Having dirty hair is a huge gross out factor for many women. However, even beauty experts will be the first to say that washing the hair every single day isn’t healthy for the hair or scalp. In the event that you find yourself without the chance to properly wash and condition your tresses, there’s no need for a panic attack. The reality is that dirty hair is a great asset when it comes to styling.
While no one is saying that you should wear dirty hair all the time, learning how to work with your tresses when they haven’t been washed is a very beneficial skill to have.
Perhaps the biggest concern about having dirty hair is the amount of oils turning your tresses into a greasy and limp mess. Luckily, there are ways around this obstacle. One of the most effective solutions is to have dry shampoo handy. Make sure to choose a product that closely matches your hair color. This will ultimately absorb any icky grease that may have accumulated since your last shampoo.
Now that you’ve got a fairly dry scalp to work with, you can choose a simple ponytail style and toss in a few tricks to add some oomph to your ‘do. To prevent your ponytail from looking plain, gather the tresses up into a high ponytail. Separate a small section of your hair underneath and use it to wrap around the elastic part of your ponytail. From here, you can opt to create sexy, side swept bangs, which you can tuck behind your ear conveniently. Need a bit more boost to this style? Grab a curling iron and add some glamour and bounce. To carry your curly style over to the next day, tie your hair up into a loose bun before going to bed. In the morning, let your hair down and use your fingertips to gently shape and sculpt your overnight waves.
Speaking of buns, this style is another one that’s easy to pull off with dirty hair. If you’d rather keep your bun tight and sleek, all you’ll need to do is use your hair’s natural oils to brush the tresses upwards and into a secure bun. To add some flair, experiment with a funky zig-zag part or wear your part differently than you normally would. Dirty hair can also pull off the messy bun look. Instead of using a brush to control every single strand, finger comb your hair into a high ponytail. Next, twist the hair and twirl it into a bun and secure with open hairpins instead of using an elastic tie. If a couple of strands get loose, that’s okay – it is supposed to be messy, after all.
Looking for more of a challenge? You can turn to braiding to bring life to dirty hair and avoid the telltale signs of days without washing. From the classically simple braid to more involved styles like the French braid and fishtail, braiding looks great for all occasions. If you choose to sleep with your braided hair that means a bed head full of waves the next morning that you can play with.
Gals with shorter hair can turn to fun and playful accessories to change up their look until they get a chance to shampoo.
Regardless of hair length or type, it is essential to avoid piling on heavy styling products during this time. Dirty hair needs little help from other products. Adding on too many styling pomades, mousses, gels, etc. only weighs down the hair, making it dirtier faster.