If you’re looking for quick fix for greasy hair, we can help. Here are 13 easy ways to hide oily roots without the faff of washing your strands… Enjoy the extra half an hour in bed.
- 1. Fake an undercut
- 2. Try a silk scarf
- 3. Add extra height to your crown
- 4. Hey ‘hun’ 👋
- 5. Embrace the beachy wave
- 6. Claw clips = life
- 7. Switch to a side parting
- 8. A halo braid will help
- 9. Channel your inner Blair Waldorf
- 10. Tame that cowlick
- 11. Dutch braids = greasy fringe disguiser
- 12. Sleep with your hair in twists
- 13. Throw a hat on
- Type 1 hair (straight): Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle, $20
- For type 2 hair (waves): Dove Care Between Washes Restyler Re-Styling Milk, $5
- Type 3 hair (curls): Living Proof No-Frizz Instant De-Frizzer, $29
- Type 4 hair (coils): Tresemmé Between Washes Curl Reviving Styling Foam, $5
- How To Go A Week Without Washing Your Hair Because It’s Good For You, I Swear
- 1. Shampoo Twice Using A Clarifying Shampoo
- 2. Only Condition The Ends
- 3. Avoid Oils
- 4. Don’t Touch It!
- 5. Use A Texturing Spray
- 6. Pull It Back As Often As Possible
- 7. Poof Your Front Pieces
- 8. Use Your Sunglasses As A Headband
- 9. Dry Shampoo Is Your Friend, But Not Right Away
- 10. Brush, Brush, Brush
- 11. Rinse With Water
- 12. Experiment With Other Hairstyles
- 5 Must-Know Rules for Styling Second-Day Hair (Because Who Has Time to Shower Every Day?)
- 1. Don’t do a second blow-dry
- 2. Shape it in sections
- 3. Absorb oil before you style
- 4. Don’t add more heat protectant
- 5. Preserve hair at night
- If Not Daily Then How Often?
- Yeah But, How Often?
- 5 Tricks To Make Your Strands Look Clean When They’re Really Not
- Quick Hairstyles for Dirty Hair
- Tutorial: 4 EASY Hairstyles to SAVE DIRTY HAIR
- If-all-else-fails headband
- 5 Easy Second-Day Hairstyles
- For Short hair
- For Medium-length hair
- For Long hair
- 10 Styling Tricks That Make Dirty Hair Look Clean
- Conceal Grease With A Water-Activated Matte Pomade
- Brush With Boar Bristles to Disperse Oil
- Fake a Blow Out With Micronized Corn Silk
- Dry Up Oil With Ionic Technology
- When In Doubt, Slip On a Sweat-Wicking, Full-Coverage Headband
- Add Some Volume with Silica-Based Powder
- Prime Your Hair for Style That Lasts Two-Times Longer
- Absorb Oil, Add Texture, and Make Volume Last
- Get Rid of Build-Up With Soothing Peppermint & Avocado
- Use Bump-Free Elastics for Braiding Dirty Hair
- Messy Bun
- Scarf Bun Updo
- Sleek Bun
- Boxer Braids
- Messy Fishtail Plaits
- Cap Hair
- Scarf Wrapped Hairstyle
- Messy Ponytail
- Sleek Ponytail
- The Hun
- Half-up Braid Hairstyle
- Hair Accessories
- Root-Concealing Headband
- Twisted Double buns
- Milkmaid Braid
- Braided Fishtail Ponytail
- Braids for Short Greasy Hair
- Undone Ponytail for Long Greasy Hair
- Pull-Through Braid
- Bouffant Bun
1. Fake an undercut
Hide greasy hair days by styling them into a faux undercut. Adding two rows of twisted knots will camouflage greasy roots whilst taming flyaways or frizz – a great option if you have curly hair. Spritz the rest of your strands with Oribe’s dry texturizing spray (from £20) and the extra volume will disguise any dirtiness.
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2. Try a silk scarf
Invest in a pretty patterned headband like this one from Asos (£8), it’ll hide dirty hair whilst still looking cute-as-can-be.
ASOS ASOS DESIGN headband with oversized scarf ties in snake print asos.com £3.00
3. Add extra height to your crown
If you want to counter flat, greasy roots, use a clip to pull back the top section and then mist with hairspray. Leave it up whilst you’re getting ready (for at least 10 mins), then take the hair down and run your fingers through the strands to separate. It’ll help cheat extra height and lift roots, giving the appearance of fresher hair.
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4. Hey ‘hun’ 👋
The half up bun (aka, the hun), was made for can’t-be-bothered-to-wash-your-hair days. Prep strands with a dry shampoo like Batiste to add volume and thickness, then section off the top section and pull it back into a messy topknot. Secure with a few pins, then gently tug at strands to loosen the style and give an ‘undone’ finish.
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5. Embrace the beachy wave
Textured, wavy hair, is the best way to hide unwashed roots. Embrace the texture by spritzing your hair with a wave spray like this one from Ouai (from £10), it’ll give you messy, dishevelled cool-girl hair with zero effort.
Courtesy of brand OUAI Haircare Wave Spray OUAI Haircare cultbeauty.co.uk £10.00
6. Claw clips = life
Invest in a couple of claw clips, and trust me, your greasy hair struggles will be over. Whip your hair up into a twist, fasten it into a bun, or pull half of it up into clip, the added height and texture at your roots will hide any oiliness, instantly.
ASOS Designb metallic resin hair claw DesignB London asos.com £1.50
7. Switch to a side parting
Parting hair down the centre can leave the roots looking a bit flat – a no-no if you’ve got greasy hair as it’ll emphasise the dirtiness. Opt for a deep side parting instead and your hair will instantly look thicker plus it’ll hide any straggly-ness.
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8. A halo braid will help
Plaiting hair along the top of your head into a halo will act as the perfect cover for dirty roots. Pull out a few strands around your hairline to soften the style and you’re all set.
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9. Channel your inner Blair Waldorf
Let’s be honest, our Gossip Girl fave would never get caught with greasy hair, but we can’t all be as classy as B. We can all steal her signature hair accessory though…Yep a humble headband offers the perfect disguise on greasy hair days.
Urban Outfitters Top Knot Headband Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com US$17.00
10. Tame that cowlick
Unwashed hair tends to emphasise any kinks and curls, particularly cowlicks, as the hair clumps together. Here’s the best way to fight the flick…
11. Dutch braids = greasy fringe disguiser
Twin braids are an easy option if you need to hide an oily fringe. Braid from the hairline backwards and then tease the plaits to loosen and give a softer vibe. Pretty and practical.
12. Sleep with your hair in twists
Prevent greasy-looking bedhead by sleeping with your strands in loose twists. It’ll give you a soft wave and volume that’ll counteract any flat, pillow hair.
13. Throw a hat on
If you struggle when it comes to complicated hairstyles, throw on a beanie or cap to hide those greasy roots. Asos’ hat game is on point right now, here’s a few of our faves…
ASOS ASOS DESIGN wool beret asos.com £10.00 ASOS Boardmans beanie hat with faux fur pom asos.com £4.00 ASOS Weekday Frank Knitted Beanie asos.com £7.00
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Myth: Clean hair is better to work with when it comes to styling your hair.
FALSE. While we’re not recommending you become part of the great unwashed, embracing your second-day locks can be the perfect styling decision.
Freshly washed and dried hair may seem like the road to gorgeousness, but it isn’t nearly as easy to work with as hair that was washed a day or two ago. Clean and fresh hair is a little “too” perfect. Squeaky clean hair can slip out of pins and be rather rude to the style you are attempting to obtain. Even creating a braided or more intricate look at home will be a lot easier to manage if you do it on a day you haven’t washed your hair.
“When I’m getting ready for a wedding, photo shoot or fashion show, I always recommend my clients wash their hair the night before,” says Mia Silverio at Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa. “It’s true that natural oils do make it easier to sculpt and shape the hair. On the other hand, when hair is clean, it’s often slippery to work with, and usually requires more product in order to shape and create your desired style. If you’re working with dirty hair, it holds better with heated styling tools such as a curling iron,” says Silverio.
“The best styles for dirty hair are usually top knots, and messy braids because you need the added texture anyway. Just add some dry texture spray and pull up into an effortless updo,” says Judy McGuiness, stylist at Mizu new york salon.
In general, spreading your time between shampoos is just a wiser idea. “We often recommend that clients not wash their hair for three to four days. If clients are using the right products and blow drying their hair, their style can last at least that long. Overwashing the hair can actually make it more oily, particularly if using very hot water. The hot water strips moisture from the scalp, the scalp then goes into overdrive to replace the lost oils,” says Jonathan Elkhouri, master stylist and owner of Salon Khouri.
And, yes, the hair holds the style better when it is not freshly washed. “In fact, we ask some of our updo clients to come in with at least day old hair, whereas before, we would ask them to come with clean, dry hair,” says Elkhouri.
Dirty hair is especially better than clean hair for fishtail braids and braided crown styles. Damien Carney, Joico International’s artistic director, says that if the hair is too clean, this often makes it harder to control the braiding and overall effect.
“When hair is too clean, it can be static-y, overly soft and hard to control. Hair can be slippery and often hard to braid and secure with a hair band or hair pins. Fresh clean hair often loses all the cool delicate textures that natural oils, humidity and moisture create. This is important, because texture is key when braiding. You want to look more like you’ve stepped off the runway than out of the salon… quick, cool, semi-undone and not overly perfect,” says Carney.
“Often when hair is ‘second day,’ the natural oils add subtle textures, kinks, waves, etc. can help to improve and create your braided look, since the hair is easier to control. Often, finer hair has more body or flexibility second-day. In this case, characteristics we often try to avoid are what we want: frizzy, thick, unruly hair is easier to control. The hair has settled and is easier to manage,” Carney says.
Hair should never look lifeless, flat to the head, greasy or grungy, Carney cautions. Greasy is not the look to go for when creating braids. There’s nothing sexy or modern about greasy hair. However, hair that’s been a little lived in? You can get a whole lot more life out of it.
Read more: You’re Doing it Wrong: Washing Your Hair
Many hair gurus advocate not washing hair daily, for the good of your hair. However, in a country with a summer-round weather like Singapore, it can be a challenge trying not to wash the hair that often, especially if you have long, thick hair. Or sometimes, you’re in a rush and you just don’t have the time for even a quick shower, let alone washing your hair.
Of course, washing your hair correctly is no easy feat either, and it’s definitely an art to going days and days between shampoos. It may take you a while to get used to clean your hair without washing with shampoo, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run. Think healthy and shiny hair, without those chemicals that you subject the hair to when you wash with shampoo!
So, if you want to give the trend of cleaning your hair without having to wash it, try these hacks to get clean hair with no shampoo, or on those mornings when hair washing is out of the question.
1. Use dry shampoo and use it right
On those unwashed hair days, dry shampoo is definitely your best friend since it’s one of the main ways to prolong a regular shampoo. Nothing does the trick of making your hair look clean even when it’s not washed. Well, if you don’t use it the right way, it may not work the way you want it to. Make sure you do these: wait a few minutes before brushing and styling, hold and spray at least six inches away from your hair, and give your hair one to two days rest from dry shampoo. Spritz away and blow dry! You’ll be amazed at how fresh your hair looks after that.
2. Use an alternative if necessary
If you find that your scalp gets itchy from using the conventional dry shampoo, try using an alternative such as baby powder, or even a DIY version. For example, sprinkling baby powder on your hands and then running it through your hair, while paying special attention to the roots, the hairline and underneath, will make it instantly look and smell fresher. It will also soak up the grease accumulated and make it look freshly washed. Such alternatives contain less chemicals, so they won’t irritate your skin after use, and of course, you’ll save some money.
3. Use a shower cap when you shower
If you’re not washing your hair, putting on a shower cap when showering helps to keep your hair dry. Doing this also helps to prevent heat, humidity and stray water droplets from getting onto your hair, which may make it look frizzier.
4. Strategically using hair accessories
If you plan your hairstyle and use accessories strategically, you’ll be able to skip washing your hair for a week or even longer effectively. You can use a plain, sparkly or beaded headband to hide greasy hair while looking cute and perky, which is a style that suits almost everyone. Another suggestion can be twisting the front of your hair in goddess-style and use a pretty crystal hair clip to hold it back. These can help to mask the fact that you haven’t washed your hair for some time.
5. Gradually phase out daily washes over time
Washing your hair will always be a bit of a hassle. But what you can do to make life slightly easier for yourself is to make it such that you don’t have to wash your hair quite as often. If you’re already used to the habit of washing your hair every day, don’t try to get to a once-a-week wash straight away. Instead, you should try to wash your hair every other day for a month, then every third day, and so on until you’re finally used to only washing your hair once a week.
Bear in mind that not only does washing your hair take time, washing it too much can actually encourage moreoil production from the hair, leading it to get greasier faster. Washing your hair less means healthier hair in the long run, but no one wants to suffer during those greasy hair days. Try out these tips for clean, grease-free hair in between washes!
Back in the day, if you didn’t feel like washing your hair, your only option was pouring baby powder on your scalp and hoping for the best. Case in point: I’m pretty sure I attended every single day of seventh grade looking like a greased-up Martha Washington. Then, dry shampoo hit the scene and completely altered second- (and third- and fourth-) day hair as we know it. But now, in 2019, there’s a whole new game-changing crop of between-wash stylers for those of us who would rather attend Ja Rule’s next music festival than wash our hair more than two times a week.
Don’t get me wrong, I love good, old-fashioned dry shampoo as much as the next girl (maybe even more), but even I’ll admit that it has its limitations. Aside from the white residue it often leaves on top of your head (which, as we recently discovered, can be easily avoided if you hold the can eight to ten inches away from your scalp), not every situation simply calls for grease sopping.
That’s why the best between-wash product for you depends primarily on your texture. “Refreshing straight hair, where you just want to get a little volume in there, dry shampoos and powders are great,” says Dove celebrity stylist Mark Townsend. “It’s the exact opposite for girls with curls.” Because curlier textures tend to not have as much moisture (it me), the perfect between-wash products often depend on the thickness and curl type. Here, your stylist-approved guide for choosing exactly the right product to keep your hair looking fresh, no shower required.
Type 1 hair (straight): Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle, $20
It may be scary to spritz fine hair with any sort of dry-styling product, but Townsend says that there’s nothing to fear. With fine hair—especially if it’s straight—a traditional dry shampoo is a great option, because it will add texture and volume to strands that may start to look lifeless after a few days. Start at the roots, holding the can a ruler’s length distance away from the head and spray to sop up grease. Do the same throughout the lengths if you’re looking to add texture and grip. Always finish by brushing through or even going over the handiwork with a blowdryer to make sure it’s all worked in.
For type 2 hair (waves): Dove Care Between Washes Restyler Re-Styling Milk, $5
Waves lend themselves well to between-wash refreshes, mostly because they tend to look best when they’re messy (hello, beach vibes). While a spritz of salt spray has always been the go-to in this scenario, you’re really going to want to use a product that adds moisture back into your strands to keep them from looking straw-like on between wash days. Enter this restyling milk, which Townsend notes is also great for rehydrating coarse, thick hair.
Photo: Living Proof
Type 3 hair (curls): Living Proof No-Frizz Instant De-Frizzer, $29
So yeah, dry shampoo and curly hair have a complicated relationship. But that said, it’s not a totally off the table as long as you’ve got the right products. “I like this product a lot because it’s a dry conditioner that also addresses frizz,” says Maria Mahoney, Living Proof Test Salon Manager. “If I was trying to reactivate the curl, I’d use Perfecting Spray. If you have the time to get it wet, you can skip shampoo but use conditioner and follow it with your favorite curl styler.”
Type 4 hair (coils): Tresemmé Between Washes Curl Reviving Styling Foam, $5
Type 4 hair tends to get drier, which is why washing it frequently may not be the best idea. With that in mind, you’ll want to use a product with a lot of moisture that can soak up any oils from the scalp while simultaneously keeping strands hydrated. Tresemmé Between Washes Curl Reviving Styling Foam was specially formulated with exactly this in mind, and will give your curls some added oomph without making them crunchy.
When you do finally decide to wash your hair, be sure to try one of these texture-friendly conditioners. And ICYWW, this $8 bottle of the stuff totally changed the way I wash my hair.
How To Go A Week Without Washing Your Hair Because It’s Good For You, I Swear
Fact: I really don’t wash my hair that often, and you shouldn’t either. I’m going to teach you how to go a week without washing your hair, because it’s good for you. I promise!
My hair is long, thick, and wavy, so waiting hours for it to air dry (or enduring seriously sore arms while I blow dry it) is not fun. Oh, and the cursory three-day window I have to wait for the frizz to lie down and it to start to be able to hold a style. Long story short, it is not a process I’m all too keen to endure on the regs. As a result, I wash it every 1-2 weeks, more for my own personal convenience. However, as I mentioned, it turns out not washing your hair is actually good for it. Win-win!
But I’ll admit, there’s definitely an art (or maybe a science?) to going days and days between shampoos, and I’ve hands-down mastered it. Not lathering up every day or two might sound gross, but every time my friends hear that it’s been seven days since my last shampoo (key word: shampoo, not shower), they’re shocked and would have thought it was freshly washed. Nope. Just seriously strategic lazy girl hair hacks.
Here are 12 things I do to extend the life of my shampoos, while also making sure my hair still looks relatively normal (read: not falling flat, no grease, and still plenty of body).
1. Shampoo Twice Using A Clarifying Shampoo
Klorane Shampoo with Citrus Pulp, $20, Amazon
It’s going to be a while until you shampoo again — lather up good. Sometimes it isn’t dirt or oil that gets your hair looking dirty, but actually a build-up of products. Regular shampoo can’t always get rid of this, so try a clarifying shampoo every now and then to make sure you’re really getting your hair clean.
2. Only Condition The Ends
Your roots are what get the most oily, and your ends are the driest. Condition the ends for moisture, but leave it off the roots to keep your hair clean as long as possible.
3. Avoid Oils
Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream, $23, Amazon
As a girl with frizzy hair, I totally get the appeal of oils and shine serums such as Moroccan Oil, but they can be counterintuitive. It may not be naturally produced oil from your scalp, but oil is oil. And that is what you’re trying to avoid to make your shampoo last longer, so instead, use a styling cream without heavy silicones or oils. My favorite is Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream.
4. Don’t Touch It!
It’s obvious, but it needs to be said.
5. Use A Texturing Spray
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $44, Amazon
My hair never holds a style when freshly cleaned unless I let it dry wavy, so my inclination is to touch it and smooth it with my hands to help it lay down a bit, but as stated above — don’t touch it! Instead, try a texturizing spray like Oribe’s to help dirty it up a bit (without actually dirtying it up).
6. Pull It Back As Often As Possible
I swear my co-workers have literally never seen my hair down, because every time I’m working at my desk, my hair is pulled back in a messy bun. When you aren’t out socializing or needing your hair to look amaze, tie it back. I like buns because they keep the wave in my hair, but you can put it in a ponytail, a chignon, a barrette — whatever. Just keep it off your face, especially when walking around outside in the heat.
7. Poof Your Front Pieces
When you exercise, you sweat, and that makes hair get greasy more quickly. To avoid forehead sweat seeping onto your bangs or front pieces, poof them back and secure with a bobby pin. Pulling it straight back into a bun or a pony tail with an elastic will leave your front pieces (which are usually the weakest part of your hair) susceptible to breakage, so a poof is a safer option. Yes, I’m talking a Snookie poof. Just rock it.
8. Use Your Sunglasses As A Headband
I live in New York City, so walking around outside in the smog and sweating in the humidity is not conducive to keeping my hair clean. If you want to wear it down, then push your sunglasses on top of your head and use it keep your hair up and off your face. You can still wear your hair down, but you’ll help keep those front pieces sweat-free. Bonus: it helps while doing super important activities, like eating churros.
9. Dry Shampoo Is Your Friend, But Not Right Away
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $20, Amazon
I always wait as long as I can before using dry shampoo. I swear by it, but it can definitely dry your hair out, so I only like to use it once or maybe twice between shampoos. And if you use it right away, then you can’t use it again later on when it gets even dirtier. I try and wait until day four, and I spray it at night so that the oil has time to absorb while I sleep. In the morning, it always looks fresher.
10. Brush, Brush, Brush
Mason Pearson Hair Brush, $120, Amazon
As most girls with wavy hair, I used to be the girl who never owned a hair brush, but all of that has changed. Brushing with a boar bristle brush helps distribute the natural oils from scalp to ends, which helps break-up oil at the root and nourish your ends that actually need it. To keep the wave in your hair, brush at night and sleep with it in a messy bun or braid.
11. Rinse With Water
If you absolutely cannot deal, you can wash your hair, just don’t use shampoo! It’ll take as long to dry, but because it’s already dirty, it won’t dry as frizzy.
12. Experiment With Other Hairstyles
Break out the hats (my personal favorite), hair ties, and clips. Try a braid, an updo — whatever you can to hide that dirtiness. No one will be the wiser.
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5 Must-Know Rules for Styling Second-Day Hair (Because Who Has Time to Shower Every Day?)
It’s 2019: We all know we don’t have to wash our hair every day, and any good hair care routine features a healthy quantity of dry shampoo. In this enlightened age for hair, going a day or two (or more) between washes can help hair stay moisturized and healthy, but it also means figuring out how to style second-day hair.
Contrary to popular belief, if hair hasn’t been freshly washed, it does need special treatment. Treating your second-day hair like it’s fresh from the shower can damage it, undoing all the benefits of skipping every-day washes. Some second-day hairstyles are heat-free, but if you’re planning to straighten, curl, crimp, or otherwise apply heat to keep your second-day hair looking fresh, you’re going to want to follow these tips from stylist Koni Bennett.
1. Don’t do a second blow-dry
You probably blow-dry hair after a shower to give it a smooth finish. Blow-drying hair adds volume, can reduce frizz, and lets you shape hair a little without the harsher heat of a flatiron or curling tool. Blow-drying second-day hair—even though it’s already dry—might seem like a good idea to give possibly flat strands a fresh look, but the extra heat can singe those strands and cause damage to parts of hair that actually don’t need the heat or extra attention.
2. Shape it in sections
Instead of re-heating all your hair with a blow-dryer on day two, section it out into the parts that have fallen flat or crimped funnily and those that are just fine. Apply a hot tool only to the sections that truly need it to limit heat damage and keep the whole head of hair as moisturized as possible.
3. Absorb oil before you style
Regardless of how much you exercise (or don’t), oil is going to collect in your hair, particularly at the roots. A little natural oil never hurt anyone, though too much will make your hair look greasy (a good sign that it’s time to wash your hair). Before you re-style second-day hair, make sure it’s as clean as possible—this is where your go-to dry shampoo comes in handy. Follow the product’s instructions and be sure to brush or finger-comb the dry shampoo through your hair to apply it evenly, getting rid of as much oil as possible.
Related: 10 Dry Shampoos That Will Keep Your Hair Looking Fresh in Between Washes
Applying heat tools to hair with even a little bit of oil in it can cook the oil, cooking your hair in the process. Take extra care to apply dry shampoo if you plan to straighten or curl part of your hair, and if you’ve exercised, pay special attention to your roots (especially at your neck), where sweat and oil tend to collect.
4. Don’t add more heat protectant
It sounds counterintuitive, but adding more heat protectant to dry, second-day hair can actually cause more harm than good. If you applied a heat protectant before styling your wet, fresh-from-the-shower hair, you’re good to go; that protectant will still be there to protect your hair. Adding more can just make hair oilier and give any heat tools more opportunities to cook your hair—literally. (Just like in the kitchen, oil plus heat equals cooking time.) Instead, once you’ve applied dry shampoo, use a moisturizing or re-hydrating mist—Bennett recommends Dove Care Between Washes Restyler Re-Hydrating Mist (To buy: $5; walmart.com)—to rehydrate and moisturize hair without adding cook-able oil.
5. Preserve hair at night
Whether you’re planning to go two days or four days or a whole week (some people do it) between hair washes, you’re going to want to preserve your style from day to day as much as possible. This means, at night, you want to do something to help limit oil accumulation and prevent crimps, folds, and other lumps that form in your hair in the night. If you want to add texture, consider braids (learning how to braid hair is easy if you don’t already know how). If you want to preserve a blowout or curls, put your hair in a loose bun at the top of your head at night. With any luck, your hair will look salon-fresh in the morning.
With holiday parties and late nights shopping, baking, and wrapping presents…a little extra sleep in the morning is a definite plus this time of the year. To give yourself more time and make your mornings less stressful, today we’re sharing hairstyling tips that will have you looking fab the 2nd (even 3rd or 4th) day after a blowout!
Kaitlyn writes……. For years and years I washed my hair each and every day. I’ve always had oily skin and bangs which is a terrible combination for going more than 24-hours between washes. But in the last year or so I realized that A – I was wasting a huge amount of time washing and drying my hair and B – My pricey hair color was fading very fast with all that washing. So I set out to learn how to go a few days between washes! I’ve finally got a system down that works really well for me so I wanted to share my best tips with you today.
Simply start going 1, then 2, then 3+ days between washes.
I’ve been told a million times that my scalp will adjust its oil production based on how often I wash my hair. But I honestly always thought that my greasy skin was the exception to that rule until I finally put it to the test! Whereas my hair used to look totally gross within a day of washing it, I can now go at least 2-3 days without much oil buildup. Granted, it took a few weeks for my scalp to adjust. That adjustment time was a little rough but ponytails and hats got me through 😉
Use a great shampoo!
I was a Suave shampoo girl for years. Not because I liked it all that much but because it is the cheapest thing you can buy at the drugstore. When I finally took my hair dresser’s advice and bought better shampoo I was hooked. The texture of my hair is nicer, my color lasts longer, and I can go longer between washes. I ran out of my shampoo a couple of weeks ago and used my husband’s until I bought more. I could absolutely tell a different in how my hair felt!
I get my hair cut at an Aveda salon so I usually buy their products. But you can find great shampoo at any salon or beauty supply store. Drugstore shampoos have really stepped up their game in the last few years as well!
If you don’t love the idea of paying a lot for shampoo and conditioner you can try this recipe for DIY Coconut Milk Shampoo. You could even do the no-poo method! Also remember that the less you wash your hair the longer a bottle of pricey shampoo will last.
Start with the right base products.
I used to HATE hair products! I always thought they made my hair more oily and just limp and lifeless looking. That is until I found the right products. I am OBSESSED with the Aveda Smooth Infusion. I’ve got some funky natural curl in the back of my hair and that product is the only thing that will keep it straight for more than one day.
Finding the right products can be challenging and expensive. So I recommend talking to a stylist you trust – someone you know will be honest about what you should buy rather than just trying to sell you something. Blogs, YouTube and social media are also a great resource for honest product reviews. Try Googling something like “best heat protectant for oily hair” to find the products that are right for you.
Give yourself a proper blow-out.
On the day you actually wash your hair take the time to do a great blow-out! Unless you’re one of those lucky ladies who can air-dry her way to fabulous hair, it takes time and effort to get gorgeous looking tresses. Start with those great base products I talked about above and use a nice round brush to smooth everything out.
There really is an art to a great blow-out! Watch a tutorial online or ask your stylist for tips to getting salon-worthy hair. I started really paying attention when my hair dresser dries my hair and asking her why she does certain things. I’ve learned so many great tricks that I now use at home! Having great first day hair makes for much better second, third and fourth day hair.
You’ll also want to utilize your hair dryer and round brush if you wake up with major bed head or you hit the gym and need to combat sweaty hair. I like to use a spray bottle to get my hair slightly damp and then use my round brush to get all the kinks out.
Make dry shampoo your friend.
Whether you buy a bottle at the store or DIY it, dry shampoo is an invaluable resource when trying to go longer between regular washes! I LOVE this blog post/video from Megan at The Beauty Snoop that is all about dry shampoo. She breaks down the different types of dry shampoo and gives great tips on how to actually apply it to your hair. I use her tips whenever I apply dry shampoo and actually grabbed the brush pictured above at TJ Maxx after Megan recommended a similar one in her post.
Try a new hairstyle.
All the fun braids, buns, curls etc. that are all over Pinterest right now actually work and look better with slightly dirty hair! Spend some time in the evenings or weekends reading/watching a few tutorials that you can learn to quickly do in the mornings.
My simple go-to for slightly dirty second or third day hair is just curling it with a curling iron or flat iron. I’ve gotten really quick at curling my whole head with my flat iron and it looks like I put in a lot more time than I really did.
I also love Cara’s tips over at MaskCara for 5-Day Hair. She curls her hair on the first day and lets the curls relax over the next five days.
The Small Things Blog, Twist Me Pretty, and Cute Girls Hairstyles are some of my other favorite places for hair inspiration!
Wash your bangs.
Sometimes dry shampoo just doesn’t cut it for oily bangs! If you have bangs like I do, I highly recommend getting a shower cap so you can wash your bangs without washing the rest of your hair. It won’t take you nearly as much time to dry wet bangs as it does to dry your whole head of hair. Plus, clean bangs will help hide oily roots on the rest of your head.
Pull your bangs back, or move your part.
If you don’t want to wash your bangs or deal with a complicated hair style, just pull your bangs back with a couple of bobby pins or move your part! Both of these tricks will help to hide oily hair and roots.
When all else fails, throw on a hat.
My husband is an absolute hat fanatic and his favorite accessory choice has definitely rubbed off on me. And why not? There are so many cute hats out right now! I love everything from a big, wide brimmed floppy hat, to a straw fedora, or a knitted beanie. In fact, as I type this I’m wearing a cute red baseball hat over my day five hair 😉 A fun hat covers up a multitude of hair sins and leaves you looking ultra stylish in the process.
What are your best tips for going longer between washes?
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Avid hair washers can sometimes feel guilty if they don’t reach for the bottle of shampoo every morning.
If that’s you should you cease and desist?
How do you know?
Is daily washing really all that bad?
Well it depends.
According to WebMD if you wash “too frequently, you may dry your hair out, leaving it prone to breakage”.
Or perversely you may trigger your scalp to go into oil production overdrive. Should that happen it will only make the problem of greasy hair that much worse.
Yet your inner control freak may be complain that to skip the lather, well, it all sounds so gross and disgusting. Like you are left to walk around all day with a giant grease ball on your head and who wants that?
If Not Daily Then How Often?
One that deserves a great answer before you board the less shampoo train.
For starters Good Housekeeping magazine points out that “Stylists say your hair looks best when the natural oils that start in the scalp are allowed to reach the ends. That’s why they recommend shampooing every other day — or even every third day.”
But three days?
Let’s not go crazy here!
Still on the plus side second day hair is going to be easier to style.
It also more readily does what you want and better stays in place.
It has texture to spare.
And it saves you time and money compared to the drama of your daily soap opera.
Plus as the video below shows it doesn’t necessarily have to scream “I wasn’t washed today!”
Oh yeah and your color will last longer if you don’t expose it to shade sapping chemicals and hot water daily.
Not to mention the inconvenience of it all.
Look at how much time you must invest to keep up with the daily washing routine. Ugh!
Aside from shower time there’s the firing up the styling tools, that overabundance of products, towels everywhere, the list goes on and on.
So there are good things that can come from giving your mane a break.
Yeah But, How Often?
Okay so back to the “how often” question….let me ask you …
Do you work out?
Sweat a lot?
Are high humidity days the norm?
If the answer to any of those queries is yes then it’s true your hair may require more frequent shampooing.
Also the type of hair you have goes a long way to determining the best answer. As it all depends on the speed of oil movement down the shaft.
Obviously coarse or curly hair can be washed less as the oil naturally travels down your strands more slowly.
While fine thin hair may mean more frequently as oil moves down those skinny strands like greased lightning.
Interestingly Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice health column offers the rule of thumb that suggest “people with normal or dry hair only need to wash once or twice a week”.
Still the only way YOU will find out how often is best for YOU is to experiment.
All the while being willing to live with the less than glamorous results as you retrain your locks to a reduced cleansing schedule.
Because as Shape magazine advises “If you are trying to train your hair to go from daily washes to every other day, give your hair a couple weeks and a lot of dry shampoo to adjust to the transition.”
Which is easier to do when you know the likely long run outcome is hair that has never looked healthier.
Anyway so while no one can say for sure in your case I’ll bet “how often” is likely “less often” than you wash your hair now.
Which is easier if you know some tricks of the second day hair trade.
Or as the video below shows, you know four quick hairstyles that work especially great with second day hair.
5 Tricks To Make Your Strands Look Clean When They’re Really Not
Okay at this point all this may sound kinda good and all.
Or hopefully at least interesting, no?
But what can you do when day old hair looks like it’s seen its better days?
What can be done to easily revitalize it?
Well it can’t hurt to have a few no poo tricks up your sleeve.
So why not try these five tricks on for size? You’ll find them to be a mix of imagination, ingenuity with a dollop of insanity thrown in.
Sop Up Any Excess Oil
Any? Just kidding. Most likely there will definitely be oil to get off your scalp.
The product of choice will be no surprise – dry shampoo.
- Section your hair and apply to the roots of each section.
- Also spritz to your hairline and the front part of your scalp maybe on back to the top of your head.
- Then brush it in.
This amazing stuff works wonders to revive limp, flat hair plus will give it a bit of a volume boost too.
Now some will suggest doing this after your hair is all greasy is doing things backwards. That you might want to spray dry shampoo right after washing your hair to prevent the oil onslaught in the first place.
For sure you’ll get a texture bump by doing so.
This technique is definitively something you’ll have to play around with to figure out the timing that works best for you.
Another approach would be to apply an oil absorption product at night when you don’t plan to wash your hair the next day. You know? before you go to bed. Maybe even using baby powder instead of a commercial product.
This way the powder will be soaking up the oil from your scalp all night long giving you cleaner, more voluminous second day hair in the morning.
Speaking of which acceptable alternatives to dry shampoo would be the already mentioned baby powder and corn starch – which is a primary ingredient of many drugstore brand dry shampoos to begin with.
Dirty hair tends to lack volume. Shocking I know! One cure is to tease your hair at the roots around the crown to generate some added lift.
Of course the gold standard of volume may be the blow out whether talking clean or not so clean hair. Listed as one of the tricks to make your hair look clean when it’s not “spending a few minutes max with the hairdryer on medium heat using a thick, round brush can refresh hair on shampoo-free days.”
Then there’s the Blowout-Refresh Method again from Shape. It basically involves sectioning your hair into six or seven smaller sections. Wrapping each around a finger, section by section, and blasting with your blow dryer for like half a minute. Then letting each cool before brushing out to reveal surprisingly refreshed hair.
Velcro rollers are also good for instantly volumizing less than freshly washed hair too.
- Blow dry your mane on a lower heat setting first.
- Then stick the rollers in your hair.
- Apply your makeup.
- Take the rollers out and your locks will almost look like they just had a fresh blowout.
Finally one somewhat unexpected way to add volume involves aerosol hairspray. Apply to your roots and brush through. This too can also work to rejuvenate dismal looking hair.
This selective washing trick is especially great for those with super thick locks that take like forever and a day to dry when only the crown or your bangs need help.
Luckily your bathroom sink is perfect for washing out bangs. When done grab a round brush and blow them dry.
In no time you’ll be left with a much improved hair situation. All because you’ve washed the part of your hairstyle that is front and center which makes your unwashed hair overall look more than presentable.
Here’s one last simple solution for unwashed hair that is past its prime. Headbands. You know sometimes I think the sole reason cute headbands exist is as the perfect cover-up for particularly hideous second day hair.
Or in less dire situation as an alternate you can always slide sunglasses on like you would a headband. Ingenious idea since they don’t press your already somewhat flatten hair down – perfectly disguising those greasy roots.
Change Your Part
Another stylist trick is to simply change the side you part your hair on.
This technique works because it usually flips the cleanest hair out to create the illusion of fresh, flowing, more voluminous strands.
A little maneuver like this combined with a spritz or two of texturing spray or dry shampoo often produces cleaner looking hair even when your tresses are in desperate need of a shampoo.
Quick Hairstyles for Dirty Hair
Still if you’re going to truly rock second day hair it’s essential to pick styles that best disguise the dirty truth.
Sure you can round up the usual suspects for styling second (or third – don’t judge) day hair after shunning your beloved shampoo bottle.
For example you can braid it up – crown braids anyone? Because we all know cute braids are your dirty hair’s best friend.
Besides braids always seem to hold together better with second day hair, don’t they?
Another old standby would be a messy yet flirty pony tail. The extra texture makes for a good fit here. And being pulled back keeps the unruly reality hidden below the surface of this perky style.
But if you have somewhat longer hair this quick three minute video shows you four flattering styles you may not have considered that can have second hair looking totally chic in no time.
Tutorial: 4 EASY Hairstyles to SAVE DIRTY HAIR
As you’ll see those four hairstyles include the
- Low Messy Bun
- The Clean Bun
- The Half Up Halo
- The Braid Bun
Which one is your fav?
Nape of the neck bun
A very chic and off duty way to rock second day hair.
Voluminous half-up, half down
There’s nothing like a load of dry shampoo and a bit of backcombing to see off limb, oily roots.
When there’s nothing else for it, an embellished headband can hide a multitude of sins (grease).
High half-up, half-down
An adapted version of the high pony for the lobs and bobs among us, this slicked back style looks super chic, and takes away the worry of loose stragglers underneath. Just let your lower half of length run loose and free.
- Space buns
Space buns aren’t just for festivals. This Sporty Spice-inspired style benefits from a bit of grease and you can wear it either as a half-up-half-down ‘do, or with every last strand tucked into two twisted buns.
Bunches are one of the easiest ways to get your second-day hair on lockdown. You know the drill: part your hair and either plait your two sections, or leave them flowing.
It’s the best excuse for not having time to wash your hair. Blast your hair with a texturising spray, (any chemist bought salt spray will do), rub your fingers through the ends and then literally shove it up, tied with a bobble. Recite, “I woke up like this and worked it” as you leave in the morning.
- Half-up, half-down
If you want to rep pretty and girly, the half-up, half-down style is super simple and will still make you look as if you’ve made some effort.
- Deep side parting
If you’re on third-day hair, stay away from this style as it may draw attention to unwelcome grease but this slick look is perfect for second-day locks. The slightly oily hair will help it sit much better and stay in place.
- The classic pony
You can’t go wrong with this timeless style. Plus, it’ll keep those stray hairs out of your money maker.
Trying to tousle freshly-washed hair is actually fairly hard. It’s often too soft and limp, so the waves just fall out despite the generous spritz of hairspray. Second-day hair is actually ideal as your hair has had time to settle, get a little raggedy and it will take better to heated stylers.
A simple chignon is perfect for an elegant evening look. Second day hair will allow you to get a little extra height in the crown as the hair will be slightly heavier rather than soft and fly-away. Sweep into a bun right at the nape of the neck.
- Plaited ponytail
Plait your hair and you don’t have to worry about it, right? Just make sure you ruffle your fingers over the finished braid to add a few romantic fly-aways.
- Slick back
Slicked back hair on a slightly greasy hair day sounds like the perfect pairing, but you have to make sure you don’t use too much extra product or the hair will become saturated and, worst of all, flat.
- Top knot
Go glam and rock an on-trend top know. Comb the hair into a pony and wrap around. Voila.
5 Easy Second-Day Hairstyles
posted on February 12, 2019 | by Lauren Abraham
We’ve all been there. Your alarm goes off in the morning, and when given the choice between washing your hair or getting a few extra minutes of sleep, you choose the latter.
However, leaving the house with second (or third, or fourth) day hair doesn’t mean it has to be a bad hair day! In fact, there are so many different ways you can embrace your not-so-clean locks with style. Follow along as we share 5 easy (and heat-free!) second day hairstyles.
Chic Low Bun
A low bun is the perfect hairstyle when you have to get ready in a pinch and want to pull your hair back away from your face. Securing it with bobby pins or a hair tie will do the trick, but if you want to take it one step further, mix it up with a large hair pin. No one will ever know you skipped a wash!
Half Up, Half Down
A half up, half down hairstyle is perfect for anyone with fine hair. If you’re feeling like your locks are looking a little bit lifeless, try pulling up a section of hair around the crown and securing it with a hair tie. For a finishing touch, wrap a hair scarf, clip, or bandana around your ponytail and tie it in a knot. This style is super fun, but the best part is that it only takes a few minutes to achieve!
Effortless Low Ponytail
A low ponytail might sound simple, but there are a ton of ways to dress up this hairstyle to make it look more refined! If your hair is naturally wavy or has waves from the day before, this style is perfect.
After pulling your hair back in a pony, pull out some pieces of hair around your face for a fun, effortless look. Then, grab a small section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around your elastic to pull the look together. When paired with a fun top or statement earrings, a low pony can be stylish and elegant!
Tip: Spritz your hair with a texturizing spray before pulling it back in a pony for a boost of volume!
The pinned back look is incredibly easy to achieve, yet makes a statement at the same time. Simply pull one side of your hair behind your ear and secure it with 2 bobby pins. These bobby pins add just the right amount of sparkle, and can be worn for both an everyday look or a night out.
Tip: After securing your bobby pins, give your hair a spritz of shine spray for a polished look.
A Simple Side Braid
Last but not least, a simple side braid is a fool-proof style that anyone can achieve. Simply gather all of your hair to one side, braid it and secure with a clear elastic, and you’re out the door!
The best part about this style is that the more undone it looks, the better. Pull out some pieces to frame your face (like you would with the low ponytail style above), and tug on your braid to loosen it a little bit. This will give you more volume and texture!
And that’s a wrap! These are 5 simple styles that are perfect for second day hair. You might find that one style becomes your go-to, even when your hair is clean!
What are some of your favorite easy hairstyles? Let us know in the comments below!
As midterms season continues on, it can be hard to keep up the appearance that one actually has their life together. Here are some quick and easy hairstyles for every hair length and texture you try when you’re feeling the Monday (or Tuesday or any day but the weekend) blues.
For Short hair
Pin the front back
It’s a small change but it really makes a difference and can help cover oily roots! Part your hair to the side, sweep the front section over, and secure with hairpins or a barrette. If you have a little more time, braid the larger section for an easy upgrade.
2. Extreme side part If you don’t already part your hair to the side, this can be a fun change, especially for second-day hair that needs a refresh. Dry shampoo can give volume to the roots, and the natural oil in your hair will help give it a piecey look that’s a little edgy and very cute.
3. Twisted pigtails Super cute and very fun, these pigtail buns won’t make you late for class and look great with that turtleneck you’ve been itching to pull out for fall. Find the tutorial here.
4. Hats galore!
Some hair days just need a hat. Try this cute one from ASOS and show off your GRL PWR while looking on-trend.
For Medium-length hair
Take the 40s into the modern day with this cute twist for natural hair (tutorial here). You leave the rest of the hair down, or you can pull it into a slick bun for a chic take on a classic.
2. Braid/Bun Take the braids trend up a notch with this cute and deceptively easy updo! Just make a ponytail at whatever height you want the bun to be, and braid the ponytail. Make a bun by wrapping the braid around itself, securing with hair ties or pins. There are tons of variations of this style, so pick the one that most suits your style or skills!
3. Upgraded pony Sometimes you just want to get your hair out of your face and call it a day. Try a traditional pony, but leave some hair out and wrap it around the base, hiding the hair elastic. Secure with a pin. Also consider a low ponytail and accessorizing with a headband or velvet bow, both trends seen on the runway this F/W ‘16-17.
For Long hair
1. Side braid
This is a fun variation on a French braid and not much more effort. Part your hair in an extreme side part and begin the French braid from the larger side of your hair. Continue around the head, checking in a mirror as you go to make sure you’re getting the angle you want. Tie with a hair tie or, if you’re feeling ~fancy~, a velvet ribbon. If you want something simpler, try an extreme side part and braid your hair on the bigger side over your shoulder.
2. Dutch braids A Dutch braid is different from a French braid in that, instead of braiding over, you braid under, crossing sections under each other to the center while adding hair. It gives more definition to the plait and isn’t any harder than a French braid once you get used to it. To achieve the classic double dutch look, part hair down the center and braid back from the roots, keeping the braid tight. Secure with hair ties.
3. Simple chignon This might take a little more time than some of the other hairstyles, but it’s so slick and professional that it’s worth it. Tutorial here
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10 Styling Tricks That Make Dirty Hair Look Clean
Admit it: You don’t always have time to wash, dry, and style your hair in the morning. And sometimes, you’re just too tired at night to hop in the shower for that full shampoo and conditioning treatment your tresses desperately need. Even on the weeks when you do have time to deep clean every night, over-washing hair can be a constant struggle, too. It strips your hair of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy and shiny, so in some cases, the longer you can go between washing your hair, the better.
If you’re worried walking out of the house with greasy hair means you’ll get the stink-eye from a close-sitting coworker, fret not! Oily hair isn’t the end of the world. And believe it or not, everyone gets greasy hair from time to time (even your coworker). Plus, it’s not too hard to make your hair look freshly washed — without actually cleaning it. If you hair isn’t approaching crazy grease levels yet, you can always choose a strategically designed hairbrush — or you can get crafty and invest in a full-coverage, sweat-wicking headband. If all else fails, dry shampoo will always be a strong trick of the trade when it comes to making dirty hair look clean. (Just be sure you’re choosing the best option for your hair.)
There are dozens of products on the market catering to you dirty hair needs, but these guys are the cream of the crop. So next time you want to go three, maybe four days between a wash, don’t worry about it. No one will ever know you haven’t showered since last week.
Conceal Grease With A Water-Activated Matte Pomade
Imperial Matte Pomade Paste , $21, Amazon
When it comes to styling an up-do or a braid, working in the Imperial Matte Pomade paste lets hair stay in place without looking greasy. It’s formulated with green tea extract to protect weakened hair from the elements, and its water-activated formula means cool texture touch-ups whenever you need. This pomade’s matte finish will disguise greasy hair without looking stringy, and the edgier look will be catching compliments all day.
Brush With Boar Bristles to Disperse Oil
Natural Boar Bristle Styling Brush, $16, Amazon
Your hair starts to look greasy when oil builds up at the roots. Keep that oil from concentrating in one area by brushing through build-up with this all-natural boar bristle styling brush. The bristles are flexible enough to smooth hair while freeing locks of tangles — and unlike your graveyard of brushes, these bristles won’t fall out over time. Schima wood finishing makes the durable brush lightweight, perfect for this dispersing natural oils for locked-in moisture and (the good kind of) shiny texture.
Fake a Blow Out With Micronized Corn Silk
Blowpro Faux Dry Shampoo, $20, Amazon
When your hair is looking tired and flat, the Blowpro Faux Dry Shampoo will absorb excess oil and add texture with micronized corn silk and proactive proteins. The super-light powder is translucent, so it doesn’t like a white dusting on your roots like so many other dry shampoos. Divide you hair into a few sections and use the special applicator to spray its finely-milled formula underneath — getting the maximum amount of volume. Users rave about how long the product lasts, so you won’t need to run out to the store once a month to buy a new bottle.
Dry Up Oil With Ionic Technology
Conair Pro Conditioning Hair Dryer, $22, Amazon
You may not have time to wash and dry your hair, but giving your mane just a few seconds of hot air from the Conair Pro Styler Ionic Conditioning Hair Dryer will infuse roots with ionic technology. This minimizes static electricity, which makes for silky-smooth (grease-free) texture throughout your mane. This dryer’s cool blast setting and removable diffuser ensure your hair won’t dry out from heat, and users say this dryer’s simple to clean and got them the most power at a great value.
When In Doubt, Slip On a Sweat-Wicking, Full-Coverage Headband
ELAN Headband, $14, Amazon
The ELAN Headband is thick enough to hide your roots, so you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing that you didn’t have time to wash your hair. Its contouring material won’t stretch out, and it’s moisture wicking, too (meaning that workout sesh will no longer lead to greasy-looking hair). Users say the headband soaks up sweat without slipping around, and looking stylish on top of that is just a bonus.
Add Some Volume with Silica-Based Powder
Osis+ Dust It Mattifying Powder, $10, Amazon
This silica-based powder is one of the best ways to soak up oils and and give additional texture to your hair. Apply the dusting at your roots for major lift, then lightly sprinkle throughout the rest of your hair for a cool tousled look. Users say it makes thin hair look fuller, and one even said she skips shampooing just to use this powder’s next-day “just-woke-up model hair.”
Prime Your Hair for Style That Lasts Two-Times Longer
Living Proof Style Extender Hair Primer, $15, Amazon
For days when you do have time to shower, use the Living Proof Hair Primer to ensure your style lasts two times longer between washes. The primer’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule detangles and corrects cuticle texture, so you don’t have to touch your hair up nearly as often. Apply the dirt-repelling formula to clean, damp hair, and blow dry as you usually would.
Absorb Oil, Add Texture, and Make Volume Last
ORIBE Hair Care Dry Texturizing Spray, $44, Amazon
Oribe is the king of luxury hair products and the Dry Texturizing Spray is a serious standout: It’s the perfect hybrid of a dry shampoo, hairspray, and texturizing agent. Users said their hair felt twice as thick and the body-boosting spray kept their hair looking fresh sans-shower. Shake up the bottle and spray it onto your hair at the roots and on the ends. Once you try it, you’ll be converted for good.
Get Rid of Build-Up With Soothing Peppermint & Avocado
Philip B Volumizing and Clarifying Shampoo, $28, Amazon
Use this Philip B Shampoo once a week to detoxify your hair, so your style lasts longer between washes. Its peppermint and avocado will invigorate your hair and sooth your scalp. After all, when you use a lot of products in your hair, they can build up at your roots, causing hair to look greasier faster. Once your hair is free of all that build up, it’ll stop looking dirty so fast (and that means more time to sleep in).
Use Bump-Free Elastics for Braiding Dirty Hair
Monotone Popbands , $12, Amazon
When a boho braid is all you need to hide unwashed hair, finish it off with a cute geometric patterned Popband to add a little color. These hair ties are made with super soft elastic, so they won’t damage your hair or leave any dents. Separate your hair into three sections and start braiding, keeping it loose for a just-back-from-the-beach look.
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Studio D Studio D
Dirty hair? Who can’t relate?! Sometimes you just can’t in the mornings, and who has time to wash their hair and blow it out every day—especially during exams? Here are six ways you can make second-day hair look totally chic in less than five minutes!
1. Use baby powder as dry shampoo. For best results, apply it before you go to bed at night. The powder will soak up the oils in your scalp, leaving your hair smelling clean and looking more voluminous by the time you wake up!
2. Go for a top knot or messy bun. Gather your hair into a high ponytail, then secure it in a bun. The messier, the better, which is why this style actually looks even better with dirty hair! Get the full tutorial, here!
3. Use velcro rollers at the crown of your head to instantly add volume to second or third day hair. Let the rollers sit while you brush your teeth and get dressed for class. By the time you take them off, it’ll look like you just gave yourself a ~fresh~ blowout!
4. Wash just your bangs, or the top portion of your hair. Selective washing is perfect for girls with super thick hair that takes forever to dry. If you have bangs, wash them right in your bathroom sink, blow dry them with a round brush, and you’ll notice that your hair looks so much cleaner all over because you’ve washed the part that gets the most attention. If you don’t have bangs, part a small portion of your hair at the crown, and wash and blowdry that. It literally takes five minutes, and will make your whole head of hair look just-done!
5. Braid it up. Whether you go for a braided bun or a chic Queen Elsa side braid, braids are basically dirty hair’s BFF. Check out this awesome Elsa braid tutorial!
6. Change your part. If you part your hair on the right, part it on the left instead, or vice versa. When you flip your hair to the other side, it’ll show cleaner hair. Spray some dry shampoo, run your fingers through to get the product all over to give it lift at the roots, and you’ll have Selena Gomez bouncy hair in no time!
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Got naturally oily hair? Or, maybe washing your hair isn’t an option on busy mornings? Don’t worry, because you won’t have to step outside with the look of greasy, unclean locks ever again. You can enjoy an extra 30 mins in bed and get inspired by these 20 easy hairstyles for greasy hair.
From grease-fighting braid hairstyles to cute updos, there’s bound to be a hairstyle here that’ll help you magically conceal grease and give you the confidence to have a great hair day.
A messy bun is a perfect hairstyle to turn to when you’re rushing out the door. Not only does this easy-peasy style emit tonnes of off-duty vibes, but it also masks any greasy roots. Bonus! Credit: @audreyanamichelle
Editor’s tip: Before attempting to create this high-rise look, be sure to spray some of the Love Beauty and Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo into your roots. This nifty product will help banish grease and also give your tresses a volume boost.
Scarf Bun Updo
You’ve got the messy bun down to a T, so now it’s time to dress it up for summertime with a pretty printed scarf. With so many colourful scarves to choose from, you’ll never have a dull-looking bun again. See? Hairstyles for greasy hair really are a breeze!
Not all hairstyles for greasy hair need to be messy! You can make the most out of your greasy tresses and use your natural hair oils to create this Kim Kardashian-worthy low bun. Credit: @allthingshairuk
Credit: Rupert Laycock
Whether you call them cornrows or boxer braids, when it comes to hairstyles for oily hair, these pretty plaits have totally got your back.
Fancy nabbing this grease-fighting look in a pinch? Master it in a jiffy with our step-by-step tutorial, right here.
Messy Fishtail Plaits
Get playful with fishtail pigtails! Credit: Instagram.com/hairby_chrissy
When we spotted these romantic, messy fishtail plaits at Alice + Olivia’s recent catwalk show, we knew we had to include them in this edit.
Super easy to create, this chic, undone style will keep those around you distracted by its beauty, which means they won’t even notice if you have oily locks. Greasy hair? Not here! Credit: @hairby_chrissy
When in doubt, use a cap! Credit: Instagram.com/missalexandraax
Trust us: caps are a greasy-haired girl’s best friend, as they disguise greasy roots at the top, and keep you looking stylish and cool! It’s a win-win situation. Credit: @missalexandraax
Editor’s tip: After giving your mane a once-over with a texturising spray, like the VO5 Post Gym Refresh Spray, place a cap of your choosing over your head. This style re-activator will refresh your hairstyle and leave the bottom half of your hair with a tousled, beachy finish.
Scarf Wrapped Hairstyle
Take advantage of third or fourth-day hair with this scarf-wrapped updo. This a great look for times where you want to add a dash of vintage glam to your look, all without having to spend hours styling your mane. Sign us up! Credit: @trillion.london
Greasy hair? Not here! Credit: Instagram.com/sophiamiacova
We know, we know: ponytails aren’t always the most exciting of hairstyles! However, this grease-busting one is anything but ordinary.
This sultry style actually works better on lived-in locks and makes the perfect go-to for a last-minute date night. Credit: @sophiamiacova
A slicked back ponytail is the perfect go-to hairstyle for those who don’t have time to wash their hair but still need it to look work-appropriate.Credit: @arganesse
The hun is the ultimate bad hair day style! Credit: Instagram.com/brittsully
Looking for hairstyles for greasy hair that’ll allow you to show off your locks and also keep oily roots concealed? Well, the half-up bun (AKA the hun) is here to answer all your hair prayers.
A favourite with the glitterati, this fail-safe style will make you look like an off-duty model. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to look a little like an Insta-worthy model? Credit: @brittsully
Half-up Braid Hairstyle
Credit: Rupert Laycock
Braids always help distract away from the look of greasy hair, so don’t be afraid to mix things up and try this cute half-up braid hairstyle.
Want to cleverly conceal greasy roots? Dress up your hair with as many hair clips as possible and just watch as those around you call your mane a masterpiece. Credit: @justinemarjan
One of our favourite greasy hair hacks? Using a dazzling headband hair accessory, like this one, to conceal your roots and distract from your unwashed strands. Credit: @lele_sadoughi
Twisted Double buns
Do the twist! Credit: Instagram.com/anniesforgetmeknots
Greasy hair holds braids and twists the best, so to make the most out of the texture that comes with days-old hair, try this stylish hair hack.
Perfect for festivals and work, these cool-girl twisted low double buns will ensure you have a good hair day. Credit: @anniesforgetmeknots
Who’s a braided beauty? You are! Credit: Instagram.com/rachelmurr
Impress your friends (while also keeping greasy hair at bay!) with this super-cute, dreamy milkmaid braid.
This pretty hairstyle is versatile, works amazingly well for all sorts of occasions and can be easily achieved in 5 simple steps. Come on, let’s get weaving. Credit: @rachelmurr
Braided Fishtail Ponytail
You can never go wrong with a classic fishtail braid. It’s another effective plait style that will help you tackle oily hair (in the most stylish way possible!). Credit: @chloemollyhair
Editor’s tip: Worried your braid won’t hold? Ensure your looks stays put and protect it against frizz with the VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray.
Braids for Short Greasy Hair
Greasy roots? Try this half-up braid! Credit: Instagram.com/whippycake
It’s sassy, it’s sweet and it’s perfect for ladies with greasy, short hair. So go ahead, sport a Sienna Miller-inspired half-up braid hairstyle, now – it’s the stuff boho-hair dreams are made of. Credit: @whippycake
Undone Ponytail for Long Greasy Hair
Make long dirty, unclean hair look runway-worthy by sweeping them into this low, loose ponytail, complete with a cool scrunchie. Credit: @mykitsch
You’re going to pull through every greasy hair day stylishly, especially with this cute pull-through braid hairstyle in your mane life. Credit: @saucyappel
The secret to making dirty hair look glam? Backcombing! Credit: Instagram.com/thefreckledfox
Looking for hairstyles for greasy hair that’ll give you enviable volume? Then prepare to fall head over heels for this textured bouffant bun, that we spotted on this mega-babe.
This pumped-up look performs best with unwashed hair that’s been prepped with a volume-inducing dry shampoo (we love the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo) and teased to perfection. Easy-peasy, eh? Credit: @thefreckledfox