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Second best

Who has time to wash their hair every day? Not me, that's for sure. Actually it's loads better for hair not to be shampooed and blow-dried daily as colour lasts longer and condition tends to be better. So what can you do with messy, next-day hair - I asked the experts.

Hairdresser Mana Dave of Blaze and Pony Xpress in Newmarket, Auckland says next-day hair is a great foundation for working into a style because it tends to have more texture and natural grit which makes the styling process easier.

“Hair that’s freshly shampooed will need more product through it to achieve the same results,” he explains. These are Mana Dave’s top tips:

  • If you’re going from the office to after-work drinks, have an emergency kit in your desk drawer – a good brush or tail comb, some hair ties, a few bobby pins to match your hair colour, some hairspray and a light shine spray.

  • Chuck away your banana clip. It never was and never will be sexy. Instead, take day-old hair, spritz with some texture wax for lightweight grit, and secure with a hair tie into a side ponytail that sits low in the nape area. Next, take the ponytail and twist it around onto itself and hold in place with a few bobby pins – casual, effortless and sexy.

  • If you don’t have time to wash oily hair, use a dry shampoo to soak up excess oil. Generally these come in an aerosol spray formulation. You simply spray onto the oily areas, then dry-in with a hairdryer – it’s a quick and easy solution. For this type of hair, a slicked back look work well.

  • Heat-protector spray is your friend if you’re planning on using a straightening iron. To create a sleek look, start at the back of your head in the nape area and work upwards taking diagonal sections that are about 1.5cm thick. Hold the rest of the hair out of the way with a sectioning clip. Continue through the back and the sides in a similar manner.

  • Put in your desired parting at the top before beginning that area. Swap out the straightening iron for a curling tong if you want Lauren Bacall-type waves.

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