One aspect of our beauty routine that has probably changed (cough: slipped) over the past 18 months is our hair care routine. While WFH and not seeing anyone, we swapped fancy blow dryers for messy top knots, sidelined our hairbrush and skipped shampooing. Now that we are allowed to come out again? Hmmm, that’s a hard habit to kick. Yes, we want to look shiny and fabulous, but also life is so very busy now! There is even less time for the entire wash, dry and style. So what gives?
As it happens, taking longer breaks between wash days can be good news for our threads. Yup. Washing our hair every day can cause damage. It strips the oil and, no matter how much conditioner we slather on, it actually dries out the hair in general. Likewise, dropping the frequency with which we use our heating tools is a nice mini spa break for our threads.
Granted, no one likes their hair to feel rough. Keeping up appearances can be a great way to stay healthy, feel motivated, and compartmentalize our everyday life. The good news is that we can feel put together while giving our hair a break from the daily wash—all with a genius tactic: gorgeous second- (or third-) day updos.
In fact, a slightly tousled or messy hair texture is an art form that top stylists work hard to perfect. Hair maestro (and the man behind Kate Moss’s mane) Sam McKnight admitted that he regularly uses the product to press fresh hair into something a little more undone. And there’s no doubt that a trusty spray can of dry shampoo works wonders (especially if you blow it with a hair dryer afterwards – it’s our number one dry shampoo hack). Our favorite hair gurus, Justine Marjan, Emma Chen and Kristin Ess regularly opt for messy partings, loose strands and a not-so-pretty boho look on updos.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, super straight hair is just as amazing. Tousled ponytails slicked back into place can look ultra-chic, and throwback nineties neatness is a vibe (example: the supermodel bun). Perfect if you want to feel a little more put together.
From top knots, twists and all kinds of half-bun fun, we’ve rounded up our edit of super easy, super time-saving hairstyles for dirty or greasy hair…
This article originally appeared on glamourmagazine.co.uk
#1 Half messy bun
This hairstyle is smart because the roots (where things tend to get greasy) are tied back tighter, but the ends (which don’t get as greasy) look looser and messier. Dry shampoo the sections around your hairline and no one will know you need a wash.
#2 90s pony
A good trick if things start to look greasy is to change your parting. This deep side parted bangs is from the ’90s, it’s on trend, and it just happens to be a good hider of third-day hair.
#3 supermodel bun from the 90s
The supermodel bun is back, and if it’s good enough for Kendall, Bella and Kaia…
#4 Snagged braids
These updo braids are great whether you have day three hair or not. They’re pretty, but they’re also super cool.
#5 Return of the claw
The hair claw is back and as smart as it is functional. Keep it close to the neck for a modern look.
#6 Smooth fishtail
Start with a medium pony with a straight back, backcomb to create a bit of volume, braid into a fishtail (although you can stick to a classic braid if it’s easier), then use your fingers to tease out the width for a thick reproduction of a braid.
This hides greasy roots brilliantly. Smooth the hair neatly down where the grease is for a smooth center parting, then you can encourage volume by placing your bundles high just above your crown.
#8 Wet-look chignon
Not only does a wet-look chignon hide even the greasiest hair, you can actually go up and instead of using a hair gel to smooth it back, try a hair mask for extra nourishment. To make the look extra smart, add statement earrings like Sophie Floyd.
#9 The slickback
Because when it’s past salvage, commit to the fat with slicked-back wet-look strands. It’s modern, it’s fresh, and we’re obsessed.
#10 Decorated bun
Decorate a messy bun with ornate slides and clips.
#11 Half-up space buns
On days when the shape is not playing ball, buns with high space create volume and a beautiful shape. Combined with a half-up style, you can still get the most out of your curls.
#12 Wide headband
A styling statement and maximum hair coverage combined. A smart choice if you’re trying to hide greasy roots.
#13 Make bun
So elegant, so smart. This timeless knotted low bun is made modern thanks to the extra-sniffed styling and the addition of gold hoops and a loose shirt.
Low bangs? Check. 8 million clips? Perfect. No one will notice your greasy roots with all that bling.
#15 High bun
Simple, classic and stylish. Comb everything up and out into a high ponytail, then wind into a simple but chic bun.
#16 Stacked bun
Tons of slides and snap clips will pinch back and greasy leavers and provide some delicious distraction tactics.
#17 Double chignon
There’s no doubt that chignons are chic, but to make them more fun, double up. Then add accessories.
#18 Worn curls
Amp up a curly updo by adding a statement hair tie, like this molten silver scrunchie.
#19 Partially polished ponytail
This falls somewhere between polished and casual. The hair is tied back tightly and neatly, but the ‘tail’ is wavy and cool.
#20 Loose top knot
Disguise greasy roots by teasing them up into a messy topknot.
#21 Braided ponytail
Style your braids up by lifting them into a high ponytail. To make it extra smooth, wrap a few of the braids around your hairband to hide it.
#22 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 the worry out of loose strands underneath. Just let your bottom half of the length flow loose and free.