Low-maintenance hair starts with the right cut—and a few style shortcuts that'll save you time, money, and morning stress.
There are a few things to consider when looking for a cut that grows out beautifully and doesn't need to be fussed over. Here, the details.
Don't go too short: although you might think super short hair is low maintenance, the opposite is usually true. Short cuts require frequent trims and more styling than shoulder length or longer ones it also can't be put into a twist or ponytail when you're short on time."
Say no to lots of layers: Heavy, choppy layers require more regular cuts, and it's often hard to make them look good at home without a lot of effort. A blunt cut with long layers only in the front requires way less maintenance, and is universally flattering.
Prevent split ends: Extend your time between cuts by protecting your ends, since splits and breakage—which leave the bottom portion of your hair frayed and thinner—are often what send you running to your stylist.
Shampoo less often, condition your ends, and apply a heat protector before blow-drying. A weekly deep conditioner to replenish moisture and seal the cuticles, meaning fewer split ends.
Conceal roots for weeks: Even when roots become obvious, you don't need to go for a full-on dye job. Hiding roots at home is easier now than ever.
Get highlights that last for months: You can get sun-kissed streaks without a whole lot of upkeep. Check out these strategies for highlights that look great as they grow out and stick within two shades of your natural color.
Style while you sleep: Wash hair before bed, then towel-dry and smooth in a light mousse or gel. Roll hair into two buns- one on either side of your head - and secure with elastics, you'll wake up to amazing, soft waves! Use smoothing gel into damp hair and then braiding it into big braids for loose waves, small braids for tighter ones.