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8 Quick Morning-Fixes for Greasy Hair

I'm the queen of dirty hair. It's a fact I'm strangely proud of since, most of the time, people are surprised when they learn I rarely wash my locks more than twice a week. My aversion to the long, drawn out shampoo-condition-detangle-blow-and-style process has pushed me to develop a stockpile of creative techniques for masking not-exactly-clean tresses. Next time you're feeling less than motivated, try one of these tried and true techniques to conceal greasy hair and leave people impressed by your style savvy.

Dry Shampoo It

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This fast fix soaks up oil and removes product buildup quicker than you can order a tall latte. Powder some on greasy roots and strands, rub it in, and brush it out. Bonus: It lightens up roots, too.

Hide It with a Headband

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A thick, scarf-like headband covers up oily roots and tops off locks with a pop of style. Pick up a few on the cheap, like this patterned one by American Eagle, or just use some of those scarves you already have piled up at home.

Go Sleek

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Make that grease work for you by embracing a slicked-back look. Create a side part, tame flyaways with hair spray, and tie tresses back in a low pony or braid. Use made-for-hair elastics that match your hair color to keep the look pulled-together instead of post-workout.

Channel Your Inner Swami

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Ever since I met Kate Middleton through my television set, I’ve fantasized of rocking more daring hats. Try the latest trends (sans feather for me, thanks) and hide less-than-fab hair. Outside? Try an oversized seventies straw topper. Going out? Surprise your posse with a right-now turban.

Bang It Out

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This is hands down the best beauty advice I’ve ever received: If hair’s looking a little too greasy, just do a quick shampoo of the bangs, either leaning over the sink or with the rest of your hair pinned back in the shower. The result? As fresh as if you’d washed your whole head.

Braid It

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Nothing keeps hair in place better than our own oil, so put that grease to work and rock a side braid. Starting on one side of the forehead, braid hair across, to the other side of the face, and pin the end back behind the ear.

Get Oily

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Jump on the natural bandwagon by rocking some undone, beachy waves. (Because that’s totally what you had in mind when you woke up, right?) Enliven roots with a little hair powder and a quick blast from the dryer, and then rub a little oil on the ends for texture, like the divine-smelling Moroccan Oil. Voilà—you’ve pulled off the look.

Create a Distraction

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If all else fails, distract from not-quite-hot locks with an attention-grabbing accessory, like shoes or these sunglasses from Karen Walker. A wow product like these classically shaped aviators with a modern pop of color will distract from any ’do disaster.

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