Don’t let oily hair hamper your style
For a young professional or mom, juggling the school run, playtime, PTA meetings and work commitments is hard enough. Fitting in a hair wash and blow dry next to impossible. So what’s a busy girl to do? Figure out some hairstyles that are easy and fast—and actually look better—when you hair desperately needs a shampoo! “I have always believed that natural scalp oil keeps tresses healthy, shiny and easy to style,” says Nykaa expert hair stylist Teresa Chen. In fact over shampooing can deplete the hair of natural oils, making strands brittle and dry. So check out the eight dirty hair styles that not just look sassy but are super-easy to replicate.
The trusty ponytail
Forget schoolgirl ponys, this is an impish, spirited version of that scraggly tail of your childhood. Perfect for keeping oily strands off your face and hiding an oily scalp. Back comb the crown and bunch up in the middle of the back of your head, securing it with a colorful scrunchy. Experiment with high, low ponies and loops to find the style that suits your face best. Finish up with pretty hair accessories such as colorful flower clips or hair jewelry.
Get windswept, “just walked off the beach’ Deepika or Katrina waves if your tresses are too stringy to left open. Make your own salt hair spray by mixing two tablespoons of sea salt in 200 ml of water and spraying it on your hair. Scrunch wet locks and let air dry. Voila! Beachy waves in a flash. Or simply use Toni&Guy Casual: Sea Salt Texturising Spray.
If your strands are slightly dirty, opt for a blowout aka Farah Fawcett Major. Flip your hair over and blow dry upside down, getting in as much as air between layers as possible. This will create a fluffy volume of freshly washed locks. To get a perfect blowout, blow dry till hair is almost dry. Then use a round brush like Denman Dcr1 18Mm Ceramic Radial Brush to dry an inch of hair around your face before rolling into a loose curl. You could also roll up sections and pin up for a few minutes before releasing for a wavier finish.
Seriously dirty (and oily) hair can’t be fixed with a chic bun. Avoid styles like buns and ponys that flatten at the part line. Think textured styles like messy updos and untidy top knots. A simple topknot is a takeoff on the high pony tail. After making a pony, twists it around the elastic band and secure with bobby pins. If your hair is very oily, use a texturing spray like Toni&Guy Casual : Sea Salt Texturising Spray to add some bounce.
Side swept bun
Nothing looks chicer than a side swept bun. It works marvelously to disguise medium to long dirty hair. Make a deep side part and gather strands on the opposite side of your hair into a low pony behind your ear. Slip on a scrunchie before rolling hair into a bun. Dial up some drama with hair adornments like flowers or diamantes.
Dry Shampoo coiffure
If your scalp oil is making roots sticky, get out a dry shampoo like Beauty Formulas Dry Shampoo. Apply to the roots, hairline and crown. Rub in gently with your fingers until all the white residue disappears. Then blow dry as normal for a springy, fresh looking head of hair. If you have short hair use a dab to pump up volume and then style. Longer hair may require some back-combing which you can than secure with a clip or comb.
Braids, the next gen cousin of the chotis you wore to school, are great for hiding dirty hair because all that those twists add enough texture to conceal grease and grime. Try a side French braid hanging loosely along your hairline. To create the look, grab a section of hair on the right side near the nape and divide it into three sections. Start French braiding along the bottom of your head, ending with a side braid behind your left ear. Add soft boho chic by gently pulling at the finished look. Long haired gals could try a waterfall braid; start braiding at the right side of your parting, and drop strands as you braid
Your last resort if you have short, dirty hair! Style your hair the way you usually do and then top with a brightly colored and patterned hairband. Move over Alice (in Wonderland), the Nykaa girl is here.