25 Hairstyles That Will Hide The Fact That You Desperately Need A Wash Day

Here's the thing: if you have greasy hair, chances are you're washing it every day or every other day. Apart from the fact that doing so is time-consuming, especially if you're styling your hair with heat tools afterward, it can also cause your scalp to overproduce oils. "It's paradoxical, but people who wash their hair a lot to get rid of oil are drying out their scalp and producing more oil," Lynne Goldberg, dermatologist and director of Boston Medical Centre's hair clinic, tells Business Insider. Not to mention that the regular heat styling will also make your hair dry and brittle.

Luckily, there are plenty of fun hairstyles you can rock on greasy hair days. In fact, certain hairstyles work much better when your hair is slightly dirty as it has more grip that way. And the best part about these 'dos is that they can often also last a couple of days, meaning those are two days out of the week that you don't have to think about how to style your hair. A win!

Sleek low bun

While a sleek low bun has been around forever, it recently got popularized thanks to model Hailey Bieber, who was spotted rocking the style numerous times. To recreate it, part your hair down the middle and tie it into a tight bun at the nape of your neck. Use a bit of gel and a dense brush to ensure no baby hairs are flying away — everything needs to be super sleek.

Two classic French braids

Two French braids are a classic for a reason — they look cute, keep your hair out of your face, and are a perfect hairstyle to create on second- or third-day hair. In fact, if you braid them tightly, you will be able to sleep with them for one or two nights. If there's a bit of frizziness in the morning, use an old, clean spoolie brush and some hair gel to slick any mischievous hairs down.

Face-framing accent braids

There are those days when most of your hair still looks clean, except for a couple of face-framing pieces. In fact, the hair around our face tends to get dirty the quickest because we touch it the most and it also rubs against our face throughout the day. When this happens and the strands are looking a bit greasy, just braid them into two cute Y2K-inspired braids, which just so happen to be super on-trend!

Low bubble ponytail

A bubble ponytail is a fun way to add some extra flair to your hairdo. For this style, tie a low ponytail and then tie another hair tie about one inch underneath the first one. Pull the hair between the two hair ties slightly apart, giving it that bubbly appearance. Now repeat this process until you reach the end of your ponytail.

Spiky Y2K bun

Y2K fashion and beauty is having a major comeback, and luckily for us greasy-haired girlies, the era had plenty of incredible hairstyles that quickly mask the fact that our hair is in need of a wash. One of them is the spiky bun which is supposed to look sleek at the base, something easily achieved with slightly greasy hair. But instead of tucking the hair ends in, as you would with a regular bun, leave them to spike upwards, creating the funky style.

Braided high ponytail

Apart from making your face look very snatched, a high ponytail can also give the appearance of extra height. But if your hair is still visibly greasy in a ponytail, there is an easy solution. Simply braid the ponytail and no one will ever be able to tell. Bonus points if you have extensions you can braid in to add some dramatic length!

'70s-inspired scarf

With "Daisy Jones & the Six" gaining popularity, it's only a matter of time before '70s fashion and beauty have a major comeback. An easy look to wear on a greasy hair day is a classic '70s head scarf to cover your roots. Allow a couple of pieces of hair to frame your face, make sure the scarf's pattern matches your outfit, and voilà — you're ready to tackle the day.

Half updo space buns

On days when your hair is only a bit greasy and not to the point where you want to tie all of it up in a bun, a half updo is your best friend. We recommend trying out a half updo with space buns, which will immediately add quirkiness to your look.

Curly pineapple ponytail

If you have curly hair, it's much easier to get away with greasy hair, as the greasiness tends to enhance your curls even more. However, no matter how curly your hair is, there will be a point when your roots start looking visibly greasy, and when that happens, you can postpone hair washing by a day or two by wearing a classic high pineapple-style ponytail.

Headband and an updo

Sometimes even if you put your hair up, the greasiness of your roots is still visible. If that's the case, consider adding a scarf around your updo to cover up some of the hair and also to distract from your greasy roots. A pair of fun statement earrings also always helps.

Colorful Y2K-inspired hair clips

Another Y2K hairstyle that is perfect for greasy hair days is layering fun hair clips. This is another hairstyle that is perfect for those days when only your face-framing pieces look visibly greasy. The clips cover those perfectly. You can opt for funky colorful ones, but if that's a bit too bold for you, you can layer a bunch of simple black bobby pins instead.

Sleek half updo

A half updo with spiky ends is a fun and youthful look, and it's an easy way to keep greasy hair out of your face. All you have to do to achieve the look is section off the upper half of your hair, tie it into a ponytail, and then twirl it into a bun. Remember to leave the ends to spike out. If you want to make the hairstyle even more nostalgic, add some small butterfly clips to it.

Two Dutch braids

Dutch braids are also an excellent choice for greasy hair, and if they are done neatly, they look absolutely stunning. Since this braiding technique requires you to braid under rather than over, it is also very sturdy — especially if you pull tightly while braiding. This can will also keep the braids looking nice for a couple of days.

Mini space buns

Mini space buns are cute, funky, and super easy to recreate. All you need to do is section off the front pieces of your hair that look a bit greasy and then twirl them into adorable small buns on the top of your head and secure them with elastic bands or bobby pins. Trust us, this look only takes a minute or two to achieve and can even be done on the go.

Wet hair look

Greasy hair is the perfect canvas for a wet hair look — you know, the same one you've been seeing celebs rock on red carpets, but you never dared to recreate at home. Now's your chance! You'll need a lot of gel that you will generously brush through your hair, and once you're satisfied with the look, spray it with some glossing spray. That's the secret to your hair staying shiny and wet-looking all night.

Half updo pigtails

High pigtails are perfect for a half updo, and since they fall over a part of your roots, they can also cover any greasiness that might be visible there. If you want to make them extra fancy, wrap a hair strand around the base of them to cover up the elastic.

'60s slicked down bangs with flipped ends

For a day when your hair is only a bit greasy in the front, opt for a '60s-inspired hairstyle. To get the look, slick down a one-inch section of hair around your face — you can tie it at the nape of your back to keep it in place. For the rest of your hair, try to add some volume to enhance the slicked-down section even more. You can do this by using texture spray or gently teasing your roots. To finish the look off, use a heat tool to flip the ends of your hair out for that signature '60s style!

Headband over roots

Perhaps the easiest way to deal with greasy hair is to simply cover up your roots. You can do this by adding a headband — but instead of pulling it back away from your hairline, keep it laying against your roots. The rest of your hair can be left down, especially if most of the greasiness is only in the front.

High bubble ponytail

A high bubble ponytail looks super intricate, even though it will only take you approximately five minutes to create. The longer your hair is, the more dramatic this hairstyle will look — but that doesn't mean you can't rock it on shorter hair, too. If your ponytail is shorter, just make sure you leave less space between the hair ties and create smaller bubbles.

Pigtail buns

Pigtail buns are fun, unexpected, and can add interest to any look — regardless of whether your hair is greasy or not. However, if it is greasy, this is a great choice of hairstyle as it is easily created and hides the oiliness. If you have bangs, we recommend quickly giving them a rinse in the sink, as greasy bangs are difficult to conceal.

Classic ballerina bun

A ballerina bun will always be chic, and since it keeps all of your hair out of your face, it is the perfect choice for a greasy hair day. All you need to do is ensure there are no flyaways. If you need extra insurance that your hair won't fall out of the bun, add some hair-colored bobby pins to keep unruly strands in place.

French braids, messy bun, and a headband

This triple threat uses multiple techniques to camouflage oily strands. While French braids are a timeless classic, a fun way to spice them up is to only braid down until the nape of your neck, and once there, tie the rest of your hair into a bun. You can also opt for two French braids and two buns. Finish it off with a headband for a cute boho look.

Braided headband

If it's only the front of your hair that looks greasy, styling your hair in a braided headband is an easy way to look fresh. This hairstyle also works if you have bangs — however, be aware that it might end up looking slightly messier as the ends could poke out. Luckily, you can solve this with either bobby pins or hairspray. Alternatively, you can just embrace the carefree, messy look!

Scarf bun

Sure, a scarf can come in handy to cover your greasy roots, but you can also use it to make a bun more intricate and thereby distract from any oiliness around your scalp. To recreate this look, we recommend wrapping the scarf around your ponytail first and then twisting everything together into a bun.

Space buns and braids

While we hope you end up recreating one of these hairstyles, we also want you to know that you can easily mix and match them, too! Pick pieces of each that you like and combine them. If you want Dutch braids, space buns, and baby braids all at the same time, who are we to stop you from rocking that fabulous look?