nsm Beauty: the busy mama blow dry (a hot tip to save you time and energy!)

Now here’s a really simple but brilliant tip for drying your hair which saves time and energy.

Rather than blow-drying your hair from wet, try allowing it to dry naturally up to as much as 90 % (giving you time to get on with other things), and then use your hair dryer to dry and style it, almost as a finishing tool.

I got this tip from the lovely, award-winning hairdresser Anne Miller of the Renella salon in Falkirk, Scotland, who I met on Monday at a workshop on ‘greener’ hairdressing practices at Southampton University.

Anne explained that it’s the last 10 % or so of drying time that is the most crucial in terms of ‘setting’ the shape and style into the hair. Using your dryer less also helps to prevent heat damage to the hair.

She suggests, after washing, gently absorbing as much excess moisture from the hair as possible using a towel and then applying a small amount of Moroccanoil Hair Treatment (used on Charlize Theron at the recent MTV Awards, click here for the story and where to buy), to further help reduce drying time.

The ‘green hairdressing’ workshop was hosted for industry pros and part of a pilot project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – and I was a beauty journalist and consultant ‘fly on the wall’!

If you’re a hairdresser and would like to know more about the project, which offers the opportunity for ‘green’ certification, the team at Southampton University would love to hear from you via their new Facebook page!).

Photo: Renella.

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