I have a lot of clients tell me they don’t have the time to do what I do to style their hair in the morning. But honestly, you can have hair and makeup that looks fabulous every day.
Now, I must confess right off the start that I don’t have kids. So I realize that my primping time in the morning is different. But I still think I have a few tips that can save time for anyone.
First off, I usually get my outfit for the day ready the night before. This includes any jewelry or accessories, too, that way I’m not struggling with trying to figure out something to wear. (Having an organized closet helps too, but that’s a whole different topic). This is probably the biggest time-saver of my entire routine.
If it’s a day that I wash my hair (usually only 2-3 times a week) I’m sure to plan ahead and set a few minutes extra in the shower to wash and condition (or use one of the Alfaparf blue vials for added shine). Another big time-saver: I use one of our tangle teasers to comb out my hair and then put my hair products in. I have thick, coarse hair so I love the Aveda Damage Remedy and the Alfaparf Precious Oil.
Then I do my makeup application, which usually takes about 10-15 minutes. I let my hair air dry while I’m doing my makeup, that way it’s not soaking wet when I start to blow dry.
I use a travel size blow dryer to do my hair because it’s lighter, smaller and easier to handle on yourself than one of those professional-sized dryers. The brand that I have is Bio-ionic and it also dries your hair faster while not stripping the shine out your hair. I use a medium sized metal bristle round brush, since my hair is a medium length bob. I take sections about as big as the brush and start underneath. It takes me about 15 minutes to do my hair.
If I don’t wash my hair that day, I’ll usually curl it with a one inch curling iron and give it a tousled, lived-in kind of look.
When I really focus (aka don’t spend any time checking Facebook or watching TV), I can get ready in 45-60 minutes total. That’s with shower, makeup done, hair blown out, dressed, and bed made.
If you’re not used to styling your hair or doing makeup, it may take longer than an hour at first. But don’t give up! Keep at it and you can get the time down. With planning and practice, you can feel good about yourself every day, all day!
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