Of course I was on Buzzfeed in the middle of the day, procrastinating on homework as per usual, when I came upon this lovely photo post called 23 Five-Minute Hairstyles For Busy Mornings, and I thought to myself, “Well, the gods of Buzzfeed know me eerily well.”
Because, let’s face it, it’s the hair problems stick it to us. Whether long or short, hair just gets all over the place in the oddest ways when we wake up and there’s very little we can do about it with only 10 minutes to spare… or is there?
Here are 7 easy hairstyles for you to pull off in 10 minutes or less! Some may take longer at first (and when I mean longer, I mean 15 minutes), but they’re styles that you can easily get the hang of with practice. (Yes, I’m also giving you the opportunity to procrastinate on your homework and instead stay up late playing with your hair, because that’s inevitably going to happen by the time you finish this article.) Go crazy.
Keeping It Up: Ponytails
High Pony With a Twist (Easy difficulty; For medium to long hair)
A ponytail is about the easiest way to get your hair out of your face, but you can dress up this ‘do in 5 minutes with just a curling iron and some spray! Comb through your tangly morning hair and add frizz spray if needed. Gather your hair high on the back of your head (not on top of your head, we’re not in the 80’s,) and tie your hair back with a hair tie. Take a quarter-inch-thick section of ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail to hide your hair tie; tuck the tip of wrapped hair into the hair tie or hold it with a bobby pin, and add hairspray. Take your curling iron and wrap 3 inches of hair around the iron for a small curl. Spray your hair with hairspray to keep back bangs or stray hairs, and a little on the ponytail tip to preserve the curl.
The Inverted Ponytail (Easy difficulty; For medium to long hair)
A fresh new take on the ponytail, the inverted ponytail is nearly as easy as the original. Grab all your hair into bunch at the base of your neck in a low ponytail and tie back with a hair tie. Pull on the hair tie and loosen the ponytail to part the ponytail in two and form a small hole above the hair tie (as demonstrated in step 4). Take the loose hair at the bottom half of the hair tie (step 5), stuff it through the parted hole and pull the rest through (step 6). Tighten in step 7 for the effect of step 8.
Keeping It Up: Buns
The Back Bow Bun (Easy difficulty; For medium to long hair)
This ‘do is stylish and accessorized. Twist your hair into a high bun (use a hair tie for support if needed). Take a decorative bow pin and pin up the stray hairs from the base of your neck to just underneath the bun. Forever 21 is one of my favorite places to shop for girly bow pins. Alternatively, you can use a few plain bobby pins to pin up a fresh flower to your hair for both decor and a hint of natural perfume. You can also look up how to make your own bow pins on Youtube.
Letting It Loose: Down Do’s
Side-Swept Locks (Easy difficulty; For medium to long hair)
Looks almost like normal, but with a rounded touch; just a little extra attention like this and your hair can actually look styled. First comb out your hair, smoothing out curls if you have any. (This is the time to spray frizz spray.) Take one to two bobby pins to keep the back of your hair flowing to one side. Use hairspray if needed to keep the hair in place.
Bangs Back (Easy difficulty; For short to long hair)
Sometimes bangs can get pesky, standing too straight or curling out of control. This is a great hairdo to keep your bangs out of your face. Pin back your bangs with a bobby pin along the middle of your head (or nearer to your face if you have shorter bangs) in step A. Take a section of hair near the back of your head in step B and place it over your clipped bangs for the final effect.
Zig Zag Hair Part (Easy difficulty; For short to long hair)
Get a little creative with this simple hair style: zig zags. Take a fine-toothed comb and slant your first part to the right, then slant your second part to the left to create an angle, and continue to alternate between right and left slanted parts to create the zig zag effect. Blake Lively pulls it off well, and we’ve all wanted to be like Blake Lively at least once since Gossip Girl, am I right?
Braids: Up, Down and Everywhere In Between
The Classic Braid (Easy difficulty; For medium to long hair)
The classic braid, even when messy, can go a long way. Braiding is like knitting your hair into a pattern, a deliberate pattern that looks like you actually put an effort into styling your hair today and looking nice.
Boho Braids (Medium difficulty; For short to long hair)
Instead of grabbing your entire head of hair into one braid, try weaving a few lines of small braids into you hair. It’s fun to do in class when you’re bored, and braids always vamp up your look.