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Updated on March 14, 2022
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We’ve all been there. We aren’t able to shower for whatever reason, or perhaps we used too much conditioner or other hair product. Whatever the reason, greasy hair is rarely glamorous. In fact, those who struggle with greasy hair on a regular basis can quickly grow frustrated and embarrassed over their appearance. If you ever deal with oily locks, either occasionally or on a regular basis, the tips, tricks, and styles below will help you get a grip on your mane once and for all.

Let’s say your hair looks really dirty or even gross, you don’t have time for any home treatments for oily locks and need to quickly learn how to get rid of greasy hair. Then try a hairstyle that will get the job done. Greasy hair is actually fantastic for a variety of sleek hairstyles. The following hairstyles will help you to hide greasy hair while looking fabulous.

1. Double Dutch Braid Crown

Part your hair down the middle and start braiding at the front of the hair on both sides. Secure both sides at the center of the hair with a small elastic. Create your favorite bun, leaving the rest of the hair down. Read the half up double Dutch braids instructions here.

2. French Twist & Pin Hairstyle

You may call it “a French twist”, “a faux-hawk” or “flower buns”, it makes no difference, as in any case this hairstyle remains super-simple and really working. It helps to hide both greasy roots and unclean ends. Take two side strands of hair, twist them together and form a bun out of them. Pin such 3-6 buns in the middle of your head vertically. Check out the technique here.

french twist buns

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3. Double Dutch Low Bun

With hair parted to the side, Dutch braid one side section of hair until you reach the ear — then braid the remainder into a regular braid. Repeat on the other side. Gather the rest of the hair along with the braids into a low bun and secure with an elastic and bobby pins. A detailed tutorial for this hairstyle.

4. Half French Braid Into Ponytail or Bun

Part hair to the side and then French braid the front section on one side. Secure it into a ponytail at the ear level with the rest of the hair, and loosen some of the braid strands to make it fuller. You can then leave it as is or tie the back of the hair into a bun.

5. Messy Bun

Spray hair back with a dry shampoo and then gather into a high ponytail using just your fingers. Secure with a hair elastic, leaving hair in a loop for the final pullthrough. Wrap the loose end around the elastic and secure with pins. Fluff out the bun, pull out some fine strands around the face and you’re done. To hide greasy strands even more effectively you can also add a thick headband or scarf around the front of the head.

6. Slicked Back Updo

It is a surefire option among all possible hairstyles for greasy hair. Use a bristle brush to move hair out of the face. Brush it back and upward into a high ponytail and then secure it with a hair elastic. Secure it very tightly and then set with a setting spray. Smooth the top of your head with the brush after applying hairspray to make hair look super sleek. This is a truly classy style when you’re wondering how to get rid of oily hair appearances.

7. Polished Low Bun

After placing hair into a sleek ponytail, twist the length of the pony and then wrap it around the hair elastic, securing with bobby pins or hair grips. This hairstyle miraculously hides long greasy hair and can be worn with any outfit. Peek at the tutorial.

8. Quick Side Ponytail

Brush loose hair back and out of the face and then part your hair deeply on one side with a tail end comb and then brush hair down flat on both sides. Pull hair back into a low ponytail, brushing it down flat and accentuating the side part. Secure with an elastic and spray with setting spray. Again run the brush over the top of your head. Perfect idea if you are wondering how to style day old locks.

9. Sleek Side Bun

Just as with the regular bun, twist the length of the pony and secure it to the side, behind the ear, your pony is angled toward. When your hair is greasy and you want to spend several more days without washing, you have to cope somehow with this problem. The easiest thing to experiment with is the position of your regular bun. Find out how to here.

10. Easy Pull-Through Braid

Place small hair elastics throughout your sleek ponytail, leaving space in between. Divide each space into two sections and loop the end of your pony through the space, pulling it through and tightening. After each section is looped, fluff your pull-through braid out for body and a finished look.

11. Sleek Loose Hair

Want to know how to hide oily strands elegantly? First, brush your locks thoroughly and even straighten if needed, especially if you have knotty and tangled hair. It has to be super straight for this style. Then just secure the sides into a low ponytail underneath the rest of the hair. This will keep your hair long, loose and beautiful without grease weighing it down. A very good idea for the third-day hair!

12. Wrapped Ponytail

Brush your long or middle length hair into a ponytail. Wrap a strand of hair around the hair elastic. Secure with a bobby pin. Simple, but cute. Second-day hair also deserves to be feminine and lovely-looking. Learn the technique of creating wrapped messy ponytail here.

13. Twisted Top Knot

Spray some dry shampoo away from the hair, rub it into your scalp and brush excess product out. Grab a top section of hair and tie it off and out of the way. Take the rest of the hair and put it in your favorite bun. Secure with a thick hair elastic. Then return to the front section. Make a rope braid out of it (watch the video above with detailed instructions) and then wrap it around the bun. Secure with bobby pins.

14. Relaxed Bohemian Ponytail

Separate your hair in your natural part and then braid a front section on the side. Halfway down your head, pin it back, pushing it underneath your hair. Repeat on the other side. Secure each with a bobby pin. Gather all hair into a low ponytail, separate into two sections above the elastic and loop the end of the pony through. Fluff it out to make it look fuller and loser.

15. Side Braid with a Headband

Headbands give us the possibility to create cute hairstyles with little effort. Moreover, using this hair accessory is the easiest way to cover up oily hair. Here we see a feminine side braid. But we don’t even suspect that these bangs are fake! To copy the style make a ponytail from the front section of your hair. The ends of this pony will be your bangs. Bobby pin everything in place, put a headband and plait a regular 3-strand side braid. You may use clip-in bangs as well for this style.

16. High Bun

Brush hair back into a high ponytail and then twist it around the top of your head. Secure with a hair elastic and bobby pins. Add a bow to the front side of the bun to further conceal dirty hair — hide oily strands and make the style a bit fancier. Get the full tutorial.

17. High Braid

Brush long loose hair straight back and pull back into a high ponytail. Braid the length of the hair and secure the bottom with an elastic. Secure flyaways with an olive oil based hair product. Find out more tips and tricks for this simple second-day hairstyle.

18. Crown Braid

Part hair to the side and brush down. Braid a front section of the hair into a French braid down one side of the hair. Repeat on another side. Wrap one side around the back of the head and secure with a pin on top. Repeat with another side, forming a crown. Braid the remaining hair into two braids and wrap around the first two crowned braids, securing with pins again.

19. Short Greasy Hair Braids

Long greasy hair is a problem. Easily solved problem, as you have seen above. But how to hide your imperfect locks if your hair is short? We suggest plaiting all your strands into two French or Dutch braids. Think that it is impossible with short bob or pixie? Check out the tutorial and you will change your mind, we promise!

dutch braids on short greasy hair

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20. Hairstyles for Black Hair

Natural or relaxed hair can also enjoy basic adaptations of some of the previously listed styles. If you have black hair, your best hairstyles for greasy hair will be various ponytails (most often sleek or messy), low buns, braided pigtails, etc. Watch the video above to get more options!

From home remedies to hair styles, knowing how to treat greasy hair will make it much more manageable, and quite honestly, useful. You don’t need to wash your hair every day or have perfectly balanced locks to feel beautiful — sometimes it only takes a bit of creativity and understanding to look amazing regardless of your hair’s current condition.

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