The Best Hairstyles for Busy People

Busy woman doing her hair
While you may not mind spending extended periods of time styling your hair, time is one luxury that many people today have in short supply. Whether it is work or family, both men and women find that a busy lifestyle leaves little time to spend on hair.
However, there is no reason to allow time constraints to keep you from looking your best. By choosing an easy hairstyle that works with the inherent qualities of your hair, you will be sure to always looks stylish an up-to-date.
Women's Hairstyles
When selecting a hairstyle, it is important to consider your hair's natural tendencies. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or stick-straight? Do you have thick, fine, or coarse hair? Are there any problem areas such as a cowlick or excessive damage? It is important to consider these factors in order to choose a hairstyle that works with the natural inclinations of your hair.
For example, if your hair is naturally curly, it is senseless to choose a hairstyle that works best on straight hair. Whatever your hair's texture, it is important to choose a style that looks good even when you have no time to style it.
Women with curly hair will want to select a medium-length to long hairstyle that is blunt cut or has a moderate amount of layering. The length of the hair will produce more weight and will prevent the curls from being overly tight or frizzy. Hair should be styled by applying a product that will hold the hair in place and reduce frizz throughout the hair with your fingers, gently lifting and separating curls to create definition. This style should only take a few minutes to style and would also work well for women with slightly wavy hair.
Women with straight or fine hair should consider shorter hairstyles that don't add excessive weight to the hair. Hair that is cut slightly above the shoulders and has long layers of various lengths will create volume and texture for fine hair. Be careful to avoid excessive layering, which can make hair look thinner and more damaged.
Ask your stylist to ensure that none of the layers are shorter than chin length, which will allow you to ponytail your hair without needing to pin up unruly strands of hair. This cut can be styled quickly in a variety of ways, including a sleek and simple ponytail. Another easy option is to wear hair straight and apply a glossing pomade to enhance shine and manageability.
Men's Hairstyles
When selecting a hairstyle, it is also important that men also consider the natural qualities of their hair. If you have thinning hair, you may want to avoid extremely short haircuts that expose large areas of the scalp. Men with thinning hair should try slightly longer cuts that are kept neatly trimmed no shorter than 1 and a half inches in length, which will help hair to look fuller and disguise hair loss.
If hair loss is not an issue, short haircuts are generally the quickest and easiest to maintain and style. Very short hair can often be considered "wash-and-wear," and many men report that they rarely have to even comb their hair. Short hair can be an excellent option for men with extremely curly hair who want an easy, low-maintenance style.
Slightly longer hair generally requires more time for styling and upkeep. If you choose a longer hairstyle, be sure to use conditioner or detangler regularly in order to avoid hair damage and to make hair easier to manage. Hair can be styled quickly with a light hair gel applied sparingly with your fingers. Be careful to avoid combing hair down too tightly against the head, which can make hair look unnatural.
Ask Your Stylist for Advice
Men and women should explain to their stylist that they are looking for an easy, low-maintenance hairstyle. Describe the natural qualities of your hair that may impact your style and explain the amount of time you expect to spend styling your hair.
When discussing your options with your stylist, it is important to be specific about what you want and what you would like to avoid. By communicating your needs properly, your stylist will be able to help you obtain an easy hairstyle that is both stylish and will work with your busy lifestyle.
Author: Kendra Van Wagner     ©
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