Updated: Jan 28
Do you find you can never attain an effortless look straight from the shower? You style over and over, but nothing matches the flavor of second-day hair. Second-day hair happens when you go to bed after a washing and dry. You wake to strands that appear to have been blessed by your pillow. That glorious slight luster from your natural oils, you can go about your day looking like you don’t give a hoot about anything. Here’s how you can attain this Daily;
You in all likelihood blow-dry after a shower to give a smooth finish. Blow-drying hair adds volume, can reduce frizz, and lets you regulate hair without the harsher heat of a flatiron or curling tool. Blow-drying second-day hair—even though it’s already dry—might seem like a good idea to give perhaps flat strands a fresh look, but the extra heat can singe those strands and cause damage to parts of hair that in reality don’t need the heat or extra attention.
Instead of re-heating all your hair with a blow-dryer on day two, section it out into the parts that have fallen flat or crimped strangely and those that are just fine. Apply a hot tool only to the sections that truly need it to limit heat damage and keep the whole head of hair as moisturized as possible.
Absorb oil before you it’s as clean as possible—this is where your go-to dry shampoo comes in handy. Follow the product’s instructions and be sure to brush or finger-comb the dry shampoo through your hair to apply it evenly, getting rid of as much oil as possible.
Regardless of how much you exercise (or don’t), oil is going to collect in your hair, especially at the roots. A little natural oil never hurt anyone, though too much will make your hair look greasy (a good sign that it’s time to wash your hair). Before you re-style second-day hair, make sure
Applying heat tools to hair with even a little bit of oil in it can cook the oil, cooking your hair in the process. Take extra care to apply dry shampoo if you plan to straighten or curl part of your hair, and if you’ve exercised, pay special attention to your roots (especially at your neck), where sweat and oil tend to collect.
Don’t add more heat protectant
It sounds counterintuitive, but adding more heat protectant to dry, second-day hair can actually cause more harm than good. If you apply a heat protectant before styling your wet, fresh-from-the-shower hair, you’re good to go; that protectant will still be there to protect your hair. Adding more can just make hair oilier and give any heat tools more opportunities to cook your hair—literally. (Just like in the kitchen, oil plus heat equals cooking time.) Instead, once you’ve applied dry shampoo, use a moisturizing or re-hydrating mist like AG Hair Care Conditioner Mist Detangling Spray 12 fl. oz