Wouldn’t you rather sleep in than wake up early to style your hair? Yeah, us too. If you don’t have time to style your hair in the morning (or you just don’t want to), ask your hairstylist for a low-maintenance hairstyle. Think beyond braids and twists: these easy-care hairstyles are wash-and-go for any hair type. Whether your hair is curly, thick, fine or wavy, with the right low-maintenance style, you can have many more great hair days with a lot less effort.
The Best Low-Maintenance Hairstyles by Hair Type
So many women wish they had thick hair. But thick hair can be difficult to style. When cut too short, thick hair can look poofy, so we recommend longer lengths for thick hair.
Ask your stylist for long layers. Layers will speed up drying time and add movement to thick hair. Plus, layers keep thick hair from heavy looking and shapeless.
To style long, thick layers, first spray hair with a leave-in conditioner and then detangle with a wide-toothed comb. Thick hair can take a long time to air dry, so rough dry with a blowdryer for a few minutes to give it a head start. If your thick hair is also coarse and dry, use a diffuser attachment on your blowdryer.
Fine or Thin Hair
Unlike with thick hair, women with fine or thin hair can embrace their natural hair texture with a blunt haircut. A one-length cut makes fine hair look thicker without adding a lot of styling time.
Too-long lengths can weigh down thin hair and make it look limp and lifeless so ask your hairstylist for a cut just below the shoulders, which is short enough to keep hair voluminous, while staying long enough to pull it back into a ponytail (a must for hot summer days).
To style fine hair at home, comb a small amount of thickening styling serum like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir through damp hair and allow hair to air dry. Part hair in the center and tuck behind ears to give it a natural, heat-free bend when it dries.
If you’ve embraced your fine hair but still wish your strands were a little thicker, add a hair growth supplement like Viviscal to your daily routine. Viviscal supplement replenishes hair follicles with necessary nutrients to grow thicker, healthier-looking hair in as little as three months.*
The pixie is a great short haircut for women with wavy hair. Although maintaining a pixie cut requires more frequent trips to the salon for trims, the day-to-day styling is basically wash-and-go. Just use a little hair wax to add shape and texture to hair, and that’s it!
If you prefer to keep your hair longer, then a shoulder-length, shaggy lob is the perfect low-maintenance hairstyle for wavy hair. To work with your naturally beachy hair texture, spritz damp hair with sea salt spray. Then scrunch and allow to air dry for natural waves without frizziness.
Long lengths help keep curls under control. Ask your hairstylist for long layers especially in the front, which will remove some of the bulk from curly hair. If you wear wash-and-go styles often, consider going to a stylist who specializes in Deva Cuts, which is a technique of cutting curly hair while it’s dry to maximize natural curls and maintain the overall shape of the hair.
If you prefer shorter hair, the textured, curly pixie is also gaining popularity. Ask your hairstylist for a short pixie cut. To style a curly pixie at home, apply a volumizing mousse to damp hair and then air dry.
Low-Maintenance Hairstyling Tips
- Avoid bangs. While a fringe is cute, it requires daily styling. If you already have bangs, consider growing them out to the point where they can be parted in the middle. This style is on-trend and way easier to style than a full fringe.
- Learn how to braid. Once you get the hang of it, a French or fishtail braid takes only minutes to style but looks vastly more time-consuming. Plus, braids are less damaging for hair than a tight ponytail or bun.
- Use Toppik™ Hair Building Fibers to add instant volume to thin hair and even cover root show-through between visits to the colorist. The Fibers are statically charged to cling to each individual hair strand, building natural-looking thickness in a matter of seconds.
- A dry shampoo like Batiste™ is an easy way to extend yesterday’s hairstyle into today. Spritz into roots, allow a minute or two for it to absorb, and then brush out for refreshed hair.
Remember: the key to having an easy haircut is learning to love your natural hair texture. Whether your hair is fine or thick, straight or curly, embrace your natural hair type and find a cut that enhances it. Your hair is part of what makes you unique.