First, allow me to make a confession: My morning routine takes far longer than what I’d prefer.
But this is only because over the years I have fried my hair to the point of no return (which means it takes longer to do), can’t leave my bathroom without thoroughly cleaning it up, prefer to read while I eat breakfast and cut my own hair in the mornings quite regularly.
Here’s my first piece of advice for a faster morning routine: Don’t do those things.
Now, when it comes to mornings where I know I’ve got to hurry (or I’ve overslept), I have a very different routine.
I just like to take my time.
If you can take a shower the night before to save time, by all means, do so.
I just feel my best when I shower in the morning.
There are lots of ways to save time in the shower. Most women take 15 to 20 minutes; I’m out in five.
Side note, for an even faster routine, always keep dry shampoo on hand. You can find these at any convenience store. I use Tresemmé. If you’re unfamiliar with the product, dry shampoo is a spray-in shampoo that soaks up the dirt, which you then will brush out.
I only had to use it when I tried this new frizz-free product and wasn’t allowed to wash my hair for a day. The dry shampoo did work and did not leave my head feeling greasy.
In the shower: First, use a hydrating body wash so you can skip the lotion afterward.
A 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner also saves time.
Want to save even more? Don’t shave in the shower. I never do. You can’t see what you’re doing, and it takes even longer.
Once you step out, dry everything except for your legs and armpits, then shave them immediately. I don’t even use shaving cream, as the skin is still soft and moist.
Hair and makeup
If you can, blow dry your hair last to let it air dry as much as possible.
Unfortunately, I have to dry mine first because I need the time I do my makeup to allow my curlers to set. In that situation, blow dry from underneath as much as possible before flipping your hair over to get the top.
Style your hair as normal, but if you’re really crunched for time, throw it in a bun, but dress it up with a headband or fancy clip.
On to the makeup
Use a tinted moisturizer with SPF. In addition to hydrated skin, you’ll add color and protection from the sun.
Keep a pot of color that serves as blush and eye shadow on hand and use it.
Remember to keep all these things organized, so you’re not adding time searching for everything.
As for lipstick and jewelry, when I’m really in a hurry, I throw all these things in my purse and put them on in the car or when I’ve arrived at work — all things you don’t have to do at home.
Of course, the best thing to do is lay your clothes out the night before. If you overslept and didn’t do so, run for those clothes that don’t require ironing. Polyesters and most all synthetics stay pretty wrinkle-free. If you have a job that allows you to wear leggings, which I fortunately do, make a beeline for those.
Everything in its place
Always try to keep your purse, keys and cellphone in the same place. Don’t get lazy about this one. Nothing is worse than a wild goose chase when you’re in a hurry.
I prefer to make a real breakfast each morning, but keep breakfast bars on hand for those mornings you need to eat on the go.
I don’t drink coffee, but a friend advised getting a coffee maker with a timer. She sets it to start 10 minutes before her alarm goes off each morning and then drinks it while getting ready.
If you’re a coffee drinker, I’d say that’s some pretty smart advice!
Personally, I find my regular morning routine to be a time of relaxation. I don’t like to rush. I listen to music, sometimes I even watch a movie as I get ready, and always read while I eat. I’m such a busy person that the morning is the only time I ever get to do such things.
But we all need to have quick fixes for those crazy, rushed mornings that happen far too often — I hope you only have to use them sparingly!