Monday, March 5, 2012

Speed Up Your Morning Routine: Hair

Speed Up Your Morning Routine: Hair

I believe that in order to have great looking hair requiring minimal morning styling time,  you need to make sure you have a solid night-time routine.  Here are some tips on how to prep a number of common hairstyles at night and shorten your A.M. styling time:

  • When preparing your hair for braid or twist-outs, be sure to braid/twist your hair in the direction you want it to lay, and place your part where you plan for it to be. In the morning, all you have to do is take the braids/twists apart  and your style is set.  If you take a look at this post, you can see how I positioned my twists for a twist-out that framed my face and maintained the same side part from the night before in my final style.   
  • To maintain straight hair, be sure to wrap your hair, or set it on rollers as shown here.  Be sure to cover with a satin or silk scarf/bonnet!
  • If wearing buns or twists (like this protective style here) style your hair at night and cover with a bonnet or scarf and all you have to do in the morning is to smooth any stray hairs.
  • If wearing wet styles like a wash-n-go, forego the blowdryer and let your hair airdry (weather permitting) on the way to work with the window down, or wrap your hair in a scarf during the morning commute to soak up excess water.
  • To salvage a 2nd or 3rd day style, pineapple your hair at night (placing your hair in loose buns or ponytails at the top of your head) to maintain the look while you sleep and minimize the styling required in the A.M.

Missed any tips in the Speed Up Your Morning Routine series? Click here to see the rest of the series. 

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