· By Carly Bitz
9 Easy Hairstyles You Can Do In Minutes
We all have those days... the ones where we prioritize the snooze button over a time-consuming hairstyle. Keep getting your beauty sleep, turns out it's easier to fix your locks in a hurry than it is to conceal those pesky under eye circles.
Below are 9 easy, beginner-friendly hairstyles you can do minutes (some can even be done in the car). Say hasta la vista to bad hair days.
1. Simple Side Braid
The simple side braid is a go-to for my long-haired ladies. This style is best done on second day hair. Spritz your hair with texturizing spray or dry shampoo and braid to your desired length. Leaving a couple inches of hair out at the bottom and pulling out face-framing pieces creates an effortless boho-chic vibe.
2. Perfectly Placed Pins
If you're like me you have - give or take - 10,000 bobby pins lying around since they so easily disappear into another realm.
Put them to use by using them as clips to decorate otherwise blah, lifeless hair. This look is perfect if you are trying to grow out those quarantine bangs you cut yourself.
Match the pins to your hair color for a subtle look, or use a contrasting color to make a bold statement (seen above).
3. 90s Claw Clip
We've mentioned the claw clip in a few of our past blog posts. And for good reason; it's having a moment and we're here for it. It's the holy grail when you are in a rush, and is chic enough to go from work straight to happy hour.
We're living for this half-up half-down style. Refresh your hair with some dry shampoo (the more volume the better). Section hair at your crown, twist, and secure with a claw.
4. Heatless Curls
If you have curls, we think you should show them off. The key to this look is enhancing your natural texture. No heat = saving time AND happy hair.
Twist your hair up in a towel when wet instead of rubbing all over and invest in a wide-toothed comb and a curl creme. Gel can cause crunchy curls and although that's a look, that's not the look we are going for.
Pro Tip: Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent tangling and frizz.
5. Top Knot
Transform bed head with an elegant top knot.
Brush your hair thoroughly and flip upside down. Gather hair on top of your head - as if you were going to put it into a ponytail, and start twisting it around to form the bun. For extra glam, wrap a scrunchie around the knot.
Tip for my ladies with fine hair: Make three small messy buns instead of one big one and then secure them with an elastic. This creates the illusion of thickness. *Insert TikTok audio: 'No one's gonna know...how would they know'*
6. Soft Waves
Soft waves will never go out of style. Take flat hair and turn it into the beachy hair of your dreams in less than 10 minutes. For this look, you want to go for a bend instead of a full-on curl.
Start the curl midway down your locks and hold for only a second. Then loosely pull through to the end and clamp down to almost straighten that last inch. Alternate the direction of your curling iron (away and toward the face) for more defined waves.
Tousle the hair with your fingers and use a texturizing spray to achieve an 'undone' look.
7. Sleek Pigtails
Show off your length with this super easy half-up half-down style that is currently trending on Instagram. Seen on celebs like Hailey Bieber and Ariana Grande, this style reminiscent of the 90s has made a resurgence.
Part your hair down the middle (because Gen-Z has cancelled side parts), section, and pull back tightly while securing with an elastic. Spray down flyaways.
If preferred, wrap your hair around the pony and bobby pin to hide the hair tie (seen above).
It's no secret that headbands are guaranteed to make your morning easier. They are quick fix to hide any oil or build up.
Unsure how to wear one? Check out 10 Best Headband Hairstyles for inspo.
9. Glossy High Half Pony
We're obsessed with this glossy high half-pony. It gives you the illusion of volume (I add in extensions because I love a dramatic ponytail). Très chic.
This style looks good wavy or straight, but the key is to keep it sleek. You can use gel or mousse to comb back the hair - some use an unused toothbrush sprayed with hairspray to tame those pesky flyaways.
Instead of wrapping this ponytail with your hair, try a tie band for a pop of color.
I am a very visual learner. It would really be helpful to see a picture of each style you are describing.
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