Wash & Go: Low Maintenance Hairstyles Kate Allen
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Other Considerations:

Avoid hairstyles that incorporate bangs. Rocking a fringe is quintessentially chic, but requires styling every morning – and sometimes you can spend ten minutes trying to get it right before just giving up and braiding them back. While they may look great when done correctly, they do require more maintenance.

Be cautious about doing the chop and rocking a pixie. This is the same idea as with bangs. While everyone knows that short styles are really quick and easy to style, which is our goal today, they also need to be styled every single day. There is no pulling it into a ponytail when you don’t feel like styling. So while you’ll only spend about ten minutes styling every morning (which is a miracle in itself!), you will have to commit everyday.

If you have very thick hair, no matter what the texture is, make sure to get it thinned out. Your hairdresser will know exactly how to handle this, so make sure you leave this to the pros. Thinning the hair out not only allows your layers to lay soft and wispy, but it takes away a lot of the bulk that increases your drying time. Letting your hairdresser take away all of that bulk will reduce your styling time, give you a better shape and allow you to use less product, shampoo and conditioner.

Familiarize yourself with braids. They are in and they aren’t going anywhere. Best of all, they are the go-to for all things fashionable, modern and quick. Though it would be great to have even 15 minutes to style your hair, sometimes that’s not even an option and a quick french braid or fishtail can help you out tremendously.

Invest in a great dry shampoo like Fresh Hair from Kevin.Murphy. Second day hair is so quick and easy to style, but you’ll need a product to soak up any oil at the roots and turn that into volume and hold. It’s great for every hair type and washes out really easily when it comes time to shampoo.

Consider a mid-length hairstyle like a bob or long bob. We’ve seen everyone wearing these lately and they always look great. I have loved this look left straight, wavy or curly. While working with the texture you’ve been given, styling this kind of a haircut should only take you a few minutes.

Take out those extensions. I know it’s fun to have mermaid long hair, but every time I’ve worn extensions, I’ve had to spend astronomical amounts of time styling in the morning. I would usually just resort to a braid or high ponytail. The irony with this consideration is that most women actually assume they will spend less time styling when they have extensions. Trust me, it is a lot of fun to suddenly have Kim Kardashian’s long locks, but you will spend a good 30 minutes to an hour styling every morning… at least.

Finally, embrace what you have. Simply put, the best, easiest and quickest way to style your hair is to rock the texture you were born with. Any hair type can be styled in 15 minutes or under if you use your natural texture as the first step to work off of. Remember that straight hair-ed ladies would kill for curl and often spend their morning trying to achieve it while curly girls love a smooth, straight look. Learn to love what you already have and rock it with confidence. And not to mention, you’ll love that extra time spent sleeping in!

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  1. Hair will not be easy, or look good in a particular style, for everyone. Depends on your hair’s health, your facial features, your hair type and thickness (especially for curly hair since there are so many different types of curls!).

  2. what about relaxed hair??

  3. I have to say, I’ve always struggled with my hair…always. I’m 27 and my hair is always frizzy/wavy/curly. Nobody wants all of that. Not to mention, I have A LOT of hair. I thought the more I grow it out, the more tame it will be. Wrong. It just looked like I was hiding behind a huge cotton ball. I finally chopped it and I couldn’t be happier. It’s lighter, takes less time to do anything to it, it always looks amazing. If you have small facial features, I’d say chop, chop, chop! Just my opinion :)

    • I highly recommend the no-poo method for wavy/curly haired girls. I have been using it for a couple years and used to have mass amounts of frizz and tangles. Now I just put on a little bit of scrunch gel and run out the door. The ratio of good to bad hair days has flipped.

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