TikTok is our favourite place to hunt out the best hair hacks, and this french braid hack for greasy roots is our new obsession. From 90s half up buns to textured ponytails, heatless curls and bubble braid pigtails – TikTok is our holy grail destination for all of the best-kept hairstyle secrets. The great thing about TikTok tutorials is that everything (almost everything) is so easy to do, follow and execute.
Greasy hair happens all of the time, right? You wash your hair and within a day it can start to look a little slick and shiny. It’s a catch-22 because you don’t want to wash your hair too much, but you don’t want greasy hair either. Plus, who couldn’t do with a break from the excessive washing, blow-drying and heat damage cycle?
We couldn’t believe our eyes when we stumbled across this easy hack that conceals greasy roots and gives your hair a new lease of life between washes. The internet is freaking out over how simple and effective this technique is, and the best thing? It literally takes minutes. If you can’t do french plaits, this is the hairstyle you’ve been on the lookout for your whole life.
TikToker @sar___h1, who has over 26,000 followers, took to the video-sharing app to talk viewers through an incredibly handy hack for covering up greasy roots with a faux-french braid that we can’t get enough of. Writing over her video she penned, “Greasy hair? Can’t do french plaits?”
Here’s how Sarah did the french braid hack for greasy hair
With her down and framing her face, she had her hair parted in the middle and two small sectioned off area of hair. She left a tiny section of hair out, which probably wouldn’t be suitable if your hair was mega greasy.
With her head down, she plaited the first small section of hair into a super slimline braid, which ended at the back of the crown of her head. Once the slim plait was complete, she then flipped it backwards, put her head up and using a small elastic, she attached the plait to the back of that section of hair. Repeating again on the other side.
Now for the magic, Sarah then loosened the plaits slightly with the tips of her fingers for a ‘dutch braid effect’. She loosened the braids and ruffled them up a bit, which gave the effect of a french braid – without any of the fuss.
Racking up over two million views and almost 200,000 likes, Sarah shocked TikTok users with her handy tutorial. Viewers flocked to the comments in awe at what they had just seen. With one viewer saying, “You’ve just saved me, wow.”
While another penned, “Hi, this is the best thing I’ve ever seen.”
And a third typed, “I can’t do french plaits, I’m so rubbish at it. Thank you for showing this. It will be much easier for me.”
We can’t get enough of this french braid hack for greasy hair and you’ll catch us skipping washes on purpose, just so we can get the satisfaction out of it.