Let’s be real: Washing your hair on the daily isn’t exactly something you can always fit into your beyond-busy schedule. Not to mention that shampooing too frequently is actually not beneficial to your hair. When you get rid of your strands’ natural oils, this signals your scalp to create even more oil to compensate, leaving you with greasy hair. The good news is that even if your hair is looking a little blah the day, or two days, after cleansing, you don’t have to go through the whole shampoo and condition routine once again. Just pick up one of the following products (including dry shampoo) that are great for refreshing day-two, or even day-three, hair.
1. Kristin Ess The One Signature Hair Water ($10): Ready to add waves with a curling iron to hair that you washed a few days ago? Then reach for this magic hair water. “It wets your hair and adds moisture, so if you’re restyling with heat it’s helpful, and your hair won’t dry out too much,” says Stephanie Brown, master colorist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City.
2. R+Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist ($28): This ain’t your mama’s dry shampoo. It utilizes micellar technology to rid your hair of excess oils while also strengthening, conditioning, and adding shine. “It applies wet but dries, using a suspended cleansing technology that leaves your hair and scalp feeling cleaner than regular dry shampoos, with no powdery residue,” advises Brooke Jordan Hunt, owner of and master stylist at The Bird House in Brooklyn.
3. Unite 7Seconds Detangler ($30): If your curls are falling flat, a leave-in conditioner like this one could be just the ticket to reviving them. “Curly hair craves moisture, so you need to keep feeding your hair,” offers Amber Maynard Bolt, master stylist at Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood. Spray in this detangler and add a tiny bit of conditioner in the morning to help smooth any frizz that may have made its presence known while you slept.
4. Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray ($44): Whether you have curly hair that’s lost some texture or a blowout that needs a boost, this product will get the job done on day-two or day-three hair. “This spray works to bring life back to either curly hair or blown-out hair,” says Kali Ferrara, New York City-based stylist and colorist at Roy Teeluck Salon. On curly hair, Ferrara suggests spraying and scrunching. “The wet nature of the product, as well as its conditioning agents, will help revive your natural wave pattern,” she says. “The use of a diffuser can add even more texture back in.” For a blowout, spray and restyle with your blow-dryer and a brush. “This spray acts as a heat protectant and also as a dry shampoo that soaks up any lingering oils,” she says.
5. Redken Powder Grip 03 Texturizing Powder ($16): A few days of snoozing on your hair can leave it looking deflated. Brown likes combining dry shampoo with this powder to pump it up. “It helps add some volume back to your hair after a few days of sleeping on your hair to get some body back into it,” she adds.
6. Paul Mitchell Marula Oil Rare Oil Treatment ($26): To restore your blowout to its original state of glory, apply oil, like this favorite of Bolt’s, at night. Brush your hair and work in a little oil (just a few drops!) from your mid-shafts to your ends, then put your hair in a topknot and catch those zzz’s. “In the morning, release the bun and use a dry shampoo and a little salt spray,” says Bolt.
7. dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse ($35): OK, so this one does require you get into the shower, but it’s not a shampoo. “It’s an apple cider vinegar rinse and amazing for summer,” explains Brown. “I love that I can leave my house in the summer with wet hair to keep me cool in the heat, and it helps your hair not feel greasy and not look dirty without having to wash your hair.”
Now, it’s worth noting that there will come a day when you will need to shampoo your hair to get rid of all the product you’ve used. “When using multiple days worth of product be sure to shampoo twice, or even three times, to remove any and all buildup from the hair and scalp,” advises Ferrara. “Too much dry shampoo or other buildup on your scalp can lead to clogged follicles and hair loss.” Lesson learned!
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