12 clever styles that'll hide greasy hair (instantly)

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Photo credit: Asos, instagram/theouai
Photo credit: Asos, instagram/theouai

If you're looking for quick fix for hiding oily roots, we can help (besides helping you track down the very best shampoo for greasy hair).

So, whether you want an extra 30 mins in bed, or just fancy giving your strands a break from all the that washing, there are plenty of choices for disguising oily locks. From something as simple as switching up your hair parting, to a more intricate style like the halo braid, there are a lot of options. Trust us.

So, if you need a little inspiration, let me introduce you to 12 of the easiest ways to hide oily roots (without the faff of washing your strands)...

1. Get clippy

Hide greasy hair days by styling them out with a bunch of cute clips. Whether you opt for a side or centre parting, adding a couple of slides can instantly make 'slicked down' hair look totally intentional. Spritz the mid-lengths to end of your hair with Oribe's dry texturizing spray (from £20) and the extra volume will disguise any dirtiness.

2. Try a silk scarf

Invest in a pretty patterned headband like this one from asos, it'll hide dirty hair whilst still looking cute-as-can-be.

3. Add extra height to your crown

If you want to counter flat, greasy roots, use a clip to pull back the top section and then mist with hairspray. Leave it up whilst you're getting ready (for at least 10 mins), then take the hair down and run your fingers through the strands to separate. It'll help cheat extra height and lift roots, giving the appearance of fresher hair.

Photo credit: king of the booth
Photo credit: king of the booth

4. Hey 'hun' 👋

The half up bun (aka, the hun), was made for can't-be-bothered-to-wash-your-hair days. Prep strands with a dry shampoo like Batiste to add volume and thickness, then section off the top section and pull it back into a messy topknot. Secure with a few pins, then gently tug at strands to loosen the style and give an 'undone' finish.

5. Embrace the beachy wave

Textured, wavy hair, is the best way to hide unwashed roots. Embrace the texture by spritzing your hair with a wave spray like this one from Ouai (from £10), it'll give you messy, dishevelled cool-girl hair with zero effort.

6. Claw clips are everything

Invest in a couple of claw clips, and trust me, your greasy hair struggles will be over. Whip your hair up into a twist, fasten it into a bun, or pull half of it up into clip, the added height and texture at your roots will hide any oiliness, instantly.

7. Switch to a side parting

Parting hair down the centre can leave the roots looking a bit flat - a no-no if you've got greasy hair as it'll emphasise the dirtiness. Opt for a deep side parting instead and your hair will instantly look thicker, plus it'll hide any straggly-ness.

Photo credit: king of the booth
Photo credit: king of the booth

8. A halo braid will help

Plaiting hair along the top of your head into a halo will act as the perfect cover for dirty roots. Pull out a few strands around your hairline to soften the style and you're all set.

9. Channel your inner Blair Waldorf

Let's be honest, our Gossip Girl fave would never get caught with greasy hair, but we can't all be as on it as B. We can all steal her signature hair accessory though...Yep a humble headband offers the perfect disguise on greasy hair days.

10. Tame that cowlick

Unwashed hair tends to emphasise any kinks and curls, particularly cowlicks, as the hair clumps together. Here's the best way to fight the flick...

Photo credit: Cosmopolitan.com
Photo credit: Cosmopolitan.com

11. Parting plaits = greasy fringe disguiser

Twin braids are an easy option if you need to hide an oily fringe. Braid from the parting along the hairline and then tease the plaits to loosen and give a softer vibe. Pretty and practical.

12. Throw a hat on

If you struggle when it comes to complicated hairstyles, throw on a beanie or cap to hide those greasy roots. Asos' hat game is on point right now, here's a few of our faves...

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