There are mornings when you wake up with perfect hair that requires minimal effort. Then there’s most days, when you’re faced with stubborn bedhead or flattened locks that refuse to do anything but make you regret hitting the snooze button an extra three times.
Thankfully, pulling yourself together doesn’t have to take an hour. Instead of contemplating skipping class, check out these easy-peasy, no-fuss updos that will get you out the door in minutes, without sacrificing your style.
1. Have long hair? Check out this chic braided bun.
Best for those mornings when your ends need more attention than you have time. Make sure to have several elastics, bobby pins, and ample hairspray handy.
To achieve, separate hair into three sections. As the video shows, you’ll want to create an “anchor bun” from the center section—this is what the other two sections will be wrapped around.
Then, braid each of the side sections, securing the ends with an elastic. Take your first braided section and twist it inwards as you draw it back around your head, draping it over your anchor bun, then winding the piece around the bottom, securing with bobby pins as you go. Repeat with the second braid.
Pancake out select pieces for a messier, undone look. You’re ready to finish with hairspray and head out!
2. Medium hair doesn’t have to be short on updo styling options.
If your hair isn’t long enough to finagle into the aforementioned braided bun, or any single bun for that matter, consider upping your bobby pin collection to try out this multi-twist style.
It works best on dirty hair that has some grip, since you want to minimize those smaller strands slipping out from their twists. If your hair is silky clean, just spray some product onto your hands and run them from mid-length to ends for additional texture.
Ready to start? Ideally, this style is split into four twists, but there are no hard-n-fast rules. Just quarter off an area and start twisting! The more each mini-bun frays, the cuter it looks. Finish off the updo by pulling up on the hair at your crown for additional volume, then set with spray.
3. Natural curls? Pin hair up in one of these four simple styled instead of fighting frizz.
Fussing with naturally curly hair can sometimes make the frizz problem worse. What to do during busy mornings when you just don’t have the time to get it wet and start all over again?
We fell in love with the above video that showcases four different easy updos for naturally curly hair.
Which style you choose likely depends on which section of your hair is behaving best. For example, if the front of your hair is looking bangin’, but the back has run afoul with frizz, consider her first style that’s essentially the sexy lovechild of pigtails and a bun.
Ends still have definition, but your crown is wonky? Grab a silk scarf and try The Pineapple. Want some length? The elongated ponytail gets the hair off of your face without sacrificing style. She wraps up with a simplified side bun that’s so easy, you can do it sans-mirror.