No time to wash your locks? These quick-fix style tips are perfect for “dirty” hair days.
Let’s face it: Most women don’t have time to wash and blow-dry their hair every day. And for lots of us, there are weeks when a couple days go by before fitting doing our hair into an overbooked schedule is possible. But “dirty” hair days need not be bad hair days, if you’ve got these simple tricks up your sleeve. They take just minutes and these hairstyles for “unwashed hair” can make the difference between feeling good about how you look, and feeling fabulous.
1. Polish Your Ponytail
If you’ve got long hair, ponytails are likely one of your go-to “dirty” hairstyles to get out the door without a bedhead. With these few additional steps, you’ll go from simply pulled-back to totally put-together. Start by brushing hair then spritzing with a protective heat styling spray, which not only prevents damage, but also gives hair a glossy sheen.
Next, working in 1- to 2-inch sections, run a flat iron through your hair. When you’re finished, part your hair with a comb just above the arch of one eyebrow. Gather locks into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, using an elastic band without a clasp. Finally, put a dime-size drop of anti-frizz serum on your palms and smooth down those wispy baby hairs at your hairline and the rest of your head working from the part down. Voila! Sleek and sophisticated.
2. Make it a Beach Day
One of the more popular hairstyles for “dirty” hair, loose waves give long locks the va-va-voom volume that’s a regular look on the red carpet. Begin by combing hair to detangle. Follow with a protective heat-styling spray. Next, starting from the bottom of your scalp and working up, hold a hot curling iron vertically. Working in 2-inch sections, wrap hair around the outside of the iron and release after 10 seconds. (Don’t touch those ringlets until you’ve completed curling your whole head.)To finish, spritz on a salt-water or anti-humidity spray and gently run your fingers through your curls. You’ll look like you stepped right off the sand!
3. Do the Ballerina Bun
Got shoulder-length hair? You can still rock a bun. First, section off hair, working with the bottom layers first. Spritz with a heat styling spray then use a curling iron with a 1-inch barrel to curl your hair. Next, make a high ponytail, twisting the strands that are too short beneath the ponytail and securing with bobby pins. Spritz with hair spray. Then divide the hair in the ponytail into small sections, twisting each section and pinning it to your head, hiding the ponytail holder in the process. Finish with a blast of hairspray. Très chic!
More tips for top tresses:
Truth be told, daily washing isn’t good for your hair. But when you do shampoo, make it count. If you color your hair, opt for a fade-resistant formula. To get the most benefits from your conditioner, squeeze excess water out of your locks before applying. Once or twice a week, use a reparative cream instead of conditioner to nourish your hair. If your hair tends to be oily, apply only from the midsection down to the ends, where you’re likely to have the most damage. Once a month or so, use an overnight restorative hair product (long-haired ladies might pile hair into a loose bun on top of their head to minimize tangles as they snooze).