Headed back to school this fall? We’ve got your lazy hair days covered because sleep > perfect hair. These hairstyles will make everyone think you woke up with more than enough time to get ready rather than what you actually did which was stay up 3 hours later than you should have and hit the snooze button 14 times only to wake up 10 minutes before you needed to leave the house. Ya, we know but no one else needs to know.
So here are 9 Easy Hairstyles for all your Back-To-School needs. First things first, you’ll want to have the following tools in your lazy hairstyle kit.
• Dry Shampoo (I swear by Dove Dry Shampoo) to add texture & hide any greasy hair. Baby powder & hairspray will also work but dry shampoo is best.
• Spin Pins…trust me, these two little things are magic! My hair is over 2 feet long (I’m not kidding) and these two pins hold my hair ALL DAY!
• Hairspray – keep a flexible hold & strong hold on hand depending on the hairstyle you’re going to rock!
• Bobby Pins – do I even need to explain why?
• Elastic Hair Ties – *see above*
Ready? Here we go!
Easy Hairstyle #1: Voluminous Ponytail
Estimated Time: 6 minutes
Channel Lucy Hale at the VMA’s with this big, voluminous ponytail! To achieve this look, try sleeping with my hair in a few braids or rock day after curls. Spray your roots with dry shampoo, tease and fluff your whole head. Leave out a section on the front of each side of your face and secure the remaining hair up into a messy ponytail on the middle back of your head. Take the front pieces and twist/criss ross them over where the ponytail meets your head. Re-fluff your ponytail and add hairspray for hold and texture. Throw on a pair of glam earrings and a couple coats of mascara and rock the look!
You can follow the full tutorial at The Beauty Department.
Easy Hairstyle #2: Topsy Turvy Ponytail
Estimated Time: 1 minute
When I was a kid, the topsy turvy ponytail was an almost daily style. Now I like to rock a bit more of a sophisticated look like this one from Gal Meets Glam. It’s quick, easy and you can customize it to your style. Keep it sleek and smooth or soften the look by pulling it apart and leaving some loose pieces to frame your face. Keep your hair straight or rock messy bedhead/day old curls! Secure hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Slightly loosen the tie and create a gap above the hair tie. Flip the body of the ponytail through and pull it through the bottom of the gap. Tighten and adjust as necessary for the look you’re trying to achieve. Pair with this criss-cross cardigan top for a easy, comfy look.
Easy Hairstyle #3: Twisted Ponytail
Estimated Time: 8 minutes
Abby at Twist Me Pretty has a skill for gorgeous (and often easy) hairstyle tutorials. I was instantly sold on this Triple Twisted Ponytail for the days where your ponytail needs to say “put together and sophisticated” but needs to be finished in minutes! This is perfect for days where you are running from class to class, have a meeting with the Dean or need to convince a professor that you do in fact enjoy her class and you promise to show up on time 😉 To simplify this look, you’re going to split your hair into three sections, twist down and secure the middle section. Twist down/back and secure the left section. Twist down/back the right section and cross it over the other two to secure on the left side. Adjust the look as necessary for the level of messiness you feel comfortable with. Check out the insanely easy tutorial here complete with step-by-step photos! Take a cure from the photo above and pair your twisted ponytail with this striped maxi skirt and Nikibiki black seamless tee.
Easy Hairstyle #4: Classic Side Braid
Estimated Time: 3 minutes
Braids are the perfect quick and easy way to change up your look but maintain the lazy hairstyle effort! This look from Daily Makeover is perfect because the braid is tousled enough to say “I woke up like this and yes I do look flawless!” If you’re new to braiding, it’s simple split your hair into 3 sections (we’ll call them sections 1, 2 and 3 from left to right). Cross section 3 over section 2, then cross section 1 over section 3, then section 2 over 3. It’s a little confusing so I’d recommend looking it up on YouTube or The Beauty Department for a simple braid tutorial. Once you have it mastered, try switching up the direction and cross your sections under rather than over. Like the other styles, play with how messy your wear them. Secure the braid with hairspray and pull apart to soften the look. Pair your casual soft braid with this fringed sweater vest for a festival inspired look that still follows school dress code.
Easy Hairstyle #5: Fishtail Braid
Estimated Time: 8 minutes
Similar to the classic braid look above, the fishtail adds quick fun while still being pulled together. This kind of braid is more difficult than a simple braid but once you get it down, you’ll be rocking the fishtail braid in no time! Everytime I wear a fishtail braid, I get comments from people about how cute they look and it looks like it took me forever and the whole time I just think how it only took me a few minutes! The Beauty Department also has a great tutorial on fishtail braids for you to check out! For a tighter look, pull smaller pieces over from side to side. For a looser, bohemian look, pull larger pieces over from side to side. You can also tease & texture your hair before braiding. Keep the festival style vibes going with this long fringe cardigan.
Easy Hairstyle #6: Simple Milkmaid Braid
Estimated Time: 9 minutes
Normally a milkmaid braid would go across the crown of your head but that can take lots of practice and adjusting. This simple milkmaid inspired braid will have you out the door and at school in no time! Ideally you’ll want to know how to French Braid for this style but if you’ve mastered a classic braid and a fishtail braid by now, Frenchbraids should be simple for you! Technically the style of braid you’ll need for this is called a Dutch Braid (here’s a fantastic tutorial from Twist Me Pretty!)…a Dutch braid is a French braid that gets braided UNDER rather than OVER.
To start, spray your hair with dry shampoo (or some kind of texturizing spray). Do a dutch braid to the back using only a front section of your hair (you’ll want to leave at least the back half of your hair loose for the messy bun. You can do a braid on both side or just one depending on the kind of look that you like. Once your braid is complete an secure, go back through and “pull apart” the braid to loosen it up and soften the look. Gather all of your hair, and secure it into a messy bun at the nape of your neck. The messier the better! Use pins to secure the bun if necessary. Pair your milkmaid braid and bun look with this lightweight lace-hemmed sweater to take a color style cue from the photo above.
Easy Hairstyle #7: Quarter Top-Knot
Estimated Time: 3 minutes
The quarter top-knot is everywhere right now and with the right look, you can totally rock this look too. The key is the right amount of tousled in the bun and the hair that’s left down. Here is a fantastic tutorial to get the perfectly messy bun that really makes this look. Make sure to use some hairspray or dry shampoo to give your hair a little extra body if you’re on day 2 or more since a wash. For added volume & dimension, quickly curl the ends of your hair. Pair your quarter top-knot with our amazingly soft chambray shirt for a look that is effortlessly cool. Throw on a swipe of a plum or red lipstick to complete the look!
Easy Hairstyle #8: Scarf Head-Wrap
Estimated Time: 4 minutes
While you can rock this look any day, I like to reserve the head-wraps and turbans for exceptionally dirty or bad hair days because of their coverage! This look is simple but makes a major statement. Pull your hair up into a messy bun (make it a messy sock bun if you need extra volume). Take a rectangle scarf like our new lightweight TParty Ombre Cheetah Print Scarf and place the middle point on the front center of your head (right at or just in front of your hairline). Wrap both ends to the back of your head, cross over and then back to the top. When you are back at the front cross & twist the two ends so they return to the sides the were on after wrapping around the back. Bring them back around and tie them at the back of your head. Tuck any tails up into the wrapped portion and voila!
Easy Hairstyle #9: The Effortless Bun
Estimated Time: 4 minutes
English actress Michelle Keegan has us swooning over this effortless bun. Use your dry shampoo and/or hair spray to texturize your hair. Slightly back-comb the hair at the crown of your head. Gather and finger comb (you want a messy look here so put down the brush) your hair into a ponytail at the top of your hair but do not secure. Twist the ponytail and then twist that into a bun. I repeat YOU DO NOT WANT THIS TO BE PERFECT, you’re going for that messy cute look. Once your have all of your hair into a bun, twist the spin pins in from opposing directions to secure. Use any additional bobby pins as necessary but you probably won’t need them. Pull out some hairs to frame your face and along the remainder of your hairline. Pair this effortless look with these distressed skinny jeans and this bamboo swing camisole for a look everyone will want to copy!