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10 Easy Greasy Hairstyles for Your Unwashed Hair

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Washing your hair is a hassle. Whether you have long hair or short, everyone dreads “hair-wash” days. It’s not just because you have to spend 15 extra minutes doing the shampoo/conditioner tango or cope with the bicep pain after scrubbing your scalp. It’s all of that rolled into one, plus the added bother of styling your hair afterward. Actually, second- or third-day hair usually holds styles better than after a fresh wash. But, once it goes greasy, you have to put down the styling tools and move on to other ways of hiding it.

Greasy hair is nothing to be ashamed of. We all deal with it in different ways, whether you’re a dry shampoo person or prefer a messy bun.  If you’re wondering how to make your hair less greasy, look no further. The best way to hide greasy hair is to find hairstyles for unwashed hair that mask the grease. When your hair goes greasy, you don’t have to hide it under a hat. You can rock your unwashed locks and still look sophisticated with these hairstyles. However, we still recommend spritzing a little dry shampoo at your roots to mattify your hair and make it look fresh.

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Greasy hairstyle: the claw clip

Claw clips are a great option on greasy hair days because they’re super trendy and keep your hair out of your face. If you’re looking for an updo that is more polished than a messy bun, invest in a couple of claw clips. From the front, they give off a clean French twist look, and in the back the hair is neatly tucked into the clip. They also come in plenty of shapes, styles and colours, so you’re bound to find a few that suit you.  

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Greasy hairstyle: the classic ponytail

You can never go wrong with a classic ponytail. For years, this style has been the old reliable for greasy hair days and is still a foolproof style to hide your unwashed hair. You can also jazz it up by adding curls to your ends and wrapping a small section of hair around the base to make it look clean and polished.

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Greasy hairstyle: half-up half-down pigtails

Channel your inner Spice Girl with these pigtails. They are perfect for masking your greasy locks as they are slicked back in spots where most grease lives — at the front of the head. This hairstyle is an updated take on your favourite childhood look and works well for those with long or short hair.

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Greasy hairstyle: low slicked bun

A more polished take on the messy bun, the low bun is very trendy and works for most hair types. This is one of the best hairstyles for greasy hair because it keeps the hair out of your face, and you can use the grease in your hair to achieve a slicked look. Hot tip: add coconut oil to your hair so that it stays back all day and adds a little shine.

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Greasy hairstyle: topknot

Just like Zendaya, we love a relaxed look every once in a while. The topknot is a classic go-to style for dirty hair days that is quick and easy. You can make this hairstyle a little more flattering by taking down a few strands of hair at the front of your hairline so that they frame your face. Also, you can use scrunchies or thicker elastics to make the topknot bigger.

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Greasy hairstyle: half-up half-down

Another classic hairstyle that is perfect for greasy hair, the half-up-half-down works great for every hair type. Slicking back the hair at the front of your head and into the ponytail hides the grease and defines your facial features. You can also wrap a small strand of hair around the base of the pony to create a cleaner style.

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Greasy hairstyle: half-up topknot

This is a new take on a beloved hairstyle that is perfect for third-day hair. It is also super versatile because you can make the topknot look messier or more polished. This hairstyle thrives on texture, so you can add a little bit of dry shampoo to your hair to make the topknot look chic and last all day.

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Greasy hairstyle: space buns

This hairstyle is a ’90s throwback style that will make you look super stylish and hide your grease. You can adjust the buns to be as big or small as you like, and it works great for longer hair. If you’re going for a messier look, we suggest either messily curling your hair or just using your natural hair texture to achieve the look.

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Greasy hairstyle: bubble pony

The bubble pony is a great way to dress up your basic ponytail. By adding these ‘bubbles’ you’re adding volume to the hair which makes the pony look fuller. It also masks greasy hair because it is a slicked-back look, which adds to the chicness of this style. Hot tip: add a little bit of dry shampoo or texturizing spray to the ponytail before you create the ‘bubbles’ so that they hold their shape and are easier to create.  

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Greasy hairstyle: high braid

This hairstyle is super chic and easy to do. It puts your face on display as the hair is slicked back and lifts your face depending on how high your braid is. Adding a little bit of hair oil to the ponytail before you start constructing your braid helps keep the fly-aways at bay and creates a cleaner braid. This look is also transitional and can be taken from day to night.

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