How to style your dirty hair
Washing your hair every day can be a bit of a chore, and it’s actually not necessary. Rinsing your locks too frequently may make your mane dry, as you continually remove the ‘Skin sebum’, your hairs natural conditioner, which makes it shiny and protects your hair. Kim Kardashian has admitted to only washing her hair once every 3 to 5 days to keep the natural oils in her locks. But what to do during those in between days? Here are a few tips to keep your crowning glory looking chic and super sleek in between washes.
The half-bun ‘The Hun’
Why not take a cue from Kim and opt for one of her staples for a dirty hair day, a fresh take on the bun. ‘The Hun’ is a half-up half-down hairdo where the front pair of hair is pulled up into a messy bun, with the rest left loose about the shoulders. Use a large paddle brush to cleanly sweep hair up into a tight bunch secured with a hairband. Add some hairspray or a little pomade to tame flyaway hairs at the roots.
Braids and cornrows are the go-to ‘third day’ hairdo for the A-list. This staple look for girls and women of Afro-Caribbean descent has become a huge trend in 2016 thanks to the Kardashians’ love of the ‘boxer braid’ look. A pair of braids separated by a middle parting works perfectly if you’re an active person, as it hides the grease on dirty hair. Part hair down the middle, and braid a single cornrow on each side. To make the style extra sleek, rub a lightweight pomade like Malin + Goetz from roots to end and brush out to evenly distribute product and keep hair slick.
A messy bun will help to extend your style between washes, and it’s super-chic having featured heavily on S/S16 runways. Apply a dry shampoo to roots and rub in, then use a paddle brush to sweep hair into a ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic band. Taking the end of the ponytail, pull hair up and above the base of the pony to make a loop. Secure with a band one inch from the end of the ponytail. Take the remaining end and loosely loop hair around the base of the pony, leaving hair to fan out the sides and top. Secure with a third band. Spritz your finished bun with more dry shampoo for a matte look before setting with hairspray.
The Volumised Pony
A volumised pony is perfect for those days when your hair is not ready for its close up, and is glamorous enough for an evening out. Massage some dry shampoo into roots and then spray a volumising product like Aveda Volumizing Tonic in the area closest to your scalp until hair is damp. Pull a small section at the front of your head and tease the hair. Continue to tease section by section until you reach the mid-part of your head. Then, brush back your hair and spray with hairspray around the hairline. Wrap a small section of hair around the band and secure with a pin under the pony. Finish by misting hair with Tresemme Extra Hold Hair Spray.