Long hair is a commitment. And anyone who blow dries or styles regularly knows it can be an extremely time-consuming one so I’m constantly looking for shortcuts. My simple “hair cocktail” trick is one of my favorites.
It’s so obvious I can’t believe I’m calling it a legit “tip” but it didn’t occur to me to try it like this for a long time. Once hair is detangled and towel dried, just squirt dime or nickle-sized blobs of your (squirtable) products into the palm of your hand, then rub hands together. Flip your entire head over, and scrunch products in, starting and focusing on the ends and avoiding the scalp. Ta dah. Hair cocktail. In your palm. Products are distributed throughout the hair and you’re not left repeating motions 4 times.*
Common mistakes + extra tips
Professional Tip: *For ages I had a complicated multi-product routine involving a detangler, a gel, a leave-in conditioner and a heat styling or UV/color protection cream or spray. I’d been applying all of them and complained to my hairdresser that my hair was SO hard to detangle.
She explained that I needed to detangle first, then add products which were activating on application and making my hair extra difficult to comb out. Oops. To make detangling even easier, she suggested I try combing my hair out while still in the shower (before rinsing out conditioner). Life-changer!!
Practical Tip: To make detangling ever easier, I keep a wide-tooth comb hanging in my shower and swear by Biolage Fortethérapie line specifically. LOVE it.
Product Tip: Over time I’ve also learned to embrace product multi-taskers. My conditioner acts as a detangler while Moroccan Oil is both a leave-in and a heat-protector.