It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over, but as the days get shorter, it’s harder and harder to ignore that we’re headed toward fall.
Which means one thing – students everywhere are getting ready to head back to school.
There are definitely plenty of things to stress over when faced with a new school year – making sure that you get all the classes you need, having the right supplies, putting together a fierce wardrobe for the new semester, to name just a few.
But one thing that you definitely don’t want to worry about as you head back to school is your hair.
Because we all know how bad hair can ruin an entire day, even if you’re preoccupied with tests and reports and other academic responsibilities.
So to take a little stress out of your life, here are some back-to-school hair tips guaranteed to give you beautiful, lush locks so you can concentrate on classes and not worry about a bad hair day.
Get It Healthy
After a summer of swimming in chlorinated pools or the salty ocean and hanging out in the sun, your hair is probably looking a little worse for wear. To get it looking fresh and healthy for the upcoming school year, head to your stylist for a trim. Taking off just an inch or two can get rid of scraggly, split ends and make your hair look thicker and fuller.
It’s also a good idea to restore some moisture to your locks because chlorine, salt, and sun can all leave your hair dry and dehydrated. Use a deep conditioner or hair masque a couple of times in the weeks before school starts to really moisturize your tresses so they look soft and shiny for the first day. Try the Nexxus Humectress Hydrating Treatment to banish any summer damage that your hair might be suffering from before school starts.
Life gets pretty hectic when you’re back at school because there are always exams to cram off and papers that need writing. Even if you don’t pull an all-night to get school work done, you may lose a few hours of sleep here and there – which means you’ll want to hit the snooze button once or twice in the morning. If you’ve got to wash and style your hair every day, that can be tough. That’s why you should invest in a bottle of dry shampoo for the upcoming school year. Dry shampoo helps absorb the excess oil at your scalp to refresh hair when you don’t have time to wash it. It also helps add texture to your locks, so if it’s gone a little flat, you can boost the volume. Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo is a great option for busy school mornings – just spritz at little at your roots, work it through a little with your fingers, and then brush as you normally would.
Plan Go-To Styles
Some mornings, you may not mind getting up a half hour early to wash and style your hair for some complicated ‘do. But on days when you’re short on time or just don’t feel like spending too long on your hair, it helps to have a few go-to styles that are quick and easy without sacrificing style. My favorite quick style is a braid – you can go for a classic single braid down the back or cute pigtail braids, but I love a messy side braid for look that feels effortless but still put together. A top knot is perfect when you want a simple, polished look on a day when you have to give a presentation – just pull your hair up into a high ponytail and wrap the end around the base, securing it in place with bobby pins. And don’t forget the basic pony – it’s a simple style, but it’s a classic for a reason.
Prepare for Emergencies
Even on days when you leave the house happy with the way your hair looks, disaster can strike once you get to school. Maybe you get extra sweaty in gym class or it starts to rain or gets a little too humid outside – and then your hair becomes a frizzy, unruly mess. To deal with unexpected emergencies that might crop up, put together a hair disaster kit to throw in your bag or locker.
Start with a few clips or hair elastics – if your hair starts getting seriously frizzy or uncooperative, just throw it back in a ponytail or bun so you don’t have to think about it. A travel size bottle of flexible hold hairspray like Dove Style+Care Hairspray can also come in handy if your hair is refusing to stay in place. You may want to have a travel size can of dry shampoo like Batiste with you too, so you can freshen up sweaty hair or add a little volume to limp, flat locks. Include a wide tooth comb for detangling and a brush for styling, and you’ll be all set for any disaster.