Maybe there’s no hot water or you hit the snooze button too often or you’re trying to maintain a healthy scalp by not washing away your hair’s natural oils every day. Dirty hair happens. But how can you possibly make it through a day (or more) of heavy hair? Here’s some help…

Homemade dry shampoo: There are plenty of commercial dry shampoos out there. But first try a homemade version using cornmeal, baby powder or corn­starch. Simply sprinkle a little on your fingertips and distribute throughout your hair roots. For thick locks: Sprinkle the powder of your choice on your hair. Then put a piece of cheesecloth or pantyhose on the bristles of a hairbrush and brush your hair with it. The cornmeal/cornstarch will pull out the dust from your hair, and the cloth or hose will absorb the excess hair oils.

Scarf remedy: Shine your hair with a silk scarf, using it as you would a buffing cloth on shoes. After a few minutes of this, if your hair doesn’t look clean and shiny, tie the scarf around your head and no one will know the difference.

Stack it high: Put your greasy locks in bun on top of your head. It’s an easy (obvious) way to make your hair look less flat. Dirty-hair days can be when you try out new hairdos (some hold together better). We like these styles. Yes, it helps if you’re a model with beautiful thick hair, but hacked styles are still fun to try.

Apple cider rinse: If your hair tends to dull out when you don’t wash it, try a vinegar rinse. Mix one-half cup apple cider vinegar with one-half cup water and dump over your head with a vigorous massage. Rinse well (the smell will disappear). This will help with the unwashed-hair blues.

Dry-hair shower: If your hair feels flat without a shampoo, don’t wet it at all on your unwashed-hair days. Your hair will feel (somewhat) less heavy.