Four Easy Dirty Hair Styles + How To Keep It Fresh

Someone once told me, you always do so many different hairstyles. I immediately put my hand over my heart, my jaw dropped and I felt the urge to hug them. What a nice comment to hear, when in my head I never know what to do with it, and generally go back and forth between curled or straight. Always down.

However, since training my hair to be washed every four to five days, I've learned to get pretty creative with my hairstyles. I don't know about you, but when it comes to doing my hair, sometimes I'd just rather not. Which is why I've learned to wash less, meaning less heat and more time doing other things. And I feel like doing more with it on days that I would have been washing.

I'm not going to lie to you, these hair styles work somedays and not others. Sometimes I really struggle with my hair getting it to look a certain way. Have patients and give it time. I bet you didn't blend your eye shadow perfectly the first time, this is just the same.

Let's rewind and talk a little bit about how not washing your hair so often can seriously help your hair. I had one motive when I decided to train my hair, time. I was spending so much time every night washing, blow drying and curling or straightening my hair. It seemed like a huge inconvenience every night when I could be doing other things like meeting people for drinks, watching the Kardashians, working on side projects, etc. I thought about chopping it off because of the time it took to style it up to my liking. But that was never real, considering I've cried when cutting off two inches. That was a different time, no comment.

But really, not only has is given me more of a life, my hair is much healthier and has grown faster than every before. But like, should I do a blog post on how to train your hair?! LMK!

A little hair background; I have long, wavy and sometimes unruly hair - and a lot of it. When I do wash my hair I like to let it air dry for a little bit, but cannot let it fully air dry. There's just too damn much of it. I blow dry with a paddle brush for a smooth finish, and decide whether I will style with a curling wand or flat iron.

Now that I've trained my hair, my scalp doesn't begin to get oily until the end of the third day. Days 1-3 my hair is down either straight or curled and day 4-5 are likely to be in one of these four hair styles, depending on my outfit.

Hairstyle #1: The Messy Go-To

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This is the easiest, quickest and more versatile of all the hair styles in this post. Literally you can't go wrong.

NEEDS: hair elastic, 1-2 bobbi pins

Step 1: Gather all hair at the top of your head, without flipping your head over if possible & for that "lived-in" "messy" look.

Step 2: Secure with an elastic. For best results, wrap the elastic as tight as you can stand it. 

Step 3: If you like the messier look, begin to lightly pull hair in the pony towards the front of your hair line as well as the secure hair. Adjust as you like.

Step 4: Take a small section of hair from your pony and wrap all the way around the elastic. Secure with 1-2 bobbi pins as needed.

Step 5: Pull baby hairs from around your hair line.


Hairstyle #2: Messy Bun

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I love wearing this hair style when my outfit is a bit more polished. It's super simple and can go with any outfit or mood.

NEEDS: hair elastic, 2-6 bobbi pins (depending on amount of hair)

Step 1: Gather all hair at the top of your head, without flipping your head over if possible & for that "lived-in" "messy" look.

Step 2: Secure with an elastic. For best results, wrap the elastic as tight as you can stand it. 

Step 3: Take all hair and begin to wrap around the pony in one direction. Make sure to tuck the end of your hair up close to the elastic.

Step 4: Take bobbi pins and secure the hair in place at each corner. 

Step 5: Pull baby hairs from around your hair line.


Hairstyle #3: Edgy Half Bun

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IDK why but every time I rock this look, people comment that it's edgy, I'll take it! I like a little half up half down edgy moment.

NEEDS: 2-3 bobbi pins, rat tail comb

Step 1: Using your fingers or a rat tail comb, begin to section off your hair. I like to use the highest point of my eye brow or just above my temple for a reference.

Step 2: Once you've sectioned off the hair, similar to a top knot, begin to spin the hair in one direction until it begins to spiral down towards the head. Once it begins to wrap itself, wrap the hair to make a bun.

Step 3: Take bobbi pins and secure the hair in place at each corner. 

Step 4: Pull baby hairs from around your hair line.


Hairstyle #4: Half Up Baby Dutch Braid

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Last but not least, the dutch braid. This is the style that may take you 7 tries before it actually looks like what you want it to. And even then, it may not. I love this style the most, mainly because it isn't an everyday, easy hair style, if you can master this, you can do anything!

NEEDS: small hair elastic, rat tail comb, patience.

Since this is not as easy to describe, I thought I'd link a video for you here. This is not my video, but Missy's video is literally how I learned to do this style so thank you! Also, this is exactly how I braid my hair as well, minus the messy bun detail at the end.

I also want to mention two of my favorite products for keeping your hair looking fresh when it hasn't been washed in days.

1. Dry Shampoo

 Batiste Dry Shampoo - Divine Dark

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Divine Dark

First of all, dry shampoo is the best if you need to dry up oil, need extra volume or want a grungier look. The Batiste brand is my absolute favorite for absorbing oil, it's immediate without drying out the scalp. I buy in bulk on Amazon. Also, if you're a brunette or redhead and struggle with most dry shampoos that are white and hard to blend into your dark roots, look no further Batiste has got you. You're welcome.

2. Hair Oil

 Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil

Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil

Another tip, when you start to train your hair from being washed everyday it's important to bring the hydration back in to the ends. I started to find that my ends were much healthier, since I wasn't using nearly as much heat, but since I wasn't conditioning as often they would start to look and feel dry. I'm obsessed with rose scented everything. So this is a no brainer. A little bit goes a long ouai, lol, so do yourself a favor and rub remaining oil on your bod.

Hope this bit inspires your to up your hair game! I'd love to know!

xx Gray