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3 TIPS : How to Speed Up Your Morning Routine

No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be a morning person. As a girl who loves her sleep, minutes are just that much more precious to me prior to 9am. Commonly me : snooze button…once, twice or even three times. But loving your beauty sleep is no excuse for looking less than your best. Below are some beauty shortcuts – tips and tricks to skim minutes off your morning routine.

Products to speed you your morning

TIP 1 : Focus on one key feature

While there’s a time and place for a full face of makeup, shave off some morning prep time by choosing just one feature to play up for maximum impact and efficiency.

A thicker eyebrow is everywhere right now and I’ve been embracing this bold brow look. Ardell’s dual-ended Brow Magic Pencil boasts a brow wax on one end and a brow pencil on the other – in two quick swipes (or four, if we’re being precise), brows are both perfected and tamed.

thick eyebrows

Credit: Gordana Sermek /

Time saved: 5+ minutes

TIP 2 : Embrace multi-tasking products wherever possible

Between my skincare regimen and makeup routine, I can easily spend 20+ minutes in front of the mirror in the morning.

By embracing products with more than one function, like Retinol Max Anti-Aging Cleanser, which both exfoliates and moisturizes, I save not only my time but my sanity.

Another favorite? Femme Couture’s Get Flawless 8-in-1 Foundation. This hybrid product not only moisturizes and primes skin, but thanks to buildable coverage, can serve as foundation, concealer, powder and color-corrector…all while helping to smooth lines. Cheers to that!

Get Flawless and Anti Aging

Time saved: 20+ minutes.

TIP 3 : Stop washing your hair everyday

If you’re anything like me, between washing, conditioning, drying and styling, your hair is easily the most time-consuming part of getting ready in the morning.

Washing every day strips essential oils from your hair and makes it more difficult to style. Transition instead to washing every other day or 2-3 times a week (especially if your hair is thicker or curlier) – and treat it well when you do.

Try Proclaim’s Coconut Oil as a hot oil treatment/hair mask (pro tip: you can even use coconut oil on dry cuticles or mix with honey to create an anti-bacterial face mask).

On off days, embrace a dry shampoo like Beyond The Zone  – the light spray is easy to apply. Simply spray on your roots and massage in to soak up excess oil and refresh and revive locks with no water or blow dryer required!

Dry Shampoo and Coconut Oil

Time saved: 30+ minutes.


How do YOU save time in the morning?
Share your tips below, on the Sally Beauty Facebook or tweet them our way @SallyBeauty!


All Hairsprays are Not Created Equal

Ever get the beach-hair blues? Like many, our family summer vacation was a trek to the beach. Gulf Shores, Alabama, to be exact. A grand old time was had traipsing around in swimsuits, cover-ups and sunscreen. One evening, we “dressed up” for a dinner out. Still beach-y casual but nicer than cut-offs. Makeup made an appearance for the first time in days.

In an effort to tame my sand-encrusted, sun-burned, wind-blown hair, I broke out an arsenal: Double shampooing. Conditioning. Anti-frizz serum. Serious blow drying. Hair spray.

SALLY Hairspray Blog Collage

That last glance before walking out the door – not bad!

At the restaurant, while on bathroom duty with the little girls , what I saw looking back at me in the mirror was not at all what had walked out the beach condo door.

Just say No to Frizzy Hair

The moral of this story, ladies?
You need more than one type of hairspray in your life, just like you need more than one pair of black shoes or tube of lipstick.

If I had sprayed on a coat of Beyond The Zone Smooth Criminal Humidity Blocking Hair Spray that evening, I may not have had to institute a “no Facebook” rule on the photos taken at the restaurant.

After our vacation, I did some hairspray research and tests.
Here is a peek inside my new hairspray wardrobe:

For special occasions requiring extra volume and hold, you definitely need a volumizing hairspray.
I tested out Volumax Freezing Spray.

Volumax Freezing Spray

To Create A Fuller Look :

(1) Blow Dry with a round brush then flip head upside down
(2) Spray Volumax Freezing Spray while shaking hair gently
(3) Flip head up and tame volume back as desired
(4) Add topcoat of hairspray for final touch


My “evening out” hair situation at the beach could have been avoided with a good humidity-resistant hairspray. It’s the first layer of defense against H20-saturated air. Make it a good one!

Beyond The Zone Smooth Criminal Hairspray

I have been using Beyond The Zone hairspray (mentioned earlier).


When extra time is spent on hair, it’s an investment to protect.
Here’s where a good firm hold hairspray comes in.

Ion Mega Hold Freezing Spray

My favorite – only at Sally Beauty – is Ion Mega Hold Freezing Spray.


On any regular day, this is a go-to hairspray type. For the casual look…when you want to be able to run fingers through your hair and allow individual strands to blow gently in the breeze.

Biotera Thermal Protecting Styling Spray

Try Biotera Thermal Protecting Styling Spray. It has that natural hold PLUS it helps protect hair against high heat temps from heat tools (like a flat iron). Serious bonus.


Making just a $10-$15 investment to create your own hairspray wardrobe will make a world of difference for your ‘dos throughout the year.
I promise.

GRAPE CRUSH: 10 Easy Ways to Dial Up Fall Color

As summer begins to wind down and September takes over, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning both your wardrobe and your beauty look to fall.

While summer is often all about brights, autumn is the perfect time to embrace deeper, richer colors. Here at Sally Beauty, we’re taking our cues from Pantone’s color of the year, gorgeous Radiant Orchid, and integrating splashes of every imaginable shade of purple from our lips to our tips. Purple can be demure, bold or anywhere inbetween and, best of all, it’s universally flattering!

Here are 10 easy ways to incorporate purple into your seasonal beauty refresh:


MAKEUP = 10…9…8…

Purple Glitter eye liner, purple eye color pallette, wine lip color

  • Try experimenting with colored eye liner. Purple complements brown, blue or green eyes beautifully! We love Femme Couture’s Glitter Eye Pencil in Purple. Try a hint of color between lashes or a full on, runway-inspired cat eye.
  • With four shades of silky smooth shadows, the Palladio Eye Shadow Quad in Spellbound has purples perfect for day or night. Customized by a team of makeup artists, try each color solo or blend for a more artful smoky eye.


NAILS =  7…6…

 Purple OPI nail Color


HAIR = 5…4…3…2…1!

Purple Hair Color, Accessories and Tools

  • Celebrities from Katy Perry to Nicole Richie have gone wild for purple hair – it’s one of the biggest trends at the moment! But if a playful hint of color is more your speed, we’ve got you covered. Pick up a pack of DCNL Colored Bobby Pins  or  Sassy Colors Clip in Hair in Purple – both are low commitment, with no chemicals or ime-consuming visits to the salon required.
  • Purple hair is admittedly not for everyone – if you’re a classicist when it comes to your mane, pick up a bright new hair tool. The Spirit Mini Purple Flat Iron marries style and substance. It’s portable and perfect for travel with Tourmaline-infused Ceramic Plates which heat up quickly and won’t damage hair. We’re keeping this one tucked in our desks for end-of-day touch ups.


For more, follow our Fall 2014 Color Inspiration board on Pinterest!


Easy Fixes for Sun-Damaged Hair

by Geri Brin, founder of Fab Over Fifty

Summer may be the time when the “livin is easy,” and you love to laze on an oversize float in the pool, enjoy a well-deserved vacation at the beach, or improve your rusty backhand. But, when the fun and relaxation is over, your hair is going to need a nice rest. After all, chlorine, salt water, sun and sand didn’t do your tresses any favors. Besides, you’ve probably been a bit lax about following your usual hair care routines.

I always give my hair a September “vacation,” to get it back in shape in time for the busy fall season. My three-step revitalization program is easy to follow and won’t consume oodles of time or money.

FIRST, treat your hair to some really effective products that promise to restore the bounce, shine and natural oils that it lost while you were sunning, swimming, and running after tennis balls. Here are three I like:

Hask Placenta No-Rinse Instant Hair Repair Treatment




The Hask Placenta No-Rinse Hair Repair Treatment instantly restores life, luster, moisture and manageability to hair that’s been abused by heat, bleach or color. The mild, protein-and-nutrient-rich formula penetrates the hair instantly to hold moisture for long periods.

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One ‘n Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo. Argan oil is all the rage in beauty right now. One of the world’s rarest oils, its moisturizing properties help to renew and nourish hair that’s been dried and damaged by chemicals, excessive heat from styling and environmental factors. This gentle, hydrating shampoo provides color protection and can be used every day. Your hair will be shinier, have more moisture and be more manageable.

Ion Overnight Repair



I always love product that I can leave in my hair overnight.  After all, a good night’s sleep does our bodies good. Apply Ion Overnight Repair and you’ll wake up to smoother, softer, more manageable hair. The deep penetrating, strengthening formula absorbs instantly and won’t leave a residue on your pillow.




SECOND, stay away from your hair dryer for as many days as possible since high heat from the unit (over 120 degrees) can burn hair follicles, which causes trauma and may ultimately result in thinning hair. Summer heat and chemicals already did their damage.  Why take it any further?

You’re probably thinking you’ll never be able to walk out of the house without styling your hair with the dryer… I promise, there are other ways to do it.

Go Curly

• For soft, flexible curls, try Curlformers. You’ll be finished in about a 1/3 of the time as regular curlers.

• To create a spiral look, go with Super Rollers by Hair Art that will create tight or loose curls, depending on the size you buy and the length of your hair. Wrap a section of your hair around the rod, wind the rod until it’s close to your scalp and twist to secure.


Tame unruly tresses or just add a little flare with fun & fashionable clips, pins or hairbands, like:

This DCNL Tortoise Flower Auto Clip


These DCNL Black Diamond Line Bobbies


Or a Beaded Ponytail Holder


THIRD, put your hair in a stylish updo. Check out some of our Fall favorites here.

Hope your hair recoup goes well! Your tresses will appreciate it…


Second Day Hair


Did you know washing your hair every single day can dry out your scalp and stress your hair? Each time you shampoo, the soap is stripping away natural oils causing the scalp to overproduce more oil to compensate. It may take an adjustment period for your oil production to regulate but once it does an every-other-day or every-three-days wash does the trick.

But how to manage hair in-between washes?

You can revive your hair instantly with So Gorgeous Volumizing Dry Shampoo, which combats dirt and oil, and adds a little texture and lift to strands.

Rocking a voluminous ponytail is the perfect solution for a no-wash day.
Here’s how to obtain the style:

  • Spray dry shampoo on the roots in all your problem areas. Let dry and blend with your fingertips or brush.
  • Use a teasing comb to add volume to the crown, while spraying short bursts of our So Gorgeous Shaping Spray to help hold the tease
  • Using a brush, gently smooth out hair and create your pony tail
  • Finish the style with a light misting of So Gorgeous Shaping Spray