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Whether you were short on time or just didn’t feel like washing your hair today, you’re left with a greasy ‘do that you can’t style as you normally would. Don’t just throw on a hat as your excuse -- there are ways you can fix your hair so you’ll look just as cute as if you had washed it and had it blown out. By getting a little creative, people will be talking about how cute your hair looks, not how dirty it is.
Messy locks are on -- thank you, Blake Lively and Drew Barrymore. To make yours work for you, try creating a messy bun. Spritz on a little hairspray, which will give your hair some texture. You can then lift your hair up at your crown and forward, running a comb behind it two to three times rapidly to tease it and give it some volume. Pull your hair back in sections, pinning each away from your face. When you have everything pinned back, twist the hair from the sections you've pinned back into a loose, messy bun. Carry a few extra bobby pins with you for the road so you can pin your hair up if it becomes loose.
If you know you won't be able to wash your hair in the morning, you can still achieve waves with a distinctively beachy feel. Spritz your hair with a curl-enhancing spray or just simple water before going to bed and braid your hair into three separate sections: one on each side and one in the back middle. Sleep on these braids, then when you take them out, your hair will be loose and wavy.
Making a blowout last doesn’t have to be impossible -- start by wearing your hair in a low, loose ponytail before you go to bed and spritzing your roots with a little dry shampoo to soak up excess oil. If you’re not quite ready to face the day with your hair down, try on a hair ornament, such as a headband or barrette. These flashy distractions can pull attention away from your dirty hair and toward your fabulous accessory.
The slicked-back ponytail is an uber-chic way to conceal the fact that you haven’t exactly washed your hair in a few days. Apply a generous helping of hairspray, gel or pomade to your hair and comb it through to achieve the slicked-back effect. Making a few passes with your flat iron can help, too, because super-straight hair will lay flatter to your head. When you've gotten it straight, pull your hair back into either a low or high ponytail.