Morning hair can be unpredictable—you never know what you will see when you turn on the bathroom light. On a hectic morning, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair and the type of style you need to ensure it looks presentable. Here are some tips to make sure your hair is work-ready.
Don't sleep with damp hair: Sure, the old go-to-bed-with-a-wet-bun trick delivers perfect waves for some women, but for others, the results can be dicey. If you care what your hair looks like in the morning, don't sleep with it wet. It is great if you are planning to put it in a ponytail or braid, but if you want to wear it down, let it air-dry if you can. Otherwise you will end up using heat styling to fix it in the morning, which takes more time and effort. Plus, the less you rely on heated styling tools, the healthier your hair will be.
Smooth before you snooze: Apply a serum at night to detangle before you go to bed. In the morning, your hair will be softer and more flexible. Be sure to choose a lightweight product, which is made with a nutrient-rich blend of protein and conditioning oil, onto dry hair then brush it through.
Use the right brush: An easy fix for frizz and flyaways: use a mixed-bristle brush. The trick is to start with short strokes at the ends and work your way up to the mid-shaft, so that you are not just pushing a knot down to the bottom. Your hair will come back to life as you brush that frizz out.
Scrunch your curls: To refresh flat or droopy curls, just spritz them in the morning. Spray curls with water and squeeze them in an upward motion to revitalize the shape. To add shine, scrunch on a little nourishing hair oil, then don't touch your hair until it is dry—messing with damp ringlets can lead to frizz.
Sidestep creases: To prevent hair dents in the morning, weave hair into a loose braid instead of a ponytail before bed. You will have beautiful movement when you take it down. To hold onto that natural texture, spritz a touchable hairspray. Another way to avoid unwelcome morning surprises: switch to a silk pillowcase. It is less damaging to the hair because it reduces friction, and therefore breakage. Plus, the smooth surface helps to protect your style.
Rock a ponytail: It is a 10-second style that you can wear anywhere. Whether you opt for a high pony or go with a low version, use a mixture of gel and oil to create the perfect amount of sleekness. Rub the mixture between your palms, apply it to the hair and brush it back.