Our Favorite Five-Minute Styles


We get it. Sometimes there’s just not enough time to get every hair perfectly styled in its place. And other times, it’s a struggle to do any styling at all.

But just because you’re short on time - whether on purpose or not – doesn’t mean your look has to suffer. You still want to look stylish and put-together, despite your time constraints actually putting it all together.

If you make a habit of hitting the snooze button or just want to plan ahead for not spending a ton of time styling your hair, read on for five of our favorite quick styles that’ll have you looking and feeling fantastic in five minutes or less.

Top knot


This could easily be the most commonly used quick syle in existence, but there are a multitude of ways you can personalize it to add your own style and make it look purposeful as opposed to ‘just rolled out of bed,’ unless that’s what you’re going for.

Consider these variations depending on your wardrobe for the day and level of desired effort.

For a super quick top knot style, bend over so your head is sideways (or upside down), so it’s easier to gather your hair up on top of your head. Holding all the hair together, twist it starting at the base, wrapping it into a bun as you go. Secure it all with an elastic band wrapped around the whole bun, or use bobby pins around the knot to keep it all in place.o

If you prefer a messier-looking top knot as opposed to a polished coil, start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail but only pull half of the hair through the elastic. Take the loose ends and wrap them around the base of the ponytail, and tuck them back into the elastic.

To add a little extra volume to your top knot style and achieve a softer, more romantic look, back-comb or tease sections of hair on the top and sides of your head before gathering it all up. (If you have naturally wavy or thick hair, this may not be necessary.) Either way, try not to pull the hair too tightly when you secure it. You may even want to loosen up some of the top and sides after your knot is in place.

Half up / half down


Our next favorite fast style is the half up / half down look. If you’re already a fan of the top knot and need a little change, or if you have shorter hair that won’t all go up, this could be your new go-to.

Again, there are lots of variations to try, but you’ll start any of them by touching the top of your ears with your forefinger, and moving your hands back toward each other until they meet in the back of your head. All the hair above that line will go into your half up / half down style.

One look to try is the half-up top knot. Twist the top half up on top of your head and secure with pins or an elastic, leaving the bottom half of your hair down. You can also vary this style by pulling the hair straight back into a bun or knot, instead of on the top of your head.

If you’re looking for a little something different, separate the top half of your hair into two sections (either split down the middle or via a side part). Gather one section low toward the ear, twist the hair section up and back and secure with a bobby pin. Then, do the same with the other side.

Textured ponytail


If you have thicker or wavy hair, you may not need to do any extra work to get a voluminous-looking ponytail. Just gather your hair into a loose, low ponytail and pull some face-framing strands out to complete the look.

With naturally straight or thin hair, though, you may need another minute or two to achieve some texture. Grab a volumizing spray or root lifting product like our Thick & Full Root Booster to pump up the overall volume before pulling it all back.

The key to remember with the textured ponytail is to focus on gaining more volume all over, as opposed to a sleek and smooth finish.



We are loving headbands right now. They look fantastic and can easily (and quickly) be incorporated into your routine.

One of our favorite types is the wide fabric patterned style, similar to a scarf. Wear this type of headband over the top of your hair for a ‘70s vibe, or wear the back part underneath your hair to keep it all away from your face.

Either way, you’re sure to be looking fantastic in no time flat.

Not feeling a headband today? That’s ok – just grab an embellished barrette or clip to spice up your hairstyle. Need more accessory ideas? Read more on the latest summer accessory trends here.

A braided touch


No matter if you hair is short, medium or long, there’s a way to include a braid.

Braids are beautiful, and however you choose to include one (or many) in your quick style, is up to you.

For long hair, gather it all low toward the back of your head and braid it all together, securing with an elastic band. Take it a step further to cover up the elastic by pulling a small strand out of the bottom of the braid, and wrapping it around the elastic. Then, pin the ends of that strand into your braid.

Have shoulder-length or shorter hair? Instead of pulling all the hair together to braid, just gather a small section on the top or side near the face, braid and secure with a pin or barrette.

Or, you could try a half up / half down style with braided sides instead of twisted as we mentioned above.


As you can see, there are countless ways to make these quick styles your own.

You may already have your favorite five-minute-or-less style, and now you have a little more inspiration to try a new one.  Next time you’re short on time, don’t let your hair suffer!


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