Donning a hat isn’t the only option when there’s no time to wash your hair. Style it out with this easy five-minute makeover, tried and tested by squeaky-clean hair obsessive and beauty editor Emma Robertson
I have a love-hate relationship with hair washing: love the feeling of squeaky-clean locks; hate having to sacrifice 20 minutes of sleep to wash, dry and style it into shape.
My five-minute hair refresh is a serious time-saver – whether you’ve slept through your alarm or need a quick fix to freshen up your hair after a gym session (it’s OK, even Jennifer Aniston doesn’t wash hers after every workout).
Shampoo isn’t the only way to keep your hair clean. While there’s nothing new about dry shampoo, the way you use this amazing oil-absorbing secret weapon makes a big difference – especially if you have fine hair, like me. Once you’ve perked up the roots, embrace those bedhead waves with products that give your hair added oomph and texture without getting in a lather. We won't tell it’s faked if you don’t…
1. Tip your head and blast with a hairdryer on a cold setting, lifting your hair with clean fingers to air and separate lank-looking roots.
2. Next, dry shampoo – shake the can well (do this every few sprays), then lift a section of hair and spritz 10 inches from the roots. This helps disperse it lightly and ensures good coverage (read: no tell-tale white patches) throughout the hair.
3. Let the dry shampoo sit for a few seconds, then ruffle your roots with fingertips to work it into the strands. Bonus: this step also helps create natural texture and volume.
4. Finish the look by scrunching a texturising paste or spray into your hair. Work from the mid-lengths down and be sparing to avoid adding excess weight to strands.
Photographer: Rui Faria / Make-up artist: Jo Frost / Hair stylist: Stephen Low / Nail artist: Charley Avenell