Quarantine has really put a damper on my willingness to get anything done these days. I used to breeze through my to-do list as if I didn’t even have one. Lately, it has taken me hours to complete tasks that once took minutes.
I think part of it is due to no longer having the same morning routine I once did. Now that I no longer go into an office, I don’t have any need (let alone, desire) to do my hair, makeup, or even change out of my pajamas.
This is when I began to wonder, does doing my hair every morning lead to an increase in productivity? With the hypothesis set, it was time to test it out. Keep reading to understand why I started this experiment and to learn how it all went!
The Reason Behind This Experiment
I mentioned this already, but I did this experiment because I was dealing with a decrease in productivity. And let me tell you, it hasn’t been fun.
I’ve tried creating a better at-home routine for myself, but that didn’t seem to do anything. So, I related it to not doing my hair every morning. I always feel my best when my strands are done up in some sort of style. That can be when they’re straight or in a ponytail. So long as my hair is done, I feel fantastic.
I haven’t been doing my hair much during quarantine, because there has been no need. By not doing it, that includes not even brushing it. Some days I wake up and get started with my day right away.
I figured that no longer having a morning hair routine caused a decrease in my productivity, so I decided I’d start one up again. This is how it went.
A Week of Doing My Hair Every Morning
As with every day since quarantine, I woke up and immediately started fiddling on my phone. Then I finally got out of bed and went to brush my teeth. I had almost forgotten this was the week I was starting to do my hair every morning. I quickly brushed through my strands and added two braided tendrils to create my look for the day.
Because I threw together this look in such haste, I didn’t feel entirely put together or excited about it. It felt like something I had to do, rather than something I wanted to do.
When it comes to my productivity, this didn’t really make me anymore productive than usual. In fact, I felt it made me less productive. I didn’t want to do anything that would mess with my look. Considering I’m working my way through a 30-day yoga YouTube series, that complicated things a bit.
Nevertheless, I pulled my hair back for the 30-minute yoga flow and worked through it. Still, this day didn’t prove my hypothesis to be correct.
I sort of cheated for day two. I wanted it to be wavy, so I slept with it in braids. This meant I would have to do less work in the morning. Yet, the hair gods were watching and made sleeping in braids more difficult than necessary.
During the middle of the night, two of the rubber brands broke, so I had to braid those strands again. Which I guess would technically be early in the morning? Anyway, once I woke up, I was easily able to “do” my hair.
But did it make me more productive? Again, not really. I think it inspired me to get out the door and parade my tresses around the neighborhood, but it didn’t bring a sense of ease in regards to checking things off my to-do list.
I didn’t set any parameters for what doing my hair actually meant, because I knew days like this would happen. I didn’t get great sleep, due to the fact that I had started my period. So when it came time to do my hair, that was the least of my concerns.
For this experiment, “doing my hair” meant having to brush it every morning and then styling it anyway shape or form. So technically, I did that. Because I was mentally and physically exhausted, I brushed my strands and tossed my tresses into a bun. I even threw on a schrunchie to keep things somewhat trendy.
I will say that this style did have me feeling more productive. If only my cramps didn’t immobilize me for most of the day, I think I would’ve gotten way more done.
This was the easiest day, as I had something to do. So, doing my hair made me want to get out the door. I didn’t do much other than straighten in and toss on a headband, but I did feel more productive to get through all I had scheduled.
I’m not entirely sure though if having to be somewhere is what made me more productive or the fact that I did my hair and wanted everyone to see it. I think it was a combination of the two.
I didn’t wash my hair the night before, so my natural instinct was to put my hair in a ponytail the second I woke up to brush my teeth. I added another scrunchie to “elevate” the look.
Once my hair was in a ponytail, I did feel more productive and apt to get work done. I’ve started to notice that I feel the most productive when my hair is up and out of my face. It’s not so much doing my hair, but putting it in a style that will lend itself to being able to do anything.
When my hair was wavy, I wasn’t exactly eager to work out, for fear of ruining my hard work. But when my hair was in a bun, I felt I could take on the world.
Given my findings from the day before, I woke up knowing I wanted a style my hair in some sort of updo. So, I opted for a half updo.
Because this was a style I could easily create and one that would allow me to do almost everything on my to-do list without worrying about ruining my hair, I did feel more productive sporting it.
We made it, the final day. I’m not going to lie, I was over this experiment by this point. I put my hair in a ponytail and adorned it with a white bow this time, which I quickly took out after being annoyed by it.
Did I feel productive in this hairstyle? Yes. Was it solely the hairstyle that made me feel more productive no? The two cups of cold brew I had this morning definitely aided in that feeling.
How I Feel After Doing My Hair Every Morning for a Week
I think I learned that doing my hair every morning doesn’t make me a more productive individual. I think I’ve learned that there are more factors at play as to why I’m not feeling as productive lately. So simply doing my hair every morning didn’t exactly do the trick.
I will say that I did feel more productive on days when my hair was up and out of my face, as opposed to days when I actually put energy and effort into my hairstyle.
Everyone is different, so doing your hair in the morning may work to increase your productivity levels, but that wasn’t the case with me. At least I got some cute photos out of this experience.