How to style your hair for day two

Let’s be honest. Who has time to wash and style her hair every single day? Besides, daily shampooing can seriously dry out your hair, especially if it’s color treated. Second day hair doesn’t have to be flat and oily.

Some people think greasy hair is a bad thing, but really, it can work to your advantage when you primp and style your locks. In order to help you get the most of your hard earned hairstyles, take a peek at these ideas on how to make your hair look great without washing every day.

Kristen Bell hairstyle

Low, loose updo

This low, loose updo is as effortless as it is chic. Leaving a few pieces near your temples, finger comb your hair back as though you were going to put it in a ponytail and pin it at the nape of your neck. Lightly twist the front pieces before pinning last. Mist with hairspray to finish a look that is perfect for any occasion. (Tip: Create a few small braids before pulling your hair back for some added elegance).

Jessica Biel's low, casual ponytail

Messy ponytails

Jessica’s messy ponytail is almost too easy. This style looks best the day after you’ve styled it wavy. Lightly tease your hair at the crown and pull back into a low ponytail. Pull two pieces out of the pony to frame your face. To make this style office and event appropriate, add statement earrings.

Minka Kelly's side braid

Side braid

This side braid is perfect for the day after you wore your hair straight and smooth. Use the natural oils in your hair to your advantage! The oils make second day hair easier to manage when trying an elaborate style. Moving your part to the side can also help distribute the oils instead of pooling them into a greasy mess.

Kate Hudson's wavy hairstyle

Simple waves

Simple waves are the absolute easiest style to re-wear the next day. Revive your second day waves by using your fingers to comb through, catching any tangles. If you are lucky enough to have a natural wave, just mist with hairspray, scrunch, and go. If not, you might need to use a large barrel curling iron to amp your style back up.

Accessorize your hair


Also consider accessorizing. This is the perfect time to wear a headband, bandana or chunky hair accessory. We are predicting hats as one of fall’s biggest trends. When all else fails, try a straw fedora or slouchy beanie to cover your tresses.

Want to go a third day?

Want to make that second day hair stretch to a third? Avoid a greasy head with dry shampoo. I use Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo to avoid my normal cleansing routine for another day. Simply hold 1-inch from the greasy area, spray, and tousle.

We hope you enjoyed the scoop on stretching your style. Now you can use that time you saved shampooing for more important things... like researching some ways to keep your style fresh this fall.

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Photos courtesy of Adriana M. Barraza, Apega, Starbux, Rachel Worth, istock


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Comments on "Second day hair: Don't let your hair do the walk of shame"

Lauri Fowler November 06, 2013 | 4:49 AM

@Beth, you can try cornstarch. It will leave it whitish but you can brush that out. Try on a day you won't be going somewhere. I use cornstarch mixed with cocoa powder due to having darker hair and it smells like cocoa! Lol!

Beth June 23, 2013 | 3:08 AM

Day 2 my hair is limp and too greasy :( (I hate it!) I look like a chemo patient if I wear a headband cause my hairs so thin. I m looking for a dry shampoo that has no scent or minimal nice scent. Recommendations appreciated!!

gabrielle February 19, 2013 | 7:43 PM

I have thick, curly hair that doesn't cooperate the first day. Usually ends up in a ponytail or bun:-(

Erin September 16, 2012 | 1:22 PM

I agree that thin hair goes really limp by day two of not being washed. I have thin, fine hair but I hate washing it everyday. Typically, day two I'll tie back into a lose pony and add a headband. I can't normally wear it down because it's just too flat.

Jessa September 06, 2012 | 12:55 PM

I have come to find that second day style is best approched with the right products. I have fine hair that goes limp the second day. to pump it up i use AVEDAs pure abundance style prep. A couple sprays in my roots and a quick jot with the blow drying and my roots are revived

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