Some days, you just don’t want to wash your hair. Celebrity hairstylist Tommy Buckett is here to save your (bad hair) day — No matter your hair texture! — with six gorgeous, wash-not-necessary styles you can bang out with the help of your BFF: dry shampoo.
Use Buckett’s go-to technique: Part your hair in 1-inch increments from your left ear across your head all the way to your right ear, focusing the dry shampoo at the root (with the nozzle about 8 inches away) each time you part it. Then, use the same method from your hairline all the way back to the nape of your neck to ensure you’ve equally distributed the powder onto all of your roots.
1. The Pretty (Simple) Pony: Apply dry shampoo, like Garnier Fructis Haircare Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo, onto your roots using Buckett’s technique, then tease your hair down the center with a rattail comb. Divide your hair into five sections from the crown of your head to your hairline. Starting at the crown, tease that section of hair five times. Then, moving toward your hairline, tease the next section four times, then the next section three times, the next two times, and finally tease the section at your hairline once. “Using that method gives the hair structure so the teasing doesn’t fall flat,” he says. Next, gently break up the teased hair with your fingertips and lightly smooth it back from hairline to crown, using a boar bristle brush. Sweep your hair up into a ponytail, securing it with an elastic band. Wrap a sliver of hair around the hair tie, keep it in place with a bobby pin, and you’re done!
2. Half-Up Halo Twist: After you’ve applied dry shampoo to your roots, comb your hair back from the hairline to the crown of your head with a teasing comb. Next, make a severe part in line with the highest point in your right brow and smooth your hair down lightly with a comb. Take a 2-inch section of hair from the hairline on each side of the part, smooth it back behind each ear, and start tightly twisting the hair on one side. Once one section is twisted, wrap the twist around your head and use a bobby pin to secure the twist behind your ear. Repeat on the other side. If your hair doesn’t stay in twists, use a flexible-hold hairspray that’s lightweight and doesn’t impart a lot of shine, which would instantly make your hair look greasy. Also, make sure your hairspray isn’t an anti-humidity version, Buckett says, because these formulas have oil in them that coat the hair to protect it from humidity, which can make it flatten out, and again, make your hair look oily.
3. The No-Fuss French Twist: First, apply dry shampoo all over, then curl your hair to give it some texture. If your hair is super-fine and you need even more grip, flip your head over and apply a texturizing spray, like Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease. Gather all your hair to one side (left or right). As you hold your hair to one side, put bobby pins into your hair down the center of your head, from the nape to the crown. The bobby pins should be put in vertically, alternating between pointing up and pointing down. This helps keeps your hair really secure. Now take your hair and roll it back toward the center of your head to create the twist. Pin it into place with bobby pins along the length of the twist.
4. Tousled and Textured: Curling your hair without using dry shampoo creates texture on its own, which can make dirty hair look better instantly. To give your hair a more natural look, curl it in alternating directions. If your hair still looks oily after curling it, hit it with dry shampoo to extend your style another day.
5. The Tri-Fishtail Braid: Start by applying dry shampoo for added volume and grip, then section your hair into three parts: one at each side and one in the back. Create messy fishtail braids with each section and secure each with a clear elastic band. (Don’t know how to fishtail braid? Click here.) After you’ve fishtail-braided each section, gently pull apart each braid a little to give it some messy texture. Next, braid all three of the fishtails into one braid, secure it with an elastic, and you’re done!
6. A Tight Twist: Sometimes when your hair is too oily, it’s best to work with the oil and create a sleek style. Make a severe part down the center of your head using the handle of a teasing comb. Apply your favorite hair oil or pomade to both sides of your part, smoothing your hair down. Next, brush your hair smooth with a boar bristle brush, pulling it into a low ponytail. Once you’ve secured it with an elastic, split the ponytail into two equal sections of hair, take the pomade or oil, apply it to your palms and fingertips, and smooth it over the two sections as you twirl them around your finger so they coil up. They’ll naturally start to crisscross into shape. As they coil into each other, secure the ends with a clear elastic, tuck the hair into itself at the crown of your head, and pin it into place. Boom: instant bombshell status.