Great Hair: Streamlining Your Daily Routine

I have naturally frizzy hair. Its texture is best compared to a fresh-out-of-the-sink-Brillo-pad. I used to have the time to blow it out every day and get it colored every 8 weeks, but that ship has sailed. Enter Ellie Wambold, my hair guru. Last year, I hosted a girls’ night at my house where Ellie came and educated me and some friends on how to have our hair look great without spending a lot of time on it. That night improved my life, and I wanted to share the highlights (pun intended) of it with you!

Ellie has been in the hair business for over a decade and has hundreds of clients. According to Ellie, “when it comes to coloring, we just don’t have the time to get our hair done every few weeks anymore.” She loves that the low-maintenance balayage, ombre, and sombre looks that were once considered “trendy” are here to stay. “Most of my clients that color this way can go 3-6 months, and sometimes a year, before needing to recolor. This saves them time and money.”

Tips: Wash your hair every other day or every other third day to save time. If you have oily hair, no fear: after three weeks, your glands will become accustomed to not having your hair washed daily and you will end up with shinier, healthier hair. Plus, you’ll save money on beauty products. (Dry shampoo and other professional salon products will be really important to ensure your roots don’t look like the Exxon Valdez… more details below). Pinterest and The Beauty Department web sites are great resources for achieving new looks and usually contain tutorials for how to do your own hair.

Products I Can’t Live Without: Dry Shampoo. It saves tons of time and does a good job of absorbing oils. (Note: I’ve tried almost every brand and find that TRESemme works the best and is the least expensive.) Another great product is a 1″ wand or curling iron because you can tame frizzy hair by smoothing the hair and curling it away from your face, even if you go to bed with wet hair and don’t want to blow it dry the next morning. I also love Bumble and Bumble “Prep” Detangler. This works well to freshen the ends of your hair on days you don’t blow dry.

Day 1: Blow out your hair with a round brush. To do this, you will want to blow dry your hair with your hands pulling at the roots to create height and volume. When your hair is almost 100% dry, take 2-3 sections with clips and a round brush. Make sure you use the flat nozzle that came with your blow dryer so you don’t fry your hair. (See the illustration below courtesy of Lauren Conrad and The Beauty Department).


Day 2: Spray dry shampoo on your roots. Curl your hair in spiral-style curls using a 32mm curling wand or any wand of your liking, by holding it away from your face. Wait 10 minutes after the curls have cooled. By this time, the dry shampoo has had time to suck up the oils. Now, message the dry shampoo into the roots, shake your head upside down, and voila… you have great hair! The photographs and instructions below were found on Pinterest.


Day 3: The high bun. First, pull your hair to the top of your head in a high ponytail. Second, tease the ponytail, and lastly, slightly comb your hair out before wrapping it around your head into a messy bun and secure with bobby pins. The key is to put the bobby in with the grooves facing down. (I’ve been doing it wrong all these years and wondering why the bobby pins weren’t holding my hair in place). The photograph is courtesy of Pinterest.



Ellie Wambold is an independent stylist at Mint Hair Lounge in Tampa. Make an appointment with her by email: She enjoys being a successful business woman, nature, the peacefulness of the ocean, and spending time at playgrounds with her spunky, creative three-year-old daughter.

I think we’re all guilty of committing mortal hair sins at some point in our lives. Mine was going platinum. This lasted until around 2009, and I look back on pictures of me and wonder where on Earth my friends were to tell me how horrible it looked. It was difficult to even delineate between where my forehead ended and my hair started. See the photo below- I’m the girl whose hair matches the house behind me.


Bad, bad, bad. What is your mortal hair sin? Also, what are some of your favorite tricks for streamlining your morning routine?


    8 Comments on Great Hair: Streamlining Your Daily Routine

    1. Carmia
      April 9, 2015 at 7:55 am (7 years ago)

      Great tips, Jennifer! I have curly, frizzy hair and it gets oily on the 2nd day already. I’ve started using dry shampoo and it’s a lifesaver! Will try your other tips, too. Thanks 🙂

      • jenniferdaku
        April 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks Carmia- keep me posted on whether the tip makes a difference. I think it will! Cheers.

    2. Ashley
      April 4, 2015 at 11:02 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi there! Stopping by from the Bouquet of Talent link party. Thanks for all these great tips. I’ve tried dry shampoo once but it didn’t really work for me, but I was probably using it wrong. I’m going to give it another try!

      • jenniferdaku
        April 5, 2015 at 1:12 am (7 years ago)

        I was definitely using mine wrong… trust me, keeping it in for five minutes is life changing! Thanks Ashley.

    3. Nicole
      January 9, 2015 at 9:48 am (7 years ago)

      Cameo! Would it have mattered if said best friend/s told you that your hair looked like dirty snow? (Come on). :). I love this post! As the queen of low maintenance, these tips are super helpful. I’m hair dryer challenged. As for my mortal hair sin? You posted it for the Facebook world to see on my birthday…lol. Love you! Xoxo

      • jenniferdaku
        January 9, 2015 at 11:29 am (7 years ago)

        I must have selectively blocked the dirty snow comment from my memory. Glad you enjoy- I have another helpful post going up next Friday on skincare, so stay tuned and let me know if you have any ideas for future posts.

    4. Christina
      January 9, 2015 at 9:25 am (7 years ago)

      I had the same sin! I was platinum for a looooong time (check my old Facebook defaults – YIKES!). Everyone called me Christina Aguilera… I’m starting to feel like it was an insult. What concerns me more is that Steven fell for platinum blonde me; should I be questioning his taste?

      • jenniferdaku
        January 9, 2015 at 11:28 am (7 years ago)

        HAHA Jason liked the platinum on me as well, but clearly guys have poor style taste. Overall, Steven has GREAT taste 🙂