We all know we’re not meant to shampoo our hair every day.
As sensitive and restorative as a shampoo and conditioner might promise to be, the daily ritual the washing, drying and styling can cause real damage to our locks. It can strip hair of its natural oils, which keep it healthy and moisturised. It can leave hair dry and lank, more brittle and prone to breakage.
This is especially important if we wear hair extensions as well. Even 100% human hair extensions have a lifespan and they’re treated to look as natural, healthy and glossy as can be, but if we don’t look after them they won’t grow back.
So while we’re happy not to shampoo our hair daily it does leave us with another concern; what to do with our hair on the second day. For some, this isn’t a huge problem. Yes, we regret to inform you that some people have hair that looks even better then day after they washed it. There are even some people who can go several days at a time without washing their hair. Which, frankly, just makes us beyond jealous.
For those of us who have to think about what we need to do when our hair is verging on oily, here are a few hairstyles to have in your arsenal. Remember, oily hair can actually hold its shape better than freshly washed hair, so these styles might work even better than normal.
Go for a braid …
Whether a french braid or braided bun, second day hair is ideal for experimenting with a plait. Go for smaller braids if you need hair to be securely packed. Don’t pull hair too tight as if you are wearing hair extensions you might damage them. Go for a single braid by dividing locks into three sections and plaiting together. Or, go for the twin braid, where you divide hair into two and then create two braids. Tie them together at the ends or leave them separate.
Tuck and roll …
One of our favourite second day styles, largely because you can do it in minutes, you can do this with a headband or freestyle. Fit the headband first and leave hair long at the back. Take sections of hair and twist until your reach the nape of the neck. Gather both sides into a bun and twist and pin in place.
A super high pony …
Add a little extra volume to your ponytail by back combing the crown. Gather hair onto the crown, as high as you can go, so that the pony falls around your shoulders. Tie in place. For a little extra shape use curlers to add texture and shape to the ponytail itself.