Sometimes I feel I’m being redundant with these articles. But I think it takes a few times for what I say to fill in the last puzzle piece to give you that “ah ha!” moment.

Therefore, I am going to repeat some answers to frequently asked questions from clients.

The number one issue I hear is that the majority of the population want to do little or nothing to their hair but want to look amazing at all times. I am not a magician. I will tell you how to make the most of the time you have doing a little styling and using a little product and looking amazing. Fair?

Most people begin styling their hair too soon, when it’s still too wet, thinking it will stay better. Not true. It’s the biggest waste of time.

Hair will not hold any style unless it is totally dry. I’ll repeat: Hair will not hold any style unless it’s totally dry. If you understand that fact alone, it will save you time and stress.

After shampooing your hair, you must use product. There wouldn’t be a plethora of products available unless there was a reason for them. The question is which one.

Look in your bathroom cabinet. I’m certain there is a product you purchased in the past and never used or used improperly because of poor instruction from the person who sold it to you.

I hope it’s a salon product. As I have said many times, salon products are better than drug store products. The cheaper ones have a lot of fillers that make them inexpensive but build up on the hair making them not useful and end up in the cabinet or garbage – where they belong.

Use mousse on roots where you want lift. Use cream or oil on length for helping to keep frizz to a minimum, and a holding product for helping to retain the style. One or some of these types of products are a must on wet hair to achieve the outcome they should produce. Less is best.

Then just blow, blow, blow. No brush, just blow your hair in all directions concentrating heat on the roots, where you want lift. Blowing the hair in all directions will help get the moisture out faster.

Hair will not hold style unless it is totally dry. Redundant?

When your hair is dry, and only then, take your brush and blow dryer and style the hair into the design you want.

Blow with heat, style only when it feels dry, use the proper product. And maybe a little de-frizzing product or light hair spray at the very end when all looks perfect. I guarantee you, you will look amazing in much less time and it will stay for a lot longer.

If not, well, that’s why I’m here.

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton.