You might envy those endowed with a cascade of curls — or with hair that effortlessly billows around the head like a halo. But there’s so much more you can do with your own hair — regardless of its oil-prone disposition. Not only is your hair-type easier to style, it lends itself to varying aesthetics. That’s why we’re putting together a carousel of 20 different hairstyles for oily hair you can experiment with, and a guide to recreating them — complete with unique haircare recommendations for each.
We promise these hairstyles for greasy hair are so easy to recreate! Check ‘em out.
These microbraids compliment oily hair-types effortlessly — especially if the front of your hair is more oil-prone. Isolate a section of your hair from the front, and start braiding it into a three-way plait. You can secure the end with an elastic — or, like Hailey, leave the ends unsecured — before replicating the steps on the other side.
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Even pigtails don’t need volume to work with. Just part your hair down the middle, and divide it into two equally-thick sections. Start braiding both sides, and secure the ends with an elastic — or even a ribbon to dress the ‘do up.
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Just pull all of your hair back before twisting it, spinning it, and pulling it up over the top of your head. All that’s left to do is securing it with the clip. You can pluck out face-framing tendrils to spruce the bun up.
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Adding pins and clips to the front of your hair is another no-effort ‘do you can pull off. Remember to start off with a middle-part, and insert rhinestone-encrusted barrettes either sides of the head. You can spritz some hairspray at the end to hold the style.
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Looking for hairstyles for oily long hair? Like Bella, you too can elevate your braid game. Start off by pulling all of your hair into a ponytail. Proceed to divide this ponytail into three or four sections before braiding them. Finish with a clear elastic.
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You can pull off a top-knot regardless of your hair-type thanks to this hack by Kim K’s hairstylist. Divide your hair into two sections, and pull both into sky-high ponytails. On the last loop, don’t pull your hair all the way through the hair-tie. Make a bun instead. Proceed to cross both these over, and pin them into place. Finish off with a hairspray, and you’re playing into the illusion of thicker hair.
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Looking for hairstyles for short oily hair? If you’re fashioning a bob like Kourtney, you can mimic her ‘do by wetting your hair a little bit. Wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner, and let it air-dry. Slick the top-half back into a ponytail with a boar-bristle brush, and secure with an elastic.
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Looking for other easy hairstyles for oily hair? Instead of barrettes, you can embellish your hair with colorful pins if you feel like the front is starting to look limp and oily. This will take the focus off the greasy without you having to do much.
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Pull your hair into a bun, and wrap a silk-tie around the base through to the top to oomph your style up a little.
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Another pretty oiled hair hairstyle. Because your hair is naturally greasy, recreating a slicked-back ‘do isn’t tricky at all. All you have to do is run an anti-frizz serum or hair-oil to settle the last bits of flyaways and breakage before pulling your hair into a sky-skimming ponytail with a boar-bristle brush. Wrap the ponytail into a bun, and secure it with pins. Use a hairspray to tame any flyaways.
Take the focus off your oily, greasy scalp by curling the ends of your hair lightly like Chopra has. You can use a flat-iron for the same; don’t forget to use a heat-protectant before starting, and conclude with a texturising spray to add movement and definition to your mane.
A loose, messy three-way braid FTW. Sonam has braided her hair loosely, and pulled out thick, collarbone-grazing chunks to frame the face heavily. This is such a cool-girl ‘do, and the best part is there’s not much to it. It’s the most conventional iteration of a plait.
Pull all of your hair back into a ponytail, and secure an elastic one inch from the base of the ponytail. Add another one inch from the first elastic. Continue this until you reach the ends of your hair, and make sure you’re maintaining an equal distance between each elastic. Tug at each section to loosen the braid, and create a bubble-like effect.
We could not not include the classic sky-high ponytail. Run a styling cream through your roots and some of your length to settle your hair, and make it easy to style. And pull all of your hair back until you’ve bunched it up on top of your head. Pat down any bumps or flyaways before securing the style with an elastic.
Divide your hair into two equally-thick sections before brushing your hair into pigtails on either side. Make sure you're using a clear, transparent elastic to do the securing. Add a little volume to your tresses with a volume-inducing/texturising hairspray. Now — twist the pigtails into a bun the way you'd with an everyday bun, and secure them with hair pins to hold onto the hairstyle.
Lots of braids, I know. But this one’s so pretty. Start off with the pigtails — separate the bottom half of your hair into two chunks of the same thickness, and secure them with elastics to create low-hanging ponytails on both sides. The placement of elastics for this style depends on the length of your hair. Add an elastic one inch from the original one, and add another one after - continue till the end of your tresses. You don't have to maintain an equal distance between the elastics — notice how Olivia's are placed randomly. Use your fingers to pull at every section to fluff it up. This will loosen the braid, and create a bubble-like effect. Repeat the same with the top half of your hair and you're done.
Before you pull your hair into pigtails, create microbraids on either side of the head, and slick them back into the updo.
Instead of styling your hair down the centre, try a side-part. A side-part makes your hair look thicker instantly, and changes up your look. Sweep your hair to the side, and use a gel or pomade to play into the wet-glam look.
If you have been treating these pins as mere holders of the mane, you’ve been doing it wrong. You can style your hair with them in so many ways. Like this one. Notice how they’re clustered at the bottom of her side-swept bob.
Notice how this low-hanging ponytail is secured with a ribbon instead of an elastic. Slick your hair back into a low ponytail. Make sure you’re creating a middle part, and running some gel around the hairline to settle breakage and flyaways. Tie your hair with an elastic before embellishing it with a ribbon — which will conceal the elastic. Conclude with a headband, and you’re done.
These are the best hairstyles for oily hair. What do you think of them?
Is it better to style greasy hair?
Greasy hairstyles FTW. It depends on the kind of looking you’re recreating. A wet-hair or slicked-back aesthetic can lend itself better to greasy or oily hair-types than a dry or voluminous mane. And remember that it’s a misconception that a clean scalp styles better — you can go another day without shampooing because greasy hair holds styles much better than if you’d just washed your hair.
How can I hide my oily hair?
Here are some no-effort hacks you can conceal your oil-prone tresses with:
You can experiment with slicked-back side-buns, messy top-knots, space-buns, headbands, fishtail, bubble, and halo braids, and more.
Add a bunch of clips to the front of your hair.
Fasten your length with claw clips.
Try wearing a silk-based scarf.
Switch to a side-parting to play into the illusion of thicker hair.
Tame your cowlick by placing a wet washcloth over your scalp for a few minutes. Your hair will look less clumped and greasy following which you must flatiron it to hold the look.
Sprinkle just a little baby powder over your scalp, and watch how it absorbs excess oil from the surface in seconds.
You can clean and rejuvenate your scalp with a dry shampoo.
Or, hey, put on a hat!
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