Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube -- a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than 5 million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.
Confession: Unless my head has touched a yoga mat or a pilates reformer, I don't wash my hair. I don't have the time or motivation to blow it out and style it, plus daily washing is supposed to be damaging (right?). If I had a bob, I'd just attempt a circa 2007 Alexa Chung -- dry shampoo, haphazardly curl, and go. But my hair is long and at this point, my dependable side Dutch-braid and messy bun (or my I-give-up beanie) basically scream UNWASHED. I've run out of tricks and I can't be the only one...
But then I came across a trifecta of quick and easy dirty hair styling tips from Casey Holmes that result in professionally-styled-looking creations. And they look simple enough for those of us less than dexterous self-stylists to pull off. First, the vlogger (who kind of resembles Kendall Jenner if she was from Georgia) walks us through the proper dry shampoo application process, which apparently I've been doing wrong this entire time. Then she quickly pulls off an update on a side bubble braid with an alternating sequence of a lazy girl's fishtail plait and a simple twist.
The second look is an up-do similar to my trusty unwashed braid-bun, but perfect for people who have a hard time managing the side Dutch/French braid. She does a two-stranded twist along the side of the hairline and pulls the rest of her hair into a bun-maker for a look that could pass for a red carpet coif. (And I learned how that donut-shaped apparatus actually works.) For the last look, Holmes gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a voluminous top-knot (minus a bun-making assist) that she guarantees will stay up all day.
So now I have zero excuses for wearing a beanie to work and even less incentive to wash my hair. (Sorry, husband.)