We're all for adding an extra day or two in between shampooing. The only issue is the longer you go without washing, the less likely you are to let your locks flow freely. (There's a reason wash-and-go is a thing, and wash-and-go-go-go is not.) But here's the silver lining: There are a few hairstyles that actually look better with dirty hair. Lazy girls, rejoice, and keep reading for nine excuses to skip a shampoo!
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.
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 a dutch braid along the hairline and into the ponytail. Use a hair tie to gather the hair high and taut for a polished, simple look.
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.
Pins and Palettes
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.
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.
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 (like this one from Belmto, $12) for a flattering, uplifting 'do.
Next up, check out these air-dry hairstyles that will give your hair a break.
This story was originally published on October 27, 2014.