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The Day After Look

7 years ago by

I get paranoid about greasy hair, but maybe it’s time to quell my fears?

That’s a bold thought for someone who walks around in a puff of dry shampoo every day and carries a mini bottle of baby powder (for emergency use only, but that stuff seriously works wonders). The mere sight of shine in my hair induces a systematic breakdown until I’ve sprayed it completely matte again – my hair ambition is zero shine, all the time.

So when I saw this oily, worn-in hair look backstage at Alexander Wang, I didn’t really know how to react (ok, so I instinctively clenched the bottle of baby powder in my bag). It goes against everything I want when it comes to hair but I loved the rock ‘n’ roll spirit. He wanted to have a beauty look that reflected reality, not the perfect dream hair that we all aspire to – showcase a girl who doesn’t care what other people think (hahaha definitely not me when it comes to greasy hair, sorry #notsorry).

Am I the only one, or do you struggle with hair paranoia too? What do you think about this ‘real’ look over a dream style?

Alexander Wang FW15 with Redken and NARS.


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  • I also don’t like looking like a greaseball, but if it’s a new trend I am so ready for it.

    :] // ? ?

  • Ohhh moi aussi je complexe tellement quand j’ai les cheveux un peu gras…
    Même si c’est tendance, je ne pense pas que je vais espacer mes shampooings pour autant…! A voir!

    Le monde des petites

  • I absolutely hate greasy hair ! I just can’t go out if my hair isn’t clean, I really can’t. No hot water to shower = I cancel all my plans ! Big phobia over here too ;)

  • I’m with Kate Moss on this one ‘when in doubt, wash it’.. cheers. :)

  • I didn’t know she said that, but I totally agree!

  • I think the answer to the question is what reality are you in and want to convey on any given day? Whether it is hair, or how you construct your outfit you can be anyone you want to be on any given day. So if you want to channel unwashed rocker go for it. That is the beauty of choice. However, we have deeply embedded schema about cleanliness and what it is in this country and the schema people have when they see greasy hair is Ugh, dirty and then probably followed by pimples. So I guess it depends on where you are going, what you are doing and who you are going to see.

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  • Hannie Blaise February, 17 2015, 3:27 / Reply

    Loving this look, though! Gorgeous.


  • This look is a bit too “dirty” looking for me to want to wear, but I appreciate where the designer was taking it. I love second day hair but don’t like to feel dirty, greasy, it makes me feel unkept, not polished, I like the effortless look but not one that makes me look as if I gave up.

  • Benedicte February, 17 2015, 3:44 / Reply

    As a French girl, I am faithful to our reputation and not obsessed with my hair. I don’t like when they are too clean, but I don’t like the Alexander Wang way either !

  • Cool pic!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • I’m in between. I skip a day between washings, but after a couple days I start to feel dumpy when the hairline is slick and hair on the back of the head starts to separate into chunks. Dirty heads get flaky too, and I hope I’m not alone in thinking that look is horrendous.

  • I shower every morning then still tend to put dry shampoo on later on in the day. My hair goes greasy really quick and I hate it :( When my hair begins to look greasy I feel dirty!

  • Use some neutral henna and some ayurvedic plans like the Kalpi tone Mix, and an organic shampoo…. your life will change :)

  • For me “really greasy” is no option, but it’s like with everything else too: I think a little bit of “unprepared you” is way more charmant (shiny or matt) than the perfect cleanliness, that kind of makes you freeze. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to shower everyday and like to smell and look fresh.

  • I think there’s a difference between looking real and looking like an unshowered mess. This is an unshowered mess.

  • I agree – I saw the pictures from the Alexander Wang show and backstage – horrible. Garance…I don’t understand your insistance on totally matte hair – what’s wrong with shiny? Not greasy – shiny! My hair is dry and always has been, so I don’t have a problem, and I do love the look of second-day hair, but these models look like the kids in high school who had a problem with oily hair and didn’t wash enough!

  • Don’t know if I would call this a “real look” as that’s some serious worn in hair. I don’t mind a bit of grease from going a day or two without shampooing, but this is wayyy too much.

  • I have very greasy hair and I cant stand the oily look, personally natural or not it just looks grubby and dirty to me.

  • I wrote about my fears on greasy hair too recently on my blog and I don’t think I’ll ever get past this look…

  • My paranoia is having dry hair, I’m always putting in products to make it softer and less like straw

  • Mon Dieu mon Dieu c’est Kati Nescher ??? Désolé je suis dingue quand je la vois, je l’adore cette femme ! Alors, la question des cheveux gras … ben là ça peut aller, mais ce qui me gêne c’est qu’elles ont toutes des mèches dans la gueule et ça le fait pas ;3

  • Such an iconic photo! Bold lines with a gorgeous make-up! Loveit

  • J’ai tout un paquet de coiffures spéciales “cheveux un peu sales”. Ces coiffures qui ne tiennent que le lendemain voir le surlendemain du shampoing, et qui dissimile un peu la brillance!
    Même si je trouve ça cool sur la mannequin, je crois que je ne suis pas encore prête à assumer les cheveux tels-quels lachés plusieurs jours après les shampoings!

  • Ana @Champagnegirlsabouttown February, 18 2015, 5:27 / Reply

    I don;t think it would work in real life. I mean, that depends on what job you have but I think no one would trust me if I turned up with greasy hair (or chipped nails, or crumpled suit…)!

  • How about not greasy AND not frizzy? Even when frizzy hair is hot I don’t want it!!! Greasy is out of the question unless it’s comes out of a jar for certain models (coupes). I get an itchy feeling when I look at thepicture.

  • Super je serai enfin a la mode cet année avec mes poils gras :D

  • My hair doesn’t really get greasy and I’m very thankful for that.

    But I’m still wondering, how do you manage that your hair doesn’t look white/ grey after the baby powder treatment?

  • MissPimpin February, 18 2015, 10:36 / Reply

    As many Parisian girls, I just don’t understand why girls from other countries (US especially) are so obsessed with hair (so tidy by the way), clean or a little greasy …
    But thoooose, on the picture ? I think it’s horrible !

  • Lynn-Holly Fisher Wielenga February, 18 2015, 12:24 / Reply

    Any recommendations of brands of dry shampoo? I recently discovered it… (I know. I’m really late to the party) and there are so many options! What kind works best? My hair is a golden blonde/brown, if that matters.

  • Yes! My favorite is Klorane at the moment, but I’m always trying new options. For blonde hair, it’s pretty affordable to just go with baby powder. Just make sure that you pour it into your hand then pat it on your hair – never pour straight onto the hair!

  • I struggle over it, but lately I have liked the extra grease =) It makes for a sleek ponytail.

  • jane with the noisy terrier February, 18 2015, 2:41 / Reply

    My hair is colored and naturally dry, fine and prone to frizz. I can only wash it once or twice a week unless I want to look like a dandelion. I actually add a little oil to my hair each morning. That said, I think this is a cool runway look best left on the runway. I like slightly undone, a bit f*cked up hair rather than the perfect glossy, squeaky clean blow-dry. I think it’s younger, cooler and more modern.

  • I don’t really like grassy hair but washing every day is messy and take too much time so I am in between!

  • Non mi piace ,ma …sto spendendo una foruna in prodotti per capelli ( meraviglioso Christophe Robin )

  • Katherine February, 18 2015, 5:52 / Reply

    Shiny and greasy are two different things! I have fine hair and have to wash it almost every day or it looks
    gross, so I’m a little biased in my thinking. The baby powder idea sounds intriguing (have heard about it, but never tried it)! I plan to experiment-on a day where I don’t have to go out anywhere.

  • I just realized that the latest Coach ad campaign uses models with this extremely greasy hair look. It certainly doesn’t make me want to buy…of course, I am NOT the demographic the ads are aimed at, but I still don’t see the appeal!

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