Mornings are busy, aren't they? Trying to get everything accomplished and get out the door on time is like rock climbing in stilettos...nearly impossible and not much fun. Then there are those extra crazy days when the alarm didn't go off, the cat threw up in your purse, and the hairdryer went up in smoke. Those are the days when you're simultaneously running out the door, eating breakfast, and applying your lipstick. Those are also the mornings when you may not have the time to blow dry your hair. Of course, you still want to look beautiful and professional, so here are my best tricks for getting gorgeous without going under the blow dryer.
Wear a wide headband or scarf.Spritz your damp hair with a little spray gel for hold. Comb hair straight back, and slide your headband in place. If your headband is wide, like a scarf, you can cover your hair from your hairline to the middle of your head. If your head band is thin, slide it back away from your hairline, and then pull it forward just a tiny bit. This creates a little volume even if your hair is stick straight. This style works great for long or short hair.
Scrunch and go. This style works great for wavy or curly hair of almost any length. Apply a curl defining mousse to your wet hair from roots to ends. Part your hair where you normally would, or just push it off to one side. Scrunch your hair all over to bring out the curl. Finish with a generous dose of hairspray and you are ready to run out the door. Just remember not to touch your hair after you've styled it or you may cause frizz.
A fishtail braid. This style is great for longer hair, whether straight, curly, or wavy. Apply mousse to your hair. Pull all your hair over to one side and split it into two sections. Take a small section piece of hair from the backside of one section, bring it around the outside and across that section, then join it with the opposite section. Next, take a piece from the back of your second section, bring it around the outside of that section and cross over, then join it to the first section. Keep going until you've used all the hair, and then secure with a hair elastic. It looks great when it's a bit messy, so don't worry about making perfect sections. It's OK if little tendrils of hair escape as it dries. That just adds to the charm.
An off-center pony tail. This is a great, sleek look for straight hair. Of course, it will look just fine for curly girls, too. Apply gel to your hair. Create a deep side part closer to your dominant hand. Comb hair in the direction of the part and then back and into a low pony tail. The pony tail should be slightly off-center, towards your non-dominant hand. This will keep it out of your way while you're working. Take a small piece of hair from the underside of the pony tail, and wrap it around the pony, tucking the ends in. This will give your sleek side pony a chic, glamorous look.
A super simple bun. This is a very easy hairstyle. It works best with hair that is slightly wavy, although any hair texture can make it happen. Work a little mousse into your hair to help hair stay put as it dries. Pull your hair up into a ponytail, wherever you would like your bun to sit. Smooth any bumps out with a vent brush. Wrap the ponytail around its base. Then wrap another elastic around the bun several times to keep it in place. Add a couple of bobby pins, if needed. Spray with a little hairspray and you've got a quick, super simple bun.