For me, there's one celebrity who epitomizes the very concept of a great hair day: Jennifer Aniston. From her cult "Rachel" haircut of the '90s to her distinctive bouncy waves of today, Aniston just might have the most iconic hair in the business. In fact, I can't think of a single time I've seen her snapped with a hair out of place. So what's the secret to enjoying a good hair day every damn day?
Before we get into it, I feel compelled to provide a bit of a disclaimer here. If you're like me, you have a bit of a love-hate relationship with your hair. I love how long it can last between washes but hate that it has a total life of its own. Also, I'm going to admit that Aniston's daily hair routine might cause you to feel a little green-eyed. Keep scrolling to reveal how Jennifer Aniston keeps her hair looking amazing.
Despite how gorgeous Aniston's hair always looks, it turns out that her hair routine is fuss-free and incredibly simple: "Yesterday it took me 15 minutes to get up, get my hair done, and go," she revealed in an interview with Allure. "I honestly just blow-dry it with my fingers around my hairline, and then I get the roots set, and then I'll let the rest of the hair air-dry."
As if that one revelation wasn't enough (seriously, Jen—you don't need the help of a hair dryer to get your hair to fall so perfectly?), it turns out that Aniston isn't particularly concerned about a regular hair wash, either. In fact, she only shampoos every two or three days: "I'll use a little bit of the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo ($27) on my roots on the second day after I've shampooed," she said.
Let's be real for a second, though: Not all of us have been blessed by the hair gods as Aniston has. With all of the best intention in the world, if I only put the hair dryer on my hairline and left the rest of my hair to do its own thing, I'd be dealing with an absolute bird's nest by the time I got to the office. But there's a solution: air-dry hair products. Yes, there's a whole wave of formulas out there that are designed to give your natural hair a little helping hand without you having to rely on heat styling. They're formulated to work with your hair's natural texture, so you apply them to damp hair to help shape, smooth, and define your strands into something that just might resemble Aniston's (if you're lucky). Keep scrolling for more of her iconic hair looks and the air-dry hair products that will help you re-create them at home.
A blend of nourishing coconut oil and shine-boosting comfrey oil, this air-dry product leaves hair smooth, shiny, and with an Aniston-approved gleam. Smooth a small amount from the middle to the ends of damp hair, and leave it to work its magic.
Perfect for girls with a natural wave or kink to their hair, this innovative foam product works to enhance your natural wave patterns. Massage a pump or two into damp hair (like you would a mousse), and it will soften, fight frizz, and add definition to re-create Aniston's iconic beachy texture.
Not only does this unique spray reduce frizz, nourish strands, and protect your hair from breakage, but it also speeds up the air-drying process. Spray it through your hair in sections, twisting and scrunching as you go to mimic some of Aniston's curly volume. The drying effects will get to work immediately.
Ideal for shorter styles or finer hair, this leave-in styling treatment contains a thickening molecule to boost your hair's volume so you can mimic Aniston's height at the roots. Work it through your hair with your hands—from roots to tips—for effortless everyday styling.
This expert formulation uses Airtex technology to infuse your hair with flexible polymers that optimize your air-dry time and encourage natural movement and bounce. Your hair will be left sleek and frizz-free but with all the texture of Aniston's '90s waves.
Formulated specifically with thick hair in mind, this is my personal air-dry product of choice. I smooth a dollop between my hands, and then massage it through towel-dried hair, twisting my hair as I go to add texture. It creates a cool, tousled finish, and it contains UV filters to protect from sun damage.
To re-create Aniston's wavy strands if you're lacking in natural texture, try smoothing this lightweight lotion through freshly washed hair before bed. Come morning, you'll have mermaid texture without any damage caused.
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.