The Lazy Girl's Guide To Hair

If there's one thing we all have in common, it's that we want our hair to look amazing—but with minimal effort. Because who wants to spend a zillion hours washing, conditioning, applying product, and styling your locks into a coif of perfection? What we really want is gorgeous, easy, no-fuss hair that's eternally wearable but still infinitely chic. (Especially since the final weeks of summer call for some extra lounging). In other words, embrace your much-loved lazy side with our nine deceptively easy and uncomplicated styling tips that will make everyone think you spend hours primping those locks. We won’t tell!
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1. Pre-Style Hair into a Bun or Braid for Easy Waves: Sure, a good braid or bun works when you want to put your hair up. But Kattia Solano, founder of Butterfly Studio salon, says you can also pre-style your hair overnight (either wet or dry) using either 'do: "Preset your hair into a loose braid or bun the night before, then when you wake up just shake hair and add product—like a serum or a light cream for smoothness, a texture spray, a or dry shampoo for hold.”

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum, $30, available at Sephora; Christian Siriano fall '11 image courtesy of Aveda.
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2. Skip The Shampoo: It's pretty obvious—the less you wash, the healthier your hair (especially dry and curly hair). Plus, unwashed, second-day hair is easier, and kind of more fun to style. Combat any excess oil with a bit of dry shampoo sprayed at the roots, or try co-washing: Just apply conditioner in the shower (mainly to the tips) to keep hair tangle-free and manageable. Believe it or not, this really works and gives hair a smooth polish without looking greasy. Depending on your hair type, you can vary your shampooing or co-wash from every other day to even once a week.

Got2B Rockin' It Dry Shampoo, $5.99, available at; Free Your Mane Daily Detangling Conditioner, $15.95, available at Free Your Mane.
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3. Restyle with the Right Tools: Has your second-day hair gone flat? Celebrity stylist Tommy Buckett of the Marie Robinson salon recommends employing a clipless curling iron to help give hair a lift and a little extra pizazz. (The bonus? It works for both straight and curly hair.) "For curly hair, it's great at touching up curls that are falling flat or becoming frizzy. Just curl dirty hair and break it up with your fingers. I find with straight hair, it holds the curl better on the second day after a wash; it takes the look from flat and greasy to modern bohemian. Add a few pins and then create a messy bun."

Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron, $119, available at Folica. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue, $68, available at Shu Uemura Art of Hair.
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4. Go For a Smooth, Simple Ponytail: Pulling your hair back into a sleek pony is one of the easiest and most versatile lazy-girl looks since it works for most hair types and lengths. Celebrity hairstylist John Ruggiero shares his trick for getting the perfect pony: “With ponytails, the biggest problem is you get those bumps. So, start by taking a little product, like a creme or a leave-in conditioner if you have curly hair, and run it through your locks. Then, decide the height of your pony (high, low, or middle of the head), and pull most of your hair back. Tipping your chin up as you pull the bottom section of your hair into the pony will make the whole ponytail super tight and smooth, even in the back. Secure it with a bungee.” And to tame flyaways, he recommends spraying a little hairspray on your hands to touch up the front and sides.

Bumble and bumble Grooming Creme, $26, available at Bumble and bumble. Pedro Lourenco fall '11 image courtesy of Redken.
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5. Do a Quick Dry: No time to fully dry your hair? Matt Fugate of Sally Hershberger Downtown recommends either half-drying (or rough-drying) it for a textured look: "To half-dry, flip your head over and quickly dry your roots. This will give you instant volume. When you flip your head back over, use a mineral spray or leave-in conditioner lightly on your ends—it will piece them out and give you a beachy texture. If you’re in a hurry, rough-dry your hair and loosely braid it. By the time your leave your apartment and get to your destination, your hair will be completely dry, and when you take the braid out, you’ll have a gorgeous, casual wave! If you have curly hair, avoid vigorously drying your hair with a towel, the cotton will roughen up your cuticles and make your hair frizzy." You can also speed things up by starting with a quick-dry styling prep product.

John Frieda Full Volume Hair Dryer, $49.99, available at Ulta; Blow Ready Set Blow Express Dry Lotion, $21, available at Ulta.
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6. Get a Non-Committal Cut: Although a pixie or a bob may be calling to you right now, those cuts definitely require upkeep. If your visits to the salon are hopelessly few and far between, Solano recommends going for a cut that's medium-length, "starting around shoulder-length to below the collarbone." The cut should have clean angles around the face, long layers throughout, and a pretty clean line at the bottom. These kinds of looks grow out well, and can last as long as eight to 12 weeks if you're not abusing your hot tools (like flat irons) or getting color or chemical treatments.

Tracy Reese spring '11 image courtesy of Tresemmé.
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7. Only Wash Your Bangs: It's no surprise, bangs and the front of your hair gets greasier than the rest. The solution? Wash just your bangs in the shower! And Fugate has a great tip for cutting down on bang-styling time: "Avoid spending time blowing-out your bangs with a round brush. Instead, put your dryer on the lowest heat and use the air to push your bangs straight down your forehead. The shape of your forehead will provide the perfect curve."

Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo, $9.49, available at Avalon Organics; Doo.Ri fall '11 image by Ryan Koopmans
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8. Make Your Hair Products Multitask: Add start-to-finish products to your routine—ones that condition, detangle, add shine and moisture, calm frizz, and refresh. Celebrity hairstylist Rodney Cutler's pick? Hairspray. "It's the ultimate multitasking product for styling in a pinch. If your hair is oily and you don’t have time to shampoo, you can blow Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray in and quickly rough-dry, then brush through. You can also use it to hold and refresh a style, and to add shine. Or, use it like a volumizer and target the roots and blow-out. For a sleek ponytail or bun, spray hair with hairspray until it gets wet, and brush back with a flat brush, then secure it really tightly, and create a slick ponytail or wrap into a bun.”

Redken Fashion Work 12, $16.50, visit Redken for salons; Oribe Foundation Mist, $22, available at Oribe.
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9. If All Else Fails... Grab a cute headband, turban, or headscarf, wrap, tie, and go!

Urban Outfitters Lace Headwraps, $14, available at Urban Outfitters; Gold Saturn Mykonos Royal Turband, $44, available at Gold Saturn.

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