Creating Cute Ponytails, Pigtails, & Buns

Put your hair up in a bun, drink some coffee and handle it.
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We all have those days. You know, the ones where you think you’ve gotten back into your back to school sleep routine, so you feel confident that staying up late to watch the season premiere of Modern Family won’t change your ability to wake up at six a.m. Except, you find yourself rolling out of bed at a quarter after seven rushing around the house getting ready, hoping you’ll make it to your eight a.m. class in time. We’re all human – things like this happen. It’s time’s like these that you don’t need to apply your extra-long falsies, or curl your hair to perfection. All you need to do is slather on some CC cream, throw your hair up, and make sure the lid is screwed on to your coffee mug tight because you’re about to slay the day.

A major miss conception about the term “throwing your hair up” is that the resulting hairstyle will be a major messy bun or sideways ponytail. But this isn’t always the case! There are plenty of other ways to quickly style your hair so that it looks fab. Whether you’re running late, or just like your hair out of your face, check out the mini tutorials below on how to create cute ponytails, pigtails, and buns in just a few moments!

Women with a stylish side ponytail

Double Twisted Side Ponytail
This pony is super stylish and beyond easy. All you need is a single hair elastic and maybe some hairspray if your hair is thin and tends to slide out of style throughout the day. Start by twisting the hair on one side of your head along the hairline. Keep twisting, grabbing more hair as you go along. Once your twisted hair reaches the back of your ear, use the elastic you have on hand to secure it. Now repeat the same twisting method on the other side of your head. Take the elastic out of the first twist and use it to secure the two twists together into a single ponytail.

Dutch Braid Ponytail
Who doesn’t love the charm of a loose Dutch braid? Not only are they cute, but we thank the style gods because they’re super easy! If you don’t already know how to do a Dutch braid, it may be wise to practice ahead of time, however, as we said they are very easy: it’s very much like a French braid, the only difference being that you cross the outer sections under the center section, instead of over. To create the Dutch braid ponytail, begin by taking a small section of hair a few inches above the ear and creating a side Dutch braid. Secure the end of the braid with a small elastic. Next, use your thumb and index finger to pinch and loosen the braid giving it a full, boho look. Then pull all of your hair (including the braid) to the center of the back of your head, and secure it with an elastic that matches the color of your locks.

Women with stylish pigtails.

Phish Tails
Some people say pigtails are just for children, we disagree! Rock a set of modern and mature pigtails by separating your hair into two sections. Then do a fishtail style braid into each pigtail. Once you’ve secured each pigtail with an elastic, use your fingers to loosen them up for a fuller look.

Braid -Up Bun
This super cute look takes no more than ten minutes and only a few hair accessories. Separate the top half of your hair as if you were going to do a half-up-half-down ponytail, but instead of a ponytail, you’re going to braid it. Secure the end of the braid with a small elastic, and loosen it just a bit with your fingers. Now wrap the braid like a cinnamon bun around itself. Once you can’t wrap anything more, use a few hair pins to secure your braided bun in place.

Overnight Waves and Curls

Women with beautiful curls

For decades now straight haired women have depended on curled styles to add a lavish touch to their style. Of course, the means of transforming straight hair to classy curls has evolved over the year, one thing has remained the same: curling a full head of head can be a pain in the you-know-what. As pretty as your curls look, let’s face it, either they don’t hold their bounce for more than an hour, or you have to use half a can of extra strong hold hairspray to make sure they hold. Although the curls held, your hair then hates you because of how dry it is. Oh, did we mention how long it takes a nonprofessional to curl an entire head of hair? No matter what method you use to do you it’s a fact that you must plan on spending at the very least thirty plus minutes to achieve a fully curled look. Not to mention, if you have long, thick hair, you can probably count getting ready as an arm workout.

While we could keep going on about the trials and tribulations of curling your hair, we are about to tell you that all your hair curling struggles can stop right now. There will be no more bathroom mirror arm workouts and definitely no more curse-word-worthy burns due to your faulty curler.

Women with beachy curls

For Loose Beachy Tresses:

  • Begin by washing and conditioning your hair as you normally do. Brush out all the tangles and use only a towel to absorb any moisture that your hair is holding on to.
  • Use a comb to separate your hair into three vertical sections. Use a small elastic to secure two of the three sections, as it’s much easier to control one section at a time.
  • Tightly French braid each section from the tepidity top to the very bottom. Secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.
  • To be sure that you wake up with completely dry tresses, lay a dry towel over your pillow. When you wake up in the morning gently use your fingers to loosen the braid, then add a few spritz of hairspray.

For Voluminous Curls:

  • Wash, condition, and comb your hair. Be sure that you do not use any sort of detangler or leave in conditioner.
  • Have t-shirt strips ready. If you haven’t yet made t-shirt strips, they’re easy: find an old cotton t-shirt and begin by chopping off the sleeves and the shoulder/neck portion. You should have a t-shirt material tube. Now, cut each side of the shirt from top to bottom so that the front and the back are two separate pieces. Not cut across the used-to-be  t-shirt starting at the hem, so that you have tons of 1 ½ to 2 ½ inch strips.
  • Gather a small section of your hair, placing the ends of your hair in the center of the t-shirt strip, so that you make a sort of T shape.
  • Now roll your hair around and over the fabric, the same way you would if it was a foam or ceramic hair roller. Keep rolling your hair all the way to the root. Your hair should be almost like a cup holder around a coffee mug – right enough to hold its place in the center with a few inches of fabric extending from each end.
  • Tie the ends of the fabric together (it seems that tying it as if you are double knotting shoe laces seems to hold the best and be the easiest to remove).
  • Continue to section off, wrap, and tie your hair until every last strand is secured.
  • Again, you can lay a dry towel over your pillow to help your hair dry through the night.
  • When you wake up in the morning untie the t-shirt material and watch as your hair falls into natural looking curls. Use your fingers to loosen up the roots and finish with a few spritz of hairspray.

Fixing Oily Roots

Woman massaging hair

Everyone has one of those friends who almost never has to wash their hair; you know, the friend who goes on and on about how they haven’t shampooed in four days and are worried that their hair looks flat, while you’re spraying dry shampoo into your washed-four-hours-ago hair like it’s nobody’s business.

If you’ve fallen a victim to oil roots, you’ve probably noticed the unfair vicious cycle that takes its course. Of course, you already know that the oils produced by the scalp are essential in keeping the hair follicle healthy, but when you feel that your roots getting too oily too fast, you’re urged to shampoo it all away. Sure, the shampoo rinses the oils down the drain, but it also dries the hair out, which in turn, causes it to produce more oils to remain healthy. How annoying, right? It’s like you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. If you wash your hair, it’s only going to get oilier in the long run, but if you don’t wash it’s still going to be oily in the present moment. The good news is you’re not alone. Tons of women battle greasy roots on a day-to-day basis, which means many women have tried to combat the oil. Below are some of the top oil-busting tips from women around the globe. It may take some trial and error to find out what works best for you, but will a little time and patience, you’ll figure out how to fix those oily roots in no time.

Oil Detox
You know that you’re not necessarily helping your hair by stripping it of its natural oils every morning, but there’s no way you’re going to leave for work with your hair looking like that. If dry shampoo isn’t your forte, you’ll love this simple anti-oil hair detox that is sure to leave your hair less oil ridden for the next day or two. Not only does it clear up grease and grime, but it also clears the scalp of dead skin cells, which could also be taking a toll on your sebum production. All you need to do is add 1 cup of water, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to an empty spray bottle and give it a good shake. Use this first thing when you get into the shower, being sure that every last strand of hair gets touched by the mixture. Use your fingers to work the mixture into your scalp, then rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual. Use the treatment two-to-three times per week and you’ll find yourself pleased with the difference.

Woman holding oatmeal

Oatmeal Treatment
Oatmeal is not only nourishing for the inside of your body, but it’s also beneficial for your hair too! It may sound funny (and even seem a bit strange at first) but an oatmeal hair mask is a great way to remove oils and calm the scalp. Simply prepare regular oatmeal, then apply it all over your hair and scalp, taking a few extra moments to massage it into the roots. After letting it sit for five-to-ten minutes, rinse it all out and wash your hair as usual. 

Medicine Cabinet Alcohol
Do you love the simplicity of dry shampoo, but hate the built-up feel or powdery look? If so, go grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol out of your medicine cabinet. Keep in mind, this won’t prevent your hair from over-producing oil, but it is an overly simple quick fix when you’re running late and need to get out the door. Simply saturate a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol, then lightly dab and pat it around the roots. Use your fingers to fluff up the hair and you’ll be good to go. While rubbing alcohol is a great quick fix, it’s not meant to on a regular basis.

Easy Hairstyles for Dirty Hair

There’s a common misconception about the finer points of advanced control for styling hair that produces unnecessary restrictions on many women for achieving a vast number of styles, and it has to do with how clean their hair is. It’s time to shine the light on this hair issue, for impressive styling power for the most wonderful, complex to simple hairstyles trending today. Because there is a suitable time frame (styling window) to work dirty hair looks without any negative smell-repelling effect on others, you can make it work for you. With avoiding ever having offensively dirty hair along with a little planning you can effectively time out your hairstyles by spacing your washing times.

Acceptable Time Spans for Washing
While freshly washed hair feels and smells wonderful, it’s at its least compliant state for gripping, volume and texture. By stalling your hair washing, you give time for your hair’s natural oils to show up to support styling in addition to protecting it from heat styling methods. The longer time span between washings will require you to use far fewer and less volume of your products, too. Generally, second-day hair is a “given” for confident style without offending, and in some cases, third and even fourth-day hair can be perfectly acceptable. Certain factors influence the state of your unwashed hair, like whether or not you’ve engaged in sweat-producing activities or the quality of environmental air your hair has been exposed to. Smokers need to wash their hair a lot more frequently whenever they will be around non-smokers, for a bunch of reasons, and another time, another story. If you’ve been using a lot of products to style your hair since its last washing, you’ll need to wash them out sooner.

Top knot hairdo

Dirty Hair Rocks These Styles
Any styles that depend on or call for added texture are the ones to create with dirty hair. Among your best go-to top trends are top knots, high, low and side buns, and all of those mesmerizing braiding effects. Remember, messy is good, so let it out. If you’re more of a neat freak, dry shampoo is fine to give you a cleaner feeling, and it will help add more texture and volume, too. Stay away from your hair’s roots, though. Updos like French twists can be taken to those impressive heights of the iconic 1960s fashionistas, and without nearly all that teasing–which will later require a huge time-absorbing detangling comb-out. Fishtail braids and those that wrap around the crown are improved when done dirty, as well as all those pulled out and spreading techniques for braids stay put with dirty hair.

Well-Planned Dirt Accumulation
Timing is essential, especially when you’ve got a special occasion in front of you. Just make sure you plan your hair washing so that you’ll have two to three days of no sweating, few products and general low hair activity before the big day or night. If you know you’ll be in a less than ideal environment smell-wise, protect your dirty hair by wearing a plastic shower cap while there. And if you simply cringe at the thought of going out in public with dirty hair, you can try putting your tresses up into a high ponytail, then forming it into a bun, and then covering that bun with a shower cap. Then, only wash and condition your roots. Towel-dry before removing the cap, bun and pony and air-dry or blow dry. The bottom line? Anything but greasy.

“Running Late” Hairstyles

The last thing you want to do when you are running late, is your hair. But your entire ensemble can feel incomplete and disheveled if your hair is not “done”! So what are your choices?? Sometimes, it can be worth that extra two minutes just to come up with a quick “do”, to NOT look unkempt. You’re already going to be late anyway, you may as well look good when you show up!

These are the quick and easy trends for “running late” hair that will keep you looking fashionably fabulous!

Stylish woman wearing a sleek ponytail.

The Sleek Ponytail
You cannot go wrong with a slicked back, tight ponytail. They are clean and easy, completing any look from casual to a little more dressy. Remember to always use either a fabric covered band to keep from breaking hair and a band that either matches your hair color or your outfit. Use a light wax or hairspray to keep the ponytail looking sleek and to keep frizzies at bay all day.

Woman with ponytail hair.

The Side Part Ponytail
The sleek style, but in a different location – part your hair on one side and slick it back into a low ponytail for a different look. Just as gorgeous and professional looking as the sleek ponytail, just a little more stylish. This is also a great style for anyone from the late at-home mom to the business woman on the go. Same rules apply, just keep it healthy!

Woman with braided hair.

Loose Braids
It’s the “I just rolled out of bed and threw my hair back into this old thing” look. Part your hair on one side (not down the middle) and loosely braid it, securing the end tightly with a fabric covered band. Pull pieces gently loose to avoid looking to “done”, then spray lightly with an aerosol hairspray to keep stray hairs in place.

Woman wearing baseball cap.

Baseball Cap
You can’t go wrong with a favorite sports team baseball cap and ponytail. For the more casual look, a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap actually LOOK put together. No one will ever know you were running too late to take a shower! Probably the easiest and most fun look, not to mention a great transition into that after school or after work game.

Woman with tousled bun hairstyle.

The Tousled Bun
Start with the slicked back ponytail or side parted ponytail, then wrap the ponytail hair around itself in a circular motion. Take a fabric covered ponytail holder and loosely wrap it twice around the bun. If pieces are sticking out here and there, all the better! The tousled bun is a sexy, yet simple look for all ages and styles.

Keep it simple, are words to live by when you are deciding on which “running late” hair do to go with!