How to Cut Down on Styling Time in the Morning

Perfect hair loses some of its appeal if it's framing huge dark circles under your eyes. If your morning routine is losing you sleep, you should probably consider simplifying things a little. Here are some tips to cut down the amount of time you spend on your hair each morning.

Start at Night

With a little prep work the night before, your morning hair routine can be a snap. Start by sleeping on a silk pillowcase, which will cut down on frizz. If you want loose, casual waves, wash your hair at night and put it into a loose braid or bun when it’s mostly dry. Use a bit of styling cream in the morning and brush through. For any seriously unruly sections, a few minutes of blow drying with a round brush should fix it and give your ‘do its final polish.

Speed Things Up

When you have to (or simply prefer to) wash your hair in the morning, there are things you can do to shave off some styling time. First, wrap your hair in a microfiber towel after you get out of the shower and keep it that way while you do the next part of your routine, like getting dressed and breakfast. More than 80% of your blow-drying time is taken up with removing the water from the hair, so a super-thirsty towel can cut your drying time in half or more. Waiting also means you won’t have to dry your hair in a steamy bathroom—which gives the advantage that you won’t be fighting humidity, too.

Another secret to cutting down your styling time is having the right tools. Professional-grade blow dryers, flatirons, and curling irons are designed to be much more efficient, so you don’t have to use them as long to get the same results. They’ll cost more, but many people find that the time they save is well worth it.

Other Alternatives

For those days when you’ve hit the snooze four times and are really short on time, an updo is the way to go. A low bun or a sleek ponytail is a classic choice for last-minute hair. Use a bit of hairspray to tame any flyaways. A strand of hair wrapped around the hairband will help give a work-appropriate look.

Seek Professional Help

One of the most effective ways to cut down your styling time is to get a haircut that doesn’t require a lot of work to look great. Tell your stylist how much time you’re willing to spend each morning so they can suggest styles. Keep in mind that you won’t have as many options, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a style you love.