Hair Remedies

So you have a child attached to your leg from the moment you get up, you went out dancing last night, your alarm didn’t go off, or you are just too busy to deal with your hair. Whatever the reason, don’t fret, there are ways to make your hair look pretty without much effort at all. Here are some CliffsNotes to get your frazzled 'do looking presentable.

Need some volume in the crown? No problem, just grab a butterfly clip or anything with big teeth in it and pull all the hair in the crown up with it. Let it dry this way until you have to be somewhere. At that point you can release it to find non-flat air-dried hair.

Have a distinct part on one side? Air dry your hair on the reverse part and when it’s dry, flip it over to the part you want. This will give you quite a bit of volume without using heat.

To create loose waves, take your slightly damp hair and twist it into a top knot high on your head. Secure it with a cloth scrunchie, sleep while drying. Wake up and shake it out to toussled, wavy hair.

This tip involves a blow dryer, but if you have just a few seconds to spare, hit your roots with some heat anywhere you desire, lift, then let the rest air dry. If you have bangs, you can style those and let the rest air dry. This will give you more of a polished look without much effort.

Product is your friend. It doesn’t have to be a lot but a little product can go a long way in making hair look coiffed even when it isn’t. If you have a bit of wave to your hair, spray something like Kevin Murphy Hair Resort in and give it a quick scrunch. This will create a nice beachy texture that will give you that purposeful messy look.

For straight hair, rub in a few drops of a shine serum or an oil-based leave-in, like DermOrganic Argan Oil Treatment, when it’s wet, from the midshaft to the ends, and brush through. This will get rid of impending frizz and give it that silky feeling.

For curly haired girls, product cocktailing might be in order for you. When I wear my hair curly and don’t want to diffuse it, I rub in a leave-in shine serum followed by a product for frizz control. Lately, I’ve been using Kevin Murphy Young Again as my leave-in shine treatment and then I put Kevin Murphy Easy Rider on my roots to ends for curl formation and frizz control. (My hair has a fairly coarse curl.) For more medium to light control I would substitute Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion. I then form a loose three-strand braid for my hair to dry in. This also helps cut down on the amount of frizz it will form. As soon as it’s dry, unleash the braid to nice, controlled curly locks. 

Ginger Vaughn is a hairstylist at L'Atelier, 114 Pearl Alley, Santa Cruz, lateliersalon.com, 423-4247.