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5 super easy hair hacks

So here’s what we learned in lockdown…

Written by High Life North
Published 10.07.2021

Not going to lie, this working from home life – with our hair scraped up in a messy bun and our PJ bottoms on all day – has been a godsend.

No effort, no time wasted, and total comfort.

But as we slowly venture back to work, it’s time to face the fact that we actually have to get ready in the mornings again. Curling, straightening and styling our hair … it’s a gruelling routine that we’ve been happy to neglect over the past year.


Saying that, we did spend our time in lockdown experimenting and we’ve found these handy hair hacks that’ll give you more time to catch up on your beauty sleep, enjoy your breakfast and have a chilled-out morning ­– but which will also keep your locks lush.

From dressing gown curls to a mermaid hair crimper, here are some effortless ways to keep your hair looking heavenly.


Dressing gown curls

These heatless curls don’t just look absolutely gorgeous, but they also don’t cause any damage to your hair. It’s a win–win! We’ve noticed – after embracing the messy bun vibes stopped us from styling our hair with heat over lockdown ­– that our hair is looking in better condition than it ever has before, and long may it continue.

As you may have seen on TikTok, all you have to do is wrap a dressing gown tie around the ends of your hair (either damp or dry), sleep with it in overnight (it’s not your most attractive look, but it’s worth it) and, in the morning, as if by magic, you’ll wake up with curly hair.

The Aurora Band – Adult Black


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Silkenberry, The Silk Heatless Curl Kit


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Fruugo, No Heat Curling Band


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Zittymart, 2 Pieces Heatless Curls You Can Sleep in Overnight


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Doughnut dreaming

Here’s a hack that’ll let you master that perfect messy bun, without making you look like Miss Trunchbull.

Available in brown, black and blonde – as well as in small, medium and large sizes – these hair doughnuts are suitable for any hair type and shade. They’ll bulk up any small bun, and the best part is that no-one can even tell you’re wearing it. You’re sure to receive compliments on your boujee bun. So simple, but so effective.

Wear it high, low or try out some space buns – the style options are endless.

Ninth Avenue, FANDAMEI Donut Bun Maker Set

£31.20 (was £52.00)

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Pretty Pieces, Hair Donut


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Zafina, Hair Donuts


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Feel Unique, Revuele Medium Hair Doughnut Bun Ring 80mm Dark Brown


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Brilliant bouffant shaper

Very similar to our devoted friend, the doughnut, this smooth silk bouffant shaper can update any basic hair style. From a bouffant ponytail to a beautiful bun or mastering that half-up half-down look, this cheeky little trick will have you looking uber-stylish.

All you have to do is slide in and clip the shaper into the crown of your head, (like the crown you deserve to wear), then wrap your hair over the top and voila!

Grandado, Hair Styler Volume Bouffant Beehive Shaper Bumpits Bump Foam (Brown) Colorful

£9.79 (was £12.59)

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Ninth Avenue, Polytree 3pcs Women's Hair Styler Volume Bouffant Beehive Shaper Bumpits Bump Foam on Clear Comb

£24.00 (was £40.00)

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Amazon, Pieces Fashion Bouffant Beehive Shaper


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Franklins Online, Hair Tools Updo Pad With Clips


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Try out the new air styler

A…MAZ…ING! That’s the first word that comes to mind when we try to describe the incredible air styler. With intelligent technology that’ll blow your mind (as well as your hair), the air styler will transform your wet hair into a bouncy blow-dry in less that 15 minutes.

Gone are the long, torturous hours of blow-drying, straightening and curling your hair. Now your styling is all wrapped into one. There won’t be a frizzy hair in sight and your hair will be gleaming. Best way to get that just-walked out-of-the-salon look right from home.


Boots, Dyson Airwrap Styler Complete


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ASOS, Babyliss Air Styler 1000

£48.00 (was £60.00)

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Look Fantastic, Babyliss Big Hair 50mm


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Just My Look, Remington Curl & Straight Confidence Air Styler AS8606

£46.99 (was £49.99)

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The crimper is back

Crimp your hair on Monday morning and it’ll be sure to last you ‘til the end of the working week. Taking us straight back to the ‘90s, just section your hair into small pieces then crimp away to create those marvellous mermaid waves.

So simple, but such a standout look. As if you’ve just stepped off the beach – which we can only dream about when we’re en route to work.

HLN top tip: Add some hair oil after styling to help hold the curl and stop any frizz in its tracks!


TONI&GUY, TONI&GUY Glamour Deep Waver


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Revamp Hair, Progloss Diverse Deep Beach Waver Barrel


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Bondi Boost, Wave Wand


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Beauty Works, Beauty Works Waver


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