Most of the hair tutorials you watch end up telling you one thing in common – this hairstyle is best created on second-day hair. But what exactly is second-day hair and why is it better? Simply put, hair that has been washed the previous day is called second-day hair. Since the natural oils have accumulated on your hair and scalp, they tend to provide better hold to keep your hairstyle in place.

But as fate would have it, not all our social plans align with our hair washing days, plus add to the mixture an already oily, overactive scalp; sticking to a schedule is almost impossible. If you face similar problems, we hear you girl.

Here is a simple guide to ensure that you achieve second-day hair anytime and anywhere you want; even if it’s right after you have just washed your hair…

 

Start by properly washing your hair

Start by properly washing your hair

To create any hairstyle, it is really important for your hair to be clean, healthy and nourished. Therefore, it is best to start with washing your hair using a gentle shampoo. Instead of simply lathering up, ensure that you actually massage your scalp using your fingers to stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth.

 

Condition your strands

Condition your strands

For your hairstyle to look stunning, your hair must be soft and frizz-free. The best way to ensure this is to nourish your locks with oodles of conditioner. Start by applying the product from your mid-shaft to the tips, stay away from the scalp as you don’t want your the product to weigh your hair down.

 

Add some texture

Add some texture

The reason why second-day hair is perfect for creating hairstyles is because the natural oils have ended up giving it a lot more texture. To recreate similar circumstances, you need to manually add some texture. Wondering how to do that? With some texturizing spray, curling rod or a blow dryer. Create loose curls, apply some texturizing spray to the scalp and treat the ends with the tiniest amount of oil. This is a sure-shot way to create separation and volume. Simple, isn’t it?

 

Use some dry shampoo

Use some dry shampoo

Yes, use your dry shampoo as soon as you have dried your hair and added some texturizing spray. Freshly-washed hair can end up looking shiny, and that’s not what we want. Hence, it is advisable to use a little dry shampoo on your scalp to help mattify your roots and deliver extra grit. Once you’ve sprayed the product on, massage it in to give your hair that slightly dishevelled, second-day look.