Love don’t cost a thing—and neither does good hair. We openly profess our love for all things luxe and shiny (see: any product from Oribe and Leonor Greyl), but haircare is a democracy, and shiny, lustrous strands aren’t limited to those who can afford a $50 shampoo. Nay, good hair—like love, friendship, and a pair of boots your roommate bought final sale that are too small for her but fit you perfectly—falls into the “best things in life” category. As in, it’s totally, completely free. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling for eight ways you can get the hair of your dreams—without spending a single dime.
To give your hair Gisele-worthy waves on a budget, use this tip: "Smooth, wavy hair can easily be achieved by letting your hair dry in two topknots," says Michael Dueñas, hairstylist and founder of Hair Room Service. "Split your hair from ear to ear, add in a small amount of conditioner, and create a smooth topknot by your hairline, and then create a second topknot behind it." Let your hair air-dry, or use a blow-dryer to speed up the process, and then take out the buns and use your fingers to lightly brush them out. "You'll have perfectly smooth, wavy hair," Dueñas promises. One other note: The larger the topknots, the bigger the waves.
Strands looking a bit parched? No need for a fancy hair mask. Instead, go straight to your kitchen cabinet. "I recommend using coconut or olive oil as an at-home hair treatment," says Halli Bivona, hairstylist at John Barrett salon. "Soak your hair in oil, focusing on trouble spots; then clip it up and cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for 15 minutes; then rinse and shampoo and condition." (She recommends coconut oil for normal to dry strands and olive oil for super-thirsty hair.) Doing this once or twice a week will restore shine and health to dull, damaged hair.
Ever wonder how celebrities and hair models get all that volume without crunchiness or stickiness? The key is hair spray—applied to wet hair. "Adding hair spray to wet hair and then blow-drying adds fullness and volume to any hair type," Dueñas promises. "The water helps break down the hair spray, so you can't feel it in your hair—you will just notice the results!"
Drybar allowance running low? No problem: Just fake a bouncy blowout from the comfort of your own bathroom. "Take a large curling iron (1 1/4 inch is perfect) and clamp the ends of your hair into the iron, rolling the iron up to your roots in five large sections of your hair," Bivona says. "Pin each section and let it cool; then pop them out and shake out your hair, adding a bit of hair spray for hold." (Another tip from Bivona: When splitting your hair into sections, divide it into two sections on either side of your part, two sections in the back of your head and one section on top for volume.)
Got a pillow? Then you can employ the next tip. To add texture to super-fine, straight hair without spending any money, do as Kendall Jenner does and sleep on your wet strands. "My hair is so stick straight and silky," she told us in this exclusive interview, "so when I sleep with it wet and wake up in the morning, it has this nice texture to it. That's my version of doing my hair."
You already swear by your trusty dry shampoo, but like with that nice but boring relationship you had in high school, part of you knows yearns for something more. Well, take a cue from thin-haired beauty editors everywhere, and try spraying your dry shampoo on your strands… before bed. Why? "While you sleep (and toss and turn), you'll work the dry shampoo into your roots—without depositing your finger's natural oils, which weigh your hair down," says Byrdie's beauty director, Deven Hopp. And be sure to check out more hair hacks every thin-haired beauty editor swears by.
The key to a perky ponytail isn't naturally voluminous hair or a particularly expensive brand of hair spray. No, the key is a simple trick involving bobby pins or small hair clips—things we assume you already have rolling around in your bathroom drawers. Use bobby pins to perk up your ponytail à la Zoey Deutch, and use small hair clips to take your pony from zero to Pinterest-worthy.
Have you tried any of these tips? Share your favorite hair hack below!