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Second-Day Hair Hacks You’ll Use Again and Again

This hairstyle was actually created for unwashed, second-day hair and couldn’t be easier to DIY.

Over the years, second-day hair has gotten quite a bad reputation, often being dismissed as greasy and less desirable overall than freshly washed locks. In reality, this rep has not been earned. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth! Second-day hair can be much easier to style and work with—so much so that many hairstylists prefer it over freshly shampooed hair. And, more often than not (simply depending on hair texture and thickness), second-day hair even holds styles and heat way better, and longer, than freshly washed hair. (Have a summer wedding to attend and worried about your curls or updo falling out? Wash your hair the day before the big event and you’ll be seriously surprised by how easily it stays put all day and night.)

The only thing standing between your second-day hair and the hair of your dreams is a top-notch selection of styling products. You can probably guess what the most important product is: Dry shampoo is a non-negotiable for working with second-day hair, even if your hair is not visibly greasy. It provides the right amount of grit and texture, which is what you want when doing second-day hairstyles. After all, what says “greasy-hair hack” more than a trusty bottle of dry shampoo? While certainly not the oldest product on the market—in fact, compared to many other styling products, it can be considered a more recent hair-product innovation—dry shampoo has become an absolute staple in so many women’s bathroom cabinets. When was the last time you went even a week without reaching for a bottle of dry shampoo? Exactly.

The next second-day hair hack you need to know? Hairspray, of course. To ensure that your second-day hairstyle is set and looks polished, finishing off the look with some hairspray is a must. Even if you’re not usually a fan of more polished hairstyles and tend to go for messy, bedhead-esque waves, when working with second-day hair, it’s important to keep things a touch more polished than you normally would to balance out the fact that it’s unwashed. By using hairspray, your second- (or third- or fourth-) day hair will be so on point that you won’t have to worry about it all day long. For these reasons, and so many more, hairspray is a no-brainer in your beauty arsenal.

Here’s a super-easy step-by-step guide to the ultimate second-day hair hacks you can use to help you achieve a chic half-updo without having to wash your hair.

Step 1. Bye-bye, greasy hair

Spray L’Oréal Paris Magic Invisible Dry Shampoo liberally in your hair, focusing mainly on the roots; apply a smaller amount to the middle and the ends.

Step 2. Blow it out in

With your blow-dryer turned to the cold-air setting, blow-dry the dry shampoo into your hair; this ensures that you are evenly distributing it across your scalp and into ends of your hair.

Step 3. Pony time

Once you’re satisfied with the amount of dry shampoo in your hair (you’ll be able to tell by the lack of grease in your roots—it will have been absorbed by the product), gather all of your hair into a ponytail.

Step 4. Play ball

About four inches below the base of your ponytail, grab your strands and secure it with another ponytail. Once it’s secured, gently and slowly pull that hair from the sides, back and front, creating a puffed-out ball shape.

Step 5. Keep it moving

Tie another elastic a few inches below the first one and repeat until you run out of hair.

Step 6. Spray all day

Finish with L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray to add shine and hold the look in place.

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