While we love the look and feel of freshly-washed tresses, that’s not to say the day after you wash your hair, AKA, second-day hair, isn’t also full of styling possibilities!
Second-day hair can mean totally different things for different people. If you have naturally thick or curly hair, second-day hair might be the day your hair looks at its best. But for those with fine hair, day 2 hair can mean flat, greasy strands that are past their prime. But are they?
With a little know-how and a few essential hair products, you can embrace your second-day hair and still look chic and stylish.
1. Messy ponytail
You can’t go wrong with a ponytail hairstyle and this lightly backcombed style is perfect for reviving second-day hair. Credit: @thewhitmore
2. Low bun
Low undone buns have taken on a world of their own, even becoming dubbed ‘the blogger bun‘. Spotted on high fashion icons to our fave Insta stars, this style may be simple but it’s far from basic. Credit: @salon.1925
Editor’s tip: Dry shampoo is the cult fave hair product every woman needs in her hair kit, but did you know it can be used for more than just absorbing oil?
We love the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo for boosting fine or limp hair. Simply spray hair from root to tip and ruffle with your fingers to add texture to your strands.
3. Half-up pony
Do like mega-babe Ariana Grande and make this half-up ponytail your go-to look for second-day hair. It’s fun and flirty, and best of all, you can wear this style on short or long tresses. Credit: @winroth_pure
4. Messy braid
We all know braids tend to last longer in second-day hair thanks to the added grit and texture on your strands, so why not opt for quick and easy single braid for a casual everyday style? Credit: @kristin_ess
5. Sleek bun
Is your second-day hair looking flat and on the verge of greasy? No, don’t reach for the dry shampoo, embrace it with a sleek bun.
Chic and professional, this style can be created on freshly-washed hair, but to achieve a smooth and frizz-free finish it always looks better on second-day hair. Credit: @naomigenes
Editor’s tip: Give your updo a gorgeous sheen with the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray. This does-it-all product has a non-sticky formulation which helps to tame fly-aways and adds shine for a glossy, silky finish.
6. Bubble ponytail
Want your second-day hair to still look IG perfect? Then look no further than this cute bubble ponytail updo. Credit: @mykitsch
Next read: 8 bubble ponytail hairstyles to try.
7. Mini bouffant
Editor’s tip: To achieve this look at home, we suggest using the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo to not only boost volume but also to help absorb greasy roots and for added volume.
And if that’s not enough height for you, we suggest backcombing your hair in sections, too.
Topknots were long considered the hairstyle for gym bunnies and lazy Sundays, but nowadays they have become totally trendy and, dare we say it, simply irresistible!
Next read: A bun a day keeps the bad hair at bay!
9. Fishtail braid
We’ve already established that braids last longer on second-day hair, so why not show off your braiding skills with a fishtail braid? Credit: @aliceabdelaziz
Style tip: Give your fishtail braid a summer makeover by adding a silk scarf to the bottom of your braid.
10. Half-up dutch braids
Let’s face it, second-day hair mostly affects our roots, so sometimes you just need a hairstyle to disguise and distract attention away from that section – which is why we are crushing over these half-up Dutch braids. Credit: @hairby_chrissy
Editor’s tip: Give your second-day hair a quick and simple makeover with the help of the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. Spritz evenly over damp or dry hair to create a rough texture and tousled waves.
12. Scarf braid
Daring to go beyond second-day hair? Then hide any telltale signs of greasy strands with this twisted braid bun updo. Credit: @saratess
Style tip: Don’t fret about any loose strands as this will add to the overall look.
13. Side braid
Looking for a second-day hairstyle that takes only a matter of seconds to whip up? Then you can’t go wrong with a side braid.
Psst… Did you know the quickest and easiest way to hide greasy roots is by switching to a new parting? Yes really, try it. Credit: @brideallwedding