Five easy ways to get your hair Zoom-ready in five minutes flat

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Being instructed to stay at home again makes total sense for our safety, but it also means there’s no escape from the screen.

Whether it’s a summons from the boss or impromptu Zoom drinks, there’s now the general assumption that everyone is available to switch on and show up at a minute’s notice.

Which would be fine (ish) if these video invites didn’t coincide with occasions when you’ve not felt motivated to wash your hair in days, let alone put a brush through it.

Be ready for your video close-up in a flash
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We’re not immune from bad hair days here as the OK! Beauty team, but over the past year we’ve managed to find a few quick fixer-uppers to hide the worst.

After all, there’s only so many times you can pretend your wifi is on the blink.

Curling for beginners

Anyone can master the BaByliss Curl Styler Luxe
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A few waves, placed strategically around the front of your hair, makes you look instantly more groomed – and nobody needs to see or know about the bit at the back.

If you’ve never mastered the knack of curling with irons, we can thoroughly recommend BaByliss Curl Styler Luxe, £59.99 here, which is the easy alternative. It clamps your hair neatly in place between hot plates, so you don’t need to worry about half the section escaping as you attempt to curl it. Absolute genius.

Keep your hair on hold

Billie loves this spray for adding texture to her hair
The Color Wow Style On Steroids Colour-Safe Texturising Spray adds hold and texture to hair
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When you’re going to the effort of styling your hair, you don’t want your waves dropping out long before the call is up. A product we love to prep our hair with is Color Wow Style On Steroids Colour-Safe Texturising Spray, which holds everything in place – like Spanx on a lockdown gut.

It’s one of five brilliant products in this month’s OK! Beauty Edit box, which you can currently snap up here for as little as £10.27* here in our 21% off January sale – including P&P! The box has been put together by reality star Billie Shepherd, and the deluxe travel size Color Wow product is worth £11 alone.

Billie Shepherd's OK! Beauty Edit comes with £60 worth of beauty products inside
Snap up the hair styler as part of Billie’s OK! Beauty Edit

Get your 21% discount here now: use code OK21

The whole box contains products worth over £60, and includes full sizes of Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, Simple Rich Moisture Sheet Mask and INC.redible Roller Baby The Original Rollerball Gloss, plus a deluxe sample of Harley Street Skin Care Restorative Hydro Moisturiser worth £19.50.

Get to the root of the issue

Fix your roots instantly with this cover up
(Image: Josh Wood)

It’s going to be a while before hair salons are open again, so if your roots are already starting to show through, hide them instantly with Josh Wood Colour Root Smudger, £19 here. This wash-out cosmetic cover-up is fantastic for hiding greys and dark roots, and is the creation of the celebrity colourist who’s shared his tips with us here on maintaining your colour in lockdown.

Find your dry shampoo match

Pick the right dry shampoo for your hair colour
(Image: Batiste, Tresemme)

Hair overdue a wash? Dry shampoos work a treat on lighter hair, and the blondies in the OK! Team swear by Batiste Brilliant Blonde Dry Shampoo, £3, for its dual effect on mopping up grease and softening roots.

However most formulas leave darker hair looking grey and dusty rather than clean, so we were pleased to discover Tresemme Day 2 Fresh & Clean Foaming Dry Shampoo, £4.99 here in the first lockdown. You have to use it sparingly (too much left hair overly wet and limp) but a light scrunching left brunette hair looking fresher.

* £10.27 price for this box is part of 6-month beauty box subscription





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