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Make your second day hair look amazing

We’ve all heard that washing your hair too often can be a bad idea.

That’s because shampooing everyday can strip your hair of essential oils, so you wind up with dry locks and an irritated scalp – and no one wants frizzy, damaged tresses, right?

Besides, skipping your daily shampoo can mean an extra ten or fifteen of minutes of sleep in the morning, which, in my book, is reason enough to give it a try.

But if you’re not using to working with hair that isn’t been freshly washed – or second day hair – it can sometimes take a little getting used to.  Your roots can look a little greasy, you may lose some volume, or your hair might just hang their limply.

Fortunately, there are ways to get around all these pesky issues so your hair looks just as good on the second day as it does on the first. Here are some foolproof ideas for styling second day hair so you head out the door looking great even if you’ve skipped the shampoo for a day or two.


If you feel like your second day hair lacks volume, going for soft waves is an easy way to keep it from looking flat and limp. For naturally straight hair, use a large curling iron with 1-inch or larger barrel to add loose curls to your hair. Use your fingers to gently shake them loose and create messy, tousled waves. If your hair is naturally wavy, skip the curling iron and apply a texturizing spray like Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Hair Spray. Scrunch your hair to help play up your natural waves and create some nice texture for your second day hair.

Low Updo

When your hair’s looking a little ragged from a day or two without shampoo, a low, loose updo is the perfect way to hide locks that look dirty. Pull your hair back like you’re going to make a ponytail – let a few pieces near the front hang loose to frame your face. Twist your hair at the nape of your neck, creating a bun or a loop, and pin it in place with bobby pins. Give your updo a spritz with a lightweight hairspray like Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Lightweight-Control Hair Spray to make it last all day. If you want to make your low updo look a little fancier, braid a few, small sections of your hair before pulling it back and pinning it up to give the style added texture.

Messy Pony

There’s not many styles easier to create than a ponytail, and when you’re dealing with second day hair, a messy pony is a great go-to look. Start by teasing the hair at the crown of your head with a teasing comb to create a little volume. Then pull your hair back into a ponytail, keeping it low at the nape of your neck – let some pieces fall free near the front to give it a messy, relaxed look. Use a hair elastic or clip to secure it in place for the quickest, easiest second day hair style possible.


When you’re rocking second day hair, the right accessories can make all the difference. Headbands are the perfect option when you haven’t washed your hair – go for a fabric-covered style in a bold pattern like plaid or polka dots and tease the hair at the crown of your head just behind the band to create some bombshell volume. Or dress up your locks with a clip that features a colorful silk flower or bow. For a super casual look, knot a bandana or scarf over your hair to hide greasy roots. When all else fails, try rocking a hat over your second day hair. A slouchy knit beanie or beret is super easy to wear, or go for a hipster look with a cool fedora.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing