Quick Hair Hacks When You’re Running Late

Whether you hit the snooze button one too many times and need to get ready for work in a hurry, or you are headed out for an evening with friends and are running late, you need to do something with your hair – and fast! Try one of these fool-proof hair hacks to get those unruly locks under control and say goodbye to bad hair days.

5-Minute Beachy Waves

Want those natural-looking, beachy waves, but don’t want to spend 30 minutes using a curling wand or straightening iron to get them? Have no fear. Try this easy method instead. Spray some texturizing spray on damp hair and then divide your hair in half. Twist each section away from the face, and then use your hair dryer to fully dry each twisted section. The result is undone, natural, “I woke up like this” hair that’s perfect for work or play.

Polished Ponytail

The ponytail is the tried-and-true standard when you are running late, but it doesn’t have to look like you just came in from a jog. Try a more polished version that looks like you put some effort into it. (Don’t worry, it’s super easy!) Prep your hair by using a volumizing dry shampoo to give roots a little lift. Then gather your hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Remember low ponytails are more professional-looking, where high ones are more fun and flirty. Take a one-inch section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the elastic – you may be able to wrap it around several times. Tuck the remaining hair under the ponytail and secure with a couple of bobby pins. Run a smoothing or shining serum over your ponytail to give it that finishing touch.

Fun & Messy Bun

Buns don’t have to be tight and fussy. The messy bun is a trend that will probably never go away. It’s fast, easy, and fun. Heck, you could do it in your car at a stop light! (Don’t try it while driving though.) Simply flip your head upside down and pull your hair into a loose ponytail. You can put it as high or low as you like, but typically this style is done on the top of the head. Twist the hair down the length of the ponytail, coil the twisted hair around the base, then secure with an elastic and some bobby pins if necessary. Feel free to leave the tail end out, pull out some face-framing strands, and tug at the bun a bit to “fluff it up.” Remember, this is a MESSY bun, you don’t want it to be perfect.

Easy Updo

An easy updo gives you a glam look in seconds and just two easy steps. One: Divide your hair into two sections and wind those sections around each other. Two: Take your twisted rope of hair and roll it into a doughnut shape at the nape of your neck. Secure in place with bobby pins and gently pull the style to make it look thicker. Boom! You’re gorgeous!


So, the next time you are running late, give one of these quick hair hacks a try. You won’t be disappointed.


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