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Hot hair in a hurry

Danielle McDowell is the co-founder of Jada Beauty.

From 'gasp' to 'out the door at last'

Some hit the snooze button too many times, while others get caught up in getting family ready before they realize it's time to be out the door. The feeling you get when you look in the mirror and realize how incredibly scary your hair looks is dreaded, yet felt by all. Not to worry, here's how to get a beautiful hairstyle even when you’re pressed for time.
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From 'gasp'
to 'out the
door at last'

Some hit the snooze button too many times, while others get caught up in getting family ready before they realize it's time to be out the door. The feeling you get when you look in the mirror and realize how incredibly scary your hair looks is dreaded, yet felt by all. Not to worry, here's how to get a beautiful hairstyle even when you’re pressed for time.

Transforming wet hair

So you’ve jumped out of the shower and realize you don’t have time to fully dry and style your hair. Here’s what you can do:

Victoria Beckham's bob

The bob

If you have a bob, get a sleek, sophisticated look by squeezing out excess water with a micro-fiber towel. Next, I suggest applying a leave-in conditioner to your ends to ensure you don’t have fly-aways. Create a deep side part, and use a comb to shape the bulk of hair behind your ears. Make sure to use a light gel or smoothing balm to keep the style fresh as you go through your day.
Heidi Klum's bun

Long layers

Repeat the product suggestions to the left, and then pull hair into a high ponytail. You can take this style into a bun, or you can create a bubbled, yet controlled look by teasing and securing each one to two inch bubble section with small rubber band hair elastics.
Camila Alves curls

Curly hair

If you’re curly, you’re the lucky one! You get to skip the blow dry and work with your curls. Did you know that there are different levels of curls? There is a great line of products by Ouidad that is made just for curly haired gals, and they even make specific products for your type of curl.

Quick fixes for greasy tresses

Dry shampoo - The first go-to for greasy hair is to mitigate the oil as much as possible with dry shampoo. I suggest that you try a couple of products because they are not all created equal. My favorites are KMS Hairplay Dry Touch Up and Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo.

Alessandra Ambrosio wearing a headscarf

Accessorize - When dry shampoo just isn’t enough, try a stylish hat or bandana.

Wondering how to get the bandana to work?

1. Try to fold the bandana into a triangle and keep folding until about two inches wide.
2. Place center on your upper forehead and tie to a knot on the back of your head.
3. Tuck ends under. Pin with a few bobby pins for an all-day hold.

You can also use an everyday scarf.

1. Start by using a texturizing spray like Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel to create tousled, messy hair.
2. Then gather your favorite scarf in both hands and place low at the back of the head.
3. Wrap toward the front of the head, just covering the ears and cross the ends of the scarf over each other. Twist a second time to create a twist or knot at the hairline.
4. Bring the ends of the scarf back behind the head and tie in a knot to secure.

Taming the wild ones

There are those days when there is literally nothing you can do to tame your mane. Rather than going into complete melt-down mode, try a couple of these pin-up suggestions.

shailene woodley bun

The bun

The go-to bun is always a safe bet in these situations. You might even consider wetting hair down to allow for easier styling (see beginning of this article).
Lea Michele twist and pin

Twist and pin

Try a twist and pin. Start by twisting backward from your hairline, and pin it into a loose bun in the back of the head. The key to this look is to let the hair fall where it wants and secure it with a bobby pin. Finish off with a medium hold hairspray.
Sarah Michelle Geller braided bun

Braid

Still not getting hair to do what you want? A braid is a go-to that will secure fly-aways and keep you on trend and looking chic!

Read more from our friends at Jada Beauty >>

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