It happens “ your go-to hairstyle just isn’t working for you and your mind suddenly draws a blank when you try to come up with an emergency back-up plan. We’ve got four no-muss, no-fuss, no-hiding-under-a-hat quick and easy hairstyle ideas to keep in your back pocket.
The Dressed-Up Ponytail
Love the simplicity of the ponytail, hate the bad rap it gets for being the official hairstyle of the woman who’s let herself go? Ponytails are a universal ‘do for a reason “ they’re quick and flattering on most of us. Make sure you look your best when you go the ponytail route by dressing it up a little. First, play around to decide whether a high, low, or side ponytail suits you best. If you go for a super-slick pony, you can finish off the look by taking a piece of hair and wrapping it around your elastic “ you’ll look instantly sleek and polished. If you prefer more of a bouncy, girl next-door look, take a cue from Glee cheerleader Quinn by taking a big-barrelled curling iron to your locks and misting with a flexible hairspray.
A Change of Part
A simple switch of the part can work wonders for making your hair look brand new. If you’ve got long layers, try going for a dead-centre part to get that boho chic look. You can also do your best Old Hollywood impression with a deep side part (hair over one eye optional). And if you normally part your hair on one side, don’t underestimate the power of simply switching to the other side on occasion “ if your hair is used to hanging on one side, it will suddenly spring with new life when you flip it over.
Do The Twist
Twists will tame even the most rebellious manes. All you need to pull off this look are a few bobby-pins and some hairspray. There are tons of options at your disposal “ you can twist your face-framing strands away from your face and secure behind your ear, or you can experiment with larger twists that incorporate all of your hair and end in buns at the back of your head. The best part? You’ll look so cute that no one will guess you had to resort to a hairstyle plan B.
Style While You Snooze
If you’ve got shoulder-length hair or longer, you should be able to pull off a killer hairstyle that only requires a little time to dry “ so why not put your eight hours in bed to good use? Pile damp locks on top of your head and secure with bobby-pins to keep them safe from any tossing and turning you might do. In the morning you’ll have a head of frizz-free natural looking waves.