It’s less than a minute till you need to be out of the door, yet your hair is still wet from the shower. Do you:
a) Give yourself a cursory glance in the mirror as you leg it out the door. Nothing new about this scenario!
b) Shove it into a messy pony that ends up looking flat and lank by morning tea.
c) Quickly squirt out some product, and roughly dry your hair with the hairdryer, accessorising with a clip or headband.
d) Make like the laziest models in Milan and do the Quick, Slick, Hair Trick?
How to do the Quick, Slick, Hair Trick in less than a minute:
Step 1: Make a clean part in your hair with the sharp tail-end of a comb. Unless you’ve got perfectly symmetrical features like the lazy girls above, avoid the centre-part and go with what suits you best. HINT: A part that starts at the arch of your eyebrow suits most.
Step 2: Grab some hair product – ideally a smoothing serum, or something that has the words ‘nourishing, shine, or gloss’ on the pack. Comb a small amount into your hair, starting around the part-line, and the hair near the sides of your face to tame fly-aways. Then smooth a little more into the ends of your hair. TIP: If you don’t have this type of product handy, grab some mousse, or soft styling wax instead – the key is to stop the ‘frizzies’ and hold your hair.
Step 3: Comb your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, and fold it into itself, smoothing the ends with extra product if needed.
Step 4: Depending on your hair type, bobby pin into place, and make some kind of fancy pointed end with the tip of your pony – like the models above. Or if you’ve got really fine hair like mine, accessorise with a metallic hair clip wrapped around the base of your low, wrapped pony. NOTE: This is the ‘magic step’ that takes this look from a lazy-slicked-back-look, to a lazy-off-duty-model-look.
Step 5: Mist with a strong-hold hairspray all over. If you’ve got extra seconds up your sleeve, spray some onto an old, clean toothbrush, and smooth over the edges of your part, and around your face. This will stop those cheeky sticky-outie-poky-uppy hairs from coming out to play during the day.
Step 6: Grab keys, bag, off-spring, and Go! Go! Go! You can high-five yourself on your clever hair-do when you’re in the car.
Less than a minute, and remained polished-looking all day.
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MILAN Street Style photos by Diego Zuko via Harpers Bazaar
What’s your less-than-one-minute-hair solution?