When you don’t have a lot of skill with hair, it can seem daunting to try and get into the DIY beauty spirit. But not every hairstyle requires a dozen steps and years of practice. You can do a surprising number of hairstyles with just the basic knowledge of hair you probably already have. These DIY hairstyles only take a few minutes, so you don’t have to stress out when you wake up a little late.
The bow bun is the perfect example of a hairstyle that looks complicated but really isn’t. Gather your hair up into a bun at the crown of your head with the ends of the hair toward your face. Split the bun in half and pin it down. Loop the ends of your hair over and pin it behind the bow you’ve created. It’s cute and much simpler than it looks.
The messy bun is a five-minute style that works best on hair you haven’t washed for two or three days, so it’s perfect for early mornings. All you have to do is pull your hair up where you want the bun, then start twisting it one direction or the other. Let it curl around itself, then secure it with a hair elastic and some bobby pins. Pull the edges of the bun out for some additional volume.
The side braid is an age-old hairstyle that nonetheless looks much more elegant than the amount of time you have to put into it. Brush your hair to the side, making sure to comb down any flyaways. Then braid your hair as you normally would. If you want to make it a little more fancy, you can add some smaller braids across your head, which you can then work into the rest of your braid.
Make a ponytail toward the crown of your head using a ponytail holder the same color as your hair. Separate one piece of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail holder, making it less obvious; pin the piece of hair underneath your ponytail. Then braid the rest of the ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
The braid crown, sometimes referred to as “milkmaid braids,” is a pretty easy way for people with long hair to get their hair up and out of the way while also providing a simple and elegant style. Separate your hair down the center and braid each side. Pull the two braids up and over your head, layering one on top of the other. Pin the edges underneath each braid. This is a great one to decorate with flowers.
There are lots of ways to get the “beachy waves” look, but perhaps none so simple as this. Spray your hair with heat protectant and put it into two or three braids. Use a flat iron to go down the hair, applying heat for no more than a few seconds. Undo the braids and brush the curls out with your fingers for perfectly imperfect curls.
Do you want to really make a statement? Look no further than this slightly vintage party-ready hair. Part your hair to the left side. On the opposite side, gather a section of hair from the front and hold it in your right hand. Hold the end of a rat-tail comb on top of your hair, then wrap the hair all the way over it. Bobby pin it in place and remove the comb.
This is one of the best styles for medium-to-long lengths when you want to look more elegant than you feel. It’s extremely simple: take some hair from your hairline just above your ear, then braid it all the way down. Do the same on the other side. Take the two braids and tie them together with an elastic. That’s all there is to it.
There are plenty of DIY hairstyles that really don’t require a lot of effort. As long as you’re willing to put in a little bit of creativity, you can go just about anywhere even if you don’t have a lot of experience. But if you’ve got something big coming up, it might be useful to have that expertise behind you. That’s when you need an expert stylist from an Ogle School salon to get your hair right for your big day.