I despise drying my own hair. I could spend 10 hours straight drying client’s hair without batting an eye, but thirty seconds of drying my own hair and I need a nap. I am constantly looking for new ways to hide dirty hair. Here are some of the best tips I’ve gathered over the years:
- Dry shampoo – This one is a no brainer because its sole purpose is to absorb the oil in the hair. There are a few different types, from aerosol can to just straight powder. I prefer the powder because it gives me more control, but it’s all about trial and error to find what works for you. If you buy the powder (I like Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo), simply put a small amount in your palm (be careful because it can make your hair look gray if you use too much), rub your hands together and lightly rub on the roots before styling.
- Selective shampooing – Bangs have always been the biggest giveaway on the second and third day of not washing. The rest of my hair will look fab and then there are these greasy strands just hanging there. Instead of wasting time washing and drying the whole head when it doesn’t need it, pull back the majority of the hair while leaving out your bangs, as well as any strands that could use it. I find any hair that touches the face is usually super susceptible to looking greasy. pull it forward and only wash those. You would be amazed at how cleaning that small portion of hair can leave your locks feeling completely fresh!
- Tie it back – If you’ve ever gotten your hair done for an event, I’m sure you were told not to wash your hair that morning. It may have seemed strange (who wants dirty hair when they’re getting all dolled up?) but the reason is because soiled hair does some amazing things that clean hair just cannot do. While I understand that most non-hairdressers do not have the capability to throw up a fabulous updo, there are plenty of simple at home styles that are easily accomplished with a little effort (see: sock bun). Even something as simple as a side braid can look amazing and completely mask dirty stands.