20 Easy Hairstyles for When Your Hair Is 90% Dry Shampoo

Updated 07/14/19
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We're all for adding an extra day or two in between shampooing. It frees up our mornings, adds a cool second-day grit to our hair, and even helps hold certain styles in place better than clean hair. The only issue is, after a day too many (depending on your hair), things start to look a little less effortless and a little more, well, greasy. But here's the silver lining: There are cool, on-trend styles that look better with dirty hair and disguise the fact that you've forgone a wash entirely. Lazy girls, rejoice.

With that in mind, we did a bit of stalking on our favorite celebrity and hairstylists' Instagrams to find our favorite greasy hairstyle picks. Below, find the nine most covetable (all of which you can do at home on your own) and why they're perfect for second (or third-day) hair. Keep scrolling for your next hair inspiration.

The Bedhead Bun

Turn your bedhead into a chic, knotted bun. You can do an unexpected part (and add a second bun like celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway did here), braid it, or just sweep it back with a bit of product to hide any lingering grease. 

The Intricate Braid

Braids add enough texture to your hair to disguise grease and they're a great way to keep your hair off your face when you just can't. Redway created this look as well, and we're smitten. It's a chic, protective hairstyle that will work no matter how dirty your hair is.

The Tousled French Twist

A smooth French twist on shiny, clean hair feels a bit too prim and proper. Instead, work with the natural texture you get with day-three hair, and sweep it over into a slightly undone twist.

The Braided Bun

Simply pulling your hair back when it isn't at its best may be the oldest trick in the book, but only because it is so effective. However, this look ups the ante by working in braids throughout and into a simple bun.

The Deconstructed Fishtail

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When it comes to fishtails, the more disheveled they are, the better they look. Skip a loop or two, double up on a few pieces, pull out a strand here and there—do whatever you please to rough it up.

The Twisted Topknot

A dirty hair day is no match for the topknot. Make it high, messy, and a bit twisted to create a completely deliberate (albeit dirty) hairstyle.

The Sleek Ponytail

Usually, we try to hide that oily sheen we get when our hair is dirty. Fight the urge and opt to work with it, which will make it easier to form into an architectural ponytail like this one. The result is chic, sleek, and extremely flattering.

The Half-Bun

Gather the top layer of hair into a messy knot and tie it at the crown of your head (where it is most oily) to fake volume. For more grip, use a little dry shampoo beforehand. (We love Jen Atkin's innovative new Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam, $28.)

The Everyday Accessory

Sometimes, adding a barrette or pin can not only distract from your dirty hair, but it can also help give it some volume. Use your fingers to loosely pull back half of your hair and secure it with a pretty barrette and metal accessory.

The Sleek and Free

Slicked back hair isn't only appropriate for ponytails, particularly if you're getting ready for a night out. Just brush and (if necessary) straighten, and slick down with a layer of your favorite loose-hold pomade. Don't brush through again once things are slick—it'll show up as little lines.

The Bohemian Braided Ponytail

This style only works if you have long hair, but it works wonderfully if you do. Braid a middle section of your hair down to the end, and then pull it back into a mid-height pony. Don't slick anything down, instead pull pieces outwards to give it a tousled look.

The Sides-Back Pony

Odds are you tried this hairstyle once or twice in your youth, before you discovered the magic of things like dry shampoo and volumizing mousse. For this style, all you have to do is pull the portions of your hair on the sides in front of your ear, into a tie in the back.

Half-Up

Another elementary school favorite turned classic hairdo, pulling back just the top layer of your hair will give your greasy roots some cover and add a little volume to hair that's already matted down.

Boxer Braids

A favorite of the off-duty model set, boxer braids take almost no skill at all and will leave you looking like you spent hours on your hair. Simply part your hair in the middle and french braid down both sides. Any mess will look intentional.

The Curly Fauxhawk

This style is exclusive to curly girls, but it's a gorgeous one. Give yourself a (hidden) ponytail in the front, and then pin back the rest of your hair to the crown of your head with bobby pins. It's simple, quick, and will get you a million complements.

Embrace the Mess

If you feel like you can't go for an updo, exacerbating the messiness and tousling your hair might be your best option. Use a spray like Amika's un.done ($25) to mattify and lift your hair, and then mess it up with your hands, or even tease it with a comb. It's a great 'do for going to a bar or a show.

The Headband Tuck

This one is easy, particularly if you have thin hair. Just put a headband on, roll your hair starting from one side, and tuck the rolled hair over and around into the headband. If it falls, use a bobby pin or two to secure it.

The Top Braid

Braiding the top of the hair and tying it off at the back of your head will cover up your roots and give you a nice, elegant updo.

The Side-Braid

For this low-effort style, just start a french braid on one side of your head and let it swoop to the other side, working across.

The Double Twisted Ponytail

Pull back the underside of your hair into a ponytail with an elastic, and separate the top into two separate pigtail-like sections. Twist the sections, crossing them over the elastic on the ponytail, then under. Tuck both sections into the elastic.

The Basic Messy Pony

With a little dry shampoo and a hair tie, you can pull your hair into a messy ponytail. Leave a little hair out in front, and use the age old trick of pulling your ponytail apart to tighten it. It'll lift the roots, and be just messy enough to disguise any grease.

Next up, check out these air-dry hairstyles that will give your hair a break.

This story was originally published on October 27, 2014, and has since been updated.

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