Transform Your Dirty Hair! The Best 2nd Day Hair Essentials

My hair is fairly straight and looks great after a fresh shampoo and blowdry, but the next day is a totally different story. If I don’t wash my strands, they end up looking oily and piecey. I’ve heard it’s bad to wash your hair every day, and I’ve always envied women who can go two or three days without shampooing. But without some help, my unwashed hair is totally unmanageable. Luckily, I’ve come across some really awesome products that keep my hair looking great between washes.

Here are some suggestions for keeping your Day Two hair grease-free and the products you need to accomplish it.

Perfect the blowdry.


Get the most out of washing your hair by perfecting your blowdry. One of the best kits is the Ultimate Blow Dry To Go Duo from Bumble and bumble, which includes the Bb. Thickening Hairspray and the Bb. Straight Blow Dry Cream.  I love spritzing the thickening hairspray on my damp roots before blow drying.

To get the most volume, I blowdry my hair in small sections with a large round brush and focus on drying from underneath. This adds extra volume and makes your hair look salon-fresh. To get the best results, use both of the products on damp hair after showering and before any heated tools touch your locks.

If you want to try out either of these Bumble and bumble products, the small travel sizes in this kit from Sephora are a cheap way to test them before committing to the larger bottles. You can also use a Sephora coupon code to save some cash.

Tease your hair for added volume.

Whether you just blow-dried or are rocking Day 3 hair, achieving volume with teasing techniques is sure to amp up your hair.  The key to achieving extra volume is to use the tip of a good tease comb (some of my favorites are pictured above) to pull a thin section up. Spray a spritz of light-hold hair spray (and texturizing powder if you have it), and tease the hair starting 1.5 inches away from scalp, pulling the comb towards the scalp 2-3 times underneath and once on top. To achieve the best results, try using a tease comb, like the Marilyn Teaser Brush from Ulta.

After you’re done teasing, use a flexible hold hairspray. My new favorite is Drybar’s Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray from Sephora. The Drybar brand knows a thing or two about revamping dirty hair, and this spray makes it look like you just walked out of a salon.

Use an awesome dry shampoo.


I love the Detox Dry Shampoo by Drybar. You can find it at Sephora, and it comes in Original for light hair colors and a brunette option as well. I even use this when styling my clean hair to get extra volume and help reduce grease.

Try a mattifying texture powder.


I’m obsessed with Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It Mattifying Powder. You can snag it at Amazon, and use it on damp or dry hair to reduce oiliness and pump up the volume of your hair.

Another product that works really great is Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder. Get a can from Ulta, and you’ll get super volume within seconds.

Change up your shampoo routine.


Using the hair products I’ve mentioned can help you go an extra day or two without a wash, but it’s really important to detox with a cleansing shampoo at least once a week to help reduce product build-up. Try the Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo to help get rid of any leftover residue.

Style your hair in an updo.


One of the best ways to disguise hair that hasn’t been washed in a few days is by throwing it up in a bun. You can instantly turn unwashed hair into a chic look. I love incorporating thin headbands from Ulta (like the Karina Skinny Flexible ones) for a fashion forward look. Then all you need is bobby pins to help secure missed pieces.

Another way to get a cute bun is by trying the sock-bun technique. Get the Conair Bun Maker kit for less than 5 bucks, and you can style the perfect bun in no time. If you’re not sure exactly how to do a sock-bun, check out this YouTube video for instructions.

Stress no more about fitting in a shampoo, and rock your blowout for longer with these ideas!

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