3 Solutions to Killer Second-Day Hair Problems

Rachel Krause
Second Day Hair


There’s always something to be said for freshly washed hair, but we’ll admit that we often choose to go a couple of days without shampooing. There’s nothing wrong with washing every day, of course, but second-day hair has the kind of sultry texture and easy styling capabilities that we’ve always tried to recreate with handfuls of product and a bit of elbow grease. It’s true that there are a few pitfalls of working with unwashed hair, but the results are (almost) always worth it. Should you find yourself plagued by any of these common issues, we’ve got the solutions down pat.

The Problem: Greasiness
The Solution: We hate to state the obvious, but… dry shampoo. And a lot of it, at that. While dry shampoo is basically the hallmark of any second-day hair look, the truth is that not all dry shampoos are made equal. We’ve tried more than our fair share, and have found quite a few duds in the mix, which you can identify by residue, heaviness, and that telltale sticky feel. Look for a formula that features lightweight starches that absorb oil rather than sit on top of the hair—we’re partial to Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray, as it reinforces volume and shine and smells fantastic.

The Problem: Loss of Volume
The Solution: While the hair tends to have more texture when it’s not freshly washed, some hair types can find their locks falling flat after a day without shampooing. Dry shampoo can frequently address the issue, but if you’re not getting the body you want from dry shampoo alone, we recommend working a dab of a flexible molding paste into the undersides of your hair wherever you want volume, like at the roots. It’ll impart volume and give a bit of hold as well, just in case you’d like to go in with the curling wand for even more texture.

The Problem: Dullness
The Solution: A grippy, matte texture is one of the benefits of having slightly dirty hair, but if you want to restore some shine, just be sure not to go overboard—it goes without saying that unwashed hair will get greasy faster from product than hair that’s just been washed. Warm a pea-sized drop of a lightweight shine or smoothing serum, like eve Love Perpetua Shine Drops, between your palms and distribute what’s left over through the lengths and ends of hair, steering clear of the roots. Shine serum on your roots is a recipe for disaster any day of the week, but especially so when you’re working with second-day hair.

The Problem: Buildup
The Solution: The reason we wash our hair in the first place is to get rid of buildup, so if you’re not accustomed to going a couple of days without washing, buildup can feel particularly bizarre. There’s no way of combating it without washing your hair, but to avoid the issue altogether, use a scalp-exfoliating treatment once a week, or every other time you wash if your hair tends toward the greasier side. We’re well-documented fans of Alterna Caviar Clinical Exfoliating Scalp Facial for its buildup-busting capabilities.

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