missing sock).
  6. Take the space buns out and run fingers or a comb through your hair to separate the waves.
  7. One final spritz of texture spray and you're done.

If you have the hindsight to prep your beach waves the night before, you can follow almost exactly the same process before bed.

Twist hair into buns and secure with a spiral hair tie or silk scrunchy to avoid dents when you wake up.

Snooze, then in the morning, undo the buns and spray all over your hair with a texture spray.

The result is maximum impact with minimum effort.

2. The five-minute hair mask that brings blonde hair back to life.

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Before: blonde hair looking a little yellow and could use a boost. Image: Mamamia.
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Step 1: shampoo and towel dry hair. Image: Mamamia.
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Step 2: Squeeze a big dollop of Schwarzkopf Extra Care Blonde Toner into your hand. Image: Mamamia.
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Step 3: Work the toner all the way through the lengths of your hair. Don’t get scared that you are putting blue into your blonde hair, it works to neutralise the yellow tones. Image: Mamamia.
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Dry off and TADA! Blonde hair gets a second wind. Image: Mamamia.

It's no secret being blonde is hard work because who has the time to sit in a salon chair for half a day getting their colour re-done?

If you're a bottle blonde and are feeling a bit brassy before a night out, we have a trick you can do in the shower that will take your hair from yellow to 'Yes, I did just get my colour done, thanks!"

You can try this in-shower hack with an effective toner like Schwarzkopf Extra Care Blonde Toner, $12.99.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Remove clothes and jump in the shower (that first bit is probably... obvious, but you never know).
  2. Shampoo hair as normal.
  3. Put on some gloves and replace your regular conditioner with a generous dollop of the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Blonde Toner.
  4. Massage into the hair from roots to end and leave for between five and 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse out, dry hair and accept the compliments.
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Before and after. Lovely! Image: Mamamia.
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3. The easy roots touch-up that takes less than a minute.

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Before: Holly's roots are a touch dark in between salon visits because, busy. Image: Mamamia.
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Enter, a roots touch-up spray (Holly uses Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher). Genius. Image: Mamamia.
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Done! Roots are lighter in under a minute. Image: Mamamia.

Again, busy. So busy.

Thankfully, we have a tried and tested way to hide rid of roots that haven't had much loving lately.

Enter, a root retoucher spray.

Much the same as how you can nix greasy roots with a dry shampoo spray, you can now cover up dark roots with a spray like the Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher, $17.99.

It's literally as quick and easy as:

  1. Shake can well and apply to roots, spraying from about 15 centimetres away.
  2. Go out and live your life.
  3. Wash the colour out in the shower.

Yep, that's it. These kinds of root cover sprays can be used every single day to cover greys or regrowth that haven't had a chance to book themselves into a salon.

Our tip: you don't need much product to get a good result, so try not to go too heavy on the spray. Natural looking coverage and more uses left in the can is a win-win.

For more information on the best products for easy hair hacks at home, visit schwarzkopf.com.au.

Have you got any quick, simple hair hacks? Tell us in the comments!

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Colouring your own hair can be tricky, which is why the team at Schwarzkopf have professional hairdressers available 5 days a week Mon – Friday, 9am – 5pm on 1800 022 219 (toll free) to help.  They love to talk about hair and would love to hear from you.  They can give you a full hair colour consultation over the phone if you have any doubts or uncertainties before colouring. Click here for more info or here to buy now!

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