Friday, 31 January 2014
The Sleepy Girl's Guide to... Out of Control Hair
Welcome to my new series of posts that I hope will give a little insight to how I function on a day to day basis with little or no sleep. Getting up out of bed can be a real challenge for someone that has had a difficult night, and this can often impact what you choose to do (or not do) to your hair. If I'm feeling particularly lazy, I'll grab a hair tie, put it up in a ponytail and be done with it, but what about the days when I want to do more than just hide it away? I know that when I make an effort I can be head over heels with my locks, but it's a rare occurrence.
First thing I need to make sure is to keep my hair in check every 4-6 weeks. I'll have a look at my split ends, judge the length and see whether a neat snip is in order. A low maintenance hair cut is key to getting out of bed and being able to add a quick bit of texture without the fuss of standing in front of the mirror for an hour. I went for the big chop a good few months ago now and getting a long bob, or 'lob', was one of the best choices I made. There's less hair to stray, less effort to fix it in place and definitely less time spent blowdrying it. Speaking of blowdrying, investing in a hair turban can drastically reduce how long it takes to dry. I tend to wash my hair in the evenings, put it up in a hair turban and grab my Kindle for a half hour of reading. Once I've let it loose, the hair isn't sopping wet and I'll dry from the bottom up. Seems a hassle but you'd be surprised how much quicker this process is than doing it straight from the shower. Just don't forget your blow dry lotion to protect you delicate tresses! If you prefer to leave it wet and let it dry naturally (this is me 99% of the week) then a little product that makes my hair dry into natural waves is the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Enhancing Oil. A few drops of this and a couple of hours later my hair looks tamed, manageable and like I spent a huge amount of time perfecting 'barely there' waves. Or if you like to look polished and über sleek, the Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme is a real lifesaver! The smallest squeeze of the tube, worked through damp hair makes styling a dream. There's never a hair out of place and there's real lift from the root I can't achieve with anything else in half the time.
If you haven't had time to wash your hair at all? I would hope that every girl has a can of dry shampoo somewhere in their drawers. A quick spray and not only does it remove any trace of oil, but it adds a bit of texture that's very easy to comb through to the ends and breathe new life into limp hair. I'm particularly partial to the Batiste Dry Shampoo as it's friendly on the purse and offers a variety of scents and even has a range that includes a hint of colour. This is very important for covering up my alopecia patches, in case the wind takes hold of my hair and I'm left rather embarrassed! Another product I reach for if my hair is at the 'in-between' phase is the V-O5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray. It's the perfect 'pick me up' for you hair that seems to take control and make my poor effort look a million times better. This paired with a good hairspray and you're onto a winner in less that 5 minutes.
Lastly there's the products I reach for the day after a hair wash, the ones that perk everything up and stop what threatens to a bad hair day. The Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Grunge Glamour Tousled Salt Spray is my go-to for just such days. It gains great results from damp hair but I find there's an extra dimension to using a few generous sprays of this on bone dry hair. Careful to avoid the roots, massage the product all the way to the ends of your hair and tousle haphazardly with your hands. If you're feeling adventurous, grab a comb and give the roots a little backcomb as this will last all day. Then, for touch-ups, I pop the handy John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer in my bag. I don't tend to use it a lot, but on days where I haven't even had the opportunity to run a brush through it let alone any hairspray, I'll glide the wand down any problem areas and it's like a new head of hair!
What are your hair saviours? When you've only got 15 minutes to do your face and your hair, what do you find yourself reaching for time and time again?