24 Products You’ll Probably Want If Your Hair Is Always Dirty

24 Products You’ll Probably Want If Your Hair Is Always Dirty

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A Hair Dance powder dry shampoo that is especially great at vacuuming up grease and adding body. Pro tip: If you add some into your roots before bed, you’ll wake up with a completely refreshed scalp that looks like it was shampooed five minutes ago (…as opposed to five days ago).


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This vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo doesn’t contain any talc, parabens, or baking soda (hooray).

A personal note: As someone with thin, greasy, flat hair, I can confidently say that powder dry shampoos are so much better than aerosol ones. Like, they actually make your hair look freshly-washed.

Promising review: “My hair is ALWAYS oily at the roots and aerosol cans of dry shampoo make my hair stiff, but this stuff…this stuff is amazing! Adds volume, doesn’t completely dry out my hair, and does not leave residue or build- up (I have black hair so this is very important). Also, my hair smells super fresh after using it. Would give more stars if I could!” —Gabriela

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A Neutrogena clarifying shampoo because that ten pounds of dry shampoo you used two days ago is still trapped in your roots, but have no fear! This anti-residue wash deep cleans build-up that would otherwise lead to lack of body, excessive grease, and *gulp* stringiness.


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This non-irritating shampoo should be used once a week (using it too much may make your hair overly dry) and is gentle enough to use on any hair type, including color-treated manes!

Promising review: “I bought this because of the low price, but it is AMAZING! It smells heavenly, it clarifies my scalp thoroughly, and definitely gets rid of build-up. I use it once every two weeks. You HAVE to follow up with a very moisturizing deep conditioner, let it sit for a while then comb through your hair. It’s a new staple for me.” —NickyC

Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

3.

Seamless Burlybands hair ties that won’t stretch, break, slip, OR damage your mane, plus it will actually stay in place. If you have super thick locks that are nearing the end of their wash cycle, meet your tiny new soulmate.


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Promising review: “These are the BEST THINGS EVER!! I’ve never had a tie that I could wrap around twice — TWICE — and it literally stays in place all day. I have three of these and never lend them to anyone for fear of not getting them back. I’ll be buying more of these for sure!” —Mattie

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99.

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A silicone shampoo brush to stimulate your scalp and improve circulation through a deep clean, which is said to lead to speedier hair growth and prevent excess oil build-up. This is especially great to know if you got a two-inch trim last year and SURPRISE it’s only grown one centimeter since.


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This nifty little silicone tool even increases the effectiveness of your shampoo to help clear away built-up product in your scalp that would (inevitably) lead to dullness and lack of body.

Promising review: “I have been using this for about three weeks now and I LOVE it. It feels amazing! I haven’t changed my shampoo or anything, but my hair definitely has more volume…like my roots are standing up or something! I don’t know exactly what is happening, but I am all for it.” —Lsn1986

Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

5.

A belt buckle fedora hat that has both the ability to complete any outfit *and* hide the vat of grease currently living on your scalp.


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Promising review: “This is seriously a great find! I’ve been looking for a hat for a long time for an upcoming trip, and all the hats I’ve tried on were either too floppy, too small for my face, or just plain uncomfortable. The brim on this hat is a perfect size to keep the sun off your face and stays perfectly in place so it won’t obstruct your vision! You can adjust the sizing using a ribbon hidden in the lining, making the fit perfect even for a windy day. Absolutely love this hat!” —Jess

Get it from Amazon for $16.45 (available in 14 colors).

6.

Hemp Recess hair blotters infused with charcoal to naturally remove sweat, excess oil, and grime. Stash these in your gym bag to give your hair a quick clean on your way to work!


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I personally own and love these sheets. They take up no space in your purse and are great for mid-afternoon touchups (I have really greasy hair so these have truly been a lifesaver).

Get a pack of 25 sheets from Amazon for $12.

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A vegan, cruelty-free, travel-sized Handmade Heroes tinted dry shampoo specifically formulated for darker hair. This will sweep up all that grease *without* leaving a white cast on your scalp (something that often happens on brunette manes).


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Promising review: “I have been trying to get away from washing my hair every other day for a while. I’ve tried many dry shampoos and hate the aerosol kind because don’t absorb the oil and/or leave a white residue. I have tried powder dry shampoo from a well known salon and it left my hair feeling like I had some waxy buildup. THIS dry shampoo though… WOW. Easy to apply, no white residue, a little goes a long way, and I went three days without shampooing!” —A. Cherry

Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

8.

An Act+Acre scalp detox because the amount of built-up dry shampoo that has become permanently lodged in your scalp = yuck. This cold-processed blend of moringa oil, basil leaf, amaranth oil, and baobab oil will remove impurities while promoting faster hair growth, reversing UV damage, and delivering some much-needed, non-greasy moisture that your mane will thank you for.


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All you’ll have to do is apply a few drops to different sections of your hair, let it sit for about 15-20 minutes after massaging it in, and voila! Follow up with shampoo and conditioner and prepare to be amazed at how freakin’ healthy your scalp feels.

Psst, Act+Acre products are vegan, toxin- and chemical-free, and the bottles are made from recyclable plastics that are significantly more eco-friendly.

Promising review: “I never really think about my scalp. It did itch here and there, but nothing major…but throughout the past winter, my scalp has been very dry, flaking, and constantly itchy. Often when I scratch it’ll leave flakes under my nails (ew). I tried this product after it was recommended to me by a friend, and oh boy, this scalp detox is life-changing. I have been using it religiously once a week and my scalp has never felt so clean. No more flakes and scratches.” —Siyana Tabita

Get it from Amazon for $42.

9.

Mini hair pins to give you the ballerina bun of your pirouette-packed dreams. Just one of these little pins can do the work of up to *20* hair pins, ridding the need of those excessive random pins that would otherwise just dig into your scalp. (Plus, it’s a ~fancy updo~ that implies real effort and not a way to hide the fact that you, for example, have not washed your hair in days.)


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How does it work? Just gather your hair, pull it into a super tight bun, spin the pins into place, and BAM! You’ve got yourself the perfect bun.

Promising review: “I’m a nursing student and have to wear my hair in a bun every day. I’ve tried all the bun makers, watched YouTube videos, and spend way too much time on getting my hair into a bun. I was able to make a pretty bun that was secure in under 30 seconds. I thought it was a fluke so I did it again, and then again. I just ordered two more packs because I know if I lose one of these, I’d have to tear the house down looking for it. I have hair to my mid back, and three of these worked perfectly for me. If I can get my hair in bun in under 30 seconds, trust me…anyone can.” —Tina

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.89.

10.

A boar bristle brush to evenly distribute all 👏 that 👏 oil 👏 from root to tip because oil at your roots = super flat hair. Detangling and volumizing at the same time? Talk about sorcery. The Harry Potter kind.


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Psst, this also comes with a small wooden comb — all bundled up into an adorable bag perfect for gifting (to yourself).

Promising review: “This is just what I was looking for. This doesn’t pull out my hair when hitting a knot and it is pain-free, which makes my 6-year-old love this brush as well. My hair is shiner, has less split-ends, and more volume since using this brush.” —grandmother

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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A plant-based gel cream that works OT to tame those pesky flyaways that no amount of brushing can get rid of. The best part? This formula is non-greasy, completely transparent, and the mascara wand makes it super easy to apply.


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Promising review: “I was surprised to find that this product is very easy to use and extremely effective. It didn’t leave my hair looking greasy or sticky and it works great for baby hairs around the face.” —GoBlue

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

12.

A vegan, silicone-, and paraben-free Garnier Fructis shampoo packed with aloe extract and vitamin e for a deep clean. This stuff delivers strength and shine, shine, shine for a commercial-worthy mane; all you’ll have to do is, well, wash your hair. *patiently waits for royalty check*


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Promising review: “Tons of suds and a fresh scent. One good wash with this and my hair is squeaky clean, no matter what oil treatments I use. Love it!” —Luisa R.

Get it from Amazon for $2.82.

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A Sexy Hair texturizing powder you simply dab into your roots, then throughout your hair, and bam! It’ll instantly liquify to provide fullness and slight tackiness to make your hot tool so much more effective without making your mane look dirty or stringy.


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Promising review: “Background details: I have fine, but pretty dense hair that tends to pull flat at the crown and absorbs oil and moisture like a sponge. It has a slight wave and tends to frizz, so even air drying is out of the question. It also usually refuses to hold a style, slips easily out of most clips and fasteners, and collapses if curled. Hairspray won’t hold it, gel makes it crackly, and if I try to wear it down, it just slithers into my face and picks up oil from my skin. And it’s humid as all get-out here. Ugh. I used this on my roots (at the crown) of day two hair with a scant spritz of dry shampoo at the temples, and at the end of the day, I’ve still got volume and texture, and my style (down, not pulled back) actually stayed in place. My hair doesn’t look greasy or limp, and I don’t feel totally disgusting. I’m sold and will absolutely purchase this again!” —Heather

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

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An OGX coconut water oil that contain electrolytes said to hydrate even the most brittle, damaged hair…without making it look like you haven’t showered in seven weeks/weighing your hair down.


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We chug electrolyte sports drinks to help combat hangovers that are a result of dehydration, so why not apply ’em to dehydrated hair, as well.

Promising review: “This works wonders for me! It’s super easy to use because of the spray bottle, and the formula itself is not too greasy and doesn’t weigh my hair down. I use this daily and it has helped transform my once overly dry hair in only two weeks.” —Nikki Stinson

Get it from Amazon for $5.22.

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A twist headband to turn your noggin into a present, bow and all. Throw this on to keep baby hairs out of your face, add some stripes or dots to your ‘do, *and* hide your greasy roots.


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Promising review: “These are so cute! I thought they might be too youthful/girly for me to get away with, but they’re adorable. Perfect for keeping my hair out of my face when I work and when I apply makeup and skincare treatments. There’s a wire that runs throughout the whole headband which means it stays on my (large) head, whereas other elastic headbands just slip off. These are available in many different pretty prints, as well. Great value for the money!” —meems

Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

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A vegan and cruelty-free Ghost shampoo capable of cutting down on grease *without* being too harsh on your mane. A mix of moringa oil, quinoa protein, and sunflower seed extract works together to repair damage and strengthen your hair…all while stopping dryness and brassiness in their tracks.


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Promising review: “This is the best shampoo I’ve ever used! I have long, fine, highlighted hair that I can’t wash my hair every day, so my shampoo has to cut through a somewhat greasy scalp and still be gentle since my hair is super fine. With this, my hair doesn’t look oily on the second day and it’s manageable until I wash it every other day. It’s by far the best shampoo I’ve ever used.” —lochall

Get it from Sephora for $16.

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A Frank Body scalp scrub because clarifying shampoo is great at getting rid of grease, but it’ll also chase the color out of your hair faster than you can say ~ghosted~. This coffee, rosemary, eucalpytus, and peppermint blend gets rid of the built-up gunk in your roots so that you don’t feel greasy a mere three hours after exiting the shower. You’ll feel squeaky clean! And your blond highlights will remain totally safe!


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Use a pea-sized amount of this vegan and cruelty-free product up to three times a week! Pro tip: It’s got a minty scent that will totally wake you up on mornings when even three cups of coffee can barely help keep your eyes open.

Promising review: “This is literally the best. My hair got to a point where I would wash it and it would get greasy the next morning, but this literally reset my hair. Now my favourite thing in the world.” —Annika S.

Get it from Frank Body for $18.95.

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An eco-friendly, sustainably-sourced Ethique conditioner bar you’ll want to purchase ASAP because a) it deep cleans and moisturizes without adding unnecessary grease and b) just one bar is the equivalent of three bottles of liquid conditioner. Squeaky clean roots + money saved = my definition of bliss.


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Promising review: “This is the best conditioner I have ever used. I have very long hair and hair care is kinda my thing. This knocked it out of the park and I am totally hooked. I can even use it near my roots without it making my hair feel heavy or greasy. On top of working great it’s also natural, vegan, zero waste and from a great company. What’s not to love?” —E.L. White

Get it from Amazon for $18.

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A vegan Malibu C treatment to prep your ‘do for color application: Just leave this on for five minutes to remove color-blocking build-up, ~apply some dye~ within 24 hours, and voila! Your tresses are now a blank canvas that will allow for better color absorption and less fading after leaving the salon.


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Promising review: “Best. Product. Ever. I tried this at the advice of my hairstylist because my color was not taking well and it faded within days of application. You use this product within 24 hours of coloring your hair, shampoo as usual, then pour the crystals from the packet into your hand. Just add warm water, apply to your hair, and you will INSTANTLY feel change happening. I could actually feel GUNK coming off my hair. The result was my hair looking shinier, more bouncy, and so much softer. The color also just took better and lasted much longer.”

Get it from Amazon for $3.70.

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A patterned scarf because your hair may be dirty, but this pretty little accessory will have everyone asking “Where did you GET that!?” and not “When’s the last time you used shampoo?”


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Promising review: “I have so many scarves like this because they’re a staple in my wardrobe. I love using them as hair accessories. This one is just small enough to make a hair tie and is a perfect way to add a little pop to your outfit of the day! Love!” —Alexis

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 42 colors).

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A Briogeo micro-exfoliating shampoo to replace product build-up and dry flakes with a moisturized, soothed scalp with a balanced amount of natural oils. If you’ve been trying to grow out your mid-length ‘do for, oh, forever, then this is a must-try; it’s actually packed with panthenol (a #fancy vitamin) to strengthen your hair at the root.


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This uses an impressive blend of peppermint, spearmint, and tea tree oil complex as well as charcoal, coconut oil, and panthenol. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty-free, dye-free, and silicone-free so DING DING DING I think we have a winner. Just use this as you would a regular shampoo!

Promising review: “I can’t say enough about this product! I am someone who has a chronically oily scalp and had to wash my hair everyday. I tried so many different products to try and stop the cycle, and this is the first thing that has actually worked. My hair and scalp feel moisturized without looking greasy at all for the two to three days between washes, which is huge for me. I have been able to use is about every two to three weeks to revive my scalp and it smells great, too.” —morrillk2

Get it from Sephora for $11+ (available in two sizes).

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A travel-sized Batiste dry shampoo capable of making your ‘do look freshly-washed by the time you land at your destination. Grease? You don’t know her. You’re too busy traveling the world to even think about her…. *nervous giggle*


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Not to mention this adds immediate volume to even the flattest hair.

Promising review: “After trying several dry shampoos and thinking that none of them would work for me, I finally found a product that does what it’s supposed to do — and VERY WELL!!! My flat hair had immediate volume and smelled great!!” —SD

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.93.

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A Garnier Fructis finishing spray that will become the ~pièce de résistance~ of your daily styling routine. This provides a non-sticky, non-greasy light hold while texturizing every single layer to trick everyone into thinking your hair has body and is freshly-washed. If only they knew the (#thin, #flat, #boring) truth.


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Promising review: “Love, love, love this stuff! It gives my layered bob the texture it needs to stay full and piece-y (I prefer a messy look for my hair). Plus, my hair looks thicker when I use this and I never notice any white residue. I was using another volume spray and that works well too, but it’s so much more expensive and it was not better than this Garnier product. Anyway, this is a holy grail item for me. I go three days between washes and, on days I don’t wash, I just freshen my hair with a bit more of this stuff (less than on freshly washed hair), and piece my hair into place and I’m good to go. And I love the smell. And the money I save.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $4.27.

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A padded velvet headband you can slip on over your mane and suddenly you’ve transformed into Blair Waldorf and your hair looks freshly-washed (even though we both know that’s not the case).


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Promising review: “Just got my headbands and they are super cute! The quality is great and they look as if I spent a lot of money on them even though they were super affordable. They even added an additional velvet scrunchie!” —Heather Ann

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in eight colors).

Me, conquering my greasy roots:


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The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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