As we all know, hairstyles must be both aesthetically appealing and functional for the activities of the day. There’s nothing worse than having your hair a mess because you didn’t know what to do with it. I’m going to show you some easy to do hairstyles that will have you out the door in less than 10 minutes. For more creative hairstyle ideas, look at our course on how to Elevate your Updo. If you’re a man that is looking for some new hairstyles and style ideas, you can check out our course, Grooming for the Modern Man.
I will separate these simple hairstyles by the different functions they serve. Feel free to try any hairstyle in any context, my ideas are just recommendations. Hairstyles are typically one of three types, casual for daily wear and tear, formal for special occasions, or athletic for exercise. Casual Hairstyles
Casual hairstyles are primarily for daily use, whether it means being in high school or at the office. These hairdos are simple, with a touch of razzle dazzle or elegance! While most people don’t engage in vigorous activity in a normal day, these hairstyles should hold up for the entire 9 to 5 day.
The ponytail is probably the most simple and widely used hairdo, but there are many variations that a person can wear to spice up their hairstyle. Here, we have the loop ponytail, a twist on the typical, everyday ponytail.
- First, you can keep the hair neat and together by spraying some light hairspray.
- Then, collect the hair together into a low ponytail and tie a hair tie around it to keep it secure.
- Now, use your hands to pull apart the hair, just above the ponytail hair tie. This should make a hole right above the hair tie.
- Then take the ponytail and pull it up and over the ponytail holder, through the hole you just made by pulling apart the hair. Push the hair completely through.
- Pull the ponytail outwards to tighten it, voila!
Give the typical bland ponytail a kick in the rear with this knotted ponytail.
- First, add a little product to your hair like mousse or gel to keep it together.
- Next, separate your hair into two equal halves and tie it in a double knot.
- Secure the knotted ponytail with an elastic band and hair pins as needed.
- To keep the ponytail in place, you can twist the ends by hand or with a little curl.
Have some fun with the typical ponytail by adding easy to create bubbles! After all, who doesn’t like bubbles?
- First, put your hair back into a traditional ponytail and tie it together with a hair tie. Using a comb, you are going to want to tease out the ponytail, starting at the top where the hair tie is.
- Next, about ⅓ rd of the way down from the hair tie, put another rubber band around the ponytail. Then go down about ⅔ rds of the way down and tie another. Now, your hair should be divided into three equal sections.
- Finally, tighten the hair below each of the bottom rubber bands no more than half an inch, so that the hair between the gaps bunches up a little bit, creating the bubble effect.
There’s the braid and then there’s the fishtail braid. Try something different than a plain jane braid today.
- Brush your hair, then pull it into a ponytail and tie it with a rubber band, low on your head.
- Divide the ponytail into two even sections.
- Take a piece from the left section and pass it to the right section. Then take a piece from the right section and pass it to the left section. Continue until you have reached the end and then tie it with a rubber band.
- Optionally, you can cut the initial band at the top of the ponytail, which is easier to do when you use an actual rubber band instead of a hair tie.
This messy bun is ultra versatile so it can be used in a variety of environments.
- First, add mousse or gel to damp hair and let it air dry to bring out your hair’s natural consistency.
- After it dries, comb through your hair with your fingers to pull it up into a high ponytail. Tie it up with a rubber band.
- Twist the ponytail into a bun and pull near the top of your head to loosen it up again.
- You can even keep some pieces of hair loose around your hair to add to the tousled look.
This ponytail is much like the traditional ponytail, but a bit of sparkle because it elegantly hides the hair tie.
- First, pull your hair together in a ponytail.
- Next, separate a small section of your hair, at the bottom of the ponytail. It must be slightly wider than your hair tie.
- Start by pulling that strand tight above your head, then wrap that strand around the hair tie as many times as it will go, which varies, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
- Tie the base of the ponytail with bobby pins and push them in to hide them or you can tuck the end of that strand of hair in and under the original hair tie.
Formal hairstyles are for those once in a lifetime occasions or for the special night out. For some, that special night is the prom, an anniversary date, or the once in a lifetime wedding hairstyle. What special occasion is complete without makeup? For the perfect makeup touches to go along with that special hairdo, take a look at our Makeup Course for Prom. These hairdos may not make the top fashion magazines, but they will be functional and easy to do!
Ballerina buns take little practice to perfect and are a great way to elegantly put your hair up.
- First, flip your hair over and gather it into a high ponytail, securing with an elastic or ponytail holder. Using a smoothing brush, lightly tease your hair. Teasing will help the bun look more voluminous.
- Next, twist your hair and wrap it around the base to create your bun shape. Insert bobby pins along the base of the bun, securing it to your head. Shake your head from side to side to make sure the bun is secure.
- Finish by spraying all over with a firm holding hairspray and smooth down flyaways.
High Braided Topknot
This look combines two basic hairstyles to make what is called a chignon, a type of bun.
- First, flip your hair over and gather it into a high ponytail, securing with an elastic or ponytail holder.
- Next, section off the ponytail into 4 parts and braid each of them separately. Secure the braids with clear elastic bands.
- Start wrapping the braids around the base of the ponytail, one on top of the other.
- Finally, to finish the look insert hair pins along the base, securing the chignon to your head.
An updo with a twist! Keep that hair up and out of your face, with style.
- Separate the hair into two separate halves. Take one section in the front of your head and pull it over and twist it back behind your ear. Do the same thing on the opposite sided.
- You can pin both twists together by using bobby pins on both sides diagonally, so that they criss cross. Pull the rest of the hair and twist it all the way down and secure it with a hair tie.
- Finally, twist your hair up and around, as if you were putting it into a bun.
If you’re anything like me, it seems like we are always doing something active and we need a hairdo to keep up during that tough exercise or adventure. Everyone knows about the infamous ponytail, but I’ll show you some easy variations that’ll keep your hair tucked away for the ride.
Traditional Ponytail & Braid
There are many basic variations to the typical ponytail to change things up in your day that will still stand up to your exercise routine.
- As you all know, a typical ponytail uses a rubber band to pull the hair back and away from your face. Change this look by varying the height. The high ponytail keeps the hair far away from the back of your neck, for those hot summer days.
- Alternatively, you can turn that ponytail into a braid for variety.
For some more fun and variation on the typical chignon, add a few braids and a little flare.
- First, pull your hair together into a low ponytail at the bottom of your head. You can part your hair in the middle, to a side, or pull it straight back.
- If you want a more formal look, the hair should be stiffer and the braid tighter. While looser hair will give your hair a more casual appearance.
- Next, you want to braid your ponytail for the desired look and use another rubber band at the end of the braid. Then, twist the braided ponytail around the based of the original rubber band at the bottom of your head.
- Finally, once the ponytail has made it around one full time, use pins or another hair tie to secure it to the back of your head.
Have fun and try something new everyday of the week. These few hairstyle ideas are some of the simplest, but they can take you from plain Jane to what’s new Betty Sue! For more advanced beauty and hairstyle tips, check out our Marie Claire course, Makeup, Hair and Beauty Genius.