Some mornings, waking up with your first alarm just isn’t possible. If you find yourself panicking after hitting snooze three too many times, don’t fret—you can still look totally put together in a fraction of the time you thought possible. The key to getting ready quickly is finding a hairstyle that’s doable in just a few minutes.
While many trendy hairstyles look like they’d be super-complicated to complete (especially when you’re already in a rush to get out the door), you’d be surprised that many of them actually take very little skill to create.
To help make your mornings easier, we’ve rounded up three of our favorite hairstyles that can be done in three minutes or less. Just keep a bottle of the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo on your nightstand, since you’ll need to use that before you get to styling.
EASY HAIRSTYLE IDEA #1: HALF-UP TWISTED HALO
Half-up hairstyles are having a serious moment these days—and we’re all about it. Not only do you get to keep your hair out of your face, but you get to show off your length, too. The perfect hybrid, right? Instead of simply pulling your hair up into a pineapple-inspired half pony, try this twisted halo look for an office-friendly romantic finish that can easily translate to that after-work happy hour you’ve been planning with your friends.
Step 1: Refresh your hair. To start this simple hairstyle, spritz your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo.
Step 2: Put on an elastic headband. Stretch your headband around your head so that it sits just above your ears.
Step 3: Tuck the top layer of your hair into your headband. Once your headband is on, use your fingers to split the top section of hair from your bottom as if you were going to tie a half-up pony. Instead of securing a pony, tuck that hair up into the headband, making sure to tightly coil it around the sides of your head before gradually getting a little looser at the back.
EASY HAIRSTYLE IDEA #2: BRAIDED MESSY BUN
Ah, the quintessential look that tells everybody in the office that you value your beauty sleep. Regardless of how messy these buns are, they will forever have a place in our hearts for being perfectly disheveled, yet still totally stylish. If you want to take your messy bun to a more purposeful level, simply add braids to the mix for a how-did-you-do-that ‘do.
Step 1: Spritz your hair with dry shampoo. Spray oily roots with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo and shake your hair out for a slightly disheveled look.
Step 2: Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Don’t worry about smoothing out lumps, bumps, or flyaways—it’s meant to be messy, remember?
Step 3: Split your ponytail into two sections. Braid each section and tie them off with mini elastics. Once your braids are secured, fluff them up to make them more voluminous.
Step 4: Wrap your braids into a bun. Loosely situate your braids into a bun and pin them in place.
Step 5: Finish with flyaways. To add the perfect amount of charm to your messy bun, pull out a couple face-framing strands in front of your ears and you’re ready to finish getting ready super-quick.
EASY HAIRSTYLE IDEA #3: MILKMAID BRAIDS
Milkmaid braids get so much hype—and for good reason. They look tres chic! The good new is, they only look complicated.
Step 1: Spray on dry shampoo. Once you do this, you’re ready to style.
Step 2: Part your hair down the middle. Simple enough.
Step 3: Braid traditional pigtails. Three strands woven all the way to the ends.
Step 4: Pin your braids to the opposite side. Pull your braids up around your head and pin the ends on the opposite side of the front of your head to create the milkmaid halo effect.
With these three pretty styles, we wish you all the best beauty rest without sacrificing your stellar style.