Stylish and Low Maintenance? It's Possible

If you like having a fresh and put-together look but don’t have the time or interest in a multi-step styling process, you don’t have to settle for a basic just-washed look. There are low-maintenance ways to keep your look stylish so you can quickly get ready and then get on with your day. Here’s how to get a few extra minutes of shut eye without looking like you just rolled out of bed.

 

It’s all in the cut
There’s no substitute for a quality haircut. When your cut is done right, styling is a snap. Talk with your stylist about a cut that fits your lifestyle, face shape and hair texture. Ask about how often it needs to be trimmed to keep it fresh. The time between cuts is important because for short hair, if you wait too long between cuts, hair can become rebellious and difficult to style. Similarly, long-haired styles look better when trimmed regularly because the ends don’t get frayed, split, or fried.

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The prep
Styling professionals will tell you that the secret to good hair is in the day-to-day care, and the products you use make all the difference. No-fuss styles look better when washed and conditioned with quality products that keep hair healthy and vibrant. Look for shampoos and conditioners designed for your specific hair type to address issues like oil, frizz, or flatness so that your hair will be easier to maintain every day.

 

Style it up
Another way to shorten your styling time is by using products that have multitasking powers. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is useful because it combats humidity, adds shine, tames frizz, and smooths and straightens. For curly hair, use Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl Serum to protect against humidity, control frizz and define curls. Added bonus: You’ll have more space in your bathroom since you can replace multiple products with one bottle that does many things.

 

Go full air dry
If you’re serious about speed, skip the blow dryer entirely and let it air dry with a little help from the right products. To create sleek and smooth hair, apply a styling oil like Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm to freshly washed hair and let it air dry. Want to accentuate natural curls or waves? Spray Redken Curvaceous Wind Up on damp hair, then scrunch and let the air do the rest. Control and nourish your hair as it dries by using a leave-in multi-benefit product like It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Spray that delivers shine, strength and static control.


By getting routine haircuts and using the right products, even air-dried hair can look like you put a lot of time and energy into getting ready. Just ask your stylist to recommend the best products for your quick style based on your hair’s texture, density and length, and you’ll look put together every day.

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