I put up this pic of my pregnancy bump the other day, and the responses cracked me up. Everyone loved the bump (because, duh, who wouldn't oooh and aaah over a baby-bulging belly?) but what my fellow moms were MOST impressed with was the way I style my hair from wet to waves in less than ten minutes. “How on earth,” they pondered, “are you still fixing up your hair when you're THAT pregnant?” I have my hands full and the morning routine can be a battle, but I've found a couple useful tools to help me expedite the process and go from wet to waves in less than ten minutes.
Come along and I'll show you my shortcuts!
Wet to Waves as Fast as Possible
This is me after hopping out of the shower, throwing on a bit of makeup and putting some curl gel in my hair. Any old curl gel will do.
I have relatively fine hair, but A LOT of it. For me, the Conair Velvet Paddle Brush works best to tame my mane. My hair has a bit of a natural wave that's kind of annoying, if you ask me, because I can never quite perfect the straight-and-sleek look but I can't just run out the door without doing something to my hair. On the bright side, I don't have to fuss with a round brush to get my hair to hold a curl. If you have straight-as-stick hair, you'll want to use the Conair Professional Round Brush to encourage it to stay put.
The first tool – and one of the BIG secrets in how I go from wet to waves in ten minutes – is the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer. This is the most powerful hair dryer I've ever encountered. I kid you not, it's like the jet engine of hair dryers. Except it's weirdly quiet. I have no idea how. That's science-y stuff that I don't worry my muddled preggo brain with. All I know is, I can dry my hair in less than three minutes with this. Just make sure to keep running that paddle brush through to prevent tangles.
Seriously powerful stuff, people.
So step one: dry your hair. This is me trying to show off my dry hair without looking incredibly awkward. Nate and I sometimes get ready next to each other and he says I make a weird squinty face in the mirror when I'm doing my hair or putting on makeup. I don't know what he's talking about.
Then, I pull the top portion of my hair off my face so I can quickly curl the bottom half separately from the top. Oh there it is, the awkward semi-duck face.
This is where the magic happens. The Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® is basically an auto-iron that does all the work for you, drawing small sections of hair into the chamber and holding it there from 8-12 seconds before you release a curl or wave. It's much faster than traditional curling irons, and MUCH safer for klutzy people like me who have a tendency to rest traditional scalding hot irons on their ear or cheek.
For my wet to waves look, I keep my heat set on high and my time set to 8 seconds for a fast and easy wave look that isn't too “ringlet-y.”
You can nab the curler and the dryer at Walmart in the Health & Beauty section. Just try not to get too lost in there. Seriously, this aisle could suck me in for HOURS.
If you're looking for a holiday present for a hard-to-shop-for sister or friend, consider the tools for this wet to waves look! It's basically like giving the gift of time. What more could a busy gal ask for?