Nightowls, this one’s for you.
What you’ll need
The one thing I am not, never have been and probably never will be is a morning person. Most of my #lifegoals each year have something to do with fooling myself into enjoy getting out of bed, efforts that have polarized into two categories. Wish: dance cardio by 8 a.m., cold-pressed smoothie with a full breakfast, false lashes, precisely curled hair. Fact: snoozing, morning-after eyeliner, more snoozing, store-bought OJ, utilizing all possible hair care hacks in the book. I finally forgave myself after realizing that this was actually the reality for some women, and that I wasn’t just a lazy freak of nature. We all have different energy peaks and valleys throughout each day, and rather than beating myself up about not being a Type A early-riser, I would concentrate on squeezing as much productivity as I could as the day wore on. I would end strong, and that was a good thing.
The only time I wish I was one of those perky, bright-and-chipper people though, is when you have no choice but get up early for the workweek. Which is why I am now, wholeheartedly, and ever so sympathetically, sharing the love: little tips and tricks that I (together with my other fellow nightowls) have found to be invaluable. Read on for the best hair care hacks that have earned me a few precious zzz’s:
5 Easy, Snooze-Earning Hair Care Hacks for Hectic Mornings
1. Static Cling
Ever sleep on blow-dried hair and then wake up to cowlicks left and right? Keep an old toothbrush on your vanity and use it in lieu of a rat-tail comb when you want to stretch out that blowout. Finger-comb second-day hair into a chic, low, semi-loose ponytail and use a toothbrush doused in hairspray like the Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray to finish the look and tame down those halo frizzies. There’s just something about those fuller, softer bristles (and a smaller hair tool) that can spot-buff problem areas in a pinch.
2. Pre-Poo Brushing
Detangle your hair before you wet it in the morning by brushing it out. This simple but oft-overlooked step can help prevent painful knots when you lather up, which can translate to minutes saved in drying time. Not to mention all the tugging and manipulating damage you avoid post-shower!
3. Curl In a Ponytail
Too lazy/sleepy/hungover to wash hair super early in the morning? Fake it by sporting a tousled-on-purpose ponytail in seconds. Start by giving your crown a slight backcomb for lift, then gather all your hair into a pony. Divide the ponytail into three small sections and twist each one around a 1 ½” barreled curling iron. Finish with a light-hold hairspray. Total time: five minutes.
4. Old T-Shirts
Put those nostalgic band tees to good use by using them to dry wet hair instead of towels. Shampoo and condition the night before with a volume- and shine-inducing system (we like Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Shampoo and Suave Professional Sea Mineral Infusion Conditioner for these specific benefits) so your hair has some bounce when you wake up. Blot hair till damp with a cotton tee, finish drying with cool air from your blowdryer and set up in several bantu knots. Wake up to fresh, shiny waves at 7:30 a.m. and finish with some hairspray.
5. Dry Shampoo
Although you may feel that nothing mops up scalp grease better than a good, squeaky-clean rinse (particularly in sweltering weather), this may not always be in our hair’s best interest. Overzealous washing can fray the cuticle, causing damage that makes it rougher and harder to style and tame in the a.m. Try to refresh your scalp and limp strands—especially midday, when you don’t exactly have a shower to dip into—with dry shampoo. Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo gives oily, second-day hair a revitalized bounce and is great for rushed mornings, after yoga, post-childbirth, pre-happy hour, or whenever you need to look fly (and put-together) on the go.
What other hair care hacks have you tried? Do share!