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7 Hairstyles for when You Can't Wash Your Hair ...

By Alicia

I think we all would like to have some ideas for hairstyles for when you can’t wash your hair. Even if you are a girl that washes her hair every single day, there does come a time when you oversleep or your water is out or some other emergency prevents you from being able to wash it. When those times come, these ideas for hairstyles for when you can’t wash your hair will be very welcome.

1 The Messy Bun

The Messy BunOne of the easiest hairstyles for when you can’t wash your hair is the messy bun. There are a lot of different ways that you can do a messy bun. You can find some very informative tutorials on this subject if you want to look for them but basically, a messy bun is just a way to pull your hair up that doesn’t look overly polished or deliberate. You can go fancy with many bobby pins and careful placement to look a certain way or just let your messy bun happen.

2 A Side Braid

A Side BraidBraids are really trendy right now. This is a good thing when you are looking for a hairstyle when you don’t have time to wash your hair. The braid also holds well because of the texture dirty hair tends to have. You can choose to do a regular braid, a French braid, a fishtail or other variety of braid.


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3 Curls

CurlsFor me personally, wearing my hair straight is not a good choice when it isn’t freshly washed. I imagine this is the case for a lot of girls. Curls however, work very well with dirty hair. Just like with braids, there is more texture for the curl to grab to and hold. You also may have the advantage of having some of yesterday’s hair product in it to help you out.

4 Wearing a Headband

Wearing a HeadbandHeadbands are your friends when you can’t wash your hair. They hide dirty hair wonderfully. Our hair tends to look dirtiest next to the scalp and especially in the front. Since a headband will cover that area well, it is a good option. You can tease the back a bit to give you extra volume if you wish.

5 A Jazzed up Ponytail

A Jazzed up PonytailPonytails are also friends when you can’t wash your hair. They tend to make the ponytail the actual focus of your hair which is good because that is the part that will be the least dirty. You can go for a slicked back ponytail or another variation. I like to get some volume going by teasing my hair. This is actually easier to do with dirty hair than with clean hair. It will hold well and make for a good ponytail.

6 Grab a Scarf

Grab a ScarfIf you don’t know what else to do, grab a scarf. You can turn a scarf into a headband with just a bit of work. It follows the same principle as a headband; it hides the dirtiest part of your hair while still allowing your hair to look pretty. But the fashion statement is punched up a bit with a scarf. It is unique and can even lend a bit of a bohemian feel.

7 Dry Shampoo and Style as Usual

Dry Shampoo and Style as UsualLadies, have you discovered dry shampoo yet? If not, you must try some. While it is not the same as having clean hair to work with, it can give you a bit more leeway when you can’t wash your hair. Basically you spray it on the scalp and let it do its work.(Be sure to read your product's specific instructions). After that, you can style your hair as usual.

These are 7 hairstyles that you can use when you can’t wash your hair. What is your favorite hairstyle when you can’t wash your hair? Give us some inspiration!

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