By Kristin Hull
I’ve learned many things being married to a hairdresser. One thing is that they have a much harder job than I ever imagined. They’re on their feet doing the same repetitive motions all day long, every day (not good on the body); they have to always be cheerful no matter how they feel personally, or how crabby or rude a client might be; they have to understand the geometry of a sphere (which is why I could never do the job); and they don’t get paid vacation or sick days – missing work means missing out on income. On top of all this, they need to have the skill to pull off a fabulous haircut or color job. Easy, right?
I do have to say though that being married to someone who does this for a living has afforded me some insider tips I wouldn’t otherwise have been privy to. In fact, there is so much information to share with you that I decided to break this post in two parts – washing and drying, and styling. The second installment will be published in a few weeks. If you haven’t already, sign up for an email subscription on the top, right-hand side of our home page so you don’t miss out on any future posts!
Washing and Drying Made Easy
I am NOT a morning person so anything that can help shorten the time between when I get up and when I leave the house is quickly adopted into my regimen. I want to look as good as everyone else, only in 20 minutes or less – and most moms are lucky if they get even that much time. The tips below have helped me immensely and they’ll hopefully do the same for you. Happy primping!
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow
This is not short hair discrimination. In fact, my husband and I both love short hair. But the truth is, unless you have a pixie cut, short hair is not “easier hair.” In fact, a cropped coif takes more time and effort. Not only do you have to get it cut more often, which depletes time and money, but in order for it to look right you actually have to DO it. Longer hair however (at least below your shoulders), can be cute and stylish in mere minutes.
Do your wash at night
Skip the annoying blow dry process altogether and save yourself a lot of time (and cuticle damage) by washing your hair at night and letting it air dry. Then, in the a.m. all you need to do is a little styling.
This is one time when discrimination is good – only wash the parts of your hair that are dirty. Most of us first show grease at the roots while the ends can go without cleaning much longer. If you don’t want to go the dry shampoo route (see below), put your hair in a ponytail just below the crown. Then, place a shower cap over the ponytail (to make this easier, tuck in the ends of your hair into the ponytail holder so it is more of a bun) and then put a ponytail holder around the outside of the shower cap so, basically, it is only covering the bun. Then, in the shower, just get the top of your head wet and wash it. When you get out you’ll only have to dry that part.
Make friends with dry shampoo
We have all heard that washing and drying our hair daily causes damage, not to mention how much time it takes up, so learn to love dry shampoo. There are many brands out there now and even the least expensive ones work well. Just don’t spray them too close to your head or you’ll have a big messy blob to contend with. Bumble and bumble offers dry shampoo in a variety of natural shades from light yellow to red, grey, brown and black. A matching color isn’t really necessary but it is nice. Scratch your head and you’ll have to clean it out from under your fingernails but hey, that’s a small price to pay for saving yourself an hour in the morning.
Blow Dry Immediately
I used towel dry my hair a bit (especially my bangs) right after getting out of the shower. Then, I’d wait until after doing my make-up to blow-dry it. Both of these are no-nos. Towel drying is damaging, and the longer you wait to dry your hair the longer it has to start to dry on its own, in the wrong direction. Once I stopped doing these two things my hair looked infinitely better.
Go all the way
Does your hair ever look good right when you finish blow-drying it but within a few hours it’s going in all kinds of odd directions? That’s because you didn’t completely dry it. Hair can look dry even when it isn’t. The hubs says that once you think it is time to turn off the dryer, don’t. Keep at it for several more minutes. Otherwise, all that work will be for naught.
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