When it comes to our hair, we like anything that makes our daily lives just a bit easier. For those of us who typically hit snooze on our alarms each morning before leaving the house for a long work commute, spending hours sectioning, brushing, and blow drying our strands isn’t ideal.
If you’re in need of some low-maintenance inspiration, we’ve rounded up 41 of the best low maintenance haircuts and hairstyles for every hair type to help simplify your routine and embrace your natural texture.
What is the most low maintenance haircut?
The most low-maintenance haircuts are very short haircuts like pixies and cuts with long layers that make styling easy and don’t require a ton of salon maintenance. While you’ll still need to see your stylist every few months to keep your cut looking its best, you can go longer between appointments.
Are layers low maintenance?
Some layered styles like short, choppy layers require a lot of maintenance. If you’re searching for a low-maintenance layered haircut, however, opt for long layers that will grow out seamlessly.
What is the easiest hairstyle to maintain?
Hairstyles like simple braids, ponytails, and buns are the easiest to maintain, as well as embracing your natural texture.
If you’re searching for the best low maintenance haircuts and styles for your hair type, keep scrolling for 41 of our favorite ideas.
The Best Low Maintenance Haircuts For Curly Hair
If you’re a naturalista, you might be wondering what length is best for wearing your natural texture every day. A mid-length cut is a safe choice for every curly hair type. When you’re wearing your natural texture, use a styling product like Mizani’s Curl Define Pudding to shape and style your texture. Not sure which curl type you have? Check out our guide.
If you’re searching for a breezy cut that will eliminate some weight from your curls, you’ll absolutely love a layered bob. If you want to keep your layered curly hair looking flawless throughout the day, you’ll need to add a few frizz-fighting products to your routine.
Begin with an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner system made specifically for curls like Matrix Total Results Curl Please Shampoo and Conditioner. This system cleanses and moisturizes wavy and curly hair to control frizz and define curls. When it’s time to style, use a hair gel like Matrix Total Results Curl Please Super Defrizzer Gel.
The best low maintenance cuts allow you to apply your favorite styling products, quickly air dry your mane, and head out of the door to start the day. If you’re on the lookout for a curly chop ideal for air drying, we love the look of a curly pixie cut.
If you're looking for volume in all the right places, ask your stylist for a triangle cut.
The Best Low Maintenance Hairstyles For Curly Hair
Sleek High Ponytail
Pop On A Headband
Pulled-Back With Butterfly Clips
‘90s babies, you’re going to love this one! Use a few butterfly clips to keep your ringlets away from your face and secure throughout the day.
The Best Low Maintenance Haircuts For Wavy Hair
Lots Of Layers
Because blunt cuts can sometimes weigh down your waves, women with wavy hair should ask for layers of various lengths. Layers can instantly give your hair the movement and texture it needs.
With the revival of mullet hair, we’ve been so inspired by choppy haircuts—especially on wavy hair. For a low-maintenance cut on wavy strands, opt for short hair with choppy layers. Use a light hold hairspray like Pureology Style & Protect Soft Finish Hairspray to give your look a flexible, radiant finish.
Thinking of adding a fringe to your new cut? Softer, piece-y bangs pair perfectly with delicate waves.
Long Curtain Bangs
While shorter curtain bangs will need to be trimmed every four to six weeks, a longer curtain fringe blends more with the rest of your mane, making them super low-maintenance. We love how effortlessly curtain bangs pair with natural waves.
The Best Low Maintenance Hairstyles For Wavy Hair
If you have very long hair, a half-up bun is a great way to keep your strands out of your face while also letting you show off some length. Secure your bun with a hair scrunchie and lock your look in place with a few spritzes of hairspray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Extreme Lacquer High Hold Hairspray.
Is there anything more low-maintenance than air drying your hair? We think not! If you’re already working with wavy hair, apply an air-dry hair product throughout your strands, and let your natural texture work its magic. We love Biolage Styling Airdry Glotion Multi-Benefit Styling Spray. This formula boosts shine, enhances shape, and detangles for managed, frizz-controlled hair.
Tucked Behind Ears
Giving your waves a sophisticated look is as effortless as tucking your hair behind your ears on one side. Use a few spritzes of hairspray like Pureology Style + Protect Soft Finish Hairspray to give your look flexible, brushable hold.
The Best Low Maintenance Haircuts For Fine Hair
Deep Side Part
Fine hair has a reputation for lacking volume. A deep side part is a great way to create lift at the root quickly. Since all of your hair is pulled to one side, this hairstyle is a major win for women with fine hair who long for a voluminous look. Add even more volume to your hair with a few spritzes of volumizing hairspray like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Hairspray.
If you have fine strands, you might want to avoid lengthy cuts that weigh your hair down. Instead, opt for a cut that falls just above your shoulders. If you struggle with hair that looks limp and flat, add body to your look with a densifying hair mousse like Kérastase Densifique Densimorphose Hair Mousse.
For those with fine hair—the shorter the ‘do, the better. While we love the look of any bob, an angular bob is perfect for creating the illusion of having more hair in the front, while the back is just a bit shorter—keeping it low maintenance.
Bangs can instantly make any hairstyle appear fuller. For fine hair, opt for a full-on fringe that instantly draws attention to your face.
The Best Low Maintenance Hairstyles For Fine Hair
Searching for an easy way to fake thicker, fuller strands? Apply a few spritzes of Pureology Style + Protect Wind Tossed Texture Finishing Spray throughout your fine hair to amp up your texture with long-lasting, flexible hold.
If you’re looking for something more to do with your undone, beachy texture, throw it in a quick ponytail. Loosen a few pieces of hair to frame your face to create a softer look. If you’re working with second-day hair, use a dry shampoo paste like Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05 to absorb oil and give your mane reworkable hold and volume.
An accent three-strand braid is perfect for fine hair and only takes five minutes or less to achieve! Pro tip: Be sure to pancake the braid for added fullness and volume.
Slicked Back With Flipped Out Ends
If you have short fine hair, a slicked-back wet look with flipped out ends is a ‘70s-inspired ‘do that will help to make your hair appear thicker (and stay looking flawless no matter where your day takes you).
The Best Low Maintenance Haircuts For Thick Hair
Who doesn’t love a long layered haircut? While layers that are too short can make thick strands appear bulky, long layers can provide just enough movement while leaving your hair easy to manage.
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Whichever length or style you choose, face-framing layers can softly frame your face and take away any unnecessary fullness, giving the rest of your mane time to shine! If you want to keep your thick mane smooth and frizz-free, use a blow dry primer like Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer Cream before a blowout. This product reduces blow-dry time, protects from heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, helps reduce breakage, and provides 24-hour lasting volume without weighing hair down.
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Buzzing away the bottom half of your hair may not be for everyone. If you have thick hair, however, a daring undercut can easily cut your styling time in half! Simply use a hair gel like Biolage Styling Gelee All Purpose Styling Gel to slick back the top half of your hair for a look that’s extra edgy and shows off your undercut.
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A stacked bob is longer in the front with layers that gradually get shorter at the back of your head. The chic cut instantly gives any thick mane a light, bouncy feel.
The Best Low Maintenance Hairstyles For Thick Hair
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If you’re thinking of styling a bun, a simple hair elastic might not be enough to keep your thick hair in place. Once your bun is secured with a hair elastic, wrap a hair scarf around the base to ensure it stays put all day.
If you have thicker strands, achieving long-lasting volume should be a total breeze. Opt for a high, voluminous ponytail and apply a few spritzes of Matrix StyleLink Volume Fixer Volumizing Hairspray for 24-hour volume with moveable texture and hold.
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Not quite sure what to do with all that hair? When in doubt, opt for a French braid. The look is stylish, simple, and can keep your thick hair in check all day long. Complete your look with a few spritzes of Redken Forceful 23 Anti-Frizz Super Strength Hairspray.
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If you’re searching for a low-maintenance style guaranteed to keep your plentiful mane out of your face, opt for a crown braid.
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Double Twisted Bun
You have a lot of hair to work with, so there’s no reason not to show it off. Split your strands into two even sections and create double twisted buns. This chic, easy updo is perfect for any occasion and will last throughout the day.
The Best Low Maintenance Haircuts For Straight Hair
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One of the best things about naturally straight hair is how easy it is to style. Rolling out of bed with perfectly sleek strands is every girl’s dream. If you love wearing your natural texture on a daily basis, a lengthier cut with basic long layers may be perfect for you.
If you want to keep your long hair as healthy as possible, add a shampoo and conditioner system like Redken Extreme Length Shampoo and Conditioner With Biotin to your routine. This system strengthens damaged hair and helps hair to grow longer and stronger.
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Glass hair has been one of the biggest beauty trends since 2018, and we don’t see the sleek, blunt bob losing popularity anytime soon. Women with straight hair have a particularly easy time sporting this cut. If you’re dealing with frizz, we recommend the Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Anti-Frizz Serum. This formula provides high shine as it controls rebellious, unruly hair.
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Traditional Pixie Cut
When it comes to low maintenance cuts, pixies are at the top of the list. If you have straight hair, a traditional pixie cut will be the wash-and-go hairstyle of your dreams!
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Looking for a cut that will instantly bring texture to your stick-straight strands? Ask your stylist for a pixie with tons of layers.
The Best Low Maintenance Hairstyles For Straight Hair
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If you’re looking for a low maintenance hairstyle you can achieve on second-day hair, you can’t go wrong with a low, double bun hairstyle. Apply a few spritzes of dry shampoo like Kérastase Fresh Affair Refreshing Dry Shampoo throughout your hair to give it a quick refresh before you style. Bonus? It smells delicious!
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Straight And Sleek
Working with pin-straight hair? Don’t change a thing! To keep your pin-straight strands smooth and frizz-free, apply a few spritzes of the Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Oil-In Serum. The formula helps prevent excess volume, puffiness, and frizz while increasing manageability.
Interested in trying a low-maintenance haircut or style? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.