For the first time in pretty much my whole life, I have long hair. And, you guys, it is hard work. With short hair, as long as you have a good cut, you can give it a quick blow-dry, throw in some product, and you’re good to go. But with long hair you have to actually do it. And since most days I simply don’t have time to straighten it or curl it, I end up throwing it into the—you guessed it—dreaded ponytail, and then feeling meh all day.
Well, no more! It turns out there are a bunch of ways to wear your hair that take just a few moments longer than the traditional ponytail and are adorable. Like the kind of adorable where people are convinced you must have a full-time staff in order to be leaving the house looking so put together and polished. I promise, though, none of them will take longer than five minutes, and even a long-hair newbie like me can make them happen.
This boho style is totally on trend, and you can pull it off in less than five minutes (even if a toddler is hanging on your leg).
Summer + curls = the biggest pouf ever. With a few clips and styling products, you can tame that mane and refresh your style in just a couple of quick moves. As a curly girl myself, I’m loving this fresh take on the casual updo.
Want a quick up-do that doesn’t look too done? This fresh, not-at-all-stuffy version of the French twist is the way to go.
Let’s be realistic here. If you have time to shower then you probably don’t have time to also dry your hair, which means, if you’re like me, you end walking around with weirdly kinky hair all day that, eventually, you throw back into a ponytail. No more! The Beauty Department has three hair tutorials designed especially for wet hair that look cute enough you may never blow-dry again.
Okay, so you’re still not convinced a ponytail isn’t the best thing since Ryan Gosling? How about a twist on the traditional pony with this easygoing version that looks a lot harder than it is? (Their instructions are for a side pony, but you can achieve the straight-down-your-back look by simply keeping the pony centered.)
If you’re like me, your closet resembles a botanical garden and you can’t get enough of anything bright and colorful. Even if you aren’t quite a flower child, though, you have to show some love for this downright charming updo. The star of the show is an elastic flower headband (although you could use any stretchy band to achieve the look).
You know when you’re having one of those days when you really need to get your roots done, but you still can’t get in for a week? This is your ‘do. It’s an easy, over-the-shoulder braid jazzed up with a colorful hair scarf that works especially well for those of us with bangs.
One of the reasons I wanted to grow my hair out was to hop on the braid train. While my hair still isn’t long enough for the over-the-shoulder fishtail, I think I can finally rock the quirky milkmaid braid look. It takes just a couple of minutes to do and adds an element of fun to your outfit that you just don’t get from, I don’t know, a ponytail.
Ever wish you could just be a kid again? You can be allll about that life just by adding a cutesy bow to your hair. Put a bright and playful twist on the traditional top knot bun by adding a headwrap to the look. An adorable bow is the perfect finishing touch to this sassy look.
Full tutorial: Bee Mine Sunshine
Image: Bee Mine Sunshine
You look at this and think, Hmmm. Not Easy. Turns out it actually is—it just looks complex thanks to the fishtails. If you prefer, you can make simple braids to achieve this look, too. Options. We like options.
Have you ever seen anything more posh? I fell for this gorgeous look the moment I laid eyes on it. The sleek ponytail undergoes an elegant transformation thanks to a couple of deft moves. The result is a look that’s minimally chic and appropriate for just about every occasion.
Or if you really want to give your hair a rest, how about an oh-so-cool head wrap? Latonya makes it look easy to do in her video tutorial and even cooler to wear.
Sleek and elegant, this bun puts a fresh spin on the classic look sported by ballerinas. You don’t have to be nimble on your feet to make this a possibility, either—elastic bands, a hair stick, and a headband are all you need.
Full disclosure? I’m wearing this bun right now. I started this post early this morning and looked up about fifteen minutes before I had to leave for a birthday party and realized I hadn’t showered or wrapped the present, so I thought I’d give it a try. Verdict? Just as easy as it looks, it’s lasted all day, and someone asked me at the party how to do it. #win
This summer, I am all about the half top knot. It takes about 14 seconds to do, yet looks totally chic. I like to think it elevates my yoga pants from mom-who-forgot-to-shower to Gwen-Stefani-lookalike-who-forgot-to-shower.
There’s something so laid-back about a messy bun done right, don’t you think? It reminds me of beaches and summer and the girl at school who always looked pulled together yet effortless in a way I will never be able to replicate. Maybe now I can at least have her hair…
The creative streak is really strong here. Twisting your hair is a fairly easy feat, but look how simple it also is to make this look work for day or nighttime. Wear it up or down and look the picture of posh either way.
Take your messy bun one step further by adding a head scarf. I’m not sure why I always thought this was hard to do, but Keiko Lynn shows you how to get this classic look in just a couple super-easy steps.
There’s something so fresh and girlish about a braid, especially when it frames your face the way this ethereal look does. It’s a little offbeat, yet not so quirky that you’ll look out of place. It’s just a fun way to keep your hair in check while you chase after the kids.
I promise, you guys, this tutorial looks way harder than it actually is. It’s awesome because it gives you major height in the front for a vaguely rock star ‘do, but is really just a low ponytail under a braid. Who knew these things were so deceptively easy?
Most of us have our signature updos—the ones that look a little unkempt and aren’t quite the most thought-out looks in the world. But here’s one that is just plain lovely. This look might begin with a ponytail, but it ends up being one of the most chic updos you’ll ever sport.
A more grown-up take on a style we probably all loved wearing when we were younger, this pretty ‘do involves pulling back half of your hair and allowing it to cascade down your back. The effect is at once pretty and polished.
You don’t have to head to Coachella to rock this fun look. More than just cute, it’s also pretty darn easy—and we all know how valuable an effortless hairstyle is to our already busy lifestyles.
Who knew there were so many variations on the classic bun? This look incorporates the timeless style with another timeless ingredient: the playful braid. The result is a look that’s pulled together without taking itself too seriously.
The hair claw is one of beauty-kind’s best inventions, no doubt, but it’s not exactly pretty, is it? That’s where this genius tutorial comes in handy. It employs the functional accessory but also conceals it, so you’re left with a ‘do that is a definite do.
The thing with braids is that they typically require some level of precision. The beauty of this look is that it simply does not. You can braid with a bit of carelessness and actually end up fine because that’s the look you want in this case. And who doesn’t love making a bit of a mess?
Are there two words we love more than “easy” and “messy”? Well, messy is a relative term. This look shows how “messy” can actually be beautiful and surprisingly pulled together. And, hey, it takes all of five minutes.
The twists, the turns, the drama! It’s not a soap opera, it’s…your hair. And truly, this is just what we imagine when we think of royalty showing up at a glamorous gala all dressed to the nines. This is the hair you wear for a special occasion—and it’s surprisingly unfussy.
For this low-key yet luxe look, you’ll need a curling iron (or naturally wavy hair). With a few simple moves, you’ll achieve a gorgeous updo that is just as appropriate for a beach wedding bride as a beach-goer on the boardwalk.