My Tips for Mastering Second-Day Hair

Hi friends,

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Ours was equal parts relaxing and productive, and we actually got to hang out at home which was a nice change of pace. I had a chance to catch up on sleep, laundry, Making a Murderer, and meal prep… and now I feel recharged and ready to take on the next few days (which are going to be loco).

I don’t know about you, but when I have a busy week ahead, I need my morning get-ready routine to be quick. One way to help speed up the process is embracing second-day hair. Full disclosure – when I was younger I used to wash my hair every single day, and I’m sure many of you do as well. I’ve found over the years that for my hair to look and feel its best, I should only wash it every other day at most. It’s actually much better for your hair to go a few days between washes! More on that below.

Today, I wanted to share a few tips that help me get the most out of my second (and third!) hair days…


My first tip for great second-day hair starts with day one. I have thick hair with a lot of natural wave to it, and my roots are prone to becoming oily relatively quickly. So, when I wash my hair, I shampoo my roots and ends, but only condition my ends. I get much less build-up at my roots if I follow this method. About once a month, I’ll also use a deep conditioning treatment on my ends.

I will wash my hair in the morning of day one, and either air dry for a natural, wavy look or blow-dry with a diffuser and round brush to straighten. Either way, at the end of the day, I always (always!) brush out my hair before going to bed. Not only does this help remove tangles and prep my hair for product the next morning, but it’s also really good for your overall scalp and hair health. When you brush thoroughly, you’re helping to speed up the process of distributing natural oil from your scalp toward your ends, preventing them from drying out. I’ve also found that my hair seems to grow faster and just looks better when I do this regularly.


My favorite dry shampoo is this one by Not Your Mother’s. I’ve been using it for years and love it. For today’s post, I actually used the Beach Babe version, which I also love. The key (especially for those of us with dark hair), is to make sure you’re holding the can 10-12 inches from your head before you spray. Otherwise, you could end up with a lot of white residue that you’ll need to work in. I typically spray my roots and then let it sit while I do my makeup – this gives the product more time to work and absorb the oil at my roots. Then, I work it into my scalp using my fingers. From there, I either leave as is (again, for a more tousled, messy look), or use my blow dryer and round brush to blow my hair out. I think the heat from the dryer also helps the product absorb better. I complete the look with a finishing spray – I love this one, also by Not Your Mother’s, because it adds great texture to my hair, has flexible hold, and smells amazing.


In the case of third-day hair, I will follow the same steps above (and definitely incorporate the blow dryer!) – but I also tend to accessorize with a fun hair scarf, bandana or headband. In this case, I went with an adorable ribbon scrunchie that I recently got from Urban Outfitters. They come in a ton of fun colors and patterns and can the 90s kid in me just get an AMEN that scrunchies are back..?!

I realize that no head of hair was created equal and everyone has to find the process that works best for their locks. I hope some of these tricks are helpful to you! If you have any tips that you use to get the most out of your second (or third)-day hair, let me know in the comments below!

May your coffee be strong, your hair be flawless, and your Monday be short.




{This post is not sponsored by Not Your Mother’s – I just genuinely love their products and use them every day. All opinions are my own!}

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