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'I'm a beauty editor. Here are 6 things I've learnt to do (and not do) for my hair.'

I enjoy lots of different things: trying buzzy new skincare products, spilling coffee on my shirt, eating Wizz Fizz for lunch, etc. Things I do not enjoy: doing my hair. Like, not even a little bit. Skincare, yes. Hair, no.

Y'see, I'm very lazy. Get bored easily. And just really can't be arsed messing around with heaps of styling products and tools every single day. 

Instead, you'll find me looking for easy, sexy shortcuts that'll keep my hair looking nice and healthy without too much fuss.

Watch: 5 ways to lift your hair game. Post continues below.


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I'm all about putting in the work when it comes to prepping, so you can enjoy days of lovely, well-behaved hair without spending ages farting around in front of a mirror.

Here are all the little things I like doing throughout the week to keep my hair in good shape with minimal effort.

1. Apply weekly masks.

As someone who is particularly good at getting split ends, deep-conditioning hair masks have become a regular part of my routine.

If I'm working from home or going down to the beach, I'll usually slap one on (concentrating on my ratty ends) and let it do its thing for a few hours, before washing it out later. 

I find my hair is way more hydrated, less frizzy and manageable post-mask. It's a great quick-fix and the easiest way to get better hair without going to the salon.

I really swear by these ones - they're great for dry, thick, disobedient hair: Kérastase Nutritive Magistral Masque, $64, Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Hair Mask, $55.95 and ELEVEN Australia Miracle Hair Mask, $27.95. 

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2. Use hair oil.

My hair. She's dry. Thick. And she can be very bloody disobedient.

So, for me, hair oils are essential. Not only do they keep everything nourished and healthy, but they also keep all my overzealous flyaways in place. 

While they can seem pretty intimidating, the trick is to find one that's going to work well with your specific hair type.

My fave? Ouai Hair Oil, $43 - it's lightweight, tackles frizz, makes your hair shiny and smells like a bloody dream.

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3. Take supplements.

So... get this. Apparently you need to take beauty supplements for more than one week to see results?? Shocked and confused.

But seriously, I made a promise to myself that I'm going to be more consistent with beauty supplements this year, and I can honestly say my hair (and nails) are way better for it. 

I love this one from Vida Glow, because it doesn't taste like dirt: Vida Glow Natural Marine Collagen in Cranberry & Lime, $70.

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4. Don't tie your hair up when you're going to bed.

Do you tie up your hair when you go to bed? Omg you MONSTER.

I jest, I jest.

If you have shorter hair, it's usually recommended to leave it untied and loose. However, if you have longer hair, and you want to tie it up to avoid tangles, just make sure you're tying it in a loose ponytail or braid and using a soft scrunchie.

There are a heap of silky, oversized ones getting around - so opt for these instead of a rubber hair tie. 

5. Ditch your cotton pillowcase.

THIS. Did you know that cotton is a real big dirty moisture thief? He is! He really is.

That's why most experts recommend switching your pillowcase to a silky little number. Seems a touch unnecessary, but I promise it's worth it. 

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Silk pillowcases are the easiest way to keep your hair looking lovely, soft and not like a tangled mess. They do the absolute most on the hair front, and can help prevent dry, frizzy hair, breakage and all that other nasty stuff. Meaning? You won't wake up with the hair of a rodent. 

Bonus points: It'll also look after your skin while you sleep.

6. Care for your scalp.

Do this! Because as we all know, a healthy scalp equals healthy hair - so you need to give it a little love. 

That's why I like to incorporate a scalp scrub into my hair routine to reduce product build-up (hey, dry shampoo), excess oils and all that jazz. I do it like once or twice a week, max. 

My favourite is the cult Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, $69 (surprise, surprise).

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Wanna hear more from Erin? Oh, you do?? How nice. You can follow her on Instagram.

Do you have any hair tips you'd like to share? Go on - don't be scared! Drop 'em in the comment section below.

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