Get A Great 'Do' In 5 Minutes

So how can you look polished and well-coiffed without blocking out half of your day to style your hair? John Sahag, celebrity hair stylist and owner of the John Sahag Workshop in New York City, visits The Early Show with some tips.
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Every woman will admit, if she's honest, that there are days when she just doesn't have the time to "do" her hair. Blowouts can take many minutes, curlers can take hours - all a little too much to deal with.

So how can you look polished and well-coiffed without blocking out half of your day to style your hair? John Sahag, celebrity hair stylist and owner of the John Sahag Workshop in New York City, visits The Early Show with some tips.

The best way to get great looks out of your hair without putting in too much effort is to get a good haircut, says Sahag. "With the right cut for your hair, for your hair type, your hair will behave and you'll be able to manage it far more easily. With the right cut, you should be able to wash it, and run out the door, letting it dry naturally."

But for days when more is needed, he suggests the following:

Long straight hair without a lot of natural body

Style: A variation of a ponytail - Take two thin pieces of hair at the top front of your head (just above the temples), twist them, and pin them in the back. Then take two thicker chunks of your hair (one from the middle of your face, the next towards the top of your neck), and barette them in the back. The result: a clean, pulled-back look that's both fashionable (barettes are big for the fall) and easy to do.

Very short hair that gets easily flattened while asleep

Style: Spike your look up a bit, by giving it a bit more volume and life with the application of some light gel. It is important to grab certain chunks of hair versus running gel through your entire head to get a jazzed-up look.

Curly hair that is often frizzy, bushy, and overall unmanageable

Style: To deal with this kind of hair is to just work with the natural curl. "If you don't try to straighten the curl, if you don't try to fight it, curly hair can look very sleek and sexy, and you won't have a lot of frizzies popping all over the place," says Sahag. For a quick easy "do" with this hair, it's best to twist smoothed down curls into a bun, and pin it up loosely in the back with a fun barrette. Then pull separate curls from the bun and let them hang down around the face and in the back, which gives a very sexy, chic look.

In-between hair - between curly and straight

Style: Sahag says lots of women with this type of hair try to straighten it daily, wasting time and wreaking havoc on their hair with a blow dryer. But "there's no need to straighten all this hair - it's best to let it just go natural for the most part," he says.

Here is the trick: Straighten just the fronts of the hair, and let the rest go wild. "If you just do the very fronts, just straighten right around the face, it can look fantastic with the rest of the hair doing it's own thing," he says. Plus, it's a lot less time consuming and far less abusive on the hair. With a flat iron or barrel brush and hair dryer, you can straighten a section of your hair and with a light mousse you can make the rest of your hair looked styled and not messy.

About John Sahag:

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, John Sahag's rise to stardom began at age 13 when his talent was recognized in a major editorial feature in The Sydney Morning Herald. At 18, he went off to Paris where he was in constant demand. His first editorial credit appeared almost immediately in "Italian Vogue."

For the next 12 years, Sahag split time between Paris and New York. In 1985, he established one of New York's premier salons - The John Sahag Workshop - which caters to the hair care of the most elite clientele. Celebrity clients include Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, Brooke Shields, Angie Harmon, Bruce Springsteen, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant, Demi Moore, Isabella Rosselini and Sandra Bullock. In 1999, he started his own line of hair care products, designed for the "hair perfectionist."

For more information:
John Sahag Workshop
425 Madison Ave. 2nd floor
212-750-7772