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How to… style dirty hair

Admit it: We don’t always have the time to wash our hair. To keep your locks looking chic and stylish, get in on our dirty little secrets for the perfect hairstyles for dirty hair.


Keep it sexy

Gisele Bündchen's long waves

After not washing your hair for a day or two, it’s at its prime for holding hairstyles. Go for a tousled wave to get your hair looking super-sexy.

  • Spray dry shampoo (Clean Freak Dry Shampoo, $6) onto your roots and slightly tease.
  • Spritz a little sea-salt spray (Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $25) onto your hair.
  • Take a curling wand and loosely curl 2-inch sections of your hair.

Come out on top with a top bun

Katie Holme's messy top bun

Create this classic, chic look in just a few minutes.

  • Slick hair back into a high ponytail and secure with elastic.
  • Use doughnut bun scrunchie and roll hair into a bun.
  • Secure loose pieces with bobby pins.

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Side braid

Selena Gomez wearing a side braid

Try a loose side braid for a quick, pretty look.

  • Gather all of your hair to one side and loosely braid your hair.
  • Tip: Braid your hair with day-old curled hair for more texture.
  • Alternative look: Instead of a classic braid, take a little extra time and create an exotic fishtail braid.

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Low messy bun

Anne Hathaway's low messy bun

If your hair is already dirty, why not make it look like it was on purpose?

  • Gather hair to lower back of head. Shake out loose strands and shorter layers for a carefree look.
  • Put hair into ponytail and wrap around the base of the ponytail in a spiral pattern for the bun.
  • Use bobby pins to secure hair.

The quick fix

Quick fix accessories for dirty hair

On those days where absolutely no hairstyle looks right, take the easy way out and throw on a trendy hat or a cute headband.

Hats we love

Headbands we love

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