Do you want to know the truth about me? I’m a lazy girl when it comes to my hair.
It’s partly because I really don’t care. It’s partly because growing up in a family of brothers left me about as mystified by a bobby pin as by alien visitors.
I see girls walking around in hairstyles and all I can think is: How early did you get up to accomplish that? If I’m being quite honest, I consider it a small success if I get up early enough to drag a brush through the bird’s nest before I sit down to work.
Certainly, it’s one of the benefits of working from home.
But since I’ve been with my boyfriend, he’s been encouraging me to step into the hair unknowns. He started with the length, and I conceded because I missed the mane I grew in childhood. Now it’s styles. The limit of my hair knowledge is the ponytail, and I can’t bring myself to spend hours obsessing over hairstyles.
So, I’ve gone with the lazy hairstyles, and these 10 all make the cut.
1. Faking The Fishtail
I love the look of fishtail braids, but that is just so beyond my ability, it isn’t even funny. That’s why I love this faux fishtail braid. Absolutely no braiding knowledge required!
Instead, all you do is take hair from either side and twist it towards the back of your head. Then tie both sides together with a clear hair-tie, and just flip the hair inward around itself. Take hair from under the first flip and tie it again with a hair tie, before repeating the same flip again. You can do this as often as you want, depending on how long your hair is. Once you’ve reached the end, tie it up with a hair tie, and pull on each of the sections a little to conceal where the hair ties are. Easy as that!
2. Headband Updo
This looks pretty simple, although I admit I don’t have any headbands with which to try it. Still, it’s a great style if you don’t have very long hair, but want to give the illusion that you do.
Get a headband that isn’t too tight on your hair, making sure it goes all the way around the back of your head. Take your hair, and in sections, tuck it into the headband, rolling it around the band. Tuck it in as much as you like, and keep it there with bobby pins if you feel you have to. This keeps both headband and hair in place. Not too bad really.
3. Looped Twist Pony
This style is better for long hair, but it looks gorgeous so keep growing ladies! I also love this one because it requires a bit of texture in the hair, which means my laziness can carry over into hair washing!
Beginning with a middle part, pull all your hair into a ponytail.
Create a section above the ponytail in two parts with a space in the middle, then pull the ponytail through that space. Tighten it a little to make sure it’s secure, and then loosen the hair a little. Repeat a few times, depending on the length of your hair. Simple!
4. A Knotted Half Updo
My hair is always in knots, but I’ve never actually gone out of my way to intentionally tie it into knots.
Nature is already doing that enough thanks. But, when I saw this style I started to reconsider. It’s so simple, just take hair from either side of your head, knot it once, knot it again, secure with two bobby pins (that was an interesting lesson), and you’re done! It takes five minutes, and it literally has four steps. That’s my kind of hairstyle.
5. Game of Thrones Braid
I tend to shy away from any style that involves braiding. It’s really not my forte. But I do like the classic glam of many of the Game of Thrones hairstyles, and this one looked simple enough. All you have to do is take a section of your hair from just behind the hairline of the crown and split into three pieces. Braid it all the way down, and tie with a hair tie, then repeat on the other side.
After this, back comb a little on the back of your hair to create some volume. Then, taking one braid at a time, wrap it around the back of your head and hold in place with a bobby pin. Do the same with the other, crisscrossing it a little to hide the pins and ties.
6. The Short Pony Remade
When I was growing my hair out, I was at a loss about what to do with it most of the time.
Usually, I just let it run wild and free. I wish I’d known about this style, which is not only incredibly simple, but looks so chic! All you do is put your hair up in a low ponytail, leaving a section at the front and sides out. Then, take the side sections and pull them back over the top of the ponytail, twisting them into a half knot. Then, take those same pieces and wrap them around and under the ponytail. Hold them there with small bobby pins, trying to hide as much of the knot as you can. How easy?
7. Brisk Braid Wrap
There’s something very elegant about this style, which I dream that I might one day accomplish. It looks so simple too, and definitely within the reach of most lazy girls.
To get this, put your hair up into a ponytail and slightly loosen it against your head. Then, braid the loosened ponytail. Create a hole in your hair above the hair tie and pull the braid through the hole. Do this again, spreading out the braid to make sure the wrap is even in thickness. Once you’ve run out of braid, tuck the hair out of sight, and hold in place with pins. Yay!
8. Messy French Bun
Since my hair started growing a little longer, I am a massive bun fan. They’re just the easiest way to get your hair out of your face, and keep it that way. But, with cheekbones like mine, a tight bun is exactly the opposite of my needs, so I go with a messy one.
This works best with slightly dirty hair, but all you have to do is collect all your hair on top of your head and twist it. Keep twisting until it starts to form a bun, then hold in place with bobby pins. It should be a little loose, but not enough that it will fall out. Then, just pull a few strands out from here and there to complete the look.
9. Easy Chignon
I’ve always liked the look of the chignon, but it’s a little gravity-defying at the same time in my eyes.
Of course, this is the girl who knows essentially nothing about bobby pins. But this style in particular was exactly like it sounds: easy. Just make a low ponytail and then flip the ponytail around the top of the hair tie by making a little hole in your hair and threading it through.
Then, take what’s left of the ponytail and tuck it into the twisted section, keeping it in place with bobby pins. Not hard at all!
10. Easy Beach Waves
I’m lucky on this one as my hair is naturally quite wavy, but I know that there are a lot of lazy girls out there with dead straight hair.
Wavy hair is lovely, looking like you’ve just walked in off the beach, well, it’s bliss.
This is the simplest tutorial I found, and one of my girlfriends swears by it.
All you have to do is wet down your hair with water, and maybe a texturising spray.
Then take the top section of the hair and twist very tightly into a bun before securing. Repeat twice more on the middle and bottom sections, before blow drying each for a few minutes. Then unwrap the buns, separate the hair, and enjoy those curls!