These speedy hair treatments can be squeezed into your lunch break

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Ava Welsing-Kitcher and Louise Whitbread
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Big event coming up but no time for a lengthy blow-dry? Stylist has the lowdown on the express treatments that take 30 minutes or less. 

Whiling away an afternoon at the hair salon has become a luxury for the time-poor – but you no longer have to sacrifice that professional touch in favour of prepping your board presentation. Catering to hectic schedules, these new in-salon services can switch up your colour, create on-trend plaits or deliver a blow-dry in just half of your lunch hour.

Forget waiting weeks for an appointment or dashing out of work in a mad panic to get to the salon: instead, try a Stylist beauty team-approved express treatment, that’ll take as little as 20 minutes out of your day. 

You have… 20 minutes to spare

Try: Redken Flash Lift Express Blonde, from £50

Redken’s new lightener uses heat activated technology to create an all over ‘bronde’ or a balayage touch-up that lasts up to 12 weeks, with minimal damage.

Available nationwide, find your nearest salon at 

You have… 25 minutes to spare 

Try: No 1 Carnaby by Sweaty Betty, £35

Instantly refresh morning workout hair with Sweaty Betty’s exclusive braid menu, including double ‘Betty Braids’ or a swishy ‘Gym to Gin’ braided ponytail at Duck & Dry in London’s Soho.

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You have… 30 minutes to spare 

Try: Blow Ltd Express Blow Dry, £34

Book a speedy blow-dry atone of Blow Ltd’s beauty bars inside Debenhams in London, Manchester and Birmingham. Can’t squeeze in travel time? They also offer at-home appointments.

Organise a home visit or a speedy appointment in-salon at

Images: Redken / Duck & Dry / Blow Ltd