Healthy hair doesn’t need to be all-consuming. With a little planning, even lazy girls can have a good hair day every day without spending hours in front of the mirror. Whether you’re a busy girl with curls or want to get straight to the point with your straight strands, these lazy girl hair hacks and easy hairstyles will keep you mane healthy, happy, and looking fabulous in half the time. You won't even need a hair tie!
1. Washing Less is More
Washing our hair is one of the most time-consuming things we do in our daily routine. Ditching this daily ritual can save you time and will help your hair stay healthy. If you're not using hair products designed for daily use, over washing with shampoo can strip hair of natural oils known as sebum. This important product actively lubricates hair follicles to prevent moisture loss from the scalp. The result of over washing with low-quality products is dull and dry hair that’s way more prone to breakage and split ends. Try skipping a day between washes and see how your hair feels.
2. Choose the Right Product
If you use a shampoo with sulfates, you could also be stripping your hair of its precious sebum. Less sebum can cause irritation of the scalp and make your hair less productive at retaining moisture. Lu's shampoos, conditioners, and styling creams are free of sulfates and other harmful chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, and colorants, which means there’s no need to worry about your hair when you wash it. Capela Barros, Lu’s CMO, is a self-proclaimed “super lazy girl” who knows firsthand what Lu can do for hair. “When I started using Lu, it cleaned my hair from chemicals, so I could notice my real hair structure, which is curly,” she says. “Instead of letting my curls loose, I spent so much time trying to reduce the volume and frizz of my half-wavy hair. Lu helped me save time by giving me a product that cleans, nourishes, and lets my hair be its natural best instead of me fighting against its nature all the time.”
3. Leave-in Cream and Dry Shampoo
One sure-fire way to better roots (and more) is introducing a leave-in cream to your hair care routine. Protecting your hair from damage, locking in moisture, and keeping your curls looking their very best, this post-shower treatment will quickly become one of the most important parts of your daily regimen. Lu boasts three leave-in creams that offer an easy way to style your locks without the fuss. The Free To Be Styling Cream defines curls and waves, prevents frizz, and helps create a defragmented look, all while nourishing your hair. The Lock the Look Styling Cream provides heat-activated protection and keeps your style looking great for a longer period of time. Or, recover damaged hair with the Intense Therapy Leave-in Cream. For best results, scrunch the cream with your fingers rather than brushing it through your hair to give it the bounciest, fullest look. Dry shampoo is another hair hack that will save you oodles of time, but we'd advise you to use it sparingly. Relying on it for frequent washes can damage your strands and irritate your scalp.
4. To Air Dry or Diffuse
If you reach for the blow dryer and curling iron after the shower, you're not choosing the lazy approach to drying your hair. A curling iron means working through your hair, section by section, until you get it just right. Air drying, on the other hand, is the ultimate way for lazy girls to achieve great hair. Adopters of this technique don’t need to buy any products or even waste energy scrubbing with a towel. Simply step out of the shower, apply a leave-in cream, and let your hair dry itself. Toweling has been shown to cause frizz and damage hair because towels are usually coarser than hair. People who don’t have time to wait for hair to dry itself may want to invest in a diffuser instead. Diffusers attach to blow dryers and disperse the hair, rather than heating hair like a regular blow dryer, which means your cuticles remain protected and your hair dries in a natural way.
5. Get Some Beauty Sleep
All lazy girls will be pleased to hear that more sleep can lead to healthier hair. In fact, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to prevent hair loss. When we sleep, our bodies create hormones like melatonin and human growth hormone (HGH). Not only does melatonin regulate sleep, but melatonin receptors can also be found in hair follicles, which indicates that this hormone contributes to hair growth. Also, low levels of HGH have been shown to contribute to thinning hair. Overall, more sleep gives your body a better chance to relax and rebuild damaged cells, including hair follicles. So hit that snooze button and get your zzz’s!
6. Need a Quick Hairstyle?
Choosing the right hairstyle can be a painstaking process. After all, if you’re out playing soccer like the women of Club América, you may want a different style to the one you’d choose when rocking the boardroom. Lazy girls will know that pixie cuts require more trips to the salon (up to once a month!), textured or regular bobs grow out of shape quickly, and even classic fringes -- although they look great at first -- will soon get in your eyes. Instead, stick to long and layered looks, deep side parts, a high ponytail for long hair, and for shorter hair, shaggy cuts that are much easier to maintain.
7. Keep Your Hair on Pins and Tails
Every lazy girl in the world has relied on the faithful ponytail to hold their strands together, keep their hair out of their face, and get on with their day. But a ponytail doesn't have to look lazy. Here's a simple and effective DIY hair hack: use bobby pins to prevent your pony from sagging and keep it looking perky, without any real effort on your part.
8. Nothing Like a Messy Bun
Long hair? Thin hair? Thick hair? Curly hair? No worries, there's a messy bun tutorial for your hair, and it can be your go-to look for your everyday needs. Here's a simple tutorial to rock a messy bun four different ways for girls with medium and long hair. It's a quick hairstyle for lazy girls on the go!
We don't always have time to head to the salon for a perfectly put together 'do. And fortunately, we don't have to. These simple changes to your hair care routine (with an assist from Lu), and a few easy hairstyles for those lazy days, will have you effortlessly looking your best every day. What's your favorite lazy girl hair tip? Let us know in the comments!