8 genius hair hacks you need to know about

From getting rid of static, to a two-second trick to get shiny hair, we solve all your bridal hair problems.
Photo | Jason Moore
Photo | Jason Moore

1. Get rid of static
Sleeping on a silk pillow can help hair stay smooth overnight (and avoid static) because the shaft doesn't stick to it as it does to cotton, leaving it smooth and silky for the morning. Wrap a silk scarf around your hotel pillow to keep your bridal hair booming.

2. Get rid of split ends
A quick way (though not a solution) of removing split ends is twisting a small strand gently until damaged and split ends appear, sticking out. Carefully snip those off using a pair of scissors vertically.

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3. Thicken hair
We all lose between 50-100 strands of hair every day, but if you're losing more, try giving yourself a head massage regularly as that'll stimulate growth.

4. Eat salmon for shiny hair
The fish oils plump up the cuticle and keep hair moisturised without being greasy. If salmon's not your thing, try other oily fish like sardines, anchovies and mackerel.

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5. Don't towel dry your hair
Rubbing fragile hair can further damage it. Instead, wrap hair loosely in a dry towel and allow the cotton to naturally absorb the water. Don't put it on top of your head as that stretches and knots strands, but wrap it along the length.

6. Get rid of knots
Trying to detangle knots from the roots down only results in tearing and stretching the hair shaft. Instead, start at the bottom and work your way up slowly towards the roots, using a leave-in conditioner to help with difficult areas.

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7. Wash the roots, not the ends
When shampooing, concentrate on the roots - this will clean the greasiest sebum-producing area without stripping the drier parts. Don't worry about not being clean - the shampoo will cleanse the length of the hair as it rinses out.

8. Cut down on shampoo
For the shiniest hair you've ever had, halve the amount of shampoo you use (a teaspoon should be enough) and double the amount of rinsing time.

Tips extracted from Beauty Hacks by Esme Floyd, (£7.99, Amazon.co.uk) published by Carlton Books.

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