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5 Low-Maintenance Hair Tips to Make Your Life Easier

Sometimes you just don’t have time to do your hair. Maybe it’s an early class, church camp, mission trip or just too much going on in your schedule. These quick and easy go-tos (that you may or may not know about) take hardly any time and will enhance your look without much effort!

Dry shampoo: This is a low-maintenance girl’s best-kept secret. Who has time to wash their hair every day? Who even wants to wash their hair every day? It’s better for the natural oils in your hair to only shampoo it a few times a week. But what if your hair looks oily? You just spray dry shampoo on the greasy spots and boom—fake fresh hair! The dry shampoo even comes in colors to match your hair if you want. Added bonus: Hair tends to look thicker and stay styled better with this product.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo, $8


Sock bun: A high-top bun is just as easy to make as a messy bun or ponytail, but is more dressy and fashionable. You can make your own with a sock, but it’s much easier and not very expensive to buy one. Get one the same color as your hair and small enough that your hair will cover it. Put your hair in a high ponytail, put the sock bun around the ponytail, pull your hair around it, tuck it in and bobby pin the ends if necessary. Spray or comb down any flyaways. If those quick directions don’t cover it, check out this quick tutorial:


Pin curls: This handy-dandy trick has been giving girls luscious curls since before electricity. For me, they have been helpful in three instances: when I need to have pretty hair really early in the morning and want to fix it the night before; when I’ve been at camps or mission trips without the ability to use styling tools; and when I want curls to last all day. You can do it with dry or damp hair and create loose or tight curls. Basically, you take small sections of hair, roll them up to your head, pin them in place and let them sit for a while or overnight. Once you take them out, you have gorgeous no-heat curls! Here is a how-to video that gets it right:


Head wrap: This is great if you have NO TIME. Like not even five minutes. Head wraps also happen to be really in this season and easy to find in stores and online, or even make yourself. Throw on a wrap over a messy bun to keep away the frizzes, wear it over your hair or use it headband style. It’s the perfect quick way to still look like you put in a little effort.

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Head wraps from Urban Outfitters


Loose side braid: This is an elegant turn on a style you have probably been wearing for years. It’s perfect for hot days or when you’ll be doing activities and need your hair out of the way. You just do a loose-hanging, tasseled low braid that swoops to the side. Use a small hair tie at the end and don’t worry about wispy hairs—they add to the style. Pulling the braid over one shoulder is what gives it the mature look. To dress it up a little, part your hair on the opposite side of the braid. This one is great too because if it gets messed up during the day, you can simply re-fix it on the go.

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What do you think, PI Girls? Have you ever tried any of these tricks?


How long do you usually spend on your hair on a typical day?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by JesusRox on February 8, 2015 at 16:53

    Anyone have any suggestions for what brand of dry shampoo to use? I started using it, and I bought the Sauve Professionals, but I do not If it is just me, or the brand itself, but it does not seem to work all that great on my hair. I have long, thick-ish, dark brown/black hair. So any tips and suggestions will help. 🙂

  2. Ducttaper4JC

    Posted by Ducttaper4JC on December 6, 2014 at 15:45

    Unlike most people who struggle with greasy hair if they don’t wash it daily… I have the opposite problem. SUPER dry hair. I use only a dab of shampoo, then lots of conditioner, and it still takes a week before my hair will look greasy again!

    So for me, rather than my magic product being dry shampoo, my magic product is leave in conditioner. I put it in after I shower, while my hair is still wet. Usually that’s enough, but if I’m having a particular problem with my hair when it’s dry, I’ll mix the leave in conditioner with water and squirt it in my hair with a spray bottle.

    Also, I never brush my hair out with a brush any more, it just makes it frizzy. Instead, I’ll use my fingers to break up tangles. It CAN take a bit longer, but the truth is, if I can keep my hair moisturized I don’t get many tangles anyway.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Remembertosmile on November 2, 2014 at 15:00

    My hair is sort of medium-thick and waist-length and it’s gotten wavy as I’ve gotten older. A curling iron doesn’t make a dent in it, unless I’m just doing it wrong. What I always do is wash it at night, then let it dry slightly, and braid it back. Then I unbraid it in the morning, and it’s sort of wavy/crimped and softens during the day…I really like it!
    Just make sure the braid has time to dry, otherwise you’ll end up with a fluffy mess. 🙂

  4. nonnie

    Posted by nonnie on October 29, 2014 at 19:27

    my hair is thick and is so long that it reaches a little past my bottom. i braid it alot and ive found that if i want to do my hair, i have to braid it in some way. i cant curl it with a curling iron, rollers wont hold all my hair, and pin-curls wouldnt work. i have only found 1 way to put it in a bun and the result is a cinnamon-bun type look. any ideas would be appreciated =) there are no hair tutorials that are for my hair length.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Athyna Ann Marie on October 22, 2014 at 06:31

    I love these hairstyles. Can you please make one for short hair. I’m going to be getting my hair cut short. And I’m looking for ideas. Thanks

  6. essielalala

    Posted by essielalala on October 19, 2014 at 17:45

    I have very thin and fragile hair.. but you know what? It’s a blessing in disguise! Literally takes less than 2 min to fix it. It doesn’t even require much heat.. i only straighten it or wave it on those extra special occasions and even then it takes less than 10 min 😀

  7. Trinity

    Posted by Trinity on October 13, 2014 at 13:33

    #6, cut your hair. Okay, not sure that this actually counts, but I cut my hair about 5 inches shorter and it takes like little to no maintenance now.

  8. maybeBabyTam

    Posted by maybeBabyTam on October 13, 2014 at 13:20

    God has blessed me with very thick brown-black hair that’s now almost all the way down my back. But it gets oily pretty quickly, so I guess I’m going to try out that dry shampoo. 😀 I’ve never tried dry shampoo before!
    Thank you for these tips too~!

  9. patientlywaitingforGodsplan

    Posted by patientlywaitingforGodsplan on October 8, 2014 at 12:44

    Another way I found makes great waves is to braid your hair (preferably in two braids if you don’t know how to french braid (which I don’t)) right after you take a shower. You want your hair to be wet because then it’s easier to fix it (the hair sticks together more because it’s wet). Or, you could just dampen your hair with water. Sleep on it overnight or just do it early in the morning. Then, take them out and viola, you have nice waves.

  10. nicolinedahl

    Posted by nicolinedahl on October 8, 2014 at 00:28

    Oh well, I’m blessed with extremely long, thick red hair with lots of curls. People always think I spend a lot of time on my hair. But the truth is that I wash it every third day or so, and then don’t brush it so my curls won’t fall out. But a ponytail is sometimes a solution as well, since I’m a horsegirl. I live in Denmark, aka Scandinavia, so it’s nice with lots of hair in the winter

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by JesusRox on February 8, 2015 at 16:49

      That is cool Girl. I think I would really like to visit Denmark some day. What do think of the scenery there?

  11. GypsyStorm

    Posted by GypsyStorm on October 7, 2014 at 19:58

    I love every one of these tips!!!!! I have always wanted to start doing my hair in pin curls, but have never taken the time to look up how to do them. Thank you so much for posting this!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by saraileft on October 7, 2014 at 16:59

    Dry shampoo? I didn’t even know that existed.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by JesusFreak3278 on October 7, 2014 at 08:35

    Thank you so much!!! I always feel like I’m fighting a losing battle every single morning with my hair – hopefully I’ll start winning! Lol

  14. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on October 7, 2014 at 05:34

    I am so excited to try the no-heat curls! The loose braid is awesome. I love braids and lately I’ve been experimenting with different braid hairstyles. Looks cute and keeps my hair out of the way.