20 Easy Hairstyles for Greasy Hair to Conceal Oily Roots

Searching for hairstyles for greasy hair? Look no further!  

Got naturally oily hair? Or, maybe washing your hair isn’t an option on busy mornings? Don’t worry, because you won’t have to step outside with the look of greasy, unclean locks ever again. You can enjoy an extra 30 mins in bed and get inspired by these 20 easy hairstyles for greasy hair.

From grease-fighting braid hairstyles to cute updos, there’s bound to be a hairstyle here that’ll help you magically conceal grease and give you the confidence to have a great hair day.

Messy Bun

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Messy bun hair, don’t care! Credit: Instagram.com/audreyanamichelle

A messy bun is a perfect hairstyle to turn to when you’re rushing out the door. Not only does this easy-peasy style emit tonnes of off-duty vibes, but it also masks any greasy roots. Bonus! Credit: @audreyanamichelle

Editor’s tip: Before attempting to create this high-rise look, be sure to spray some of the Love Beauty and Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo into your roots. This nifty product will help banish grease and also give your tresses a volume boost.

Scarf Bun Updo

Woman with medium brown hair styled into a a messy updo with a scarf tied around it
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You’ve got the messy bun down to a T, so now it’s time to dress it up for summertime with a pretty printed scarf. With so many colourful scarves to choose from, you’ll never have a dull-looking bun again. See? Hairstyles for greasy hair really are a breeze!

Sleek Bun

Woman with dark brown hair styled into a sleek low bun
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Not all hairstyles for greasy hair need to be messy! You can make the most out of your greasy tresses and use your natural hair oils to create this Kim Kardashian-worthy low bun. Credit: @allthingshairuk

Boxer Braids

Woman with dark brunette hair styled into boxer braids
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Whether you call them cornrows or boxer braids, when it comes to hairstyles for oily hair, these pretty plaits have totally got your back.

Fancy nabbing this grease-fighting look in a pinch? Master it in a jiffy with our step-by-step tutorial, right here.

Messy Fishtail Plaits

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Get playful with fishtail pigtails! Credit: Instagram.com/hairby_chrissy

When we spotted these romantic, messy fishtail plaits at Alice + Olivia’s recent catwalk show, we knew we had to include them in this edit.

Super easy to create, this chic, undone style will keep those around you distracted by its beauty, which means they won’t even notice if you have oily locks. Greasy hair? Not here! Credit: @hairby_chrissy

Cap Hair

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When in doubt, use a cap! Credit: Instagram.com/missalexandraax

Trust us: caps are a greasy-haired girl’s best friend, as they disguise greasy roots at the top, and keep you looking stylish and cool! It’s a win-win situation. Credit: @missalexandraax

Editor’s tip: After giving your mane a once-over with a texturising spray, like the VO5 Post Gym Refresh Spray, place a cap of your choosing over your head. This style re-activator will refresh your hairstyle and leave the bottom half of your hair with a tousled, beachy finish.

Scarf Wrapped Hairstyle

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Take advantage of third or fourth-day hair with this scarf-wrapped updo. This a great look for times where you want to add a dash of vintage glam to your look, all without having to spend hours styling your mane. Sign us up! Credit: @trillion.london

Messy Ponytail

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Greasy hair? Not here! Credit: Instagram.com/sophiamiacova

We know, we know: ponytails aren’t always the most exciting of hairstyles! However, this grease-busting one is anything but ordinary.

This sultry style actually works better on lived-in locks and makes the perfect go-to for a last-minute date night. Credit: @sophiamiacova

Sleek Ponytail

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A slicked back ponytail is the perfect go-to hairstyle for those who don’t have time to wash their hair but still need it to look work-appropriate.Credit: @arganesse

The Hun

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The hun is the ultimate bad hair day style! Credit: Instagram.com/brittsully

Looking for hairstyles for greasy hair that’ll allow you to show off your locks and also keep oily roots concealed? Well, the half-up bun (AKA the hun) is here to answer all your hair prayers.

A favourite with the glitterati, this fail-safe style will make you look like an off-duty model. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to look a little like an Insta-worthy model? Credit: @brittsully

Half-up Braid Hairstyle

Woman with messy half-up, half-down braid with scarf
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Braids always help distract away from the look of greasy hair, so don’t be afraid to mix things up and try this cute half-up braid hairstyle.

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Hair Accessories

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Want to cleverly conceal greasy roots? Dress up your hair with as many hair clips as possible and just watch as those around you call your mane a masterpiece. Credit: @justinemarjan

Root-Concealing Headband

Woman with puffy pearl headband and short wavy brunette bob
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One of our favourite greasy hair hacks? Using a dazzling headband hair accessory, like this one, to conceal your roots and distract from your unwashed strands. Credit: @lele_sadoughi

Twisted Double buns

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Do the twist! Credit: Instagram.com/anniesforgetmeknots

Greasy hair holds braids and twists the best, so to make the most out of the texture that comes with days-old hair, try this stylish hair hack.

Perfect for festivals and work, these cool-girl twisted low double buns will ensure you have a good hair day. Credit: @anniesforgetmeknots

Milkmaid Braid

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Who’s a braided beauty? You are! Credit: Instagram.com/rachelmurr

Impress your friends (while also keeping greasy hair at bay!) with this super-cute, dreamy milkmaid braid.

This pretty hairstyle is versatile, works amazingly well for all sorts of occasions and can be easily achieved in 5 simple steps. Come on, let’s get weaving. Credit: @rachelmurr

Braided Fishtail Ponytail

Woman with blonde braided fishtail ponytail
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You can never go wrong with a classic fishtail braid. It’s another effective plait style that will help you tackle oily hair (in the most stylish way possible!). Credit: @chloemollyhair

Editor’s tip: Worried your braid won’t hold? Ensure your looks stays put and protect it against frizz with the VO5 Invisible Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

Braids for Short Greasy Hair

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Greasy roots? Try this half-up braid! Credit: Instagram.com/whippycake

It’s sassy, it’s sweet and it’s perfect for ladies with greasy, short hair. So go ahead, sport a Sienna Miller-inspired half-up braid hairstyle, now – it’s the stuff boho-hair dreams are made of. Credit: @whippycake

Undone Ponytail for Long Greasy Hair

Woman with greasy, messy hair styled into loose ponytail with a scrunchie
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Make long dirty, unclean hair look runway-worthy by sweeping them into this low, loose ponytail, complete with a cool scrunchie. Credit: @mykitsch

Pull-Through Braid

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You’re going to pull through every greasy hair day stylishly, especially with this cute pull-through braid hairstyle in your mane life. Credit: @saucyappel

Bouffant Bun

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The secret to making dirty hair look glam? Backcombing! Credit: Instagram.com/thefreckledfox

Looking for hairstyles for greasy hair that’ll give you enviable volume? Then prepare to fall head over heels for this textured bouffant bun, that we spotted on this mega-babe.

This pumped-up look performs best with unwashed hair that’s been prepped with a volume-inducing dry shampoo (we love the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo) and teased to perfection. Easy-peasy, eh? Credit: @thefreckledfox