Whether your baby only naps for 20 minutes and you need to get your act together quickly, or you were meant to be at a board meeting 10 minutes ago but your spin class ran late, Sam and Gemma from This Is Mothership have got you covered.
Gemma is a celebrity stylist who counts Britney Spears and Rihanna as past clients, and Sam is an award-winning beauty editor. They both have kids, aged 2. “Since becoming mothers, we’ve had to alter our previously high-maintenance hair routines and find ways of making it look good enough to interview Hollywood A-listers or style celebrities in the shortest amount of time.” With years of experience backstage at fashion week and behind the scenes on shoots, these two have picked up some great time-saving hair tips. Keep scrolling for their expert intel.
1. YOU’VE BEEN USING DRY SHAMPOO ALL WRONG
Oh, dry shampoo. The saviour for tired, rushed women everywhere because who has the time to wash their hair daily?! But there’s a knack to dry shampooing right: Rub it in vigorously with your fingers; don’t just spray it in and leave it there like Gemma used to do until she watched Sam doing it. Nothing else will really activate the product and help it fully absorb—and it boosts volume too. This trick turns your dry shampoo into a dry blow-dry, we promise.
2. HAIR MASKS CAN PUT OFF A SALON APPOINTMENT FOR WEEKS
Nothing transforms dry, desperate-to-be-coloured hair into something far more salon-worthy than a hair mask. You might think that you don’t have time, but you do. Dampen your hair under the tap in the sink, smooth it on from roots to tips with product and then twist your hair up in a bun. While it’s doing its thing, you can get on with anything you need to be doing (placing an ASOS order or unpacking the dishwasher, your choice). Then when you’ve got five minutes, jump in the shower and wash it out.
3. GIVE LIMP HAIR LIFE WITH A TEXTURE SPRAY
We’re obsessed with this. Nothing transforms flat, lifeless hair into that off-duty-model-mum kind of hair. This gives life to two-day-old hair but is also utterly amazing on freshly washed hair if yours is too soft and slippy to do anything with at first.
4. ALL HAIL THE MUM BUN
Whether you managed to wash your hair during nap time (always the aim, but more important things crop up like, erm, Instagram) or your week is sponsored by a can of Batiste and several double-shot Americanos, by 3 p.m. we're all in the same boat. We find it far easier to get on with everything that we have to do when our hair is off our face. Pull your hair into a pony and twist it until it coils over on itself before pinning.
5. MASTER THE EASY WAVING TECHNIQUE
Back in the day, Sam would spend a good 30 minutes tonging her hair most mornings. These days, there’s no time for that, so if she needs to look pulled together for an important meeting or an interview super quickly, she uses large barrelled tongs which get the job done fast. For loose, beachy waves in seconds, look for a pair without a clamp; just wrap the hair around in sections, hold for five seconds and remove the wand.
6. MAKE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER YOUR FRIEND
We don’t have the luxury of long, hot showers these days. We’ve got to be in out in under three minutes, so the days of a long lather, rinse, repeat routine are far gone. Because of this, leave-in conditioner has become something of a saviour. Think of it as moisturiser for your hair; it protects from everything that the environment will throw at it. It also means that if you have to run out of the door sans blow-dry, your hair won’t frizz up. The professionals call this air drying. See, you’re totally on trend.
7. DRY YOUR HAIR FASTER
If you do have time to blow-dry your hair, congrats. For those of us who don’t, this blow dry spray could be what you’ve been searching for. Spritz throughout damp hair; then blow-dry. This cuts drying time by 30%, thanks to a crystal clear polymer that “squeezes out” excess water so hair can dry quicker. However much time you have in the morning, this means that you can hit snooze one more time. And who wouldn’t want that?
8. BOOK IN FOR A LO-FI COLOUR APPOINTMENT
Instead of big statement-making colour changes like Gemma loves (she’s recently gone from blonde to brunette), Sam sticks to subtle colour tweaks expertly blended so it’s hard to put your finger on whether she’s gone a bit darker, a bit blonder or a bit warmer. It's all in the tones. “I used to always go for balayage and loved that whole lighter ends thing, but I found that it was starting to look a bit brassy. So the last time I went to Josh Wood for my colour, we went for imperceptible weaves of colour that will look brighter as they fade but leave no roots behind as my hair grows. It means that I won’t need it done again until autumn.”
9. FIND A WASH ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
The old me washed her hair every other day, had a strict tonging regimen and went for regular blow-drys. The new me washes it twice a week and has a tried-and-tested dry shampoo hack to make it through the work week.
I wash my hair on a Sunday night, straighten it, then tie it in a loose bun with an Invisibobble so it doesn’t kink. On Monday, I wear it straight; on Tuesday, I tong it; and on Wednesday, I spritz some of dry shampoo in to give the waves a cool, disheveled texture then Thursdays are for topknots before I wash it that night.