As someone who has had long hair all her life, the thought of shampooing, conditioning, air-drying and styling it every day makes me feel extremely lazy. I find myself wondering if my plans are really that worth it. I don’t enjoy blow-drying my hair unless I’m in a rush and want to blow out my curls, but when I air-dry it, this process takes even longer.
That's why dry shampoo and baby powder have become my best friends every morning. Don't limit yourself to twisting your greasy strands up in a low ballerina bun or throwing it up in a high ponytail. These five easy hairstyles will instantly transform your third-day hair.
1. Braided bun
You can’t go wrong with this three-step braided bun any day of the week, especially Monday mornings.
Step 1: Pull your hair back into a sleek ponytail.
Step 2: Braid the tail in a classic braid and tie with a clear elastic.
Step 3: Wrap the braid around the base of your ponytail and pin it into place.
2. Four-braid updo
Add some drama to your morning routine with this four-braid updo. It’s supposed to be slightly messy, so it's perfect to go from day to night.
Step 1: Section your hair into four equal parts from left to right and braid each. Secure each braid with a clear elastic.
Step 2: Take the braid that’s second from the left and loop it around the one to the right of it. Secure with bobby pins.
Step 3: Take the braid that’s second from the right and loop it in the opposite direction of the loop you just created. Secure with bobby pins.
Step 4: Take the outermost braid from the left side and cross it over the top of the secured braids. Secure with bobby pins.
Step 5: Repeat step 4 with the outermost braid from the right side.
3. Topsy fishtail braid
Create interest with this surprisingly simple style that's perfect for any occasion.
Step 1: Grab a small section of hair from the front right side of your head and twist towards the back. Twist the left side to match and secure with a clear elastic.
Step 2: Reach up and under the hair tie to grab the pony, creating a topsy-tail.
Step 3: Take even sections of hair from under the twist and create another small ponytail on top.
Step 4: Carefully topsy that small ponytail.
Step 5: Continue to create topsy ponytails and secure with a clear elastic.
Step 6: Loosen each section to create a voluminous faux fishtail braid.
4. Stacked braid
You don’t have to be a pro at braiding to pull off this hairstyle. Here’s a tip: the messier, the better.
Step 1: Create a small braid from hair at the crown.
Step 2: Gather the rest of your hair into a messy, chunky braid (do not braid the first braid into it).
Step 3: When you secure the large braid with an elastic, attach the small braid in as well so that it sits snugly on top of the large braid.
5. Textured waves
After three days of not washing your hair, there is probably a lot of product built up, which can be used to your advantage.
Step 1: Use your favorite curling iron to create loose waves around the hair. Pro tip: To create different sizes, use thicker and thinner sections of your hair and switch up the direction of the curl.
Step 2: Once your curls have cooled, shake them out and slowly run your fingers through them. For extra texture, spray your favorite texturizing spray through them.
Step 3 (optional): If you’re really worried about your greasy roots showing, finish off your textured waves with a pretty, feminine hair accessory.