4 ways to style your hair when you haven’t washed it

There are a variety of hairdos you can try to hide the slicked look and leave your locks looking fresher than ever.

There are a variety of hairdos you can try to hide the slicked look and leave your locks looking fresher than ever.


You may be holding off on the daily shampoo solely because you want to preserve your vibrant color, but neglecting to wash your hair every day is actually great for the health of your locks. Shampoo traps the natural oils your hair needs to thrive, so washing too often can dry them out and increase your chance of experiencing breakage.

“Hair produces natural oil called sebum, and shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which you then rinse out to clean the hair,” Angela Lamb, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City told the source.

Letting those natural oils do their thing will benefit your hair, but it still might leave you looking greasy. There are, however, a variety of hairdos you can try to hide the slicked-back look and leave your locks looking fresher than ever. Give these four styles a shot:

1. A braided bun
This look, suggested by Allure, is simple and sleek. Start by brushing out your natural hair. Then, work a dollop of matte mousse from your roots to your ends to create subtle separation of your strands. Gather all of your hair and create a low, classic braid, bringing the ends together with an elastic band. Take the end of the braid and wrap it around the base of the ponytail to create your bun. Give it a spritz of hairspray and voila! A cute, sophisticated look.

2. The no-fuss French twist
Do you want a look that’s even classier than the simple braided bun? Cosmopolitan magazine has the look for you: The no-fuss French twist. Start with a spray of dry shampoo all of your hair – just be sure not to use too much, or you’ll clog your pores and keep those natural oils trapped – for texture. Gather all of your locks to one side of your head, and pin your hair down the center of your head with bobby pins vertically from the nape to the crown. Now, gather the ends of your hair and twist it to the center of your head. Use more bobby pins to put it in place.

3. The super deep part
Not looking for anything fancy? The super deep part by The Beauty Department is easy, and yet still makes a bold and stylish statement. First, place a fine-toothed comb on your head, lining it up with the outer edge of your eyebrow. Use the pick of the comb to push through the strands and create the perfect deep part. Spray with strong holding hairspray.

Additional tip: To accentuate the deep part look, bunch all of your hair to one side of your head and pin the back down with bobby pins, or add a small tight braid to wear the bunch down.

4. An accessorized look
Accessorizing doesn’t only mean complementing an adorable velvet choker with a bunch of gold bangles and a cute Baby-G watch. There are plenty of ways to cover up your greasy hair while adding some flair to your look. Use your favorite styling wand and holding spray to create luscious beach waves, and then finish the look with a hair turban, headband, barrette or beanie as suggested by Bustle. It’s the easiest way to get full coverage without cramping your style.

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