8. Invest in professional tools.

You’ll spend less time styling your hair if you’re willing to invest in some professional tools (blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, brushes). This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Rather, pick one or two tools that are essential to the way you style your hair and then get a good quality version of them. Professional tools heat up quickly, sometimes instantly, and they perform better overall.

I recently had a conversation with one of my clients about this. She saw that I was using a Dyson blow dryer to do her hair and she’d recently been considering getting one for herself. She has massive amounts of hair and wanted to know if it would be worth it for her. I told her that a lot of my clients who’ve asked the same thing don’t need that nice of a dryer. But for her, yes, it would definitely be worth it. I knew a Dyson would save her about 20-30 minutes of drying time each morning. So in her case, it was a good investment.

I had another client who was trying to get big, flowy volume in her hair, but she was styling with a tiny round brush. The circumference of the brush was making her work way too hard to get the soft wave she was going for. By switching to a large barrel round brush she could get the look in much less time, and with much less strain on her wrists.

If you’re not sure what changes you could make to your own routine, talk to your stylist about it. You can even bring in the products and tools you normally use and ask if they have any recommendations for your routine. If you’re not comfortable doing that, at least pay attention to what your stylist is doing when they style your hair. That might get you going in the right direction.

[Want more information? Watch some videos about saving time on my Instagram @colorgeekchic.]

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