7 Hair hacks for when you don't have time to wash it

Jan 22, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. ET

You're in a rush and you don't have time to shower, let alone wash your hair. But you still want it to look nice and clean and shiny. Here are a few tricks you can try for those mornings when hair washing is out of the question.

1. Braids

A simple braid or two is a great way to camouflage dirty hair — it's easy to do and looks gorgeous. Try this "pull thru braid" hair tutorial for one style idea.

small things blog pull thru braid

Image: The Small Things Blog

2. Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is your best friend on those unwashed hair days. Nothing quite does the trick of making your hair look clean like this. Spritz it all over your hair, including the roots, and then blow it dry and you'll be amazed at how fresh and pretty it looks. There are so many brands to choose from, but a popular one is Dove's Dry Shampoo (Walmart, $4).


Dove Dry Shampoo

3. Headband

A plain, sparkly or beaded headband does wonders at hiding greasy hair and making it look cute and perky — and it's a style that suits pretty much everyone. (Nordstrom, $28)

Nordstrom headband

4. Run a blow dryer through your dry hair, then style it

Sometimes all it takes to give your hair that just-washed lift is to run a blow dryer through it while it's dry and then style it as usual. That alone can get rid of some of the oil buildup and make it look like you've just stepped out of the shower.

Hair

Image: Artur Chalyj/Flickr

5. Wash and condition only the front and sides of your hair in the sink, then blow dry it

If you're short on time but still have a little to play with, you can streamline your routine by just washing the front and sides of your hair in the sink, then conditioning and blow drying it. It will magically look as if you've washed the whole thing.

Shampooing

Image: Giphy

6. Baby powder

Sprinkling baby powder on your hands and then running it all through your hair, paying special attention to the roots, the jawline and underneath, will make it instantly look and smell fresher. It will soak up the grease and make it look newly washed. Hurrah!

Spilled Baby Powder

Image: Austin Kirk/Flickr

7. A strategically placed hair clip

Twisting the front of your hair goddess-style and holding it back with a pretty crystal hair clip like this one is a good way to mask the fact that you haven't washed it. (Nordstrom, $28) 

Nordstrom hair clip

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