I’ve always wished I could create elaborate hairstyles. I’ve mastered braids (traditional, French and most recently, fishtail!) and I know how to wield a blow-dryer, flat-iron, and curling iron to perfect my hair to a tee. Other than that, my lack of patience and motor skills prevents me from getting too fancy with my hair. However, that means I’ve come to master some very fast, very easy hairstyles that look polished but take little time. My favourite ones are those that can be completed while sleeping, walking to class or any activity that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a mirror. Fortunately, all of the hairstyles below fit this criteria!
1. Fishtail Braid
We’ll start with the fishtail braid which I previously thought was incredibly daunting and could never be done by a hair novice like myself. Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I can knock this hairstyle out in under five minutes, usually while I’m walking to and from classes. To create a fishtail braid, start by separating your hair into 2 sections. Don’t worry too much about making them perfectly even; just make two sections. I like my fishtail braids on the same side as my part, but that’s completely up to you. Once you’ve got your two sections, take a piece of hair from the outside of the outer section and cross it over the section it belongs to so it is now in the middle. Now take that piece of hair and pull it to the inner section. Continue the process on the other side: Take an outer part of hair from the inner section, pull it across to the middle and then add it to the outer section. Keep doing this until you reach the bottom. You can always finish it off with a regular braid to make things easier. Not only does this style make you seem like you put a lot of effort into it, but it also looks great on second-day hair. In fact, all of these styles do!
2. Sleepy French Braid Waves
This is probably my favourite look of the bunch and one of the easiest. I start by washing my hair like I normally do at night. I like to let my hair just sit and do its thing for a little while after a shower whether I’m blow-drying or not. While it’s still damp, I add a few drops of oil to add shine and tame frizz. After allowing my hair to air-dry for awhile until it’s only partially damp, I very loosely French braid it then sleep in the braid until morning. I have naturally wavy hair, so French braiding my hair before I sleep keeps my waves defined, voluminous and much less frizzy. This will work on any texture though. To maintain this style for a second day, just redo the French braid before you go to bed the next night. I usually add a little extra oil to the ends since my hair is quite damaged, but you can skip that. Another way to help preserve this style overnight, or any style really, is to not allow your hair to be smashed on a cotton pillowcase all night. You can invest in a silk or satin pillowcase, or just tie a silk scarf around your head at night, which is what I do. Cotton roughs up the hair cuticle and makes hair messy and tangled, while silk prevents this from happening
3. Half-Up Do/Bun
This is a bit of a 2-in-1 style, though still just as easy as all the others. Start by taking a piece of hair from each side of your head, meeting them in the back and pinning them securely. Use pretty clips or jewelled pins; this makes you look like you tried. I know none of the cool kids try nowadays, but honestly who cares about being cool when you can have pretty hair instead? Anyways, I’m really loving skeleton hair clips, but if you’re not a morbid weirdo like I am, you might like something else instead. Once you’ve pinned your hair back with the pins of your dreams, you can leave your hair in a half-up do or gather it into a low messy bun. I like making buns by creating a ponytail, then twisting the hair counter clockwise and securing with a hair tie. If you want the bun less messy then feel free to stab into it with some bobby pins or try inserting a spin pin. I prefer a looser and messier bun so I typically just leave mine the way it is.
What are your favourite easy hairstyles? Share in the comments below!