When it comes to the relationship between my hair and I, the less time we spend together the better. There is nothing I hate more than spending time on my hair, only to have the weather go and ruin it for me…or just have my hair revert back to its normal state. Unless its a special occasion, the least amount of work I can put into my hair to get it into a passable state for going out into society and still pass for a human and not some sort of wild dog, the better. Here are some of my super-lazy hair hacks and tips I use on a regular basis:
Easy, Sexy, Bedroom Waves:
This is probably one of the oldest tricks in the book (next to the messy bun), but I use this to style my hair on a weekly basis.
All you have to do is tie your hair up into a high ponytail, then use a large-barrel curling iron to curl sections of the pony tail. Don’t curl them going all one way or this will look funny. Carefully remove the hair tie and shake/finger comb the curls. Add a quick spritz of hairspray and voila! 5 minutes to sexy, everyday waves.
Two words: rag curlers.
Okay, so I take what I said before back. THIS is the oldest trick in the book.
Take an old shirt, cut it into long strips, and, with damp hair, roll up your hair with the strips, and tie them in a gentle bow. If you have enough time, do it the tried-and-true old-fashioned way and sleep in them. If your are more pressed for time, you can always speed things along with a blow drier, but…effort. When you wake up the next morning (or have let your hair cool after the blow drier), carefully remove the strips and admire your lovely ringlets. There are a lot of factors that you can adjust to get your own personal favorite curl.
Try playing around with wear time, how you section your hair, the length/width (and material) of the rags, and how much hair you roll up at once. Generally, think of how it is with curling irons. Bigger barrels and more hair per section will mean bigger, looser curls. Smaller barrels with less hair per section will yield tighter, bouncier ringlets.
Easy Everyday Volume:
For effortless, natural body, simply zap your hair with the blow drier (you can blow dry it completely dry after a shower, or, if you are in a hurry/aren’t motivated enough to actually take a shower, just dampen dry hair and heat it up a bit), and then roll it up in big velcro rollers.
I like this method because once its up in rollers, my hair is out of my face while I do my makeup, and then about the time I’m finished with that (15 min), my hair is ready to go. But really, you could go make breakfast, watch the news, get dressed, etc…the longer you let them cool, the more voluminous your hair will look.
After you’ve done some multi-tasking, take the rollers out, fingercomb, and set everything with a little hairspray. Ta-da!
The DIY Blow out:
Don’t want to drag yourself all the way to the salon for a full-blowout (or pay that kind of cash)?
The trick with a perfect blow out is tension. Do it at home with a straightening iron and some big Velcro rollers!
Tie up half your hair on the top of your head. Start to straighten the bottom segment. After you run over each section with the flat iron, quickly roll it up in the roller, keeping your hair taut all the way to your scalp. Secure with Bobby pins. Repeat on the upper half. Let cool (the longer hair is in rollers, the more volume you’ll get). Remove the rollers and finger comb and shoot with a little hair spray.
More effort than some of the other trips, but then again, it takes maybe 10 minutes of actual straightening and however long you want to do other things with the rollers secured in your hair. Plus, with this method, you don’t have to pay anything, drag yourself into the car and across town, or make any small talk/interact with people. All perks in my book.
Sometimes, we just don’t have the time to let rollers do their thing or the weather has got your hair looking down. Here are some easy up-do’s to whip out in times of need!
Growing out bangs:
Tired of figuring out what the heck to do with this hair that is neither bang nor layer? Section off all the hair in this in-between state, give it a little hairspray love, and flip it back away from your forehead and bobby pin/clip it to the middle of your scalp. It gives your hair the instant look of volume, works with any length, and allows for plenty of expression and experimentation with all the cute clips you can use. Headband headaches be gone!
Ponytails and buns tend to look good no matter where they are placed on the head. Loose, low ponies are good for bohemian, natural looks and super high ponies help you look sleek and stylish.
With messier ponies and buns, spending an extra 10 seconds curling/straitening the strands that frame your face (and only these) will help give the illusion that the rest of your hair is as artfully not-put-together-put-together.
With high ponies and buns, to keep flyaways at bay and the sleek on fleek, spray an old (but clean!) toothbrush with some hairspray and tame those random hair.
Make sure you are maximizing your use of them: the ridges are the side that should be facing your scalp, not the smooth side. Spray them with hairspray or rub a tiny bit of gel/styling product on them to help keep them in place. Getting them in your hair color makes them easier to disguise if need be, but if you change your hair color frequently to “non-natural” colors (like aqua or cotton candy), you can use nail polish to paint them to the color to match…or everyone just paint them however they want. Let’s start a new hair trend 😛