Sometimes you just don’t have the energy to spend an hour doing your hair at home in the morning. Save yourself from frustration and bad hair days by following a few simple hair tricks and tips that I’ve tried and tested. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to good hair days, every day while simultaneously gaining back some precious time.
1. DIY DRY SHAMPOO:
Great for solving morning hair emergencies, the dry shampoo can be easily recreated at home using a super-easy recipe and few household ingredients that you most likely already own. Working as a great alternative to soaking up the oils that make your hair look greasy, try mixing 1/4 cup of cornstarch and a tablespoon of baking soda in a small jar, if your hair is light colored. For darker hair, simply add in two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Once everything is blended together, sprinkle a small amount of product in your hands, work it gently into your hair, let it sit for a moment and then brush your hair to remove the powder, and all of the oil will vanish with it!
2. TAME FLYAWAYS
Flyaways have a tendency of getting in the way of your otherwise perfect style, being all the more irritating in the early mornings. Give them a quick fix using nothing but an old toothbrush and a little bit of hairspray. Once the toothbrush is sprayed, run the toothbrush over the rebellious hair strands to set them under control. This trick prevents the use of unnecessary products that most of times work only in weighting your hair down.
3. THE 10-MINUTE RULE
Have you ever wondered why the promised product results fail to make an appearance? In most cases, it’s just a matter of patience. Remember to always apply your choice of products 10 minutes before actually styling your hair – whether you plan on curling, straightening, or drying in an easy hairstyle. Spend those 10 minutes applying your makeup instead – this will ensure that the products completely absorb into your hair, leaving you with the desired (and promised!) benefits.
4. BEACH WAVES DONE EASY
If you’re after some quick and easy beach waves in the morning, make mousse your new best friend. Put a dollop of product in your hand (the more hair you have, the more mousse you use,) tilt your head to one side, crumple up the hair from the ends to the roots and repeat the technique on the other side. Allow your hair to air-dry and proceed to style it further only if needed, making sure to use your fingers instead of a brush. Otherwise leave the hair untouched for a beachy, undone look.
5. SCALP MASSAGE
Giving yourself a scalp massage in the shower every morning may seem like a waste of time, but it really does stimulate your hair growth and enhance the strength of your roots. Did you know that the increased blood flow to your scalp from a massage can also put you in a better mood, reduce stress, and relieve pain by improving circulation? To add to your self-care in the shower routine, you can also try a DIY eucalyptus steam.
6. COLD RINSE
After you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair in the shower with warm water, switch to cold water for a few seconds and use it to rinse your hair quickly. The cold water helps seal the hair cuticles, allowing the product to absorb better and adding a sleeker finish to your clean hair.