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12 Easy Hairstyles You Can Do In Under 5 Minutes

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
August 28, 2016 · 3.2k Views

It’s Saturday and you are eyeballs deep in a binge of Stranger Things on Netflix. Suddenly, your friend sends a text - you planned to meet for early evening cocktails and she’s waiting for you at the bar. Thanks to brunch earlier, your makeup is still in check. Plastered to the couch all day, however, means your hair is a disaster. Not to worry though. Follow this guide to 12 quick and easy hairstyles, and you can be out the door in 5 minutes flat.

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Image Source: Marie Claire

Pull your hair in a high ponytail and wrap it in a bun. You want to make sure to twist your ponytail while wrapping. Once finished, secure the bun in place with bobby pins or an elastic band. Add a headband if desired and use the end of a pencil or pick to evenly lift up hair at the top. This great evening look gives the impression of a modern day ballerina. Visit Marie Claire for complete instructions.


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This is a great hairstyle for those with long tresses. Start by wrapping your hair into a twisted low bun. Next, tie a scarf around the top of the bun, fashioning it into a bow. You could also use a large scrunchie made with a lot of fabric. Tamara Mowry is a fan of this look, which was originally posted on the Shine Project.


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When pressed for time, the ponytail has been your go-to hairstyle since forever. While easy and reliable, it is also boring and leaves you uninspired. For a fresh update, try the triple twisted ponytail. This look works especially well if you have long hair and go a few days between washings. Visit Twist Me Pretty for step-by-step instructions.


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Most quick and easy hairstyles advocate the undone look. If messy locks just aren’t your style, try the knotted bun. In just 4 easy steps, you can pull off this look, which is elegant enough for a formal affair, but can easily be worn during the day. Check out Once Wed for step-by-step instructions.


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This easy hairstyle gives the standard-down-the-back braid a soft, romantic feel. As with all braided styles, the more texture the better. And because this is a very loose style, you’ll want a lot of texture for added grip. Check out The Small Things Blog for the video tutorial.


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Simple accessories like ribbon are an easy way to add an air of romance. Using the half-up, half-down style, this look is perfect if you have long hair. Camille Styles shows how to create this hairstyle using a curling iron, but it could easily be done by spraying and tousling hair to create texture and volume.


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The fake ponytail is typically reserved for those emergency situations when you find yourself without an elastic hair band. But it can also be used when you should have been out the door 5 minutes ago. Visit The Small Things Blog for the video tutorial.


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The side-swept low ponytail looks super glamorous, but is actually a very easy hairstyle to create. Just add a little mouse for volume to get this diva-worthy look first made popular by Beyonce. Visit Twist Me Pretty for step-by-step instructions.


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Quite possibly the most versatile hair accessory, bobby pins have much to offer, especially when you find yourself in a pinch for time. The twist-and-pin works well for both long and medium-short length hair. Start by sectioning out a small one-inch piece of hair on one side and twisting it away from your face. Secure the section with a bobby pin placed diagonally. Place a second bobby pin over the first to create an X-shape. Check out Marie Claire for step-by-step instructions.


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Stylish and practical, a large square scarf will help you out in many fashion and beauty emergencies. And they work as a great cover up for those days when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Check out Keiko Lynn’s tutorial on how to tie a simple headscarf.


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This is the ultimate quick and easy hairstyle for anyone whose mother ever told her to “STOP playing with your hair!” Simply grab a triangle section of hair from the center of your forehead to the midway point crown. Then give it a few twists, flip it back and secure with bobby pins. For complete instructions.


Image Source: Treasures & Travels Blog

With many hair tricks created for longer tresses, the low crown knot offers those with medium-short hair a chic, effortless look. To create this style, all you need is a couple of minutes, bobby pins, and hairspray. Check out Treasures & Travels for a step-by-step visual guide.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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