8 Hairstyles That Look WAY Better on Second-Day Hair

Some days, we wake up with the boundless energy and productivity levels of a thousand Energizer bunnies. Most days, however, are not like this. No, most days, we form a close bond with our alarm's snooze button, and forgoing our morning shower seems a small price to pay for a precious few more moments swapping hair secrets with Mr. Leto (in our dreams, obvi).

On mornings like this, you have two choices: leave your second-day hair down in its dirty, raggedy glory, or take advantage of its textured state and try a cool new 'do. (We recommend the latter.) Need ideas? We've got eight. Keep scrolling for easy hairstyles that make second-day hair look amazing!

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The Fishtail Pony

Take full advantage of your snagged, pillow-tousled strands by braiding them in a low fishtail, then securing it in a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Wrap a thick strand of hair around the elastic, pin in place, then pull everything apart. A spritz of texture spray on the ends will complete this messy-chic look!

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Looped Half-Bun

The ultimate lazy-girl hairstyle, this looped half-bun is perfect on mid-length hair. Spray some dry shampoo on your roots and rub in with your fingers, then loop the top third of your hair into a mini bun-simple and so much more interesting than your go-to bedhead waves.


Frayed Mini Bun

This half-do is ideal for anyone with short hair and it's similar to the looped half-bun, with one key difference: Instead of looping your hair, twist it into a mini ballerina bun and secure it in place with a clear hair elastic. Feel free to let the ends fray out-it only adds to the #Iwokeuplikethis vibe.

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Twisted Messy Fishtail

Some fishtails are perfectly braided-this isn't one of those. Gather your hair into a low ponytail, leaving two two-inch pieces hanging at your crown. Braid your low ponytail into a messy fishtail, then wrap the two strands left around the hair elastic. Confused? Click here for the full instructions.

Meghan Kay Sadler

Double-Knotted Pony

What's better than a knotted pony? A double-knotted pony, obviously. Click here for the step-by-step!

Camille Styles

Faux Fishtail

At first glance, this ponytail upgrade looks like a fishtail-but it's so much easier. For the full instructions, click here.

Joey Kennedy

Chignon Twist

Curly strands flattened and all over the place after last night's sleep? Tame them into this simple chignon twist-instructions right this way.

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Bubble Pony

This tousled pony is ideal for textured second- (or third-) day hair. Just spray a texture spray or dry shampoo from the middle of your hair shaft to the roots, then secure clear elastics along your low ponytail, pulling each section apart to create a “bubble” effect.

What's your go-to second-day hairstyle? Tell us below!