In a style slump? One of the easiest ways to update your look is with a new hair ‘do. But don’t set aside hours to shape your stands, these quick and easy hairstyles take minimum effort yet deliver maximum impact.
When time is of the essence, it's all too easy to throw your hair up into a fuss-free messy bun - which is perfect for a gym or supermarket run - but for work or an outing when a little more polish is required there are simple hairstyles to try which are just as fool-proof as a topknot.
Next time you're in a rush, shake-up your style and try one of these cute looks.
Like wearing your hair out? Slide embellished bobby pins just above your ears for pretty polish in a snap.
For Lucy Boynton’s perfectly undone ‘do, spray dry hair all over with a texturising spray (we love Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray) then blast with a hair dryer for 30 seconds. Part strands in the center. Using your fingers, comb the front and top sections of hair back into a ponytail. Tie with an elastic and finish with a bow.
The loose plait
Romance is reborn with soft, tumbling plaits. Braid a three-strand plait into your mid-lengths and secure with an elastic. Using your fingers, pinch and pull segments of hair from the beginning of the plait and around the back of the head, to loosen tendrils and create sexy softness.
The segmented ponytail
Add some fashion cred to your classic ponytail by tying elastics in segments down the lengths of your strands. Get creative with your ties and play with colour or incorporate metallics.
The double bun
Elegant at the front and playful at the back, try Margot Robbie's double buns for a contemporary take on an updo. Part hair down the center and into two sections. Take one segment and twist into a low bun and secure with pins, not elastics, to keep the twists looking slightly undone. Repeat for the other side.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!
Hair clips, barrettes and pins have made a return in a big way. Stock up on styles from pretty pearls to chic crystal to update your look in seconds. Brands like Valet Studio have countless cute options.
The key to mastering this simple style is volume and texture. Prime wet hair with a mousse such as, Moroccanoil Volumising Mousse, then blast dry with a hairdyer focusing on the roots to create lift and volume. Tong in some bends into mid-lengths to create extra movement. Using a styling brush (Denman D3 Medium Classic Styling Brush will do the trick) pull strands back into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Leave any bumps that may pop up; they only add texture.