Prep Tip No. 1: Condition Like You Mean It
When your hair is dry, damaged, and frizzy, a simple pump of conditioner may not give it the moisture it needs. Spending an extra 10 minutes in the shower while a mask soaks into your strands will make a big difference. Apply it as soon as you get into the shower, let it sit while you tend to your other shower tasks, and rinse.
Prep Tip No. 2: Exfoliate
A dry, flaky complexion leads to all kinds of problems when it comes time to apply your makeup. While in the shower, buff off dead skin with a natural body scrub that not only smells good, but will make your outer layer smooth and supple. Take a moment to enjoy the self-massage—you'll feel like you're in spa, even in the small confines of your bathroom!
Prep Tip No. 3: Use Oils
Always be sure to moisturize your body post-shower, as it will help repair skin from the heat of the water. Although we love a good body butter or lotion, oil can increase skin hydration even more dramatically. After you apply a creamier formula, follow up with an oil—such as jojoba or argan—to seal in all the moisture.
Prep Tip No. 4: Pre-Style Your Hair
Don't feel like spending a ton of time styling your hair? Take a few minutes at night to prep and you'll avoid waking up with a project. Apply a styling product that works with your hair texture, and then secure hair into your protective style of choice—natural and curly hair benefit from two-strand twists, wavy hair can get an extra boost from braids, while straight hair can stay smooth when wrapped and pinned up overnight.
Prep Tip No. 5: Mask Out
Whether you have oily, dry, or normal skin, slip on a mask (or two) to maintain your glow throughout the week. If you have time, sit back with a sheet mask and an episode of Dear White People. Or cut down on the length of your morning routine by applying an overnight formula that works on clearing and rejuvenating skin while you get in your eight hours. On Monday morning, your skin will be fresh and smooth for better makeup application and SPF absorption.
Prep Tip No. 6: Sleep Silky
Whether you toss and turn or you sleep like a statue, even the most luxurious cotton sheet thread count can result in unwanted frizz. Keep your hair strong and soft by sleeping on a silk pillowcase or just simply wear a silk cap.