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7 tricks to hide oily hair

Need to fix limp strands in a hurry? These quick fixes will have you out the door in a flash.

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Whether you’ve woken up late or are trying to prolong your new hair color, sometimes washing your hair just isn’t in the cards. But not to worry — there are plenty of way to disguise greasy hair in a snap.

Don’t worry, we won’t tell you to braid it. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

1. Use dry shampoo.

If your strands are looking a little limp, spray some dry shampoo along your part. Then, lift small sections of hair and give the roots a little spray.

Massage the dry shampoo onto your scalp to distribute the product. The effect might not be immediate, so don’t be tempted to add more straight away.

Give it about 10 minutes to soak up the oils. After that, spray away if you still feel a little greasy. Brush the dry shampoo out if you have straight hair, or gently massage until any remaining white color disappears if you have curly hair.

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2. Try baby powder.

If you’re out of dry shampoo, baby powder is an excellent alternative. Sprinkle a little in strategic sections of your hair, then continue as you would with dry shampoo. Baby powder is a little harder to brush or massage out, so try not to use too much — especially if you have dark hair.

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3. Grab some texturizing powder.

Looking for some extra va-va-voom while also getting rid of grease? Sprinkle a small amount of texturizing powder along your part and rub it in softly. This will add grip, hold and texture to your roots.

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4. Give oil blotting sheets a chance.

They work for your face, so why wouldn’t they work for your hair? Take some blotting paper and pat it along your part — it might take a few sheets to do the trick. Then ruffle your hair up a bit to add some volume.

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5. Wear a hair accessory.

If you’re out of hair-fixing products, try adding a hair accessory to camouflage excess oil. A thick headband, scarf or hat can disguise greasy roots and make you look stylish at the same time.

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6. Try hairspray.

Oily strands are often limp and lack texture and volume, so try using hairspray in a pinch to add volume and hide oily roots. Spray near your scalp and ruffle your hair with your hands, adding more product as needed.

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7. Consider astringent products like toner.

Products with astringent properties like face toner can dissolve and cleanse away oil. If you’re really desperate, add a little toner to a cotton pad and swipe it across your greasy roots.

The alcohol content should dissolve most of the excess oil. But don’t overdo this trick or you may experience the opposite problem — a dry scalp!

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How to prevent oily hair

Can’t seem to keep your strands clean for longer than a day or two? Try these tricks to keep your hair from getting dirty and extend your wash cycle.

1. Don’t blow-dry.

Blow-drying your hair or adding heat in any way can make your hair get oily fast. If you want to keep your hair looking fresher for longer, reduce the heat of your dryer or let your hair air-dry.

2. Rinse with cold water.

Cold water closes up your pores and slows the production of sweat, sebum and oils in your skin. After you wash your hair, give your mane a good rinse with cold water to make sure that your scalp won’t be overproducing oil.

3. Don’t touch your hair.

Like all the other parts of your body, the skin on your hands has a lot of natural oils. By running your hands through your hair every five minutes, you’re adding a lot of unnecessary oil to your strands.

4. Wash less often.

Some people will tell you this works. Some people will tell you it doesn’t. Personally, I’m a believer because it has worked for me.

I used to wash my hair every other day because it would look like a shiny, greasy mess by day two. But this wasn’t sustainable.

I like long hair, and frequent washing dries it out and creates split ends. I started gradually adding more time to my wash routine, and now I only wash my hair once a week.

It was hard at the beginning because I hated the look of my greasy hair, but after a couple of months, it truly did stop getting so oily. Now my hair looks perfectly clean and bouncy up until around day five or six. Occasionally, I might need a spray of dry shampoo to get to day seven, but not often.

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