45 Hairstyles For Greasy Hair To Hide Oily Roots

Hairdos that will make your oily locks look sleek, chic, stylish, voluminous, and amazing!

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If you have ever decided to skip your hair wash for a relaxed day in bed, you are not alone. Looking effortlessly chic with greasy hair is surely a battle. Or is it? There are a plethora of hairstyles for greasy hair that can help you embrace your oily locks with confidence and style. From the classic high ponytail and messy bun to the intricate fishtail braid, the choices are endless. In this article, we will delve into what greasy hair looks like and the myriad hairstyles you can experiment with every day. So, bid farewell to bad hair days and welcome a new era of confidence with these quick hairstyles for greasy hair. Scroll down to know more.

What Does Greasy Hair Look Like?

Greasy hair usually loses its natural bounce, hangs flat, and lacks volume. The strands stick together to form oily clumps that resist separation. The excess oil on the surface creates a noticeable shine and the roots darken, signaling accumulated grease near your scalp.

If you run your fingers through your hair, you will be left with a slippery feel. The once-lively locks now appear heavy and lifeless, lacking the usual bounce and vibrancy of freshly washed hair.

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If you are not a fan of dry shampoo, you may opt for a citrus rinse to refresh your hair. Mix water with lemon or orange juice and rinse your hair with it after a shower to add shine and combat the greasiness.

If you are unable to wash your hair every two to three days, check out the next section for some greasy hair hairstyles you can experiment with when you skip out on your wash days.

45 Best Greasy Hair Hairstyles That Are Trendy

Trying to look presentable while sporting greasy hair can be quite challenging. But fret not. Here are the 45 best hairstyles for greasy hair you can try out:

Hairstyles For Long Greasy Hair

Revamp long greasy hair effortlessly by embracing tousled waves, beachy textures, and effortless layers. Discover styles that defy grease, offering a fresh and modern look for your locks with tasteful braids and hair accessories.

1. Double Dutch Braids

Double Dutch braids effortlessly transform oily locks into a stylish and manageable hairdo, providing both practicality and fashion-forward appeal. Start by parting your hair down the middle. Then, braid each section tightly from the top into Dutch braids. Lastly, secure the ends with elastics for a cute look.

2. French Braided Pigtails

Embrace the youthful charm of French braided pigtails. This playful yet practical style keeps hair off your face while showcasing a chic look. Part your hair down the middle and braid each side by taking small sections and adding them to the braid. Lastly, secure them with elastic bands.

3. Side Braid With Ribbon

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A cute and chic way to elevate a simple side braid. This fashionable solution not only camouflages greasiness but also adds a charming accessory. Sweep your hair to one side, incorporate a colorful ribbon into it, and weave a tight braid. Secure it at the end with an elastic. Pull out some loose strands to frame your face. You can also do a side parting to hide the greasy areas and make your hair appear fuller than it is.

4. Halo Braid

This elegant hairdo imparts a sophisticated look. Suitable for various occasions, the halo braid is a stylish and quick fix to manage oily locks, combining fashion and functionality seamlessly. Gather your hair and create a loose Dutch braid around your head until you run out of extra hair. Once the braid is complete, wrap it around your head to create a halo and secure the ends discreetly with bobby pins to finish the look.

5. Fishtail Ponytail

A ponytail paired with a fishtail braid is just what you need to up your hair game. All you need to do is gather your hair in a high or low ponytail and braid it into a fishtail braid style. You can use some lightweight gel for a sleek and sexy look.

6. Bubble Braid

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Bubble braids are a cool way to add a playful and stylish element to your greasy locks. Gather your hair into a high or low ponytail. Then, create “bubbles” by placing additional colorful elastics down the length of the ponytail. Once the elastics are placed, pull each section of hair slightly to complete the look.

7. French Braid

A versatile French braid can go well with your casual fluffy sweaters or your chic professional attire. You can begin at the crown for an elegant look or start from the side for a casual, asymmetrical vibe. You can tailor it to your mood or occasion by experimenting with different starting points, ensuring a refreshed and stylish appearance while effectively managing greasy locks.

Hairstyles For Short Greasy Hair

Explore modern hairstyles to flaunt your short hair with. PS – they let you skip your hair wash day without worrying about the oily-haired repercussions. These hairstyles embrace your chic fashion statement and make the best out of your greasy hair day!

8. Face-Framing Baby Braids

These stylish baby braids are perfect for adding a chic touch to your greasy hair! Create two small braids near your face, starting from the roots and securing the ends with elastics. Perfect for casual outings or when you are on the go, face-framing braids provide a fashionable solution for managing greasy locks and work great for both short and long hair.

9. Bobby-Pinned Side Part

Pair this glamorous hairstyle with your power suit or your little black dress to stand out in the crowd! Keep your dry shampoo handy to pull off this messy hairstyle for short greasy hair! Begin by parting your hair with precision. Once that is complete, use your bobby pins to secure one side for a sleek, asymmetrical look. 

10. Messy Side Part

A messy look that can be achieved with just a little dry shampoo and your fingers. Create a deep side part with your fingers, allowing a few strands to frame your face. Tousle the roots for volume and texture. You can style this look on the go, making it a great hairstyle for greasy short hair.

11. Textured Waves With A Braid

An interesting hairstyle where the braid becomes the center of attention by adding an unexpected detail to your short locks, successfully concealing any greasiness that may be left behind. You can start by applying dry shampoo for a quick refresh. Tousle your short locks and add a small, subtle braid to complete the look.

Hairstyles For Greasy Straight Hair

Transcend oiliness and achieve a polished and sophisticated appearance with your straight locks. From a slicked-back look to pigtails, these hairstyles for your straight hair will redefine your greasy hair game.

12. Slicked Back Hair

This effortlessly cool and sophisticated hairstyle can be your go-to look for a sharp, modern, and confident appearance. Start by applying gel to damp hair, ensuring even coverage. Use a comb to smoothly push your hair back to create a polished finish. You can keep it tight for a refined look or leave some texture for an edgier style.

13. Half-Up Crown Braid

This elegant and easy hairstyle can effortlessly transform a lackluster hair day into a regal statement. A clean base will give this hairstyle more lift so make sure to spritz some dry shampoo. Section the top half of your hair, weave it into a delicate crown braid, and secure it with pins.

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You can use blotting papers for greasy hair. Gently press them along the scalp to absorb excess oil without disrupting your hairstyle.

14. Scarf Milkmaid Braid

This unique, bohemian-inspired style effortlessly transforms a less-than-perfect hair day into a fashionable statement. All you need to do is take a stylish scarf of your choice and incorporate it into your chic milkmaid braid. Part your hair in the center, braid each side, and cross them over the top of your head. Lastly, secure it with pins to complete the look.

15. Loose Double Pigtail Braids

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A simple and quick fix that will help hide your greasy locks with ease. Use a little bit of your dry shampoo and get ready for a glam-up. Then, part your hair down the middle and create two sections. Braid each section loosely and secure them with elastics. Do not forget to pull out some strands at the front to finish the look.

16. Milkmaid Braid With A Deep Side Parting

A simple yet sophisticated hairstyle that adds a bit of charm to your greasy looks. Start by creating two Dutch braids on either side and secure them with elastics. Once that is done, cross the braids over your head and pin them in place for a charming, effortless look.

17. Loose Fishtail Braid

A cute fishtail braid is the perfect way to style your greasy locks during a casual beach outing or a scorching day during the summer! Spritz a little dry shampoo at the front to make your strands look fresh. Split your hair into two sections and weave a tight fishtail pattern. Lastly, secure it with an elastic at the end.

Updos For Greasy Hair

Love updos but unsure of how to pull them off on greasy hair? Try these styles, from classic chignons to modern twists, and look stylish and elegant. Elevate your look with sophisticated updos that not only conceal grease but also exude timeless charm and grace.

18. Messy Bun With A Head Wrap

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This effortless look is perfect for a quick and trendy hair makeover for your greasy long hair. Start by gathering your hair high at the crown. Secure it with a hairband for a relaxed look. Add a stylish head wrap by positioning it a few inches back from your hairline. Let some loose strands frame your face for a casual yet put-together vibe.

19. Double Chignon Buns

A double chignon looks elegant and is a simple way of boosting your confidence. If you are bored of the same messy bun looks, give this a try! Begin by parting your hair down the middle. Gather each section into low ponytails and twist them into tight chignons. Secure them with pins for a polished finish.

20. Loose Top Knot

A messy and cute look that makes you look great even in your day-old pajamas! Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail, leaving it slightly loose for a relaxed feel. Twist the ponytail into a casual topknot and secure it with pins. Leave out some strands to frame your face and pull at the bun to create a messy and carefree look.

21. Loose Chignon

This can be your go-to style for a quick, polished look despite having greasy hair.  A loose chignon needs some volume to shine. So, spritz some dry shampoo and brush through the strands beforehand. Gather your hair into a low ponytail, leaving some strands loose for a relaxed vibe. Twist the ponytail into a loose bun and secure it with pins.

22. Wrapped Kinky High Puff

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Transform your thick greasy curls into a chic style that you can wear anywhere! A bit of dry shampoo for a lift before you gather your natural curls into a voluminous puff at the top of your head. Wrap a stylish fabric or scarf around your head to finish the look. Lorrie Pearson, a professional makeup artist adds, “Greasy hair can still look good. There are so many great options to try. Experimenting to discover the styles you like can be so much fun.”

23. Bun With A Claw Clip

This quick and easy hairstyle adds a touch of sophistication to your look, making it ideal for both casual outings and formal occasions. Gather your hair at the back of your neck and twist it. Secure it in place with a claw clip, ensuring a snug hold. But remember, if your hair is too oily, spritz some of your favorite dry shampoo before styling.

24. Classic Messy Bun

A perfect hairdo for greasy hair that you can flaunt without any mistakes. This versatile and low-maintenance hairstyle is perfect for any occasion, offering a chic and timeless appeal with minimal effort on your part. Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail, twisting it into a bun, and securing it with hair ties. Loosen a few strands to frame your face for that perfectly undone look.

Jenna, a blogger, shares her way of styling her hair three days after her last hair wash. Since she cannot wake up earlier than usual to wash her hair every day, she styles her hair depending on the grease. When talking about her hair, she writes, “Touching it was an entirely different matter; it felt really gross, as if I’d rubbed it with Crisco the night before. I figured I’d put it up in a messy bun (“fun bun” as my baby sister used to call it) and it’d probably still be presentable. I was right (i).”

25. Low Bun

This stylish low bun complements both casual and formal attire, offering a quick hairstyle for greasy hair with minimal effort. You may need to refresh your hair with some dry shampoo to get away with a middle parting for this hairstyle. Brush your hair back and gather it at the nape of your neck. Secure it with a hair tie and twist the ponytail into a neat bun. Loosen a few strands to frame your face for a chic look.

26. Side Bun

This elegant side bun adds a touch of sophistication to your appearance, making it perfect for formal events and ceremonies. Brush your hair to one side and gather it into a low ponytail. Twist the ponytail into a neat bun, securing it with a hair tie. Loosen some strands from the sides of your face and style them in ringlets for a glamorous look

27. Space Buns

A quick and stylish hairdo that transforms oily locks into a fun and fashionable look. The playful space buns not only conceal greasiness but also add a touch of flair to your style. Divide your hair into two sections and twist each into a bun on either side of your head. Secure them with hair ties and use bobby pins for added hold.

28. Half Space Buns

Transform your greasy colored locks with half space buns. The trendy and playful hairstyle hides greasiness and offers a quick solution for a refreshed look. Divide your hair horizontally to create two sections. Twist each upper section into cute buns atop your head and secure them with hair ties. Let the rest of the hair flow for a casual and relaxed look.

29. Sleek Braided Bun

The sleek braided bun is a quick and simple way to not only conceal oiliness but also exude a polished and put-together appearance. Brush your hair back and gather it into a low or high ponytail, depending on your preference. Braid the ponytail and twist it into a bun before securing it with a hair tie. 

30. Half Top Knot

Effortlessly tackle the day with confidence and a touch of glamor with this hairstyle that not only conceals grease but also keeps your hair off your face.

Start by spritzing dry shampoo at the roots for a quick refresh. Section off the top half of your hair and secure it in a high ponytail. Twist the ponytail into a messy bun and secure it with pins. 

31. Half-Up Beehive

Instantly elevate your greasy look with this classic 60s hairdo. Start by applying dry shampoo generously to your oily hair. Then, part your hair horizontally and gather the upper section into a high ponytail. Tease the ponytail for volume and shape it into a chic beehive. Secure with pins and smooth out the front for a polished finish.

Hairstyles For Thin Greasy Hair

Adding volume to your look is more important when you have thin hair. Thin hair tends to get greasy soon, increasing its dull and flat look. Keep your dry shampoo handy to add volume and freshness while you style your hair for an impromptu event.

32. Double Dutch Low Buns

If you love space buns, then you will definitely love these braided buns! Perfect for both casual outings and formal events, double Dutch low buns offer a trendy and practical way to manage greasy hair. Start braiding from the crown and secure them at the nape. Twist each braid into a low bun and secure them with hair ties for the final look.

33. Textured Faux Hawk

This edgy, low-maintenance style transforms oily locks into a bold statement that showcases your individuality with confidence and flair. Begin by applying dry shampoo generously to add texture to your limp, greasy hair. Section the hair along the center, leaving the sides shorter. Tease and tousle the top section for a textured look. Secure with pins or a light-hold product.

34. Half-Up Half-Down Bantu Knots

If you have curls for days and are in no mood to wash them, try out the half-up half-down Bantu knots. Begin by applying dry shampoo for a refreshed base. Section off the top half of your hair, create small Bantu knots, and secure them with hair ties. The result: a playful mix of sophistication and edge.

35. Viking Side Braids

This warrior-inspired hairstyle combines strength and femininity to create an effortlessly edgy and powerful look. Start by parting your hair to the side. Braid two sections tightly, securing it with hairspray. Add some pearly accessories in the middle of two braids for a more eye-catching look.

36. Viking-Inspired Half Bun With Side Braids

Unleash a warrior vibe with this Viking-inspired half bun with side braids. This bold, eclectic style will capture your fierce and confident personality perfectly! Start with a deep part on one side. Gather the hair on the side with the most thickness and divide it horizontally to create a half bun while leaving the hair at the back to flow freely. On the side, create two braids with one very close to the ear and the other to wrap around your bun.

37. Braided Half Do

An easy hairstyle for greasy hair that looks youthful and adds a touch of bohemian elegance. Gather the top section of your hair and create a loose braid that starts at the front, circles your head, and ends at the front where you secure it with pins. You can leave a few loose strands to frame your face and direct attention away from your greasy strands.

Ponytail Hairstyles For Greasy Hair

Ponytails are the easiest hairstyle to pull off with greasy hair, but if you want to add some charm, then you are at the right place. From high sleek ponies to braided ponytails, flaunt your charismatic self boldly while concealing hair grease.

38. Sleek Double Braided Ponytails

You can achieve a polished yet chic look with this hairstyle, making it ideal for both casual and formal occasions. To style your hair in this attractive sleek braided double ponytail, part your hair down the middle. Create two tight ponytails and braid the ponytails as tight as you can. Secure them at the end to complete the look.

39. Sleek Ponytail

You can never get tired of a sleek ponytail! It is a simple yet effective way of getting your greasy locks under control. Be it a casual brunch with your friends or a day at the office, this hairstyle might just be what you need. Brush your hair back and secure it into a high or low ponytail with a hair tie. Then, use a lightweight gel to smooth out any flyaways for a polished look.

40. High Ponytail With A Headband

Embrace a touch of bohemian charm and turn heads with this easy, fashionable accessory that keeps your greasy hair in check. Start by securing your hair into a sleek high ponytail. Choose a vibrant or patterned headband, wrap it around your head just above the hairline, and tie it into a chic bow or knot.

41. Double Ponytails

One ponytail is easy yet chic. But two ponytails are a simple way to not only mask the grease but also add a playful element to your look. All you need to do is part your hair vertically and gather them into two high ponytails. Voila, the perfect hairstyle for those lazy mornings! 

42. Low Ponytail With A Hair Scarf

This simple yet stylish accessory instantly elevates your greasy look, adding a pop of color to your everyday hairstyle. Start by brushing your hair with your fingertips after applying some dry shampoo to add more volume. Then, gather your hair into a low ponytail. Choose a vibrant or patterned scarf, wrap it around the base of the ponytail, and tie a bow or knot to secure the look.

43. Cornrow Ponytail

If washing your colored locks seems like a task, you can go for this cornrow ponytail. This hairstyle features cornrows gathered into a ponytail for a glam and beautiful look. This stylish fusion of braids and a ponytail not only adds dimension but also keeps you looking effortlessly chic, making a bold statement with minimal effort.

44. Sleek High Curly Ponytail

This style effortlessly combines sophistication with natural texture, creating a polished, confident yet laid-back appearance. Start by applying styling gel to damp hair for a sleek foundation. Use a wide-tooth comb to pull your curls back into a high ponytail. Secure it with an elastic to complete the look.

45. Braided Ponytail

If you struggle with your thick and long mane, especially three to four days after your hair wash, then give this style a try. All you need to do is gather your hair into a high ponytail and weave it into a tight braid with minimal effort. Lastly, spritz some lightweight hairspray to tame the flyaways for a polished and sleek look!

Mastering hairstyles that seamlessly conceal oily roots can help you confidently navigate your day. From pigtail braids to Viking-inspired side braids, we have discovered an array of hairstyles that can transform your greasy locks into chic statements. Embrace the ease and flair of these hairstyles to turn bad hair days into opportunities to showcase your confidence and style. Remember that the right techniques with your personal touch can help you face the world with confidence and ease.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to keep my hair from getting greasy overnight?

You can wrap your hair in a silk scarf or use a silk pillowcase to reduce friction. Apart from this, avoid excessive product use and opt for loose braids to prevent overnight oil buildup.

Are there specific cuts that minimize the appearance of oily hair?

Yes, you may go for shorter styles like pixie cuts or bobs as they often distribute natural oils more evenly, reducing the noticeable appearance of greasiness.

How often should I wash greasy hair?

Consider washing your greasy hair 2-3 times a week as frequent washing can strip your hair of its natural oils. This may prompt your scalp to produce more, potentially exacerbating your greasy look.

Key Takeaways

  • Greasy hair looks limp, lacks natural bounce, and may smell musty as days go by.
  • Opt for updos like buns, braid buns, and chignon to take away attention from the greasiness and add volume and flair to your strands.
  • You can experiment with side braids or side parts to create a chic look for your greasy locks.
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