After a steamy shower, clear the bathroom mirror with a quick blast of hot or cold air.
2 of 17David Prince
Baking Soda as Hair Cleanser
If daily use of mousse or gel is weighing down your locks, add a pinch or two of baking soda to your shampoo once a week to remove product buildup. Getting squeaky-clean strands is a piece of cake.
3 of 17Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Linden Elstran
Bobby Pin as Gift-Card Clip
More than just a hair accessory: Attach a note to a ribbon with a colorful or bedazzled bobby pin.
4 of 17Photo: Erica McCartney; Styling: Kristine Trevino
Hair Clip as Shoe Embellishment
Are those comfy pumps in need of something special for your big day? Attach your favorite sparkly hair clip to add just the right amount of flair.
5 of 17James Baigrie
Dryer Sheet as Static Stopper
Stop static cling on clothes—or tame flyaway hair—by rubbing a sheet over the problem area.
6 of 17Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Linden Elstran
Bobby Pin as Small Nail Holder
When working with a too-tiny-to-grip nail, slide it into the grooves of a bobby pin, then hold the end of the bobby pin as you hammer.
7 of 17Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Linden Elstran
Hair Elastic as Tights Bundler
Roll up pairs of stockings or leggings and wrap hair ties around them to keep the rolls from unraveling. It will be easier to find a specific pair on mornings when you're, well, tight on time.
8 of 17Ellen Silverman
Hair Dryer as Eyeglasses Fitter
Give store-bought plastic eyeglasses a custom fit. Heat them with a dryer, then mold them to suit your face.
9 of 17Christopher Coppola
Hair Dryer as Sticker Remover
A little hot air quickly loosens price labels—with zero fingernail-chipping frustration.
10 of 17Christopher Coppola
Hairspray as Static Stopper
Banish static cling in the winter with a quick spritz of hairspray on the areas that are bunching.
11 of 17James Baigrie
Hairspray as Needle Threader
Thread a needle quickly by spraying the string’s end to prevent it from fraying and raising your frustration level.
12 of 17Aya Brackett
Paper Clip Dispenser as Bobby Pin Holder
Corral bobby pins and hair clips in a paper clip holder. The magnetic ring makes them easy to dispense.
13 of 17Sang An
Rubbing Alcohol as Hairspray Remover
Lift off hair-spray residue from bathroom walls. Spray a mixture of one part rubbing alcohol, two parts water, and a dash of dishwashing liquid onto vinyl wallpaper or semigloss (not flat) paint. Wipe clean.
14 of 17Anna Williams
Hosiery as Hairbrush Cleaner
Prevent gunk from settling into your hairbrush by pushing a swatch of stocking fabric over the bristles, so it rests on the base. When the brush needs cleaning, remove the swatch and hair and product buildup will go with it.
15 of 17Monica Buck
Toilet Paper Tube as Hair Accessory Holder
Store hair accessories on an empty TP tube by stretching elastics around the roll and sliding clips and bobby pins on one end.
16 of 17James Wojcik
Oven Mitt as Heat Guard
When you don’t have time to let your styling tool cool (say, you’re headed for the airport or going straight to work from the gym), stash it in a heat-resistant mitt before packing it up.
17 of 17Beth Galton
Baby Powder as Dry Shampoo
Fake freshly washed hair by sprinkling powder on, then comb through down to the roots.