Hair hacks all women should know

For most women, figuring out your hair — and how it plans not to cooperate with you that day — can take up a significant part of your morning routine, even if you keep it short. And if you have longer hair, forget it. By the time you're doing shampooing, blow drying, and styling, you're already late for work. Think of all the valuable time you could spend sleeping if you didn't have to deal with your hair!

But unless you're going to shave it all off, you probably need to figure out a way to deal with it. And fortunately, these tips can make your mornings a lot easier.

Use dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is the best invention, especially for those of us who love that snooze button a little more than we should, so if you haven't figured it out, this is where you need to start. There are all kinds out there, so you may not find the type that works best for your hair right off the bat. All you need to do is spray the product through your hair, blend it in with your hands, and let it sit. Later, you should be able to brush it through your hair and the grease will be gone. Magic!

Bonus tip: if you don't notice a difference using dry shampoo, try putting it in your hair the night before. The extra time to absorb will help perk your hair up even more.

Use bobby pins for volume

If you want a perky ponytail but notice that yours always lies flat, there's a way around that. After securing your ponytail with a hair band, stick two bobby pins through your hair band underneath the ponytail, and then lay your hair on top. Boom! Instant volume!

Only style dirty hair

If you've washed your hair, curled it, and then noticed your beautiful curls are gone just a couple of hours later, it could be due to the fact that styling clean hair is almost impossible. Freshly washed and conditioned hair smells awesome, but it's hard to work with. Second day hair holds curls and other styles much better, and it's way easier to work with, too.

Two words: Static Guard

If you notice your hair is full of static, especially in the winter months, a can of Static Guard will do the trick — and before you ask, yes, it's totally safe to use in your hair. When you're done styling, spray your hairbrush with it and brush it all the way through. In a pinch? A dryer sheet will work, too.

Learn the easiest updo ever

Having this 'do in your hairstyle wheelhouse will make it easy to get ready for a more formal occasion in a cinch. A hair tie, hairbrush or comb, and a bit of hairspray — and the ability to pull your hair back into a ponytail — are all you need to achieve this simple, put-together style. You'll look awesome and you won't have to pay someone to achieve a similar look.

Spray your bobby pins with hairspray

If you have super straight or fine hair, you may have noticed that bobby pins slide right through instead of staying put. A quick way to remedy this is to spray them with hairspray before putting them in your hair. That makes the pins sticky and more likely to stay where you want them to.

Dry your hair with a T-shirt

Sometimes, towels can be way too harsh on wet hair. This is where a cotton T-shirt comes in. Reserve one you don't wear anymore to soak up all the excess water from your hair when you get out of the shower, and if you have time, you can even wrap your hair in it just like you would a regular towel. This will leave you with soft, less frizzy hair, and it's an easy change to your usual routine.