Us ladies, we love to have gorgeous looking hair, but sometimes life manages to drain us of energy so badly, we tend to ignore our locks and just leave them be. This may work for some, but not all of us are so fortunate. I feel your pain, so in today’s post, we’re going to talk about how you can style your hair with almost zero effort, so you can look pretty without wasting too much time for this task.
Since there are so many different types of hair, I’ll try to cover all the bases and show you some cool tricks that really work and only take a few minutes to complete.
Style Your Hair With Almost Zero Effort
If you look at TV shows and commercials, everyone that works in the show business has perfect, flawless hair, which can make any of us feel intimidated when looking in the mirror. The part we tend to ignore, is these women make a living out of their looks and keeping their hair styled is a part of their job. Even so, for the most part, they don’t style their locks themselves, and let a hairdresser do this instead.
But the rest of us, we have other jobs, families, kids and plenty of chores that sometimes make it difficult to find the time to set an appointment at the salon once a month, and doing this every couple of days is practically impossible. I won’t even get into the financial aspect of this, although this can also be a problem. Luckily you can style your hair with almost zero effort at home, and in a budget-friendly way too!
Wash it properly
Since we each have a favorite shampoo, conditioner, and styling products, I couldn’t make any recommendations. What works for some, is terrible for others, but when it comes to the hair washing routine, there are a few steps that should be taken properly, and they will spare you a lot of trouble.
Firstly, don’t overwash your hair. Do it only when it needs to be done, and definitely not every day. Damaged hair is always more difficult to style, and while there are various serums and hair masks that can improve its aspect it’s always better to just keep it healthy instead of trying to make it look healthy.
Also, make sure you wash your hair with warm (not hot) water. Hot water alone can damage both hair and scalp, as well as strip out that expensive salon hair dye you paid a lot on much faster.
How you wash your hair also matters. Gently use your fingers (not your nails) to work the shampoo into the hair and be especially careful when washing the ends which are older and more prone to damage.
When you towel your hair dry, don’t rub it on your locks, but squeeze your hair into it instead. The friction will lift the hair scale and promote frizziness. Who wants their hair to look like the ends of a broom? No….no one?
Now dry it good
A good hair dryer gets 50% of the job done. Don’t skimp if you’re planning to buy a new one, and opt for a model that comes with a narrow nozzle, a diffuser and multiple heat and air flow settings.
If you have curly hair and wish to keep it like that use the diffuser which will distribute the hot air evenly and at a low flow to keep your curls in place. The narrow nozzle is great if you blow-dry your hair with a round brush, as it lets you concentrate the air flow on the hair strand you have rolled around the brush.
Those with naturally straight hair shouldn’t have any problems with styling, though. Straight hair usually stays straight, however you blow dry it!
If you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to style your hair with a round brush, attach the nozzle and point the air flow downwards to keep down those tiny scales that cover the hair shaft and prevent frizziness. Simply comb your hair with one hand which will help straighten it to some extent, as well as distribute the heat more evenly.
Opt for a low maintenance hair style
Long hair sure looks pretty, but if yours needs a lot of styling to look good, you might want to keep it shorter. Bobs, lobs and pixie haircuts are very trendy right now and if you have a savy hairdresser she can make any of them look good for your particular hair type.
You need to be a realist when choosing your hair style. Don’t look at a photo of someone that has thin and straight hair, because the same style will look very different if you have thick and frizzy hair. This is just an example, but you get the point. Sometimes it’s just better to ask for your hairdresser’s honest opinion (which they’re usually very reluctant to offer on their own) as she is likely more experienced in this department than you are.
Sleep on it
Literally. Long hair can be easily styled with no-heat curls or waves. Depending on how thick your hair is, split it into 2-3 sections and wrap each around in a bun, secure them with bobby pins and in the morning you will have natural, gorgeous-looking beach curls.
You can also braid the sections to get wavy hair and the smaller the sections, the smaller the waves will be.
Second-day hair will be slightly more textured and very easy to work into a quick bun or a side braid. You can also spray a bit of dry shampoo for more texture and any of these two hairstyles take 5 minutes to complete.
If your hair is shorter, you can tease the top part and catch it with a clip for a quick& easy pompadour style.
Get some highlights and some bangs
Highlights can make your hair look more put together even if you’re not styling it too much. Another great thing about highlights, is they make the gray hairs from your growing roots less noticeable.
Bangs have the same effect. You can achieve a modern, natural look by styling just your bangs and leaving the rest of your hair untouched. Flat, straight hair usually benefits from bangs the most, as they will help you get some volume at the top of your head without having to tease your hair or apply a ton of hair spray.