Oily hair happens, but that doesn't mean you can still rock some seriously chic hairstyles.

If you've skipped a wash for one too many days or just have naturally oily hair, styling your strands probably seems too hard.

But did you know a little oily can make doing certain hairstyles a lot easier?

And, some hairstyles can also help hide excess oil too!


What hairstyles are best for oily hair?

Ponytails, braids, messy buns and textures waves will all help hide your oily locks. In turn, the oil may help these styles hold more than if your strands were silky and soft.

Here are ten hairstyles for oily hair that you'll want to try immediately.

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1. The Third Day Pony

Ponytails are a low-maintenance lady's staple style, so it makes sense that they're a solid hairstyle for oily hair.

A ponytail is a versatile style that can take you from the office to the gym and even the bar.

The extra grip and texture added by oil can elevate this basic style.

To take this look from blah to voilà, add a few curls and a large accessory such as a scrunchie or headband.

Bonus points: Accessories can also be a great way to hide the grease further.

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2. Textured Waves

While silky strands are great, they often lack texture.

Enter oily hair.

Greasy locks are perfect for creating textured waves.

Plus, the oil will help hold the wave, so you get longer out of your style too.

To create this hairstyle for oily hair, apply dry shampoo to your roots and brush it throughout the ends.

This will create the messy quality that this look is known for.

You can create your waves using a curler, straightener or mermaid waver.

Or, if you prefer a heatless option, spritz your strands with saltwater spray and sleep in braids.

Pro-tip: this will also further absorb any excess oil.

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3. The Top Knot

This might already be your go-to hairstyle for oily hair.

Or just your go-to lazy day look.

But either way, it's a winner.

Simple, stylish and a great way to hide the fact you haven't washed your hair in what feels like 20 years.

To create a top knot, pull the front strands into a ponytail on top of your head.

Use bobby pins to place random strands to create a smaller version of the messy bun mentioned above.

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4. Twists

Often the top section of our hair gets greasy first.

This is why top knots, high buns and twists are great hairstyles with oily hair.

This style works on two levels; not only do the twist help hide the grease, but oily hair also helps holds twists in place.

So if you have clean and silky strands 24/7, you might be sleeping on this cute boho look.

Take two sections from the front of your face and twist them backward.

You can collect more hair as you go or simply stick with strands you have.

Secure at the back of your head in a small ponytail, bun or using a decorative hair accessory.

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5. Pinned Back

This pinned backed look incorporates the grease into the style.

Simply slick the front of your hair down and back and place two or more clips in the front.

Not only is this look super on point, RN, but adding a statement accessory is one of the easiest ways to distract from dirty hair.

I'd suggest using flat tortoiseshell bobby pins or butterfly clips for a touch of early 2000's goodness.

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6. Low Pony

This sleek style also uses grease for good.

Instead of looking dirty and lazy, your locks will look chic and polished.

In fact, if you want to wear a low ponytail in general, I'd suggest skipping the hair wash for an extra few days.

Here is how to do this hairstyle for oily hair:

Brush your hair back into a low, neat ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.

Leave an inch wide section of hair out and wrap it around the ponytail base and pin underneath to cover the hair tie.

Make sure the hair is smoothed down around the tops and sides of your face, using the oily to slick it back.

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7. The Pull Back

90s and early 2000's babies (well, big babies) rejoice because claw clips are back.

One of the main reason these hair accessories have clawed their way back into popularity is that they are effortless, cute and help hide grease.


You can wrong one of today's biggest hair trends no matter how oily your strands are.

Pull your front strands back and secure them at the back with a decorative claw clip.

Or, if it's extra oily, pul all your hair into a low ponytail, slicking the sides and top, and twist the length.

Use the claw clip to secure the twisted section to the back of your head.

You will look so trendy no one will even notice how dirty your hair is.

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8. Textured Bun

Messy bun and getting stuff done with all that time you've saved from not washing your hair!

The messy bun usually takes a deceptively long time to perfect.

(and sometimes a sacrifice to the dark lord).

But, with oily hair, this style is super simple.

The excess oil means your strands aren't slippery and will stick easier.

To achieve this messy bun, give your strands a freshen up with try shampoo for extra volume and texture.

Pull the length of your locks into a high pony, but leave your hair in a loop at the final pony pull through.

Pull the remaining length of the hair around the base of the loop and pin it randomly to secure it.

Be careful not to be too careful. Remember, you want a messy look.

Pull some strands out to frame your face, and off you go.

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9. Plaited Pony

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10. High Ponytail

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