Ahh Mondays. They really do get a bad rap. And let’s face it, when you’ve got the added pressure of being the first day after a weekend, you’re bound to cop some slack. It’s a tough act to follow, that’s for sure.
But the first working day of the week doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. In fact, we’ve got several ways to turn them around so you never get a case of Mondayitis again. It’s about maximising the situation with minimal effort, cause after all, that’s what Mondays are all about.
Here are seven beauty tips for beating those Monday blues.
#1 LATHER UP
You know you’re off to a bad start when it’s not even 8am and your locks are erring on the side of greasy. Fix this sitch by washing away the dirt, and never have a bad hair day again. Really, it’s the smallest victories that make Monday bearable.
bh recommends: Schwarzkopf Extra Care Liquid Silk Shampoo, Schwarzkopf Extra Care Magnificent Strength Conditioner, Molton Brown Cloudberry Nurturing Shampoo & Conditioner, A’kin by Al’chemy Rice Aminos & Wheat Protein Intensive Moisture Shampoo
#2 OPERATION: GET BRONZED
You know how good a fresh tan makes you feel on a Friday, so apply that same positivity to the start of the week and get your glow on early. If you really want to cheat the system, St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower will not only bronze you up, but will do so while you shower, making the whole application process almost too easy. Bronzed on a Monday? Things are starting to look up.
#3 WHEN IN DOUBT, POUT IT OUT
If all else fails, a quick swipe of your favourite red across your lips before leaving the house can quickly turn your Monday into something to celebrate.
bh recommends: M.A.C Lipstick in Lady Danger, NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red, Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Restless, Designer Brands Chubby Lip Crayon in Raspberry Jam
#4 START THE WEEK FRESH
You know that feeling you get after you’ve just stepped out of the salon, with your hair colour looking fresh AF? You can create that feeling for yourself too, you know (and on the DL, a lot cheaper). Spend a lazy Sunday freshening up your colour. The great part is, you can still ‘Netflix and chill’ while you dye.
#5 DEDICATE SOME ‘ME TIME’
Set yourself up for a positive Monday (and week!) with a weekend of total DIY pampering. Nothing makes you feel better in the workplace than a compliment (or five) from your peers about how darn great your skin looks. Who knows? Might even move you to indulge in a post-office work drink. Hooray for margarita Mondays!
bh recommends: Avène Antirougeurs Soothing Repair Mask, Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque, KORA Organics Clay Purifying Mask, Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask, La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask
#6 DRY SHAMPOO BEFORE BED
Those of us too lazy to accomplish much on a Monday morning know the true beauty of a powerful spritz. To make things even more streamlined, apply dry shampoo to your locks before bed, giving it extra time to soak up the slick. Problem solved.
#7 GET ORGANISED
The best way to beat the blues is to wake up looking fabulous, right? So style your locks the night before. To get fuss-free waves, plait or braid damp hair then blast dry with the hairdryer before bed. When you wake up, all you’ll need to do is take out the braids, brush and spritz with a light hairspray, meaning you’re looking at a sleep in come Monday morning. Now who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
What do you do to feel good on a Monday?