Unfortunately, we’re not all lucky enough to have multiple hours to get ready each day. Here are a few quick tips that you can follow in order to look polished and ready to face your day. Hopefully these tips will give you inspiration to vary your own quick hairstyles.
1) The Ponytail
While ponytails are often the “go-to” hairstyle of many girls for a bad hair day, this is a versatile style that can be worn for a wide variety of occasions - from a Backyard BBQ to the Red Carpet! One interesting thing about the ponytail is that minor variations in this style can change the feeling from sporty to elegant.
To achieve extra volume in the crown, a light tease will work wonders. Simply tease a small portion of your hair and then pull smooth hair over this area into your ponytail.
Try experimenting with centering the ponytail higher or lower on your head or changing the location of your part for a different look.
2) Half Up/Half Down
As simple as pulling your hair back sounds, there are actually quite a few ways to spice up this look. Try increasing volume with a little bit of teasing before pulling back your hair. Move your part further over to the side or even pull a few loose strands out before securing hair with a barrette, clip or two bobby pins crossing.
Many runway shows for the Summer 2008 season emphasized this look with pin straight hair. Use a fine toothed comb to pull hair back while wet. Once the pulled back section is secured you can dry the rest of your hair and then smooth with a flat iron.
3) Perfectly Straight
While we might all love the look of the flat iron perfect hair on the runways, in real life this style needs to be a little less perfect and have a bit more volume. Since creating this hair style typically requires a lot of time with heated styling tools, you will need to protect your hair first. A smoothing cream with heat protection should be distributed throughout wet hair and then combed in with a wide tooth comb.
Blow dry hair using only your fingers to separate hair. Once your hair is about halfway dry, use a paddle brush to dry your hair. You should also part your hair at this time to achieve a more defined line. Each section should be held somewhat taut with the hair dryer pointed down the hair shaft. Dry hair section by section, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Once I reach the top layer of hair I like to switch to a round brush, which will give just a bit of extra volume.
Some girls will be able to stop here, but there are some of us that need a bit of extra finishing. A 1” flat iron with rounded edges is my favorite option to complete styling this look. Simply run the iron over the upper layers of hair, you can add a slight curl to the bottom of hair for a more natural look.
You can finish up your style with a light misting of hair spray and some shine serum!
4) Messy Bun
That hot "messy chic" look is easily achieved with a quick messy bun. This look is great because it's so versatile. Believe it or not, a messy bun can work for a trip to the store, your next job interview, or even to your cousin’s wedding if you do it correctly!
Tease your hair at the crown to create a bit of extra volume. Start with a ponytail at the base of your head. Once your ponytail is secured, twist the hair around the base. Allow a few fly away strands and secure with bobby pins. Hairspray can also be used to help hold the bun in place.
Alternatively, if you don't want to use bobby pins, you can use a hair scrunchie or a ponytail holder to achieve the messy bun look.
5) Beachy Waves
Beachy waves can be achieved quickly and easily with minimal effort. Start with wet hair, comb through a combination of texturizing cream and hair gel for hold. Scrunch hair as you dry hair with a diffuser set on low.
Once your hair is dry, use a curling iron to curl a few random sections on the top of your head for added interest. While these curls could be created with either a 1” rounded flat iron or a 1” curling iron, what is most important is that they start at the bottom of your hair and stop at the top of your ears. The curls should be loose and of varying sizes and directions. Set with a few sprays of hair spray.
Yes, you really can wear this classic French style everyday without much time or effort!
This look simply requires a few bobby pins, and it will work best with hair that is slightly dirty. Separate your hair into an upper and a lower section with roughly one third in the lower section. Pin the top part out of your way and then curl the bottom half against your head. Pin with bobby pins.
Next, take the top half of your hair. I like to use a side part with a bit of teasing for volume, but a middle part would also work. Pull the hair into a ponytail in the back of your head, twist it up and then hide the ends within the twist. Secure with bobby pins.
Voilá! You are now trés chic.
7) Long Spiral Curls
Almost Botechelli-esque, long spiral curls are a classic look that will never be out of style. To make these curls look updated don’t bring the curls all the way up to the root, as a few inches of straighter ends looks great.
Use a 1” curling iron to curl small sections of hair. I place the curling iron at the top of the curl using the blade and then wind the hair around the iron to the desired length of curl. I’ve found that carefully unwinding the curl and holding it in shape with a bobby pin while I continue to get ready (about twenty minutes) dramatically increases the life of my curls! Help the curls live longer by spraying with hairspray as you pin them with the bobby pin. To finish, carefully unpin and separate with your fingers. I finish with a spritz of shine spray.
Thanks to Christine of 15 Minute Beauty for writing this article for Misikko!