As we say good bye to the lazy days of summer and get back into the routine of work, school, and the demands of life, the pressure to do more in less time also returns. And while there’s no secret way to beat rush hour traffic, you do have control over how much—or little—time you spend styling your hair. Adopt these time-saving tips so you can get out the door faster without sacrificing style.
After lightly pressing freshly washed hair with a towel until it’s just damp, evenly work in a cream curl definer—Twirl Around by Paul Mitchell is one of our favorites—and then scrunch to define your curls and let it air dry. To reduce frizz, resist the temptation to touch your hair while it’s drying.
To add texture to short hair, start by air drying or blow drying it completely. Then apply a texture cream, sculpting clay, or paste to the ends to create separation and definition. To get more volume or to create a spiky look, apply a small amount of Paul Mitchell Reworks or another texture cream near the scalp, working it through to the ends.
Bring dry and damaged hair back to life with a quick conditioning treatment at home. After shampooing as usual, turn off the water, and towel dry your hair. Then apply a conditioning product like Paul Mitchell Super-Charged Moisturizer and cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it with a towel. Turn the water back on and finish your shower routine, waiting until the very end to rinse out the conditioner.
Blow it out
Love the volume and movement created with a hair dryer, but hate the time it takes? Get the look in less time by using an oil-based product that pushes water out of the hair for faster drying. Apply Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum or a similar product to mid strand and down through to the ends, limit how much is used around the crown to prevent it from looking greasy. To dry hair fast and avoid frizz, use the concentrator tool on your blow dryer to direct the air flow at the roots first, then toward the ends.
If you have short to medium length hair, try a classic slicked back look. Apply a high-shine styling gel, like Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Firm Hold Gel, to mostly dry hair, style as desired, and then let it air dry completely.
Skip the suds
Shampooing, drying, and styling every day eats up a lot of your time—so take a day off here and there. Instead, use dry shampoo. Just apply Paul Mitchell Dry Wash, or another dry shampoo, at the scalp, let it sit for a few minutes to absorb excess oil, then comb it through to get back the volume and style you had yesterday.