No Wash, No Problem: 4 Ways to Make Second-Day Wedding Hair Work
Planning your wedding is a stressful thing. And while executing it on the actual date shouldn't be, you're still bound to run into your fair share of minor freak-outs on your big day. There are hair and makeup to get through, plus the ceremony and reception, and more often than not, you'll have to do something the next morning. Sometimes it's a brunch, other times it's a journey to the airport, etc.
So we're here to knock one thing off your list. When you wake up in the morning with your new life partner by your side, bobby pins sticking out of your head, and hair spray stuck to your pillow, refer to this guide for much-needed solace.
Below, we outline the best ways to wear your hair the morning after without restyling, rewashing, or re–stressing out about it, based on your 'do from the night before. And here's a little something for the imminent hangover, too.
"More often than not, your hair was curled for the big day, explains NYC-based hairstylist Kat Zemtsova. "This makes for a great foundation for second-day day loose, wavy texture. I recommend keeping your part where it was the day before—but go through and re-separate and finger-twist midshaft to ends. Use Oribe's Côte d'Azur Hair Refresher ($25) and a boar-bristle brush to detangle any knots. Seal it off with Alterna's Kendi Dry Oil Micromist ($25) for some shine, and dry shampoo on the root."
Halli Bivona of the John Barrett Salon offers a different direction: "Wear it in a fun midheight ponytail using the volume and waves from the day before. Start by spraying dry shampoo in your roots and massaging it in (I love Pssst Dry Shampoo, $4). Rake your hair back using your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to keep it soft and full. Then, tie the hair that you've gathered with a hair elastic at the middle point of the back of your head. Take a half-inch section of hair from the bottom of the ponytail, and wrap it around the hair band to cover it and give your pony a more polished look. Once the hair is wrapped all the way around the band secure it with two hair pins on either side of the ponytail. Finish with a light hairspray to make sure it stays put, like Shu Uemura's Sheer Lacquer Finishing Hairspray ($39).
"You can either braid each side and tie them together in the back for a more bohemian look, or you can always opt for the ever-popular half-bun," Zemtsova suggests. "Separate your hair around your temples and leave the rest of the hair down with its initial texture. Use Alterna's Caviar Anti-aging Extra Hold Hair Spray ($28) to hold the braids, or spray your hair with R+Co's Outer Space Flexible Hairspray ($29) and twist and pin the top section into a small messy bun."
"I know how excited you are at the end of the night to take all those bobby pins and hair ties out of your hair," Bivona exclaims. "Luckily, all the hair spray and body that are left over from your updo add the perfect grit and texture to make an effortless-looking topknot. Using a wide-tooth comb, comb your hair up to the top of your head and secure with a hairband. If you have some bumps, that's okay—the messiness will look chic. Next, split the ponytail into two even sections and knot the two sections together until there is no more hair to knot with. Roll the knotted hair down to the base of your pony and mold it into the shape you like. You can pull it looser to add thickness. Secure it with bobby pins and use Shu Uemura's Touch of Gloss Melt-In Hair Wax ($39) and a shine spray to control any pesky flyaways."
"This one is easy," Bivona explains. "Whatever braid you have on the big day will only look better on day two! Wrap your hair in a silk scarf before going to bed—this will prevent the braid from completely falling out. When you wake up, remove the scarf and check for any pieces that have fallen, and pin those pieces back into place. Spray down any flyaways, and you are all set!"
Now that you have your hair plan down, here are seven things to know before doing your own makeup for your wedding.