Disney World vacations already mean waking up super early in the morning. The park opens at 9:00 am and you want to be the first person on that super popular ride. That means you’re up by 7:00, ready to leave your hotel by 7:30, and hopping on a bus or in an Uber to get to the park no later than 8:00. I’ve been to Disney World a time or two, so I know what the deal is with those Disney theme park mornings. Want to know what makes it even worse? Being a girl who likes to feel pretty and put together and has a mane of hair that needs to be reigned in to look even half decent.
I have VERY long hair. I am also lucky enough to have the kind of hair that is just awkwardly in the middle when it comes to it’s style. It’s definitely not curly, it’s not really wavy, and it’s also not straight. LUCKY ME! I don’t have the luxury of being able to roll out of bed, brush my hair, throw some product in it, and be good to go. I would quite literally look crazy if I tried to do this. So, over my years, I have learned how I can make my hair work when I know I’m going to be in a pinch in the morning. If you’re like me, I have some tips for you!
Plan things out ahead of time. I don’t wash my hair every night. Typically, I will wash my hair every other night and choose night time rather than in the morning. Some of these tips will work better on your no-wash night, and some will work better on your wash night. I’ll tell you my preferences with each tip and when I think it works best.
Curl your hair the night before. I do this constantly. For one, it gets you out of having to spend that 30-45 minutes curling your hair in the morning. It also allows your curls to fall a little bit. For me, I like when my curls look a little bit more wavy than like ringlets. So I LOVE the way it looks after I sleep on it. Spoiler alert: it’s not going to be perfect. 9 times out of 10, I have to touch up a piece here and a piece there. But 5 minutes of touch ups compared to 45 minutes of curling is a deal I’ll take every single time. Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “Megan, that doesn’t do anything because you’re just spending your time staying up later the night before.” Right. That’s true. These are facts. But think about it for a second. Do you REALLY get home from your Disney park day and immediately fall asleep? Most of us don’t. You may get a snack or a quick bite to eat from the dining location on property, you probably turn on the TV and kick back. If you’re going to be awake anyway, may as well put that time to good use! For me, I usually do this when I have either washed my hair the night before or that morning. It’s now been a full day, my hair is dirty enough to hold a curl but not TOO dirty that I definitely need to wash it again. It’s the perfect texture to hold a decent curl overnight.
Go with whatever is closest to your natural texture if you washed your hair the night before. For me, my hair is definitely not straight. But, that is probably the closest style to my hair. For mornings where I washed my hair the night before, I will usually choose to straighten it in the morning. Straightening my hair isn’t my favorite look, but it is quick, it looks nice, and it gets the job done. If you’re more of a wavy haired/curly haired gal, go with that. See how your natural hair is in the morning and do some touch ups however you need.
Half-up, half-down is such a go-to look for me in either of these situations. Why? It means you basically only have to do half of your hair. Neither of my above tips are completely fool proof. Sometimes, my newly washed hair dries crazy overnight and even straightening it will take a lifetime. Sometimes my curls will get totally lost or just have a mind of their own after sleeping on it. While these things don’t happen a lot, they can happen. Doing a half pony or half messy bun allows you to have a cute, trendy hair look while only having to “do” half of your hair. This tip is my trusty back up plan in all parts of my life, and it has never let me down. My favorite way to make this look flawless is to swap your hair tie for a scrunchie. It either gives your ponytail and extra little lift or it gives a more uniform “messy” look to your bun. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again; if you can get your hands on a Dew Edit scrunchie, get it! They are totally worth the price and make this look flawless. I am not kidding when I say I refresh that page multiple times a day waiting for Kaitlyn to drop more scrunchies.
These tips are some that I use when I know that I could benefit from just a little extra sleep before a long day, Disney days included. If you feel comfortable throwing your hair up and you feel beautiful that way, you do you. This is me. I know that I like to feel confident in all walks of life and being at a theme park doesn’t just allow me to remove that part of my personality. If you’re anything like me, feel free to use these tips on your next trip to Disney World. Let me know if you’ve done any of these things before, or if you will try it out.