25 Most Life-Changing Beauty Hacks Ever

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1. For better grip, flip the bobby pin over so the wavy side is against your head.

If you have a hard time keeping your bobby pins in place, try flipping the pin over. The straight side is slicker and won’t grip as well as the wavy, more textured side.

KATHLEEN KAMPHAUSEN

2. Insert bobby pins into your ponytail holder vertically to prop up your ponytail.

Once you’ve put your hair in a ponytail, insert two or three bobby pins halfway inside the elastic and facing downward toward the crown of your head. Then, fluff your ponytail and flip it over for a fuller look that won’t sag or droop.

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Left: Before; Right: After

3. Texturize milkmaid braids with a teasing brush or toothbrush.

French maid braids look best when they’re roughed up a little to achieve that lived-in look. To get that effect instantly, take a teasing brush or a toothbrush, and texturize the braids by brushing them against the way they’ve been braided.

KATHLEEN KAMPHAUSEN

4. Twist your hair, and slip your bobby pin underneath to discreetly pin back your strands.

If you’re looking for a way to pull back the sides of your hair but don’t want the pins to show, try this simple technique: Insert a bobby pin with the open end pointing toward your face and in the opposite direction of the section you’re pinning back. If one bobby pin isn’t strong enough, try using a larger one or reinforce it with a second pin right below.

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5. Dust an eyeshadow (in the same color family as your hair) along your part to shade your scalp slightly, making your hair appear thicker.

Not only will this trick work IRL, but in pictures your hair will appear super-thick. You can also use this hack along your hairline if you wear it in a ponytail a lot or simply don’t like to part your hair to get the same results.

KATHLEEN KAMPHAUSEN

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