Ahh, autumn. The mornings are getting darker, the bed feels that bit warmer and swiping ‘alarm off’ over snooze is a struggle, but there’s no shame in surrender! Treat yourself to some extra zzz’s with these no-wash morning hair hacks.
Breeze into autumn with the best beauty buys of the season…
Prepare Your Hair
As the cooler weather sets in, your shower cap will become your best friend, so why not make it a nice one? This frilly, polka dot HiCollie Double Layer Waterproof Shower Cap, R160, will keep out steam and make you smile.
More sporadic evening washes will give you more me-time, but make sure you call for grease-lifting hair masks like this tingly mint-infused, 20-minute Lush Roots Hair Treatment, R235 for 225g. Product-wise, less is more, but L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Nutrifier Blow-dry Cream, R355 for 150ml kills bedhead frizz with nourishing glycerol and coconut oil plus protects hair up to 230 degrees Celsius when drying and styling.
Style In Seconds
To roll out of bed with good-to-go hair, roll it up in handy foam rollers, like these Essential Bendy Roller Set from Clicks, R69,95, in large sections at night and bountiful waves will come tumbling out by morning.
Want something more sleek? The Silk Lady’s Silk Pillowcases, from R468 for a standard size, helps prevent roughing-up hair cuticles while you toss and turn in your sleep and often end up looking very Joan Collins.
If you absolutely need heat-styling, the Babyliss 600W Hot Airbrush, R599, is as fast and as easy as brushing but creates no kinks. And if you are in dire need of a wash, we suggest the Dyson Supersonic Hair dryer, R5 999. Yes, it is expensive, but it will halve your drying time and is an excellent product.
Sleeping packs are the ultimate quick skin-saving fix. Hailing from Korea (the skincare mecca) they is a nifty skincare hack that can easily shed minutes off a chaotic autumn morning. These silky treatments fill skin with moisture and brightening actives, but unlike masks don’t need to be washed off in the morning. Easy-peasy! Try Laneige Special Care Water Sleeping Mask Lavender, R560 for 70ml.
Super Fast Face
Eyes: For instant allure, use your fingers to smudge on a cream or liquid eyeshadow. Stila’s Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows, R370 each come in a handy tube with a plush applicator for a super-speedy application.
Lips: A slick of balmy berry from a sleek bullet, like Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss, R300 in the shade Goliath Grape is a must.
Complexion: A few drops of breathable coverage for a more even-toned complexion is key. We like Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation SPF 15, R445 for 30ml.
Cheeks: A sweep of blush on the cheeks will instantly make you look more awake. We like the multi-purpose Gosh Strobe ‘N Glow palettes, R288 each.
Compiled by Beauty editor, Martinique Stevens