When it comes to hairstyling, we are all lazy girls at heart, even if some of us disguise it better than others by—shock—actually putting some effort in every morning.
If we’re being truly honest though, you have to admit that doing your own hair every day is at a tedium level on par with watching paint dry. Just…blah.
Tediousness aside, you can’t leave the house looking like a lazy wench (even if that’s how you feel); you need some low-maintenance, clever-girl hacks for your morning routine, and we’ve enlisted one of Brisbane’s best hairdressers to help.
In our book, lazy actually equals smart (more time for sleeping!), and the mane styling mavens at Toni & Guy CBD—Kelsey Andrew, Tahnee Higgins and Lyndsay Smith—agree, so they’ve given us their top five hairstyles for winning at every day hair-dos.
If you are a low-maintenance, chuck-it-in-a-bun-because-you-can’t-be-bothered hair-do kinda gal, read on because this here story may just change your life!
The Look: A modern take on the classic chignon
Suitable For: Long hair
1. Prep the hair using a light volumising spray (the Toni & Guy crew recommend label.m Blow Out Spray).
2. Blast the hair dry, manipulating natural movement with your hands.
3. Blast dry shampoo throughout the hair to create a powdery texture.
4. Take a triangular section from mid recession to the crown.
5. Isolate this section.
6. Secure the section below the triangular section with a hair band, keeping sides relatively sleek.
7. Apply a hair dust through the triangular section. Backcomb this section to create the shape, height and texture.
8. Separate the ponytail into two sections, and then twist each section to create texture and minimise width. Wind the first section around the hair band keeping the shape flat, and then secure with bobby pins. Twist the second section in the opposite direction to the first section, and secure with bobby pins, creating an organic chignon.
9. The remaining hair from the teased triangular section is then twisted loosely, before being worked into shape creating the Nouveau Knot.
The Look: An elegant, youthful French fishtail braid
Suitable For: Bob length and longer hair
1. Prepping the hair is a fundamental step in creating the Ballet School Braid. Section the hair from the nape, using horizontal sections; apply a volume foam to each section. Dry the volume foam into each horizontal section of the hair creating texture. [Ed. Note: Pre–lightened hair or highly coloured hair will require less prepping than natural hair, so go easy.]
2. Brush hair through, working out all the tangles.
3. Perform a French fishtail braid from the front of the head to the nape of the neck. Fishtail all the hair and secure with a clear hair band.
4. Gently massage the fishtail braid to create texture and femininity.
5. Fold tail of braid upwards towards the top of the head.
6. Secure with seamless bobby pins.
7. Complete the look with a contrasting headband.
The Look: Sleek, urban editorial
Suitable for: Bob length hair and longer
1. Prepping the hair is a fundamental step in creating the Glam Undercut.
2. Section the hair from the nape, using horizontal sections, apply volume foam to each section. Dry the volume foam into each horizontal section of the hair creating texture. Pre-lightened hair or highly coloured hair will require less prepping than natural hair.
3. Blow dry the hair smooth or with movement, depending on the result required.
4. Place a profile parting in the hair from centre forward to centre nape.Take a diagonal parting from high recession to below the crown and back to high recession, creating a large triangle. From the point of the triangle, place a diagonal forward to top of the ear, repeat on the other side, creating three sections.
5. Smooth the side sections back. Spray a gloss spray on these sections dry on medium.
6. Tease the triangular section. Take horizontal sections within the triangular section, using a pintail comb, tease the roots of the hair from underneath and on top using a scoop like motion. Once the last section is teased, smooth the top layers of hair and position the hair in the desired shape.
7. Put a hair oil on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair before spraying with a mist of a hold spray.
8. Take horizontal sections at the back of the oval, tease the hair using a scooping motion with a pintail comb. Hair must be teased from underneath first and then on top of each section for the right texture.
9. Continue teasing each horizontal section throughout the oval before using a texturising volume spray on teased area.
10. Personalise parting. Spray Texturising Volume Spray to the hairline.
11. Smooth the top layer of hair but don’t remove the texture. Hair must be neat to the eye and, once you have created your desired shape, secure hair with a bobby pin around the occipital bone. Place a ponytail at the nape of the head. Take a 1 cm section from below the ponytail and wrap around the hair band.
12. Apply texturising volume spray to the hair, layering product where needed. Massage the hair between the fingers, creating a distressed effect, around the hair.
The Look: A deep side part over the eye with a sleek finish.
Suitable For: Bob length hair and longer
1. Prep the hair with thickening cream and volume spray.
2. Create a deep side part from the crown to the arch of the eyebrow.
3. Take a halo section from the crown of the head, through the radial.
4. Tease the halo section and isolate it.
5. Place the fringe in the direction it’s to be worn and isolate it.
6. Slick the hair back on the opposite side to the fringe using label.m Extreme Hold Hairspray. Leave out shorter pieces of hair around the hairline to create softness.
7. Secure the slicked section on the lower crown with bobby pins.
8. Reposition the swept fringe, secure the hair on the lower crown, leaving some hair out around the ear area, creating softness.
9. Smooth the halo section into the swept fringe and over the lower crown hiding all bobby pins.
The Look: Relaxed volume, retro inspired pony
Suitable For: Mid-length to long hair
1. Apply label.m Heat Protection Spray to all hair. Blast dry the hair.
Section the hair using horizontal sections and apply Volume Mousse to each section. Dry the Volume Mousse into each horizontal section of the hair creating texture. Pre -lightened hair or highly coloured hair will require less prepping than natural hair. Natural hair may need to be prepped several times in order to create the correct texture. If the hair feels gritty, then you’ve nailed it.
2. Place a profile part from centre forehead to centre nape and a radial from the top of the head to the top of the ear, repeat on the other side. These parts provide a guide for creating a balanced shape.
3. Place a large oval in the hair, leaving out a 4 cm circumference around the front hairline (depending on suitability) The oval section should extend from the profile parting, to the radial parting, to below the occipital bone. Repeat on the opposite side.
4. Take horizontal sections at the back of the oval, tease the hair using a scooping motion with a pintail comb. Tease hair from underneath first and then on top of each section to get the right texture.
5. Continue teasing each horizontal section throughout the oval. Spray label.m Texturising Volume Spray on teased area, (hold can 10 – 15 cm away from the head)
6. Personalise parting. Spray texturising Volume Spray to the hairline.
7. Smooth the top layer of hair, don’t remove the texture. Hair must be neat to the eye, using a cushion brush or a label.m session styler. Once you have created your desired shape, secure hair with a bobby pin. The bobby pin must be seamless and secured around the occipital bone. Place a ponytail at the nape of the head. Take a 1 cm section from below the ponytail and wrap around hair tie.
8. Apply Texturising Volume Spray to the hair, layering product where needed. Massage the hair between the fingers, creating a distressed effect, around the hair.
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