Best Hairstyles for Greasy Hair

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Greasy hair is a common problem among women, especially those in their 20s or 40s. But, on a positive note, greasy hair will make you experiment with different hairstyles that you usually wouldn’t look into. 

Washing your hair is the easiest way to get rid of greasy hair. Yet, I know many of us don’t have the time and energy to wash our hair every day. That is why I decided to help you find your best hairstyle for greasy hair.

With these hairstyles for greasy hair, you don’t have to worry about washing your hair every day for it to look good. I will give you some tips and tricks for your greasy hair that will help you look amazing and confident every day.

I have worked with numerous clients in my salon, and I always tell them not to wash their hair every day but to experiment with hairstyles. All it takes is a bit of creativity, and you can try out any ‘dos, from snatched ponytails to half-up buns.

Bottom line up front: My favorite hairstyle for greasy hair out of these 10 is the high braid. The high braid is one of the easiest to make, and it goes well with every hair length and color. Your hair will look snatched, and nobody will notice that it is greasy if you wear this hairstyle.

My Top Picks Up Front

Here are my favorite 10 hairstyles for greasy hair that you can do easily and quickly:

  1. High Braid- A classic hairstyle that will bring the focus from your hair to your face, and you will look good in minutes.
  2. Messy Bun- An easy hairstyle that can look chic by hiding your roots.
  3. Baby Braids- Quick and easy fix that will make the viewer focus on the braids instead of the scalp. Baby braids are very popular in 2022, so this is a good choice for those who follow trends.
  4. Snatched Ponytail- A modern hairstyle that goes well with every outfit, the point of this hairstyle is to make it look slick, so your greasy hair only needs more grease.
  5. Bow bun- An interesting accessory perfect for lovers of bows. You can make different hairstyles with a bow; this one is simple but effective.
  6. Silk Scarf- A pretty and handy tool that can make your hair look beautiful even if you haven’t washed it for days. You can make various hairstyles with one scarf.
  7. Half-up bun- Perfect choice if you have oily roots but want to wear your hair loose.
  8. Double Dutch low bun- A style that looks good on everyone who wants to put more effort into their hairstyle.
  9. Half French braid and ponytail- A princess look that won’t be messed up even if you have greasy hair.
  10. Pigtail Hair braids- If you have learnt how to braid your hair, this is the easiest way to switch the focus from your hair to your face.

Tips/ Advice

The easiest hairstyles are messy buns, baby braids, and high braids. The hardest hairstyles are half french braids, hair braids, and snatched ponytails. If you don’t like accessories, then a bow bun and silk scarf are not the right choices for you.

How to Treat Greasy Hair?

Avoid washing your hair every day if possible. This can make your scalp produce more oil over time, worsening the problem.

Washing your hair too often can cause damage to the scalp and hair shaft, affecting the natural oils produced by your scalp and making it look even more oily.

You can manage greasy hair with a few simple tricks, and you’ll feel so much better:

  • Use a dry shampoo to absorb excess oil
  • Use anti-frizz products
  • Don’t use too many products
  • Use products with a label “for greasy hair”
  • Don’t touch your hair often
  • Change your pillowcase every 3rd day

Selection Criteria

I have selected these ten hairstyles for greasy hair because they are easy to make and look good on both short and long hair. There is something for everyone. You can choose between simple and more complex braids/buns/ponytails and use accessories like scarves and bows.

The main thing about these hairstyles is that they don’t require any special skill, except maybe the hair braids. Plus, all of these hairstyles will make your greasy roots look less greasy and neater.

You can wear these hairstyles for work/dates/school/at home.

Product Recommendations 

Baby Braids

Baby Braids

Baby braids are an easy and fun hairstyle you can do in just a few minutes. First, you just need to divide the front end of your hair into two small sections of hair. Then, divide one section into three smaller ones and make a tiny braid. Repeat for the second session.

You only need a comb and two tiny elastic bands for his look. This style is good if you feel your hair is a bit greasy and the front part is unmanageable. 

I would suggest Baby Braids to anyone who wants a quick and easy fix for their greasy hair but still rocks something modern and interesting.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Easy
  • Accessories: tiny hair bands
  • Long/short hair needed: Works on both

Pros

  • Easy
  • Doesn’t require a lot of material
  • Looks good on short and long hair
  • Lasts all-day

Cons

  • Doesn’t look good on extremely greasy roots

Messy Bun

Messy Bun

A messy bun is a great hairstyle choice because you can use it in many different ways. First, gather all your hair from the nape of your neck to the top. Then, ensure it is as high up on your head as possible, with no strands hanging down.

Tie the gathered group of hair with an elastic band. The knot should be as close to the base of your neck as possible. This forms your ponytail, which you will use to make the messy bun.

Fold the ponytail in half so that it can meet its other end. Wrap an elastic band around the middle section of this hair bundle and wrap it around so that it holds tightly against your scalp. The other two ends should stick like bunny ears in front and behind this band.

Grab one end of hair from one side and take a small section from beneath it. Twist it and then wrap it around the outside part of that section until you reach the ends, tying it off with a miniature elastic band or bobby pin to hold it together. Do this for both sides.

Pro tip: If you have short hair, you can use extensions.

If you wear a messy bun for a couple of days, your hair may be hard to get the hang of. If you don’t want to wash it, you can smooth it out with a leave-in conditioner. I recommend the MIZANI 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner. 

I use this conditioner when my hair is unmanageable, and it helps me smooth it out and make it more lively. If you want to wear a messy bun for a couple of days, on the 2nd day, put some leave-in conditioner, and you will see a difference.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Easy
  • Accessories: elastic bands, bobby pins
  • Long/short hair needed: long or middle length

Pros

  • Easy to make
  • Doesn’t need a lot of material
  • Looks good on everyone
  • Looks casual
  • Masks your greasy hair

Cons

  • Not for short hair

High Braid

Braid

A high braid is one of the classics for hairstyles for greasy hair. Make a high ponytail and braid it; it is as simple as that. If you want to make it look a bit less effortless instead of a classic braid, you can do a “wheat” braid.

A high braid is one of the best options because you need only one elastic band and a couple of minutes. It can be done on longer and shorter hair and looks good on everyone.

If your roots still look greasy with this hairstyle, try using dry shampoo on the roots. My favorite is Drop Dead Gorgeous dry shampoo because your hair will look fresh after a few minutes. Plus, it is vegan and cruelty-free, which is a big win for the environment.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Easy
  • Accessories: Elastic band
  • Long/short hair needed: Long and short hair

Pros

  • Requires minimum effort
  • Requires only one elastic band
  • Covers up greasy hair

Cons

  • Simple

Snatched Ponytail

Snatched Ponytail

A snatched ponytail can look casual, but most people wear it for a night out. For a snatched ponytail, grease is recommended because you need to look as sleek as possible. To make a perfect snatched ponytail, you need a smoothing serum that you apply from the roots to the ends.

Ensure you secure it tightly with an elastic band, and then use a hair spray to lock in the look. This look is perfect if you have greasy hair but want to go out and look amazing. 

A snatched ponytail looks good on both middle-length and long-length hair. If you want to use the best hair spray that is not toxic for you or the environment, I love the Honeybee Gardens Herbal Mint Alcohol Free Hair Spray.

This hair spray is made from nurturing ingredients that snatch your ponytail but won’t damage your hair or the environment.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Easy
  • Accessories: elastic band
  • Long/short hair needed: middle or long hair

Pros

  • Grease is appreciated for this look
  • Looks stylish
  • Doesn’t require a lot of effort

Cons

  • Not for an everyday look
  • Not for short hair

Bow Bun

Bow Bun

A sleek low bun is a good hairstyle choice because it works well for women with different face shapes and hair textures. Adding a bow makes the hairstyle more chic and classy, perfect for a party or other occasion. So how can you make it?

Take a tail comb and part your hair down the middle, separating the two sections. Next, smooth each section of your hair with a brush, pulling more horizontally than vertically. 

Take your rubber band and secure it around the length of your hair, adjusting it if necessary to place it horizontally at the base of your neck. 

Flip one section over to cover the elastic. Do this by picking up the end of that side and wrapping it under and over itself. Do this until it is all tucked away. Then, pin it with a bobby pin; bonus points if you slide it under the elastic for extra hold. 

Repeat on the other side, and tuck away any lingering ends from the first side. Mist some hairspray or serum on your hands to smooth down any flyways or ends that might have escaped during this process. Voila! You’ve got yourself a sleek low bun!

Now add the bow to it and lock it in with bobby pins if needed. I love the Juvale satin bows because you don’t feel them on your hair, and they are very easy to put and take off.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Intermediate 
  • Accessories: bobby pins, elastic bands, bow
  • Long/short hair needed: longer hair

Pros

  • Looks good with every hair texture and face shape
  • Amazing for a night out
  • Looks like you have been to the hairdresser’s

Cons

  • Requires a bit more effort
  • You need to love bows

Silk Scarf

Silk Scarf Hair

A silk scarf can be a lifesaver when having a bad hair day. There are numerous ways to style a scarf around your head; here is the easiest one. First, take a silk scarf and tie it around your head. Next, place the scarf on the hairline. Finally, adjust the length of the scarf so that it is not too short or too long.

Tie it up in a messy knot on the back of your head, or create a bow in front. You can let go of the rest of your hair or put it in a bun or ponytail, whatever you like. This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to cover up greasy hair; you just need to experiment with your scarf.

Pro tip: You should wear a silk scarf, as cotton scarves can make your hair look frizzy and messy.

If you have short hair, then opt for a small silk scarf. If you have medium or long hair, you can use medium-sized or large-sized silk scarves.

I recommend the FONYVE scarves because they have lovely designs that I can combine with every outfit.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Easy
  • Accessories: Scarf
  • Long/short hair needed: Both can work

Pros

  • Multiple hairstyles
  • Covers your greasy roots
  • You can do it in minutes

Cons

  • Only for people who like scarves

Half Up Bun

Half Up Bun

The half-up bun is just perfect for those days when your roots are a bit greasy but you still want to wear your hair loose. No problem, just add some dry shampoo for volume and section off the top section of your hair. 

Pull the section back into a messy topknot and secure it with bobby pins and an elastic band. This amazing, quick hairstyle will get you going throughout the day. It is similar to a messy bun but allows you to let go of the rest of your hair. 

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Easy
  • Accessories: Bobby pins and elastic band
  • Long/short hair needed: long hair and shorter hair.

Pros

  • Easy to make
  • Works with both long and shorter hair
  • You wear most of your hair loose

Cons

  • It would be best if you had dry shampoo to make it work

Double Dutch Low Bun

Double Dutch Low Bun

The double Dutch low bun is one hairstyle that requires a bit more of your time. To get a Dutch braid, part your hair to one side. Then, braid one side section of hair until you reach the ear — then braid the rest into a regular braid. 

Repeat on the other side and gather the rest of the hair and braids into a low bun. Secure with elastic band and bobby pins.

You can let loose some of your hair strands in the front and curl them for a more casual, effortless look. You can wear this look daily or for a night out; it is simple but effective.

For lovers of braids, this is another way to hide your oily hair but still look stunning.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Hard
  • Accessories: Bobby pins and elastic bands
  • Long/short hair needed: Longer hair needed

Pros

  •  Looks interesting
  • Covers greasy hair

Cons

  •  You need to know how to braid
  • You need to have longer hair

Half French Braid and Ponytail

Half French Braid and Ponytail

A half-French braid will hide your greasiness. You need to make a half-French braid on one side, and when you have reached your neck, just tie it into a ponytail. Instead of a ponytail, you can let go of the rest of your hair or put it into a bun. The choice is yours.

Remember that your braid should not be neatly tied but loosened to make it look more effortless.

This is a very easy solution for your hair; you can do it in a couple of minutes and look amazing throughout the day.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Easy
  • Accessories: Bobby pins and elastic band
  • Long/short hair needed: Longer hair

Pros

  • You can make 3 hairstyles out of this idea
  • Easily fix
  • Looks casual

Cons

  •  You need to know how to make a French braid
  • Not for short hair

Pigtail Hair Braids

Pigtail Hair Braids

Pigtail hair braids are one of the most popular braids in the world. Unfortunately, they are not easy to make, but once you get the hang of them, you can wear them when your hair is not in its best mood.

Pro tip: If you braid damp hair, it will be curly after you let loose your hair.

 To braid hair:

  1. Start by separating the hair into 3 even sections.
  2. Take the outermost left section and cross it over the middle section.
  3. Take the outermost right section and cross it over the new middle section.

Continue this process until you run out of hair. To finish your braid, tie it in a knot or secure it with a hair elastic.

The main catch is to hold your hair as tightly as possible. If you haven’t braided before, your first attempt may be bad, but keep going. You will get the hang of it eventually; you just need practice.

The pigtail braids are the most difficult out of these ten, but they will surely be worth it in the end.

Specifications

  • Easy/Hard to make: Hard
  • Accessories: Elastic bands
  • Long/short hair needed: Both long and short hair

Pros

  • Looks good on both long and short hair
  • Neat look 

Cons

  •  You need to know how to braid

FAQs

Question: How to Cover Up Greasy Hair?

Answer: If you want to cover up greasy hair quickly, you can use baby powder, cornstarch, tinted hairspray, or concealer. Just remember not to put too much of the product on your hair because it can affect the color of your roots.

Question: Why Does My Hair Get Greasy so Fast?

Answer: One of the most common reasons for greasy hair is rinsing with hot water, wrong products, too many products, or touching your hair too much. However, if you do one of these things, stop for two weeks, and you will notice a difference.

Question: How Often Should I Wash my Greasy Hair?

Answer: The short answer is you should probably be washing your hair every other day. However, every hair type is different. You should consider what your hair looks like and feels like on the second, third, and fourth days. Prolong it as much as possible but don’t wash it every day, and don’t go over 5-6 days.

Conclusion

Fixing greasy hair is something most women face from time to time. The hairstyles I mentioned above are extremely popular; they are both accessible and affordable.

 If you want to fix greasy hair today, I gave you not only 10 hairstyle choices but tips and tricks on washing and maintaining greasy hair. By following them, greasy hair won’t ruin your outfit or your day.

Pro tip: Asymmetrical and textured hairstyles are typically good choices because they provide a great solution to hide your oily and greasy hair, even though this is probably only a temporary fix.

Remember that these hairstyles can help you out short term, but if you want to combat the problem of greasy hair, you need to make some changes in your hair care routine. You will see the results of your change in a couple of weeks, and it will be worth it.

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