Easy Hairstyles to Boost a Second-Day Blowout
How to Style Second-Day Hair
Washing your hair every single day can be a drag: all those tools, all those products, all that extra time! But in reality, washing your hair every day isn't time-effective—or necessarily good for your strands. It zaps the natural oils that keep hair conditioned and healthy, for one. "Hair should be washed every three days to prevent product and pollution buildup," says Christian Wood, celebrity hairstylist and the stylist for TONI&GUY. And you definitely don't need a full wash, blow-dry, and re-style for your mane to look fab every morning.
So put the shampoo down. Keep strands looking lustrous for multiple days with some expert-approved, go-to, second-day hairstyles you can rock. (And don't forget these Speedy Summer Hairstyles either!)
The Blowout-Refresh Method
Wood has a simple method for refreshing your blowout a day or two after you wash. First step: Add TONI&GUY Glamour Volume Plumping Whip ($12; target.com) at the roots and blow dry in. "This will give an extra oomph of volume," he says. "Then, section by section, add Batiste Dry Shampoo ($7.99; ulta.com), and leave for two minutes to absorb oils before blasting out with a hair dryer." Wood says people apply dry shampoo incorrectly all the time. "Take your time and apply product section by section," he says. "This should take a few minutes for even distribution, and then always remove the product with a dryer, rubbing the scalp with your fingertips to help alleviate white residue and remove oil." (If you haven't tried it yet, here's How to Use Dry Shampoo to Make Hair Look Beautiful in Any Sitch.)
A Better Bounce
If your hair is flat and dreary, first use the blowout-refresh method, before using this formula for getting bounce back: "Put the hair in six sections, wrapping it around your fingers and securing with a pin to create a false curler effect," Wood explains. "Heat the sections for 30 seconds with a dryer, leave to cool, and then brush out. This will re-activate the blowout." He also likes adding a little gloss, like TONI & GUY Shine Gloss Serum ($13.19; target.com), through the mid-lengths and ends of hair for "a quick way to add shine and smoothness."
A great way to shake up your style a day after you wash is to add texturizing spray through strands. "Shu Uemura Texture Wave Spray ($38; shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com) is great product to spray all over the hair," Wood says. "It works as a mild dry shampoo, adds texture and volume, adds hold, and gives a more rock 'n' roll feel to a second-day blowout." Scrunch and tossle a bit, leaving all hair down, or tease the top into a half-up 'do.
Give your hair a high-fashion vibe by slicking it back or to the side, says Wood, which is a bit dramatic (and unexpected) for most women. "Slick hair with a middle or deep side part into a low ponytail using gel to tame the hair, add shine, and hold," he says. "Sleek top knots are also always a great, easy alternative to putting your hair up."
Braids are all the rage these days, and all types are on-trend, says Laura Polko, celebrity stylist and expert for scunci hair accessories. "I like pulling hair all to one side, and then doing a simple, three-strand braid off one shoulder," she says. "Secure with an elastic at the end, and loosen up some pieces around the face." If you're a no-wash newbie, braids are also a great way to keep hair out of your face as you're getting used to the change. "If you are trying to train your hair to go from daily washes to every other day, give your hair a couple weeks and a lot of dry shampoo to adjust to the transition," says Polko. (Heading to a workout? Try The Coolest New Braid to Rock at the Gym.)
Wood is also a big fan of braids, especially crown braids and side braids, "which work well on most hair types," he says. But there's one more reason he's a fan: "They can be released at the end of the day and brushed out, giving a beachy wave effect." Secure braids during the morning hours for work, and let loose at night for a playful, effortless look.
So your blowout is truly dying out, eh? Wood says this is when you pull out the old standby: the ponytail. "Ponytails, whether messy or sleek, are great for keeping hair out of your face in the summer heat and prolonging a blowout," he explains. "Ponytails placed slightly higher, under the crown area of the head, are great for keeping movement in the hair—and squeezing out the last benefits of a blowout." (Or, try one another of these Celebrity-Inspired Ways to Rock a Ponytail.)
Half-Up Top Knot
Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Margot Robbie, Kate Mara, and Sienna Miller have all been spotted sporting this trendy new 'do: the half-up, half-down top knot. Polko says the look is perfect for fading strands in the summer, and you can opt for a sleekly-styled bun or a messy, barely-thought-about-it version. "Part your hair however you prefer," says Polko. "Remember, the part doesn't need to be perfect. Then twist the half pony on top of your head until it twirls into a bun and pin it in place using bobby pins. Loosen up with your fingers as desired, and you're done."
Polko's favorite summer ponytail is a softer, more romantic version. "Keep it loose, soft and low, with pieces hanging around the face," she says. But first add dry shampoo for a quick all-over refresh. "Add at the roots, and distribute with a great Dry Shampoo Brush, such as the one from Conair ($6.97; walmart.com)," she says. "I also tend to keep tons of bobby pins around for updos, like the No-Slip Grip ones from scunci ($3.49; cvs.com)." Secure as desired. (Psst! This is The Secret to the Perfect Ponytail.)