The No. 1 issue I hear about hair care is that the majority of the population want to do little or nothing to their hair but want to look amazing at all times. 

Your hair stylist is not a magician. But I will tell you how to make the most of your time by doing a little styling and using a little product to look amazing. Fair?

Most people begin styling their hair too soon after a wash, when it’s still too wet. They think the humidity will help it “stay” better. Not true. 

It might come as a surprise, but that is a big waste of time. Hair will not hold any style unless it is totally dry. I’ll repeat: Hair will not hold any style unless it is totally dry.  If you understand that fact alone it will save you time and stress.  

After shampooing your hair, you must use product. There wouldn’t be a plethora of products available unless there was a reason for them. The question is, which ones? 

Use a good (salon-purchased) mousse on roots where you want lift. Use cream or oil on the length for helping to keep frizz to a minimum, and a holding product for helping to retain the style.  

One or some of these types of products are a must on wet hair to achieve the outcome they should produce. Less is best. 

Then just blow, blow, blow. No brush yet – just blow your hair in all directions, concentrating heat on the roots where you want lift. The heat will set the lift, and blowing the hair in all directions will help get the moisture out of the hair quicker than trying to do this with a brush. 

Hair will not hold style unless it is totally dry, remember?  

When your hair feels dry, and only when it feels completely dry, take your brush and blow dryer and style the hair into the design you want. 

Know that when the hair feels dry, it isn’t necessarily dry. Moisture hides, and this is the biggest reason people spend way too much time styling – and all the styling they did is just a waste of time.   

Blow with heat, style only when it feels dry, use the proper products. And maybe try a little de-frizzing product or light hairspray at the very end when it all looks perfect. 

I guarantee you you will look amazing in much less time and it will stay for a lot longer. 

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton.