From saving time on costly hair extensions to fast facials and high-speed highlights, these savvy hacks will leave you feeling fabulous in no time.
60 minutes — Swift extensions
Want long locks without a super-lengthy stint in the salon? Hair extension specialist Great Lengths has just launched its 60-minute GL Tapes service.
Staff use strips of ethically sourced hair, which are attached to your own locks with a non-damaging adhesive.
Each tape is equivalent to five regular extensions, and they last between six and eight weeks.
Once they’re taken out, you can donate them to The Little Princess Trust so they can be reused in wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses. What’s not to love?
- Time saved: 1-3 hours
- Cost: Prices depend on length and colour of the hair.
25 minutes — On-the-go gel mani
We didn’t think gel manicures could be any more convenient, but thanks to CND Shellac Luxe, you can get smudge- and chip-free nails even faster.
It’s all down to the new polish formulation, which has a base coat combined with the colour.
It means your nails only need two coats, sealed under a UV lamp, a top coat and then you’re done.
The new formula is also softer (don’t worry, it still has the same longevity as the original), so it only takes 60 seconds to remove the whole lot. Bonus.
- Time saved: 15 minutes
- Cost: Prices vary across salons, but expect to pay from £20.
20 minutes — High-speed highlights
Highlight appointments are notoriously long. Until now.
Meet Redken Express Blonde – a 20-minute salon treatment that refreshes blonde hair or gives darker hair a flash of colour.
“There needed to be a colour treatment that sat in between foil highlights and all-over colour, and this is that,” explains colour guru Harriet Muldoon, from salon Larry King.
“We use no more than 15 foils and a tool that looks like a straightener but is actually a steamer. The steam helps open the hair cuticles so the colour can penetrate quickly, but it’s really gentle on the hair. The result is naturally sun-kissed colour, a bit like a balayage effect, in a fraction of the time.”
- Time saved: 1 1/2 hours
- Cost: From £50
15 minutes — Think-fast facial
As much as you try to replicate your fave spa treatment at home, nobody does it like the pros.
So how about a speedy facial you can fit in on your lunch break, that gives exactly the same results as an hour’s treatment?
That’s what Elizabeth Arden now offers at selected UK counters.
We love the 15-minute Tone It Uptown Sculpting Speed Service, which tightens skin along the jawline and neck, and helps cheekbones look plumper.
It uses pain-free microcurrents to stimulate facial muscles and ceramide-packed serums to instantly firm the skin.
- Time saved: 45 minutes
- Cost: £15, but you can redeem the price against any products purchased that day.
10 minutes — Blow-dry on the fly
Getting long hair dry can be a bit of a drag, but Revlon is set to change that with the new Pro Collection Salon 360 Surround Styler.
It works as a conventional dryer, but if you want to speed things up, there’s a nozzle that rotates to create a channel down the centre of the barrel.
Place your hair between the ceramic plates and choose from one of two speeds. Not only does the airflow dry the front and back of your hair at the same time, but it’s been proven to be 60% faster than regular dryers, too.
Plus the ceramic coating helps reduce frizz and damage.
- Time saved: 15+ minutes
- Cost: £119.99 from Revlon — buy now
10 minutes — Straight-to-the-point locks
The thicker or more kinky a section of hair, the longer it takes to straighten because you have to run your irons over it more times – something GHD wanted to tackle.
It took five years of research, but the brand has come up with the world’s first smart straightener.
The Platinum+ uses predictive technology that responds to the hair’s thickness, the section size and the speed at which you’re styling, and adjusts the power accordingly.
Meaning you can cut styling time in half. #winning!
- Time saved: 10 minutes
- Cost: £175 from GHD — buy now
5 minutes — Fake-tan fixer
In the past, only the grittiest of exfoliators, a loofah and some serious elbow grease would shift annoying fake-tan remnants.
Now Cocoa Brown Fresh Start Self Tan Eraser exists. It contains urea to soften skin and bicarbonate of soda to dissolve the DHA in the tan product.
Apply the foam to dry skin, leave for 5 minutes then shower and just wipe away your old tan.
- Time saved: Days
- Cost: £9.99 from Superdrug — buy now
Stockists: CND (Lovecnd.com), Cocoa Brown (Superdrug.com), Elizabeth Arden (Elizabetharden.co.uk), GHD (Ghdhair.com), Great Lengths (Greatlengthshair.co.uk), Redken (Redken.co.uk), Revlon (Boots.com).
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