Disguising Dirty Hair

October 18, 2013
Some mornings there isn't enough time to wash your hair, even if you desperately need it.  Here are some tricks I use to disguise my dirty hair when I'm in a hurry.  

1 - Pin back the front
The front of our hair tends to get oily the fastest because we touch it so much with our hands.  A lot of the time I can get away with just pinning back my bangs and my hair will look instantly cleaner.  Here are a bunch of different ways you can pull back your bangs.

2 - Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is a great product to own.  Spray it at your roots and it will soak up the extra oil, giving you another day of fresh looking hair.  Here are some of my favorites:   

3 - Wash the top section in the sink
Another quick fix is to wash only the top of your hair.  Section out the top, only going about 2 inches back from your forehead, and put the rest of your hair in a ponytail or clip to hold it aside.  Quickly wash and condition the small top section in the sink.  It will only take a minute longer to blow dry and style it, but it will look like you washed the whole thing.

4 - Baby powder
If you don't own a dry shampoo, another option is baby powder.  Sprinkle a little at your roots and rub it in.  It will soak up the oil the same way the dry shampoo does.  It's not as effective as dry shampoo, but it's a great fix when you are desperate.

5 - Wear a hat or head scarf
If all else fails, throw on a hat or headband that will hide your dirty roots.  Hats are great for fall anyway.  Might as well wear them while you can!  Three Bird Nest has some really cute hats/head scarves right now.  Plus stay tuned for my blog post on cute hairstyles to wear with a beanie!


  1. LOVE this! Can you post your dry shampoo recommendations? I'm getting tired of the baby powder method :)

    1. I use Suave. It is cheap, smells great, and really does the trick!

    2. My favorites are the 2 I linked to in the post.

  2. Great Post!! I am a hug fan of batiste dry shampoo and have quite a few hats that rescue me on a dirty hair day!lol.xx


  3. What did you fix your hair with in that top picture when it is covered by a hat? A curling iron? Flat iron? What size? Do you have a step-by-step with that style of hair? Thanks!

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  5. These are cool ways to make a bad hair day more stylish. I needed this.

    --Susette of TrendHungry.com

  6. I agree with dry shampoo. I had the same problem and dry shampoo fixed it quickly.

  7. Dry shampoo is the best, but the other tips are definitely something to be taken into consideration too! Thank you for sharing your secrets with us! :)