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4 Hairstyle Hacks To Save Time

When it comes to hairstyles, there sure are a lot of crazy practices out there. Ideas like the Coca-Cola hair rinse may leave you shaking your head, but there are tons of grounded, common sense hairstyle hacks. These will not only save you time, but are also easy to use.

Only Wash Your Roots

For about three-quarters of your hair washes, try using half to a third of the shampoo you’d normally use and only scrub at your roots. When you rinse, let the shampoo run down the length of your hair. Then apply conditioner. Leave the conditioner on while you do your other shower activities, and then rinse it out.

Since your roots are basically what gets oily and dirty ninety percent of the time, it makes sense to just wash your roots. Yet almost all of us wash the length of our hair daily, which leads to dryness, zaps chemical hair color and leads to split ends. Then you have to deep condition your hair more often, dye more often and get trims more often. You’re saving on time across the board this way, and you’re saving shampoo. Plus, your clean roots will give your hair volume, while the length of your hair will be smooth and silky. All from being a little lazy in how you wash your hair.

Remember The Multi-Step Products

If you’re trying to save time and money, products that combine multiple steps into one will be your best friends. We’re talking the two-in-one shampoo/conditioner for very busy days. Or condense the multistep shower into one step with dry shampoo (tip: put in dry shampoo before bed so it has all night to absorb oil and leave you feeling fresh in the morning). You can also find multi-step styling treatments like Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment, which works as a volumizer, conditioner, strengthener, smoother and polisher, all in one step!

Style Your Hair Before Bed

While your hair is still damp after a nighttime shower, style your hair in a way that will lead to the type of style you want in the morning. There are tons of ways to style your hair to get gorgeous waves, like buns and braids. If you want straight hair, wrap your hair around your head with pins, keeping it at straight as possible. For curly hair, remember the traditional rollers. That’s less time primping and preening with heat tools in the morning.

Find Ways To Style Unwashed Hair

Sometimes going a day without washing your hair happens due to time constraints, or maybe you’re just trying to use less product on your hair overall, which is great! When you’re rocking the day-two (or three) level of clean, in that your hair is a bit more greasy than you’d like, there are tons of easy ways to do your hair that will make daily hair washing less of a must. Great options include messy buns, French braids or add some texturizing surf spray for an “I totally did this on purpose” bedhead look.