Easy Red Carpet Hairstyles You Can Do in 5 Minutes

Kelly Dougher

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As fall approaches, most of us find our schedules getting busier than ever. For women who are juggling work, classes, the gym, a social life, and possibly even their children’s busy schedules as well, there just isn’t enough time in the day to fuss with fancy hairstyles. That doesn’t mean you have to give up and throw your hair up into a boring topknot. Even if you have five minutes in the morning, there’s lots of easy hairstyles you can do that will help you look cute and pulled-together.

Here are 5 fast and easy red carpet hairstyles that you can do while running out the door: no heat tools or fancy products required. Read on, and get ready to hit the snooze button a few extra times this week.

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Emmanuelle Chiquri’s undone ponytail is perfection. Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

The Tousled Ponytail.

This style, as seen on Emmanuelle Chiquri, works best with slightly messy hair, so if you wake up with bedhead, you’re all set. If your hair is naturally straight, try putting it in braids the night before and then spraying it with some sea salt spray to mess it up a little in the morning. Once your hair has some texture, pull it back into a loose ponytail just above the nape of your neck. Use a clear elastic or one that matches your hair color, and if you have time you can also wrap a few strands of hair around the elastic to hide it. Then, using your fingers, loosen up a few strands going from your forehead to the elastic to keep your hair from being flat against your scalp. Some face-framing strands of hair can be pulled out as well. Finally, add a few more sprays of sea salt spray and scrunch the hair in your ponytail for some extra waves. Don’t forget some hairspray before you run out the door!

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Taissa Farmiga makes a compelling case for the long side braid. Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

The Side Braid.

As Taissa Farmiga shows us, side braids don’t have to give you major 80’s flashbacks. This works best if you know how to do a French braid, but if you don’t, a simple braid works too. First, make a deep side part. Grab three pieces of hair near the nape of your neck over on the longer side (two if you’re doing a fishtail plait), and braid to the ends. Fasten the braid with an elastic, then loosen it a little by pulling at sections so it doesn’t look too “done.” You may want to add a few spritzes of hairspray to keep the braid from unraveling completely as the day goes on.

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Julianne Hough’s headband-adorned updo is beyond gorgeous. Fred Duval/FilmMagic

The Undone Bun (With Headband).

This style is best for longer hair and is impossible to mess up because the more unstructured it is, the better! Dress it up with a simple, chic headband and you’re ready for work or a weekend of fun. Starting with dry hair that’s been texturized with some volumizing powder, pull all of your hair up into a bun at the crown of your head. Then gently tease the hair in the bun with a brush to add volume and messiness. Finally, place a thin headband a few inches behind your forehead and wriggle it back and forth to bump up the volume in front of and behind the headband.

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Taryn Manning shows us how to rock a twisted scarf. Photo: Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic.

The Twisted Scarf.

As we head into Fall and we start looking for ways to keep our ears warm, nothing looks cuter than crowning your hairstyle with a scarf—exactly like OITNB star Taryn Manning did.. To recreate her look, fold a scarf until it’s a long, thin strip. Fold it in half and position so that the free ends of the scarf are at the back of your head, then twist it twice in front. Tie a double knot in the back, tucking in the loose ends of the scarf so that you don’t see them, and voila! The best part is, this look works with any length, texture or style of hair—from a natural pixie to long, loose waves.

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Jackie Cruz’s braid brown makes the most of long lengths and choppy bangs. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images.

The Braid Crown.

The perfect style for late summer, braid crowns only look elaborate—and they’re the perfect way to cope with bangs as they grow out, because they actually look better with a long fringe. Part your evenly hair down the middle and get ready to braid—if your hair is shorter (above your shoulders) or very layered, start your braids right at your ears; if your hair is longer, start them down near the nape of your neck. Using a simple three-strand or fishtail braid, plait each half of your hair, securing the ends with a clear hairtie. Flip each braid up onto the top of your head and secure them with bobby pins the same color as your hair. Make the braids neat for a work-appropriate look, or mess them up a little for a sexy date-night look in under 5 minutes.

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