The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

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The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need
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Don’t get us wrong: We do love an intricate hairstyle for special occasions, but the truth is that we opt for simple, pretty looks most days of the week. And look, let’s be real; who really has the time to invest in elaborate updos on the regular? Not us, that’s for sure.

Welcome to the world of quick, easy hairstyles: the perfect way to look chic without spending an hour in the bathroom. Because even when you have zero time, you still want to look like you tried.

These hairstyles don’t require much time (or skill!) at all, but they’re gorgeously flattering. Make effortlessness the name of your beauty game.

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  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Top Knot
    Not only is a top knot one of the simplest hairstyles out there, but it's also simply chic. Just look at Jennifer Lopez: The arbiter of all things glam sees no issue with sporting hers on the red carpet. To get the look, pull hair into a ponytail, back comb the ponytail, then wrap hair around the base before pinning into place.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Low Side Braid
    For the quickest of quick hairstyles, make like Sophia Bush and pull your hair into a low side braid. It's effortlessly cool—just be sure to tease your hair a bit at the crown for some texture and lift.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Twist It Back
    Turn yesterday's waves into today's cute look by following Sophia Bush's lead and taming your second-day hair with a simple twist and a bobby pin to keep in place.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    The Side Ponytail
    We can't speak of the side ponytail highly enough—it's completely foolproof and takes mere minutes to perfect. After pulling your hair to the side, curl your long bangs or face-framing layer around your index finger and hit it with a tiny bit of hairspray for all-day flounce that holds, just like Beyoncé.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Add a Pouf
    Brooklyn Decker's bob is friggin' adorable as is, but with a little half-up, half-down pouf and a side part, it becomes a hairstyle that transitions seamlessly from the office to cocktails (and, if we may suggest, a little bit of the beach in between).

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Slick It Back
    Updos on short hair can be tricky and time consuming, which is why we reserve them mostly for special occasions. Instead, dress up a bob in seconds with a wet look, like Camilla Belle. Starting with wet hair, use your fingers to apply a generous amount of pomade or gel, then brush your hair back with a fine-toothed comb to prevent any bumps.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Add Shape
    To add easy shape and movement to straight locks, create a deep side part like Dakota Fanning’s and loosely pull the strands off to one side before clipping in place.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Nix the Unwanted Volume
    For those days when your hair just seems to have a mind of its own, keep things in check by creating a deep center part and tucking some of your hair behind your ears, like Ashley Greene.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Slip in a Tiny French Braid
    Add a fun touch to long, straight strands by including a French braid above the ear, like Hailee Steinfeld wears here.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Hide Bangs
    Blunt bangs like Jessica Biel's are adorable, but they require a bit of styling finesse—and plenty of time. If you're stuck without the time to get them right, just create a center part and pin your bangs to each side. When your hair falls over the pins, it'll hide your bangs entirely for a seamless look.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Blow It Out
    Switch up your blowout by brushing the hair outward rather than super smooth. You can see how it instantly opens up Julianne Hough's face without the use of any clips or bobby pins—and it also requires way less styling tact than a proper blowout.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Go with a Classic Braid
    Take Kristen Stewart's lead and soften up the look of a braid by pulling out a few strands near the ears to frame your face.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Play With a Side Bun
    If you have wavy or curly hair and no time to straighten it, try a playful bun like Maria Menounos's to tame texture. Just twist your bun to the side and clip in place with bobby pins.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Messy on Purpose
    If you needed to be at work 20 minutes ago and you just woke up (we've all been there), try an effortless, purposely disheveled look like Miranda Cosgrove's by working some dry shampoo and a bit of texturizing cream into your hair.

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Go Chic With a Braided Bun
    Almost like a hair cheat, the braided bun makes anyone look more polished and put together without actually creating a ten-step, intricate updo—and in mere minutes, no less. Just look at Sienna Miller, whose twisted updo recreates the look of something much more elaborate (read: time-consuming).

  • The Only Quick and Easy Hairstyles You’ll Ever Need

    Fake Bangs
    Add faux layers instantly by making a deep side part. The hair over Sandra Bullock's eyes creates the illusion of long side-swept bangs, no scissors necessary.

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Top Knot
Not only is a top knot one of the simplest hairstyles out there, but it's also simply chic. Just look at Jennifer Lopez: The arbiter of all things glam sees no issue with sporting hers on the red carpet. To get the look, pull hair into a ponytail, back comb the ponytail, then wrap hair around the base before pinning into place.

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