We're all for stretching out the time between shampoos. It means less time getting ready, healthier hair, and easier to style strands. And if I’m being honest, that dirty hair, bed head, Kate Moss hair look is forever my inspo when trying to achieve the perfect hair style. Unfortunately for those of us with fine hair, things can start to look a little too oily quick. But here’s the silver lining- a little oil goes a long way when it comes to holding a hairstyle. Second-day hair, or hair that was washed a day or two ago, is much easier to work with than clean hair. Squeaky clean hair can slip out of bobby pins and be difficult to coerce. Plus, so many hairstyles just look so much cooler on hair that has a little grit. Keep reading for 10 second-day hairstyles, including tutorials, hair care tips, tools, and the hair products you need to make them happen.
Your skin is covered in billions of good bacteria from about 1000 different species. These helpful bacteria are collectively called your microbiome. Washing your hair too frequently can cause imbalance for your scalp's microbiome, causing things like scalp inflammation and inhibited hair growth, as well as strands that become increasingly dry and brittle.
Just because you’re skipping a day or two between shampoos, doesn’t mean your strands don’t need special treatment on those days. Treating your second-day hair like it’s freshly washed can damage it, undoing all the benefits of skipping daily washing. Below are the best hair styling products, tips, and tricks to use for second-day hairstyles.
You might think it’s a good idea to freshen up second-day strands with another blow-dry, but blow-drying already dry hair can singe your strands and cause damage to your hair.
Instead of reheating all of your hair, section off the parts that have fallen flat or need straightening. Apply your hot tool of choice only to those sections.
Absorb any visible oiliness in your hair with dry shampoo before any second-day hairstyles. Applying heat tools to oily hair can cook the oil and your hair in the process. Use an effective dry shampoo on your roots to absorb excess oil.
If you’ve already applied a heat protectant before styling your freshly washed hair, the protection is still there. Adding more will only make your hair oilier, giving your heat tools more opportunities to cook your hair and you’ll waste product! and you’ll waste product!
Try to preserve your hair when you sleep. Limit oil accumulation and prevent crimps and folds in your hair while you sleep. To preserve a blowout, sleep with a loose bun at the top of your head, or a low braid. Protect your curly hair from breakage and frizz with a few loose braids.
Below you’ll find the top 10 most convenient second day hairstyles to rock when you don’t feel like washing your hair.
Gather your hair above your ears into a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Twist the ponytail around itself and coil it toward the base until you’re happy with the knot. Use a few bobby pins to secure it to your head and pin down any rogue pieces of hair.
How to create a french braid
How to create a ballerina bun:
Spritz your strands with a brushable hairsprayand let any flyaways roam. Gather your hair into a high ponytail. Gently twist and loosely wrap the ponytail around itself and secure it with bobby pins. This can be a messy bun or slick, depending on your mood.
How to create a rolled side braid:
How to create a half up triangle:
Take a small section of hair from each side of your head and cross them back across your head. Use one hand to hold them in place and slide a bobby pin in horizontally over the crossed section. Then take another bobby pin and slide it upward at a diagonal angle to set the right side. Repeat this on the left to complete the triangle.
How to create a double pony tail:
Part your hair horizontally from ear to ear so that it’s divided into two equal halves. Pull the top section up into a ponytail and secure it. Pull the bottom section of your hair into another ponytail right under the first one. Wrap a small section of hair around the base of both ponytails, creating a fuller, longer single pony, and secure it with a bobby pin.
How to create a temple twist:
Grab a section of hair around your temple, twist it around your fingers a few times, and secure it with a hairpin. Tousle the rest of your hair or twist it into a messy bun. Or take equal sections from both sides and secure them behind the crown of your head for a half-updo, keeping your hair up and out of your face.
This one works on both long hair and short. Brush through your hair and slip a headband over your strands back to your temples. Leave the ends of your hair loose, or secure them into a low bun or low ponytail.
How to create a chunky side braid:
How to create a messy topknot:
Part your hair down the middle, and lift it into a high ponytail, wrapping it into a bun and pinning. Leave a few pieces out in front to keep this look super casual. Use a silky hair band and wrap the ends of the hair around the ponytail. As the name suggests, for this hair look, the messier the better.
Experts agree that stretching out the time between shampoos means healthier hair. And not having to wash your hair every day means less time getting ready. But oily hair can be hard to hide on the off days. Lucky for us lazy girls a little oil goes a long way when it comes to a second-day hairstyle. Second-day hair is much easier to work with than clean hair, which can slip out of style and be difficult to coerce. Our ten second-day hairstyles are all easy enough to DIY and will fit into any daily routine. Not to mention, they look so much cooler on hair that has a little grit.
by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor