I have had crazy long hair for most of my life, except the two times that I chopped it for Locks of Love. So, I’ve become somewhat of an expert (can I say that without sounding totally shallow??) of quick and easy styles that will hold up all day long. I can definitely say that with confidence, because my hair is super heavy and thick and these styles hold it all up really well.
This is what my hair normally looks like when I wake up in the morning: Minus the tan and hat. And the natural looking makeup. Anyways. I wash it every other night and let it air dry as I sleep, so it always has tons of waves and texture in the morning. On nights that I don’t wash it, I spray dry shampoo into it so that it’s distributed better as I sleep (just learned this one, and it really does work better). 85% of the time I’m running late in the morning and just throw it up into a messy bun, but when I take time to actually do it, it’s in one of these 4 hairstyles:
1. The sock bun
I haven’t exactly mastered the “correct” way to do the sock bun so it looks super neat, but mine looks like this (for the most part). It holds up great (my way to test its hold is shaking my head back and forth, and this baby barely moves). Here is a good tutorial; I usually do the messy bun.
2. The top knot
This is the best “I haven’t washed my hair in three days but you’d never know, would you?” hairstyle ever invented. Seriously, check it out.
3. Low french braid updo
Oh gosh, I just love this one. I’ve also started it up at the crown of my head and gone backwards, zigzagging it, and it looks great too. If your hair is slightly damp when you put it up in this, it holds even better, and gives you great waves when you take it down.
4. The fishtail braid
I just figured this one out this summer. My tip is to practice on other people first to get your bearings and then it’s super easy to do yourself. This is another one that works even better if your hair is wet. I fishtail braided my sisters hair when it was super wet and she was able to sleep in it and it still looked good the next day! This is an awesome tutorial.
And a few tips:
1. Dirty hair is best. The dirtier, the better. Like I said, I wash every other day, but I’ve gone as much as 4 days without washing, and my hair will spike in a mohawk at that point.
2. I swear by Suave Dry Shampoo (for awhile I was using Tresemme, but it was too chalky for my taste, plus Suave is something like $2.70 a bottle).
3. Go get yourself a pair of Goody’s Spin Pins. They are life changing if you’re like me and have to use 47 bobby pins to hold your bun up. Literally 2 Spin Pins are all that I use now. They are FANTASTIC.
4. I’m too cheap to buy one of the hair donuts that they recommend, so I commandeered one of the Fireman’s socks and cut the toe off of it and rolled it up. It’s really sturdy and doesn’t pull on my hair. I haven’t used the actual donut, so I don’t know if it works better…just my opinion.
Try one of these out today! Do you have any other easy styles that I can use? I’m always on the lookout for new ones!
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