Hairstyles for day old hair

TRACEY STRANGE
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2014

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The world may have gone back to work but you're still in holiday mode. Time to reach into your beauty box of tricks for hassle-free looks that require minimum effort for maximum impact.

FIVE HAIRSTYLES FOR DAY OLD HAIR

PLAITED STRANDS

Braids are cool. Spray hair with dry shampoo and gather it to the side. Plait, secure and wrap around the nape of your neck, holding the braid in place with bobby pins.

RELAXED PONY

Simply pull your hair back. One of our favourite looks is a very loose pony tied low at the back - so low you almost missed it - and styled with the fingers. Very je ne sais quoi.

BASIC REFRESH

A two-, even three-day-old blow-wave can be given a new lease with a blast of dry shampoo, an injection of cool air (turn your head upside down, drying from above) and a light misting of shine spray.

BEACHY WAVES

Slightly dirty hair is far better at holding texture than clean hair, which is more slippery. Spray day-old hair with dry shampoo and use a blow dryer to add volume at the roots. (Use a cool setting - a high heat will promote sebum production, leading to greasier hair.)

If you're blessed with naturally wavy hair, a texturising spray may be all you need to get that just-stepped-off-the-beach look. Otherwise, wrap random sections around a curling iron to give you the necessary bounce.

MESSY BUN

Roots looking a bit shabby? Pull your hair back into a messy bun to hide your part line. The key to the suitably dishevelled look is tonging hair beforehand to add texture. Twist hair into a low bun at the nape and secure.

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