You guys, Melanie started kindergarten back in August and this having a kid in school thing is no joke. Before now, all I ever did was the absolute bare minimum needed to hang out right above the incredibly low bar I had set for myself hygiene-wise. Now?
I have to get up every day and put. on. clothes. REAL CLOTHES (and not three-day-old yoga pants with a rip in the inner thigh). Since I have to drive Melanie to and from the bus stop and actually interact with other human beings, I have also been brushing my teeth and even washing my face.
SHUT UP, I KNOW.
And prepare yourselves, y'all, because I have also been… doing my hair. Like, DOING doing my hair. I hear you gasping. I'm shocked, too. It took me a while but, armed with my trusty Hot Tools Signature Series curling iron, I have figured out a 5 minute hair routine that is easy, simple to do, and looks polished yet casual. And I wanna share it with you:
This style works best on washed and completely dried hair. I have curly hair that is really long so it gets wavy really quickly. I wanted to define my curls a bit more without turning my hair into corkscrews (ala Shirley Temple). The key to doing this is a great curling iron, a light hairspray, a few bobby pins, and some hair clips.
I generally do my hair in the downtime I have while Melanie is eating her breakfast and Finn is still asleep. I keep everything I need in a small basket in the bathroom where I can get to it easily. I brush my teeth while the curling iron heats up because I'm
libel to fall asleep standing up if I stop moving all about the multitasking.
5 Minute Hair for Busy Moms
Time needed: 5 minutes.
- Section Hair.
Using your hair clips (I like the claw kind), separate your hair into four sections (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right).
Use the hair claws to keep hair in it's own sections (I make tiny buns and clamp them down with the hair clips).
Honestly, this is the step that I'm always tempted to skip but, MAN, is it so much easier when I do it.
- Start Curling.
I start curling my bottom layer hair first with my Hot Tools Signature Series curling iron.
The coolest thing about this part is that you don't need to worry about perfection here.
The bottom layer pretty much gets covered up so you're just looking to give those bottom layers some form and oomph.
Do a vertical curl here, if you can. I hold the curling iron vertically (i.e. up and down) and clamp a small section of hair a few inches above the end. Then, I do a slightly loose roll up (no need to twirl it as tight as you can, you're going for a relaxed look here).
Hold for a moment and then gently unroll your hair from the curling iron (still vertically!).
Continue curling your hair vertically working from one side to the other in your bottom sections.
- Spray Away.
After you've curled your bottom sections of hair and those curls have cooled, it's time to bust out the hairspray. I like a light hold spray but you do you.
I spray my entire head (holding the can 5″-6″ away from my head and closing my eyes) starting at the top.
First, I spray the top and then around the sides. Let that dry for a few seconds.
Then, I lean over and let my hair hang over my head and spray the underside. Let that dry for a few seconds and stand upright again.
- Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Next, You'll begin working on your top sections, do the same vertical curl but pay a bit more attention to making sure you're curling equally sized sections.
- Spray Again.
I like to add another light layer of hairspray all over the top (skip the bottom to save time).
- Create Perfectly Perfect Imperfection.
Perfect curls are so 1990's. After the hairspray has dried, use your fingers to gently loosen the curls from their spirals.
I like to start at the base of my neck and gently wiggle my fingers through my hair.
Then, I do the top layer by grabbing handfuls of hair and gently wiggling my fingers to loosen the curls.
Sometimes, I stop here and other times, I pull back the sides of my hair with a couple of bobby pins or use an elastic to create a fluffy bun.
A headband would also look good, or a bouncy ponytail, or a messy top knot.
Really, this hairstyle is simply a foundation for whatever style you need to get you through the day.
Y'all I really cannot recommend the Hot Tools Signature Series line of products (curling iron, flat iron, hair dryer) enough for helping create fast and great-looking hair. My hairstylist has been using the salon Hot Tools products for years and swears by them.
I was SO excited to find out that they have launched the new Signature Series at Walmart and Amazon! Now, we non-professionals can now own a curling iron, flat iron, and/or hairdryer from a brand trusted by salon professionals.
Because you know what, y'all? Everyone Deserves Beautiful.