Post # 1
Ok bees, I need your help. It takes me FORRREEEVVEERRR to get ready in the morning. My husband is very patient about it but I know he would like me to be faster. It’s become a family joke that I take forever. All told it probably takes me an hour and a half, but it can certainly take more. My normal routine is to shower, shave, blowdry and curl hair, get dressed, and a full face of makeup. I’m visiting family for the holidays, and this Christmas I’d like to give the gift of not taking up the bathroom and making people wait on me. I could really use some tips here!
So how long does it take you to get ready? And what are you actually doing?
Post # 2
Wash and dry your hair the night before and then curl it in the morning.
Laser hair removal so that you don’t have to shave every day or ever.
Post # 3
I think this is a hard thing to change because it’s just how you are. I have to leave my house at 6am for work, which means getting up, showering, walking and feeding the dog, cooking and eating breakfast and packing a lunch. So no chance in hell I have time for an ordeal to get ready, but if your lifestyle doesn’t necessitate it, it’s hard to change.
ask your stylist for a more low maintenance cut? Don’t curl and blow dry every day (bad for hair anyway), shower the night before, lay out your clothes the night before, cut down on make up? It’s the high maintenance unnecessary things that make you take so long, even if they do probably look fabulous.
Post # 4
Practise doing a 5 minute makeup routine and do the same every day using the minimum products you can to achieve the look you want. Put only those essential products in a makeup bag/drawer so you don’t have to think or waste time looking for what you need.
Post # 5
Do you need to shave every day? Can you do it in the evening if yes?
I understand the pain of needing to shower in the morning though, my hair is a disaster if I shower at night. But I don’t wash my hair every morning, could you try leaving it every other day and using dry shampoo on the off days instead?
Post # 6
hockeybee0104 : I don’t blow dry and curl my hair every day, just when I’m going out – weekends and holidays usually. Otherwise my hair would be totally fried! I have fine hair that just has no body, so that’s why I curl it. The curling actually takes around 5-10 min tops.
I’ve also tried laying out my clothes the night before, but in the morning I am NEVER happy with what I laid out and I change my mind. It’s kind of like going out to eat – I have no idea what I’ll be in the mood for until that day. So I’ll put out a dress and decide I need to wear jeans, or I’ll wear a sweater and leggings but decide I want a skirt and tights. Probably the answer to that is to get rid of most of my clothes except for the ones I really love and that look great on me.
I don’t have a high maintenance cut – just your basic one length hair – but possibly this is something I could switch up so that’s actually a really great idea. Thanks!
Post # 7
sharpshooter : I’m going to look into washing and drying hair at night…it never seems to look right the next day for me and I worry about it getting greasy too quickly, but that’s what dry shampoo is for, I guess.
Laser hair removal is on my wish list for when I can afford it!
Post # 8
sapphire27 : Unfortunately I do because I have very dark hair that grows like weeds and causes terrible ingrowns if I leave it too long. I don’t shave every day, but if I’m going out – especially in the summer or when wearing a dress – I have to. 🙁
I’m currently experimenting with not washing my hair every day. Unfortunately even with dry shampoo it…doesn’t look great. It gets too greasy after a day and after all the dry shampoo it looks rough and full of product. I never wear my hair up unless at home either, so I can’t exactly mask it with an updo.
Post # 9
Deleted because I did some research and it turns out it is usually better to shower at night. Ok! that’s what I’m going to start trying! I also like the above advice regarding a simplified makeup routine. But the question there is which products?
Post # 11
-wax or laser your body hair
-choose your clothes the night before and commit to your choice
-hot rollers instead of curling, you can get dressed, take care of the dogs, pack your lunch while the rollers are doing their job. I have fine hair and they are a lifesaver for a loose, clean look as long as you spritz dry hair with something before rolling.
-focus on improving your skin/complexion so that you don’t need as much makeup, tint eyebrows/lashes once a month, visit a makeup artist (or someone at Sephora/a major department store) to establish a tried-and-true 5 minute daily makeup routine.
Post # 12
oooh these are all great!
– ok shower at night
– nair doesn’t work for me, I’ve not tried waxing yet so that might be something!
– I did have lash extensions once – loved them but they were sooo expensive to keep up! I agree that I felt like I needed less makeup…also I couldn’t wear most of my eye makeup for fear of ruining the lashes!
– I used to do hot rollers and I haven’t in a long while, might be time to break them out again!
– I’ve seen the dyson airwrap and wondered about that but haven’t known anyone who has it. could be a great idea!
– I actually have a pretty good complexion and probably don’t need to wear foundation. I usually use a bb cream and concealer for under the eyes. but now that I’m thinking of it, it’s probably too much makeup in general. I’ll look into tinting, thanks!
These tips are awesome guys!
Post # 13
strawberrysakura : I’m not a hair dresser but I do have a suggestions. While my hair is opposite of yours as far as thickness, my hair gets very greasy very quickly and use to have to be washed all the time. My new hair dresser gave me clarifying shampoo for free to convince me I need to use it on my hair. I go 3 days between washes with no grease now. Just a thought, and the one I use is only $9!
Also, try Coochy by Pure Romance for shaving. It won’t cut down on shave time but I haven’t had a single ingrown hairs or razor burn since I switched and I’m an every other day shaver. Literally even got my fiancé using it on his face 😆
Post # 14
futuremrsmcl : I know about Coochy, I have never used it as a primary shave gel but I’ve used it once or twice and it was pretty nice. Thanks for the advice, and also about the clarifying shampoo!
Post # 15
I decided to love my natural face without makeup and no longer wear it except for special occasions (and I love makeup – have a ton of it). But I love sleep and not showing up to work late every day more.
I would also stop viewing clothing as “mood” based. I mean, does it honestly matter if you’re in the “mood” to wear it? Does it fit? Does it match? Does it cover the necessary body parts? I mean, you aren’t sewing your clothing to your body. You can wear something else tomorrow. Put something on and get out the door. The only time I spend more than 2-3 minutes on this is if I have a big presentation or meeting with outside vendors the next day (about once a month) (and even then I rotate through 2-3 outfits for that so it’s not exactly a lengthy process)..
Honestly, I used to get up earlier and earlier and it never made a difference. The thing that made a difference is actually waking up later and not giving myself the option to hem and haw. I can be ready and out the door in 15-20 minutes if necessary (and usually take about 20-25 minutes, with 25 being if I shave my legs) and the only things I set up the night before are my gym bag and coffee that I have brew while I’m in the shower and bring in a travel mug with me to work along with yogurt and a piece of fruit that I eat while I wait for my computer to start up once I get there.
I shower, then let my skin care serums and moisturizer sink in while I brush my teeth and blowdry my hair at least mostly dry, apply deodorant and perfume, grab socks (only got two kind – black or white), underwear, and a bra out of the dresser, grab the first pair of jeans and a shirt that look like they’ll suit the weather that day and put them on, head to the kitchen to get my coffee and breakfast, and grab my gym bag and my work bag with my keys from the hallway on the way out the door. I can get make-up done in under 10 minutes when I do wear it and most of that is just sorting out what eyeshadow palette I want to use.
You take as long as you let yourself take. If you let yourself take an hour, you’ll take an hour to get ready. If you give yourself 20 minutes, you’ll take 20 minutes.