Everybody’s busy. Every single one of us.
It’s actually ridiculous how much we’re expected to pack into a single day; the gym, the dog, the groceries, laundry, traffic, family, friends, partners, work, more work… followed by work events.
It just doesn’t stop.
We all make certain sacrifices each day so that we can fit it all in. The dry cleaning might have to wait if you’re stuck late at work. You dog walker might have to give you a hand so you don’t have to skip your spin class. But the one thing you should never have to compromise on is looking damn good while you hammer through your infinite to-do list.
Believe me, it is possible to be busy and look great. I mean, just look at our clients. Still, there are a few things you can do with your hair to save yourself time and make everyday a good hair day.
So I present to you: The Good Hair Guide for Busy People.
The Short Hair Myth
Don’t get me wrong, I love my short cuts. I mean, there’s nothing sexier than showing off your neck, but the belief that short hair is easier to maintain or takes less time to style? Well, that’s a myth.
Short hair can actually take more time to style and maintain. Not only do you need to commit to regular salon visits in order to keep up a shorter cut, but shorter styles also tend to be much more particular. They’re usually designed around a specific look and that can take more time to manage when it comes to day-to-day styling because you need to get them just so. Plus you don’t have the luxury of being able to tie it back or up in a bun if you’re running short on time.
See what I did there?
If you’re busy and you’re looking for a cut that can save you styling time, I recommend opting for a one-length that hits just before the shoulders or below.
This fashion-forward cut is very on point right now, and for good reason. It compliments every face shape and always looks clean no matter how messy it is because the blunt line across the bottom reads as polished, whether straight or wavy, with fringe or without.
With a one-length there’s a lot of weight to the bottom of the hair, which helps keep it in line when you’re air drying and makes that perfectly polished style truly effortless to achieve. It’s such a low-maintenance style you can even wash it the night before and it still looks great the next day. And you can tie it back if you want to, making super versatile and it one of my absolute favourite styles right now.
Another style that’s seriously on point right now: Balayage.
Balayage literally means hand painted and, as an application technique for color, is not to be confused with Ombre, even though the two can look really similar at times.
Balayage is the process of applying color to the hair in a very strategic fashion that’s customized to fit you face, features and desired effect. It’s not necessarily a highlight, but more of a multi-tonal kind of coloring that’s meant to give your hair color a new level dimensionality.
The best thing about balayage is that it lasts for as long as you want it to. Unlike an Ombre, which can start to look grown out over time, Balayage always looks done because the more subtle, gradual fade is part of the look.
A good Balayage can draw the color all the way to the root, so that the color transitions softly and is still present at the crown of the head. That means you won’t have obvious or dark roots, so no matter how long it’s been since you've been to the salon, your balayage always looks like you just did it.
I love you, but I also understand that spending less time in our salon is a good thing.
Effortless = No Effort. Period.
Let me finish by clearing up a common misconception. Effortless actually means no effort. It doesn’t mean less effort, it means none at all.
There is such a thing as wash and go hair. I’m not talking about wash-blowdry-and-go and I certainly don’t mean wash-and-dry-in-curlers-and-go hair. I actually mean wash...and then go… hair. Now, don’t roll your eyes. It’s true.