1. Shower at night on the evening before a big day so you can let your hair air-dry overnight, saving you time in the morning.
2. A dry shampoo is a must-have. These formulas are the best way to refresh two- or three-day-old hair.
3. Headbands are another way to conceal oily roots and perk up flat hair.
4. If you have ultra-thick hair, try a product like Keratin Complex Infusion ($41), which speeds up dry time by infusing the hair cuticle with keratin protein to smooth it out.
Short Style: Elegantly Disheveled
"Short hair looks best when it is a bit messy," says Pantene celebrity stylist Tippi Shorter. "Apply a pomade to damp hair and use a light hair spray (like Pantene Pro-V Anti-Humidity Aerosol $3.99) to get a bit of lift and movement and allow it to dry naturally."
Short Style: Smooth and Sexy
"This cute 'do is super-easy to create and can work with either a side or middle part, depending on your face shape," says Riccardo Maggiore, celebrity hairstylist and owner of the Riccardo Maggiore Salon in NYC. "Before styling, use a serum (like Riccardo Maggiore Luminoso Anti-Frizz Drops, $20) to battle humidity all day and keep your waves smooth and radiant. As you're blow-drying, keep the top of your hair straight and use a round brush to curl the bottom pieces."
Short Style: Bedroom Hair
"To get the bedroom look on short, cropped locks, apply a light curl-enhancing lotion (like Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion, $18.69) to damp hair and scrunch with the use of a dryer and diffuser," says Kevin Murphy, celebrity hairstylist. "Continue scrunching until the hair is very dry; while hair is still warm, cover it up with a shower cap and leave for a few minutes while finishing your morning routine. This cooling down of the hair is important, as the shower cap will give the roots a lift and help set the hair. Finally, apply a tiny additional amount of product and toss, resulting in sexy, messy waves."
Shoulder-Length Style: Sexy Sideswipe
"After your shower, use a leave-in treatment to ensure that your hair is shiny and tangle-free before styling," says Maggiore. "Take a section of hair at the crown and pull gently to the side. Fasten the hair into place with a sparkly accessory to complete the look. Mist more hair spray over your whole head to keep the style in place all day."
Shoulder-Length Style: Pinned Back
This is a great look for unwashed, straight hair. Grab the section of hair right at the front of your crown, making sure not to pick up any of the side pieces. Backcomb it so you get some real lift. Then spray that section with a nonsticky hair spray (try to backcomb a little more). Pull the section back and a little to the side and fasten it with bobby pins so the ends are sticking out but you're keeping the height at the roots.
—From Marie Claire
Shoulder-Length Style: Redefining Your Curls
Add bounce to a relaxed style by spritzing ends with a conditioning mist. Put a few ceramic hot rollers in for three minutes, tops. Relaxed hair is delicate and you don't want to cause breakage with heat styling. Shake hair out and spray lightly with a setting mist.
—From Marie Claire
Long Style: Bitty Braids
Long Style: Half-Up, Half-Down
Unwashed straight hair is the perfect foundation for this style. Run a little mousse through hair to give it some extra hold and volume. Make a deep side part and tease the front section pulling it loosely back, over your ear instead of tucked behind it. Do the same with the other side. Use a little styling cream on your ends and pull loose hair forward over your shoulder.
—From Marie Claire
Long Style: Braid
When all else fails, put your hair into an easy, over-the-shoulder side braid. Start toward the middle of your head so you get a little of a French-braid effect. "Spray it with Umberto Beverly Hills Shimmer Shine Spray, $8.99, to add shine, and shake the end result so a few pieces stick out, making it boho chic," says celebrity hairstylist Umberto Savone.
Long Style: Ponytail, Two Ways
"For a loose ponytail, run a hydrating cream through the hair from root to midway through the hair shaft," says Titi Branch, founder of Miss Jessie's. "Pull hair into a ponytail, lightly mist, and add a frizz-fighting product to the ends of the hair and scrunch. If you have an extra minute, you can do a quick blow dry on the ends.
"For a tight ponytail, you can mist the whole head or lightly wet it while you're showering. Be sure to pat with a towel to remove excess water. Put a smoothing cream in your hair and stretch hair into a ponytail. Scrunch the ends while blow-drying."