"Models” and “lazy” aren’t two words that are usually used in the same sentence, but when it comes to hair… well, we’re starting to think they should be. The leggy fashion elite are the ones who started the model-off-duty hair trend, after all—that windswept, tousled, “I tumbled out of bed five minutes before my casting” look that screams blasé yet beautiful. We’ve interviewed our fair share of models, and we are starting to notice that while some have a makeup prowess that rivals the makeup artists who paint their faces (hi, Anja Rubik) and others have a decidedly more pared-down vanity, they all have one thing in common: a relatively low-key—dare we say, lazy—hair routine. Lest you get confused, the model version of lazy is not equivalent to the “Postmates Chinese food from the restaurant downstairs” type of lazy. Rather, the model version of lazy simply implies minimal effort with maximum results. Keep scrolling to see what we mean…
We’re all about beauty treatments that work while we sleep—and platinum-haired model and CK One ambassador Vickatrillion agrees. “Take coconut oil, put it all over your hair under a beanie cap or shower cap, and sleep with it in,” she says. “It’s the best thing to relieve breakage and keep it healthy. I do this four to five times a month.” Click here to read more of her beauty secrets (like why she uses potatoes to lighten under-eye circles).
If your hair is straight or fine, coax out tousled waves by employing Anja Rubik’s trick. “You can do little buns on top of your head, and then when you let it go, it has that natural wave,” she tells us. See more of Rubik’s fascinating beauty routine here.
Joan Smalls told Estée Stories that her trick for deep-conditioning her hair is to leave a hair mask in her strands all day. “I comb it through my hair and put my hair in a bun,” she says. “My other tip is to leave conditioner in your hair, then add a bit of gel so it holds the curl and you get the conditioning benefits." Think of it this way—if you were already going to put your hair in a sleek topknot, why not swap hairspray and gel for conditioner? Your hair will soak up the hydrating ingredients as the day goes on, and when you finally rinse it out at the end of the night, your strands will be silky smooth. So smart.
This trick might not work on every hair type, but Dree Hemingway credits it as the reason for her perpetually soft, tousled strands: she barely shampoos. “I don’t own a blow-dryer,” she tells us. “I basically just condition my hair.” Otherwise known as co-washing (washing your hair with conditioner), this technique has long been used by curly-haired curls to keep their strands moisturised. We recommend a gentle cleansing conditioner that won’t strip your strands, like Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner (£18).
Kendall Jenner told us that her version of “doing” her hair is not what you’d expect. Hint: it involves sleeping. “My hair is so stick straight and silky,” she says. “So when I sleep with it wet and wake up in the morning, it has this nice texture to it.” Contrary to popular belief, this probably won’t make you catch a cold, which is why we’ll be employing it immediately (try switching to a silk pillowcase, like Iluminage Beauty Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase, £50).
Find out the rest of Kendall Jenner’s beauty secrets in our exclusive interview!