How To Hide Your Greasy Hair

by Mishelle on February 15, 2011

in Girl Talk, Style & Beauty

Any good hairstylists out there will tell you that over-washing your hair is not good.   Personally, my hair always looks better when it’s a little bit dirty.  Sometimes it just looks greasy, though.  When my hair was shorter it was harder to hide the greasiness, so I defaulted to hats.   Hats can be really cool, but they can get itchy or sweaty—especially if you live somewhere hot and humid.

Here are some other tips to help hide your greasy locks:

1) Giddy-up Ponytail -  These are awesome because of the wide variety of ponytails.


They can be high, low, tight, loose, or you can even have two of them on the side. Side ponytails are my new favorite, thanks to Brittany.

[Image Courtesy Brittany Gibbons]

2) Sleek or Messy Buns or Chignons – Buns and Chignons are also one of my favorite ways to wear my hair lately. I especially love the messy, side variations. They are so easy to do, and always better with oily/dirty hair. First, part your hair on the side you normally part it.  Next, decide which side you want to make the bun on (I particularly like to have it opposite my part to kind of even it out).    Finally, sweep your hair down to the side and use a ponytail holder to secure it into place.  You can also use pins if you are going for a messier look, but I like to use the holder and then leave a little of the hair sticking up and out of the “bun”.

I found this awesome website showing how to get the Chignon look just right.   This is exactly how I achieve the messy Chignon look:

style steps icon Using paddle brush, smooth your hair straight back
style steps icon Gather into a ponytail low at the nape of your neck using covered hair band
style steps icon Hold your ponytail and twist it until it starts to curl around itself. (a little like a phone cord)
style steps icon Gently twirl the coil around the base of your ponytail.
style steps icon You can now be creative and accent your chignon for the occasion with floral, beaded, or jeweled accessories to compliment the occasion or your outfit.

3) Twist It Up -  I find that twists are particularly easy to do when my hair is dirty.

Heather actually has some great You Tube instructional videos regarding twisting hair in different ways:

[Videos Courtesy Heather Spohr]

4) Products That Can Help – I’ve always heard that baby powder or talcum powder would take the greasiness out of your hair, but I have never tried it.   Lately, though, there’s been a lot of talk about dry shampoo.  I got some by Suave, to see just how well it worked, and I was totally surprised.  Both my daughter and I have used it and it totally helps take the oil out of the hair.  I actually prefer how my hair manages after using this product.   I bought the one by Suave because of the price, and was very happy with how it worked. There are tons of dry shampoos on the market.

How about you?  What do you do to help hide greasy hair?

Meredith February 15, 2011 at 8:10 am

Messy side bun. Works every time.

OR big, fat headband. Like one with a huge feather on it or something. This causes a distraction from the actual problem.

Daisy February 15, 2011 at 9:07 am

I use baby powder in my hair all the time and I’m a huge fan of the bang braid into a low ponytail.

Brittany February 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

Ditto. Unscented baby powder is the BOMB.

And now, for full effect, imagine me doing the “raise the roof” motion with my hands.

Jen February 15, 2011 at 9:18 am

I used to put my hair up on non-wash days but now my hair is short and it is hard. I use Tresemme dry shampoo but it is never as good as it looks when my hair is washed. I have lots of fine thin hair and I am trying not to wash my hair every day.

Rachel February 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

My hair gets super greasy if I don’t wash everyday. However, my sister sent me this product called WEN. It’s more like a conditioner than a shampoo. I alternate using it, so it’s less harsh. I also know someone who only uses conditioner on her hair, never shampoo, and she swears by it. Also, I only wash my hair in luke warm water (to help preserve my color), but I think it also keeps my hair healthier.

Angie February 15, 2011 at 11:43 am





Allison Zapata February 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

My hair runs on the dry side.
Still smells though ;)

Erin @ One Particular Kitchen February 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I’m all about the baby powder. And to avoid that George Washington look you can mix it half and half with cocoa powder — no white hair, and you smell like cookies all day. Mmm…. cookies……

Michelle February 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I usually end up just washing my hair, but when I can’t (or just don’t want to) I pull it up into a highish ponytail and then put a headband on.

I bought some of that Tresemme dry shampoo last summer and am not too crazy about it. I always end up putting it in a ponytail anyways because my hair still looks greasy after using it (which is crazy because it really doesn’t get THAT greasy!). I do like the way it smells, though.

Kate February 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Bumble and Bumble hair powder. Adds volume, makes you look like you have amazing beach hair and works like a charm. It’s basically the best invention ever. I’m pretty sure that there were weeks in college that went by without washing it. And I managed not to look like a greasy hippie. Now that I’m a mom, well, I feel it’s worth the investment given the increased need. Let’s face it, some days a shower just doesn’t happen.

Seriously the best hair product I own.

Al_Pal February 16, 2011 at 4:08 am

Just found out kinda-recently that fine hair [like mine] is the Most prone to greasiness. I could’ve stood to learn that in jr. high when that beeyotch was making fun of me for it. But I digress. ;p
I’m mostly a hat gal.
Gotta say, the grease is way worse if my hair is natural–highlights dry it out enough to absorb the grease so it doesn’t look too bad.

Charisse February 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

I am lazy – on dirty hair days it’s either a ponytail and a headband or I just wet it and scrunch it and throw a bit of mousse in there to hold it. I have naturally wavy hair and it ends up looking okay. I have not used baby powder because I’m afraid of looking all dandruff-y. ACK!

AmazingGreis February 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I have very greasy hair. Like, most days I wash it in the morning and by 6 or 7 that night it needs to be washed again.

When I’m not up to washing it every day I go with a pony tail. Boring and still greasy, but not as bad as when I leave it down and greasy!

Hayley February 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

OH EM GEE, so excited to see more hair demos from Heather! Since I saw the bang braid, I wear my hair like that several times a week. Now I can mix it up!
Also, I’m a big fan of dry shampoo. I use Oscar Blandi from Sephora. I work in into my scalp in sections, seems to help with grease and smells great.
AND I don’t shampoo my hair more than once in about a 3 day period, once I got over the initial greasy period my hair balanced and it has made a big difference!

cindy February 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

i used to use baby powder, and i have really dark hair…so i would just rub it in. my hair always cooperates better the day after i wash it, or even the 3rd day. i’m a big fan of dry shampoos.

Stacy K. February 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Tresemme’s Fresh Start line actually works great! I just bought the dry shampoo and love it!

I also do a bun with side twists. Do a high-ish bun in the back but leave the hair out from the crown forward. Then I twist each side and pin near the bun with the ends just out and messy. Always get compliments and it’s so easy and hides my non-washed hair!

GG March 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

Just started trying this recently with my friend… she’s been doing this longer than me and it works great for her so far (: It’s so far so good for me too but I’m only a few days into trying!

Take a little baking soda, mix with water, pour over hair and wait. Rinse.
Take apple cider vinegar, mix with a little water, pour over hair and wait.
Works. AWESOME. And I have perpetually oily hair.

shannon February 9, 2012 at 7:29 am

i used to have greasy hair but then i started washing it with soap and glory and it isnt anymore if you have greasy hair that shampoo is recommened also a hairstyle to hide it is a messy bun or french braid.

Cathey March 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I like to wear a cute hat.

Anne April 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

well, since i have very long hair i usually pull it into a high ponytail or a long braid down my back or pull it into a bun at the nape of my neck

alexis November 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

most of the time i was it night before but when the times when u have way too much plans is hard i get dirty hair quickly and i dont wear hats i still wann put my hair back but recent i got my hair cut short shoulder length is there ways to put my hair back

sophie January 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

i was my hair evey other day and thn dry it but it still looks greacy and some time its looks worse than when i washed it i dunt now what to do ? can someone pkease help me x

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