Does your hair seem to be taking up more and more of your time? Here are some solutions to a few common hair time drains.
Time Drain #1-You start blow-drying your hair too soon
It takes longer to style dripping wet hair and it is more prone to breaking at this stage. Save time and your hair by flipping your head over and blow dry to get the excess water out (added bonus this will give you great volume!). Then flip your head over and blow dry to get the excess water out (added bonus this will give you great volume!). Then pin or clip it up and let it air dry some while you continue getting your outfit or some of your make-up started. When your hair is about 80% dry start styling it by pinning it in sections, and while using a round blow dry the rest of your hair dry section by section. It is important to use a concentrator on your blow dryer at this step (see left for image). A concentrator allows all the air flow to be focused on the one section you are working on and cuts down on frizz and fly a ways.
Time Drain #2-You wash your hair too often
Just because you are taking a shower does not mean you need to wash your hair. Unless your hair is oily or you have product build-up you should not wash your hair. The longer you can go without washing your hair will not only save you time but will also be healthier for your hair. Crazy I know, it sounds so backwards to not wash your hair. But shampoos are cleansers – they are meant to get everything out of your hair and clean your scalp and unfortunately shampoos not only take the gunk out of your hair but also removes the essential sebum or oil from your scalp your hair needs and dries out strands as well. If you find your hair to be too dry it is probably because you are washing it too frequently. Depending on your hair type you should only be washing your hair 3-4 times per week and again the longer you can go the better! Another added bonus to washing your hair as often if you color your hair is that the color is going to last longer, the more you wash your hair the more the color is going to fade. Skipping the wash also allows you to skip the blow dry and the less heat you can put on your hair the better! So save money and again time and the health of your hair and don’t wash it so much ladies.
Time Drain #3-You don’t know how to fix a bad hair day
Some days you just can’t fit your hair you just have to go with it. If you have short hair embrace the messy look! Apply a dime-size amount of pomade to your hair and tousle it with your fingers this will make your hair instantly modern but put together. For longer hair try a topknot which is all the rage right now! It might take a little practice so you may want to try it when you have some time on your hands to master everything. Start by putting your hair into a high ponytail, then dividing the tail into three sections. Wrap the first section loosely around the elastic band and bobby pin it in place. Continue with the other two sections wrapping them in the same direction around the elastic and secure them with bobby pins. This will create a big, slightly messy, high bun perfect for any occasion and add a bold lip color like Lauren Conrad to really spice up your look!
Time Drain #4-You use too many products
If your hair is limp, greasy, dull, or lifeless especially right after you wash it odds are you are using too many products. If you are layering product after product and still not getting the results you are looking for and then compensate with layering more products you are using the wrong products for your hair. When it comes to products less is more we promise, you should only be using a maximum of four products-shampoo, conditioner, styler, and finisher. Using any more is weighing your hair down and is probably making you wash your hair more and in turn damaging it more. If you are a product junky then start but limiting your hair product arsenal to the bare essentials and by using a clarifying cleanser to start fresh and remove all the product build up. Here at Lather Hair Salon we use and highly recommend Nioxin’s Clarifying Cleanser, it gently neutralizes hard water mineral deposits, chlorine and environmental and styling product build-up. As far as the bare essentials you should have a professional brand shampoo (if you color your hair make sure it is a color-protecting shampoo to add more life to your color), a professional moisturizing conditioner, a root-lifting spray or mousse or some sort of heat protectant (we live by Sebastian lite weight Whipped Creme Styling Whip at Lather-added bonus it smells just like whipped cream!), and finally a finishing spray or polish to smooth everything. Again if you can not get the look you want with the four products you are using the wrong ones for you hair and should consult your stylist about what would work best for your hair type.
Time Drain #5-You have the wrong cut for your lifestyle
If you can’t maintain your haircut at home yourself, it is too high maintenance for your needs. When you go to your stylist it is very important to be as honest as possible about home much time you will and are able to put into your hair on a daily basis and to be honest about your hair skill level. On the other side of this it is extremely important that your stylist is asking you these questions and is able to educate you on your hair. Don’t resist your hair type, you are only torturing yourself-work with what you got! If your hair is fine and straight consider a blunt chin to shoulder length bob; your hair will fall in sheets that stack up building volume. For thicker straight hair graduated layers that are shortest at the shoulder and taper down the back works best because it gives your hair movement. If it’s fine but wavier go for a shoulder length or shorter layered look; the layers build body and you won’t constantly be working to make your hair straight because it’s not in a precise bob. If your hair is thick and wavy you may need a few layers so that it doesn’t get too heavy and is best to have it shoulder length or longer. Another haircut mistake people make that add time to their everyday routines are bangs. You shouldn’t have to fight them every morning, not everyone is cut out for bangs. Like the rest of your hair make sure to ask your stylist to work with your natural texture and part when cutting your bangs. If you have a cowlick your bangs will need to be thick and heavy. If you have course or wavy hair get your bangs cut on an angle (shorter over one eye and longer over the other) that way they won’t have to lie perfectly flat. If your hair is super straight don’t fight mother nature with a side bang instead go with short, straight bangs that just graze the eyebrows. Use the weight of your hair and it’s natural texture to your advantage, don’t fight mother nature!