I hear it all the time – kids wanting French plaits and frills and mum’s in the middle of making lunch boxes and breakfast and barely has time to put on her face before doing the school run! Here are some easy morning time-savers for stylish back-to-school hair…
Fight with the hairbrush
Get madam to brush her own hair before you get styling! Try a ‘tangle-teezer’-style hair brush to make it easier to get started and then you’ll have knot-free hair to work with.
Wash and condition
Using a detangling conditioner and then combing hair is a great help, so you don’t fight with brushing in the morning.
The night before
Long hair easily gets tangled overnight, so do the centre parting and two Pippi Longstocking- style plaits for bed and hair will be tangle-free in the morning.
French plaits made easy
There’s no way round a French plait – you just have to practice a few times to get it right! Start right at the top as bringing in the three sections of the plait from where the fringe would be and weave in hair from the sides, as you continue to plait down the length of the hair. It will take a while so you might want to opt for a pony tail or a topknot if you’re strapped for time!
Ribbons, JoJo bows, Alice bands, clips (depending on the school rules, of course) – make the simplest hairstyle into something special! It’s definitely best to choose the night before so you have more time to get your make-up done in the morning😉
If you’re feeling more adventurous and you are all early risers in your household you can try your hand at this windy-hair-day braids:
Let me know how it goes!
What tips and tricks do you have for easy back to school hair?
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As someone who likes to wear my hair quite long, I do enjoy the challenge of styling short hair and definitely understand that in-between stage, where it’s not quite long enough to tie back but also not short enough to look cool without loads of product!
As a hair and makeup stylist, it’s always good to have a few tried and tested tricks to save anyone from a bad hair day – especially when a wig or a hat is not an option!
The trick is for a short cut that you may be growing out: get it trimmed regularly so that it grows back strong and without breaking or those dreaded split-ends.
Here are some of my top tips that are perfect for just about any occasion:
- Experiment with colour. The great thing about trying a new colour on short hair is that you can grow it out quickly if you get bored and if you’re waiting for your hair to grow from a pixie crop into a bob. I’d recommend a few highlights for added texture to start with. There are some great wash-out hair chalk products and temporary colour mousses on the market for anyone who likes the idea of a dramatic colour change without the commitment.
- Beach waves look great on short hair, just below the ear lobes. Tie the hair into sections, take a small strand and create an ‘S’ shape curve in the middle of it or high up, leaving the end straight. I love this trick because you can get the perfect curl by using a curling tong ora straightening iron. This works best on hair that has not been washed for a day or hair that has texturising product on it. If your hair client has freshly-washed hair, not to worry! You can add some spray before you get curling. Twist the curl with your fingers to help it keep its shape for that perfect surf-babe swish.
- With short hair it’s easy to get away with a gelled-back look. I recommend this on hot days where you can skip the gel altogether and go for a wet-look leave-in conditioner or nourishing oil to help a short cut recover from heat treatment and styling.
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