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April 10, 2013

Beat the Clock: Beauty Multitaskers

Streamline your routine with new beauty multitaskers that work just as hard as you do.

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Let's face it: We all have the best intentions when it comes to our beauty routines—washing our faces before bed (every night), blowing out our hair, and keeping up with weekly manicures—but life, work, and, well, sheer laziness present some serious roadblocks. With that in mind, we've rounded up the latest and greatest products that help save precious minutes, not to mention tidy up the clutter below your bathroom sink.


Style: If you love the idea of a full-on blowout every morning but end up running out the door with a damp ponytail on most days, it's time to rethink your tools. "This is the ultimate multitasker," says River Lloyd, stylist for the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in NYC, of the John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Salon Shape Hot Air Brush, $40, a round brush/blowdryer/curling-iron hybrid that can be used on wet hair. "It works for every texture; the heated barrel gives both thick and fine hair just the right amount of movement."

Wash: If you have flakes—or even something as common as a tight scalp—know that the days of medicinal dandruff shampoos are over. Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Complete Care for Dandruff Prone Scalps & Hair, $6, has pyrithione zinc, clinically proven to banish flakes, plus the vitamins and moisturizers you usually demand in a shampoo to keep hair strong and healthy. Bonus: It actually smells good!

Color: Stretch out time-sucking (and pricey) salon appointments with TouchBack Plus Color Shampoo, $30, which acts as a color-correcting glaze. "The product penetrates the hair follicle to deposit color back into your hair, adding depth and shine," claims Kristina Barricelli, co-owner of NYC's Gemini 14 salon. Use it to resuscitate faded color and balance brassiness.

Polish: The best way to save time at something is by not doing it at all. Stop the laborious daily wash-dry-style cycle by extending your blowout for three days. L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum, $7, provides an invisible humidity barrier to keep your style smooth and shiny for 72 hours.

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