Conceal an Oily Scalp With These Simple—and Flattering—Hairstyles

No-shower days, here we come.

Do you shampoo on a daily? Well, if you do, you mustn't—and here's why: Dr Iris Rubin, Dermatologist and Founder of Seen Hair Care, explains, "Washing *too* frequently can lead to stripped, straw-like hair, dried-out scalp, inflammation, and irritation. So, let your scalp and hair strands tell you what they need each day." 

That said, if left unattended for far too long, your parched mane is bound to turn greasy. And boy, do sporting oily strands take courage. If you're one to skip a hair wash every chance that you get, look no further—these easy-breezy hairstyles were custom-made just for you! 

Get Messy

Twist your hair into a loose, messy bun on no-shower days. "The non-labour-intensive, fuss-free hairstyle will seamlessly conceal greasy strands with your hair pulled upward. A textured, messy half-up top knot goes a long way in hiding an oily scalp as well. Separate the top section of your hair and tie it into a ponytail. Next, twist the ponytail into a bun using bobby pins and clips for a loose, somewhat-messy look. Tease the left-out hair from the sides using a comb to make your mane look fuller," suggests Yuba Khan, Co-Founder of Manetain. Maleeha Jafferbhoy, Style Director at Jean-Claude Biguine Salons India, makes a strong case for sporting a messy ponytail. "The greasy hair makes it easier to don a ponytail. Secure with a scrunchie and leave a few strands out for an undone look," she adds. 

Bun It Up 

Bantu knots—which were introduced in Southern Africa by the Zulu people—involve creating tiny buns throughout the mane. "It’s a unique alternative for those seeking a fun, protective hairstyle that also hides oily roots. Plus, you're left with bouncy curls at the end of the day! Feel free to opt for a brun—a combination of a braid and a bun—another look that requires minimal work," says Yuba Khan. 

Clip-On, Band-Up

Embellishing your hair may be just what you need to keep an oily scalp under the wraps. According to Maleeha, headbands and hair turbans are a fabulous way to not only keep greasy strands away from the face but also make a style statement. "You could also consider pulling your hair back and securing it with a bejewelled clip. Use a claw clip to twist your hair into a high or low bun. If all else fails, throw on a beanie, a cap, or a hat, to hide unwashed hair."

Slick and Sleek 

A slicked-back hairdo will come to the rescue if you're pressed for time and can't squeeze in a quick head bath. The loose look will give your strands a super-sleek finish, minus the flyaways. "When the roots and/or crown area is particularly greasy, use a mixture of water and gel on the affected area and push the hair behind the ears. Dry shampoo will help add more volume to your mane—tease it with a comb to make it more voluminous," explains Yuba.

Braid It Up 

Maleeha Jafferbhoy informs that a great way to disguise a greasy scalp is to adorn different kinds of braided hairdos. "Use hair ties in varying hues to secure a bubble braid, pull all your hair to the side and build a side braid, or part your hair in the middle and create an inside-out Dutch braid on either side." "A side French braid can instantly jazz up greasy strands, too. Brush your hair, gather three equally-sized strands—particularly the oily ones—and weave away," adds Yuba Khan. 


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