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 throw off your scalp's microbiome, causing things like scalp inflammation and inhibited hair growth, as well as strands that become increasingly dry and brittle. We’ve previously discussed how often you should wash your hair, and the importance of using conditioner.
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 on second-day 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.
Spritz your strands with a brushable hairspray and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 hair tie 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