Little things that save you precious minutes in the mornings, when you’re trying to navigate unwilling scholars towards the front door.
Revlon’s Pro Collection Salon One Step Hairdryer and Volumiser is basically a bouncy blow out in 2 mins flat. Or – not flat – as it were! Dries and detangles, plus gives hair some oomph whilst protecting against heat damage. It’s relatively quiet, so the sounds of your kids’ demands for Weetabix are still audible whilst you are drying your hair, but it is also convincing as a fuzzy pink magic wand to wave and point in their direction whilst reminding them that they know where the kitchen is.
And on the subject of good hair days, Lee Stafford’s Air Dry cream is a wonder product that sets damp hair into waves, for a ‘groomed but undone’ sort of do. Use either in conjunction with your hairdryer or let your hair dry naturally.
Bryt Skincare’s Day Moisturiser packs a double whammy in that it moisturises and mattifies at the same time, meaning that you’re covered if that mad dash through the school gates as the bell is ringing would normally render you ‘shiny pored’.
And finally, Swish to Go might be one of the weirdest beauty ritual experiences, but it’s well worth a try. You pour the little sachet of minty granules onto your tongue, it dissolves into a liquid which you swallow and – hey presto – zingy fresh clean mouth. It is a bit like drinking toothpaste but if you slugged the last dregs of your lukewarm coffee as you left the house this is an instant breath reviver when the head of the PTA corners you in the playground for ‘a chat’ …
This week we tried out Lee Stafford’s ‘Blow Dry Your Hair Faster’ Spray, £6.99 from Boots.
The lowdown: despite looking like something Elle from Legally Blonde would have in her bathroom, the concept of this product is quite space-age. Not only does it reduce the time it takes to blow dry your hair but also makes it smoother, easier to comb and easier to style.
Our SM tester says: ‘TBH I don’t normally blow dry my hair on the school run, I just tie it back in a wet ponytail or stuff it under a beanie hat, so was intrigued to try this. It normally takes twenty minutes to blow dry and run the straighteners through my hair – which is long bob length and quite thick – so I spritzed this on whilst the kids were watching a double episode of Peppa Pig (it’s kind of the same coloured can as Peppa!). It does say it protects from heat so I did just go for it with the dryer on the top setting, but my hair was almost dry before I even got going really. Not sure how it works but it definitely is quicker. I didn’t notice much difference after styling – although my hair didn’t feel weighted down – but later in the day where I normally have frizzy ends I had lovely princess-like loopy curls. I would definitely recommend this – I don’t know if it makes the process quick enough to actually do on the school run (I still don’t really even have ten minutes to spare) but if it gives me more time for the rest of the day then that’s fine by me…’
Editor’s Tip: Keep the ditsy pink vibe going all day with Daisy Eau So Fresh fragrance from Marc Jacobs, it’s a lovely mix with the green tea scent of Lee Stafford’s range …