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20 Hairstyles That Don’t Require Much Maintenance

You receive the ideal haircut. When you leave the salon, you look and feel like a supermodel. Then you attempt your first wash and style, but your hair doesn’t resemble how it did the day you left the salon (sigh). Unfortunately, not every haircut is a wash-and-go. Some of the most time-consuming fashions are also among the best-looking. But who has time to spend an hour every morning straightening and curling their hair in the bathroom?

In order to assist you prevent a recurrence of the aforementioned event, we interviewed professional stylists to compile a list of 20 low-maintenance hairstyles that won’t take up your morning time. No of your texture, the following cuts will require little to no style effort from you.

Find the low-maintenance haircut that best suits your hair type by scrolling down, showing your stylist the image, and get ready to save a lot of time.

1.Straight: Long Layers and Choppy Bangs

Long Layers and Choppy Bangs

When shopping for straight styles, look no further than Heidi Klum. Her long, choppy bangs and longer layers bring out the best of straight tresses, comments Rivera. “The cut looks perfect with highlights, balayage, or a subtle ombré. You can also gain volume with the use of a round brush when drying,” she notes. “For straight hair, the most important thing to look out for is the layering,” adds Polko. “That’s what makes your cut able to grow out and last. Environment and heat can cause breakage, but layers can camouflage it and make it last longer between cuts.”

2.Straight: Classic Lob

Classic Lob

Emma Roberts’s lob possesses a timeless elegance that has us mesmerized. “The beauty of a lob is the straight lines and emphasis on the neck accentuating the lines of your jaw and lips,” says Dear. When styling, “utilize smoothing serums for shine and to keep from getting tangled. Dry with a paddle brush.”

To create beautiful waves, “It totally eliminates the blow-dry and curl steps by making a blow-dryer that curls like an iron.”

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3.Straight: Cascading Layers

Cascading Layers

Cascading layers create the illusion of volume with minimal styling. And since great hair starts in the shower, “Focus on hair health by using a treatment masque, and using a protective leave-in to reduce dry time and have a better air-dry result,” says Polko. Just keep in mind that you’ll still need to keep up with the breakage to avoid the tell-tale V-shape in the back, she notes. “It’s better to sacrifice a little length to have a more blunt end than to keep the tail.”

4.Straight: Overgrown Shag

Overgrown Shag

Looking to grow out your shag? Then it may look something like Kristin Cavallari’s ‘do. A long, overgrown shag works well with a straight mane. Just air-dry and tousle your hair to add a bit of texture.

5.Wavy: Face-Framing Layers

Face-Framing Layers

Ask for lots of face-framing layers (or DIY) to prevent your natural texture from overpowering you. Believe it or not, the right cut—and not just the right products—can help to keep your waves effortless, cool, and even frizz-free. Got second-day hair? “You can create an easy slicked-back look by working with your natural oils and even adding a hair mask at the very front to slick your hair down in place of hairspray,”

6.Wavy: Shoulder-Length Shag

Shoulder-Length Shag

Lucy Hale’s ’70s-inspired ‘do has the perfect lived-in texture. For longer, wavy hair, a shoulder-length shag that you can just scrunch with salt spray is the ultimate in low-maintenance hairstyles. Equally low-maintenance are accessories. “I love using accessories, like snap clips, headbands, or giant scrunchies. They can elevate your style and tie it all together without much work,”

7.Wavy: Asymmetrical With Deep Side Part

Asymmetrical With Deep Side Part

An asymmetrical cut with a deep side part is perfect for wavy hair if you’re looking for ease of styling. Rivera says, “Add some styling mousse and a bit of root booster for texture. Partially dry the hair focusing on the roots and then allow the remainder to air dry. Style with your fingertips for a natural look. If you’re going for sleek, tuck one side behind your ear” à la Keri Russell.

8.Wavy: Tousled Pixie

Tousled Pixie

If you have wavy hair and aren’t afraid to go short, choose a tousled pixie cut. Waves lend texture to this classic style which requires little to no upkeep. “Any strong shape in a haircut shouldn’t require a ton of styling,” says Hardges. “Undercuts and pixie cuts are my faves though, just a little finger tousling, maybe a spray wax for texture, and hold and then out the door you go.”

9.Curly: Extra-Long Layers

Extra-Long Layers

To get Kelly Rowland’s super-tight curls, keep your layers extra-long in front to avoid having to fight with curls in your face. For the ultimate curly girl method, Dear suggests a Deva cut, which is specifically geared towards those with natural waves or curls. “It is a technique used to help your curls be supported and grow out effortlessly,” she explains. “A good curly haircut is all about the grow out—how the shape will look and transform once it starts to grow,”

10.Curly: Mid-Length U-Cut

Mid-Length U-Cut

If you’re looking to maintain your length and a style that will allow you to show off your curly texture, a U-shaped haircut is a great option. “Mid-length U-cuts are great for naturally curly hair,” Rivera tells us. “The cut allows you to remove some bulk, making the hair easier to tame and it also serves to emphasize longer loose curls,” she says.

Mid-length U-shaped cuts provide a myriad of styling options like the fashionable and foolproof high ponytail. Dress it up or down by selecting the right elastic or ponytail holder—and don’t forget a bit of curl cream to define curls and add bounce.

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11.Thick: Blunt Bangs

Blunt Bangs

Since a thick mane can take a long time to dry and style, consider going short to cut down on maintenance time. Tyra Banks’s bowl cut is dare-we-say “fierce.” She pulls off a blunt bang to a T since the weight and density of her hair—plus a little gravity—naturally allow it to drape across her forehead (read: no stringy separation here).

12.Thick: Tiered Layers

Tiered Layers

Although blunt bangs tend to flatter thick hair, an overall blunt cut doesn’t pose as the best option for this particular texture. Choose long layers instead, which will take off some of the weight to speed up styling. “Long seamless layers give internal movement, so you can’t tell where one layer starts and/or ends,” says Holly Dear, stylist and founder of House of Dear.

13.Thick: Choppy Bob

Choppy Bob

Olivia Wilde’s layered bob is edgy meets elegance. “A chin-touching bob with choppy layers is a great look that is easy to maintain if you’re blessed with thick locks. The cut removes bulk making it easier to manage,” comments Gina Rivera, founder of Phenix Salon Suites. To get the most out of this look, she suggests applying a styling cream to damp hair—no blow-drying required.

14.Thick: Face-Framing Layers

Frace-Framing Layers

Ask for long layers around your face to create movement and a flattering, face-framing shape. Have your stylist tailor your layers to best complement your natural texture and face shape. “Find a stylist that takes the time to listen and understand your hair and your lifestyle,” says Leigh Hardges, stylist and natural hair specialist at Maxine Salon. “Also good, professional products and tools will make your life a breeze.”

15.Thin: Lob


When it comes to thin or fine hair, you can’t go wrong with the ever-versatile and low-maintenance lob. “To really emphasize fullness, add a small amount of mousse, turn the head upside down, and scrunch the hair slightly while drying. To finish, flip hair upwards and use your fingers to tousle the hair from underneath rather than combing it out. Finish with a spritz for a fun edgy look,” instructs Rivera.

If you have thin hair, your aim is to enhance body and density. Allow a little length to the collarbone because it adds the appearance of fullness, especially if the ends are slightly turned under.

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16.Thin: Blunt Shag

Blunt Shag

The shag is back and better than ever. Although it has traditionally been worn by those who have medium to thick hair, Dear says that fine-haired folks can also rock this cut: “Blunt ends give integrity to this shape and the shag allows a face-framing and carefree movement for an overall fuller look.” To style, “add Living Proof Texture Volumizer ($27) and Dry Volume Blast ($32) for hold and texture. Dry hair back and forth using your fingers or a paddle brush.”

17.Thin: Blunt Bob

Blunt Bob

Thin hair has a hard time maintaining volume, so instead of fighting to create fullness with lots of layers (and styling products), embrace an easy, one-length cut. Ask your stylist for a blunt cut—blunt ends create the illusion of thickness. For all hair types, but straight hair especially, “a stylist should focus on the problem areas for the client like cowlicks or thinning hair because those can pose bigger problems as they grow out,” says Hardges.

18.Thin: The Updated “Rachel”

The Updated "Rachel"

Hair that falls just below the shoulders weighs itself down just enough so you won’t have to fuss with a ton of product and heat styling. If you do want to speed up the drying process, Hardges recommends using a blow-dry brush like the Trademark Beauty Easy Blo . “The combination of heat and varied bristle lengths provides the tension needed to really smooth the hair. Plus it’s super lightweight, making it very easy to maneuver.”

19.Curly: Angular Lob

Angular Lob

An A-line or angular lob that’s longer in the front and slightly shorter in the back adds shape to curly hair, giving it a built-in style even when you wash and go. “Medium hair is all in the layers. This is what will keep your hair from looking triangular as it grows,” notes Laura Polko, celebrity hairstylist and NatureLab.Tokyo ambassador. Follow Chrissy Teigen’s lead and take your long bob to the next level by wearing it “wet.” We can’t stop screenshotting these long bob haircuts.

20.Curly: Long and Layered

Long and Layered

Opt for curls that fall below your collarbone, and ask for plenty of layers throughout to remove some of the bulk. “For curls, length is important. Curly hair has a more awkward grow-out pattern, so the longer it is, the easier to maintain,” . To achieve Salma Hayek’s effortless waves, Dear says to apply curl cream while hair is still wet. Scrunch and let dry naturally or diffuse if in a hurry.


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