We know how it is — you fully intend to wake up early so that your morning isn’t a mad, manic rush that leaves you stressed — never mind that you’ve probably forgotten 10 things at home that you needed to bring with you today.
But when your alarm goes off, you can’t help but press the snooze button 5 too many times, and then suddenly you find yourself deciding between having breakfast, doing your hair or being late (again).
Read more: 5 ways to get great hair while you sleep
Instead of getting to work with unbrushed hair, use these easy hair hacks to shave time off your morning routine — because you know the day your hair is at it’s messiest is the day you’ll meet the CEO on the staircase!
Use these easy hair hacks and say goodbye to bad hair days forever!
1. Work wet hair
It’s not washing your hair that takes time, it’s the drying and styling. If you’re in a rush, don’t blow-dry it as soon as you step out of the shower. Instead, towel dry, then leave it while you get dressed and have breakfast. Once it’s about 40% dry, finish it off with the hairdryer. It’ll save you time, and it’ll save your hair — the less you expose it to harsh hairdryer heat, the better. An easy hair hack that kills 2 birds with 1 stone? Yes, please!
Save even more time in the morning by investing in a good hairdryer — it really can make the difference between being ready in 15 minutes and being ready in 5. Our top three hairdryers for speedy mornings are:
- Kardashian Premium Finish Hair Dryer
- ghd air Professional Hairdryer
- Toni&Guy Salon ProfessionalCompact AC Power Dryer
2. Boost fine, flat locks with hairspray
Hair looking a bit blah? But no time to wash it? Join the club! Hairspray is your best friend.
‘It’ll add instant lift and revive your style in 2 minutes,’ says celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie. Just tip your hair upside down and spray in some volumising hairspray — we like TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray — which gives an extra bit of oomph. ‘Blast it with the hairdryer, then tip your head upright for a fuller, refreshed look in 5 minutes flat.’
3. Start out simple
If you want a low-maintenance look, start with a style that works for you. It sounds easy, yet many of us are guilty of copying a cut that doesn’t work with our natural hair type or texture — which leads to extra time in the morning. So next time you’re at the salon, be honest about how time poor you are and ask your hairdresser for a fuss-free style that doesn’t require hours of styling.
TOP TIP: A long, choppy bob is, almost universally, the most flattering, low-maintenance style. We love local Celeb Pearl Modiadie’s bob:
4. Fringe benefits
Admittedly, fringes aren’t the easiest of styles when it comes to upkeep, but if you’re set on the style, you don’t have to wash all your hair every time your fringe gets greasy. Just tie up the rest of your hair and just shampoo your fringe to give the illusion of a fresh blow-dry in under five minutes!
5. Stretch out your style for three days — Really!
We can’t say it enough, and international stylist George Northwood agrees: ‘Dry shampoo is the lazy girl’s best friend.’ ‘You can use it to refresh hair, disguise greasy roots and add texture in an instant.’ We love Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo.
TOP TIP: Spray it like you would a hairspray — at least 30cm from your hair. Any closer and you’re in danger of leaving telltale white marks.
6. Ponytails disguise everything
They’re your go-to style when you’re having a bad hair day. For the brunettes, go sleek. ‘Pull your hair into a high ponytail, then use a high-shine serum or wax over the top for a sleek finish.’ If you’re blonde, it’s all about a full-bodied ponytail instead. Use hair powder on your roots and a dry, texturising spray on the mid-lengths — they’ll leave it looking fresh and give your ponytail volume. Try Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray.
Rock your ponytail like local celeb Jeannie D