27 April 2015

Hair Tutorial: Lazy Curls for Lazy Girls

I don't know about you, but I would rather sleep an extra ten minutes in the mornings than spend that time on my hair. Since cutting my hair at the start of the year, I've been loving my hair but not loving the extra time it's taking me before I can run out the door: having a wavy ombré lob (long bob) requires more maintenance than my long wash-and-go hair. But, being the lazy night owl that I am, I decided to split my haircare routine into two parts to save time in the mornings. Just as lazy/sneaky? Read on...

Night routine

I shower at night and wash and condition my hair. I then apply a heat protectant (currently loving the ghd Heat Protectant Sprayand roughly blow dry my hair with my fingers. I tend to blow the air from above my head downwards, and then flip my head over and repeat the process. When my hair is about 80% dry I either brush it out with my Tangle Teezer, or if it's not feeling knotty, I use a comb to locate my side parting. I then tie my hair up in a bun with an Invisibobble, and untie it again before I sleep. During the night I try not to get my hair tangled up, and I've been doing this for so long that my hair is quite smooth by the time I wake up!

Morning routine

What you'll need

  • Styling cream or mousse
  • Brush
  • Hair clips
  • Curling wand (with glove)
  • Hairspray

All that's left for the morning is to curl my hair. I tie my hair back when washing my face and later on doing my makeup, but for this step I untie my hair and apply a few drops of Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream and run it through the ends and the lengths of my hair before lightly brushing my hair with a paddle brush.

I then use clips that I bought at Dischem (they were less than R25 for six) and section my hair. Now this is where I have another shortcut... I only section my hair into about five small sections, and leave the rest free. I pin a section at each temple, a section at the back of my head, and two small pieces, one on each side of my head underneath the temple section. While sectioning my hair I switch on my curling wand (I use the Toni & Guy Hourglass Wand) so that it is the right temperature by the time I've finished sectioning my hair.

I start with curling the pieces of hair that aren't sectioned. I just roughly section off two pieces on each side of my head and curl them for ten seconds per section. After releasing the curling wand I hold the curl in place for a few seconds before releasing it and moving on to the next section. I then do the small pieces on the side, the piece at the back, and then end with the two temple pieces.

After doing all this I lightly run my fingers through each tight curl to loosen it up a bit. When I'm satisfied with the separation I spray my hair with a medium-hold hairspray (currently loving the L'Oreal Elnett Satin Medium Hold spray).

And the finished look, ta-da! This saves me a lot of time in the mornings, as well as ensuring that my curls last the whole day seeing as I'm now curling hair that was washed the previous night. The curls also kind of "develop" throughout the day, and my hair usually tend to look even better in the evening than it did that morning!

Do you have any other time saving tips for me? Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!



  1. Excellent tutorial!

    I definitely need to get a curling wand, I have a curling tong but it is so much effort.

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

    1. Thanks Abby! It took me a while to get used to, but I think I've got the hang of it now! Makes curling my hair a breeze. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Such a great post, Hills! :) Also, that wand is everything...

    1. Thanks Chicara! :) Yes, I'm glad I finally got the hang of it (and stopped burning myself!).