We’ve all been there: less then 24 hours to go until the event and you still have no idea what to do with your hair. A classic dilemma, but one which can be avoided if you plan ahead. Here are 16 simple and elegant hairstyles that require little time to complete and are easy to do by yourself next time you have an emergency:
1. The Messy Side Bun
Start with curly hair and a deep side part. Take all of the hair and gently tie it together on the opposite side of the part. Finally, take a couple of hair strands around your head, curl again and let them hang loose.
2. The High Bun
For this hairstyle you will need a hair donut or something similar. Create a ponytail where you want the bun to be and slide the donut onto the end of the ponytail. Then roll downwards until you reach the scalp. Pin in place and you’re done!
3. The Braided Bun
Start with a braid in the approximate place where you want your bun to be. Then roll it around itself in a bun shape and pin as you go. Fluff and pull on the braided bun once its done to obtain maximum volume.
4. The Braided Crown
Start a Dutch braid (an inverted French braid) right above the ear. Move along the hairline and keep incorporating hair as you go. When there’s no extra hair left to add, just continue Dutch braiding the remaining hair. Wrap this braid around your head and pin the ends.
5. The Wrapped Ponytail
Some of these elegant hairstyles don’t even need instructions, they’re that easy. Just pick a placement and make a regular ponytail. Then wrap and pin a strand of hair along the base and you’re good to go.
6. The High Ponytail
To get the look, tease the hair at the crown and let a few loose strands to conveniently frame the face. Tie the ponytail, but make sure not to flatten the part you’ve teased. Lastly, curl the ends for a glamorous finish.
7. Sleek And Straight
This is such a clean and polished look! Just remember to apply heat protectant all over before you straighten the hair. If you have time for an extra-step, twist and pin the front for an even more glamorous look.
8. Loose Waves
What a sexy hairstyle! All you have to do is curl the hair with a curling wand or straightener. When finished, gently separate the curls with your fingers and run your fingers a few times through the hair. Finish off with hairspray.
9. Side Swept Glam Curls
Use a curling wand with a big barrel to obtain large curls. Separate them carefully with your fingers. Then simply gather all the hair on one side and pin at the back to prevent it from slipping to the other side.
10. Old Hollywood Curls
Again, curl all the hair using a large curling iron. Don’t let the curls unfold once you’re done. Instead, pin them to your head and let them cool naturally. Then unpin and gently brush the hair to get the look.
11. Old Hollywood Half Up-Do
This is in fact a twist on the “Old Hollywood Curls” style above, designed to get the hair out of your face. Follow the same steps as above. After you’re finished, pin the hair at the crown up and away.
12. Half Up, Half Down Curly Up-Do
Start by curling all the hair away from the face. Once you’re done, tease the hair at the top and form a small beehive. Pull the front sections of the hair towards the back and pin or tie in place.
13. Half Up, Half Down With Braids
Out of all the elegant hairstyles, this one must be the most relaxed. Start by braiding random sections of hair. Don’t worry if some end up being messier than others. Pull the top part of your hair to one side and fix with a decorative pin.
14. Side Braid
A large side braid looks fantastic with a strapless dress. Tease the top section of your hair of you feel like it or just start braiding and skip this step. Chose a fishtail braid if you wish to have a lots of texture.
15. Messy Side Braid
Tease the hair before you start, then gather hair to one side and start braiding. Pull the braid as you go, even if some pieces will pop out completely – this is the look we’re going for. Pair with smoky eyes for maximum contrast.
16. The Fauxhawk
Start by teasing the front section of your hair then gently start a Dutch braid (an inverted French braid), incorporating hair as you go. Make sure the sides are completely slicked back. Finish the braid, then pull it from both sides to obtain as much texture as possible.
Knowing how to do even a few of these hairstyles will make your decision a lot easier the next time you’ll be standing in front of a mirror, wondering what to pick. Which one of these would you wear to an event? Let us know below…