shortcuts for curly hair

Running late? Pull your hair into an updo!

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the every day, it's easy for us ladies to feel like we are neglecting our hair. Here are 10 quick tips on styling curly hair when you're rushing out the door.

1. Pull It Up

If you’re in an extra hurry, sometimes pulling the hair into a ponytail or updo is the best option. A cute chignon is a great way to look fashionable and chic when you are crunched for time. Secure it with chopsticks or a flirty hair clip, let some of your curls hang loose, and you’ve got a fun hairstyle in a matter of minutes.

Another great option is to invest in hair pieces that you can attach to your ponytail. Hair pieces are easy because they require no styling whatsoever, and they can cover the curls that you didn't have time to style.

2. Let It Go!

Perhaps the ponytail doesn’t suit you, or you prefer your hair to be loose and flowing. In that case, try pulling your hair up into a bun on your way to work and then release it once you arrive at your destination. Many times we wake up in the morning with bed hair that simply needs a quick run through with the fingers in order to set it in place. Pulling the hair up in a bun will help literally pull it together so that your hair will be manageable and ready to go once you release it.

3. Style Your Hair At Night

Mornings are sometimes the most hectic. Kids are screaming for breakfast and the alarm clock is buzzing incessantly, but the hair still cries for attention. Try styling your hair at night to make mornings less frenzied. Perhaps your hair is too disheveled in the morning even after styling? In that case, try misting your hair with water when you first wake up. This will reactivate the product that you put in your hair last night. Your curls will wake up and be ready to go.

4. Nocturnal Twisting

A great way to shape your hair is to do a twist out or braid it. Braids and twist outs maximize the amount of curl or wave in your hair and are relatively easy to do. What’s the catch? Twist outs and braids take time to properly shape the hair. However, the amount of time you spend sleeping is just the amount of time you need for a braid or twist out. While you sleep, your hair will be shaping itself for a brand new day. In the morning, simply pull the bands out of your hair and watch your gorgeous curls unravel. Mornings are now effortless.

5. Sleep on a Satin Scarf

If you decide to style your hair at night, you might be faced with bed hair in the morning. Cotton pillow cases are generally rough on the hair, causing frizz and breakage. The solution is to wrap your hair in a satin scarf or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Sleeping on satin will make your hair much more manageable in the morning and decrease the time you spend on it. With a satin scarf or pillowcase, you can style the hair at night and wake up with less frizz.

shortcuts for curly hair

Styling just a portion of your locks can be a big timesaver on busy mornings.

6. Style the Top of Your Hair

When you’re in an extra hurry, a great shortcut to styling hair is to only style the top. The top layer of your hair gets the most attention, so giving it your attention in the morning is crucial. When you’re in a hurry, forget dividing your hair into four or more layers. Instead, focus on the top. If you use a curling iron, diffuser, or if you simply apply product, style the top and forget the rest. It will save you loads of time in the morning and you can move on to the rest of your day.

7. Use One Product

Lengthy hair regimens take time. If you’re short on time in the morning, you probably can’t afford a hair regimen that consists of three to four hair products. One shortcut to consider is cutting your regimen down to one trusty hair product. Using only one product on your hair (pomade, mousse, gel or lotion) will save you time in the morning. Applying one product to the hair takes at most ten minutes, and it will decrease the amount of product buildup in your hair.

8. Make a Curly Cocktail at Night

Does your curly hair have multiple needs? The best and easiest way to address all of them is to make a curly cocktail. Sometimes one product just won’t do the job, so cutting your regimen down to one product isn’t always the solution. To decrease the amount of time you spend on your hair in the morning (while still striving for quality results), make a curly cocktail at night so that in the morning all you need to do is apply it and go. Mix a conditioner with a styling agent to reduce frizz, or gel and pomade for extra hold.

9. Pack Your Styling Agent

When you’re short on time, sometimes the best solution is to simply pack your hair product for later usage. If styling your curly hair requires multiple steps, you can reduce the time it takes to style it by packing away your styling agent. I will use my hair regimen as an example: I wash my hair, apply leave in, mousse, and then finish it off with serum. I can save a good amount of time in the morning by packing my serum and applying it later, for example during a bathroom break. It seems simple, but it can make a world of difference during the morning rush.

10. Raise the Volume

Blow drying the hair can take a lot of time in the morning. If you strive for volume that can only be achieved with a hair dryer, a trick to reduce the amount of time you spend in the morning is to dry your hair upside down. The bottom layer of your hair takes the most time to dry, so why not target it? Bend over and let your hair hang loose, then aim the hair dryer at the bottom of your hair, working the heat through it with your fingers. In a matter of minutes your hair will be voluminous, dry and ready for the day.