Here's How to Do 8 Easy On-The-Go Curly Hairstyles

Updated 04/26/19
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If you have curly hair, odds are you either embrace it wholeheartedly or wish to the hair gods that it was different. After all, curls are a blessing, but they’re not always easy to manage. That’s why we swept the blogosphere to put together these nine hair tutorials. Each of these curly hairstyles takes less than five minutes, yet they somehow produce chic, Pinterest-worthy results.

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Side-Swept Updo

This updo looks cool AF, but it’s actually ridiculously simple. Even better, it requires zero heat styling. (If you're looking for more heatless options, try these heatless styles for natural hair.)

1. Loosely pull your curls over to one section, letting a few strands fall free.

2. Bobby pin one side of your hair so your strands fall in the same direction. Loosely bobby pin the back of your hair.

3. Apply a dollop of curl defining cream to the front half. Try Living Proof's Nourishing Styling Cream ($28). That’s it! A chic, unique updo in less than three minutes.

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One-Minute Half-Up Hair

Don’t be fooled by how pretty this half-up hairstyle is. It takes just 60 seconds. 

1. If you’re starting with freshly washed hair, grab a curl-enhancing wave spray, like Ouidad’s Wave Create Sea Spray ($32). Scrunch through damp hair, then let air dry.

2. Part your hair where you naturally do. Then grab a small section of hair from either side of your head (toward the front at about eye level). Loosely twist these two sections to meet at the back of your head.

3. At the back of your head, place bobby pins on this section to hold your curls together. You'll probably need three or four. After securing your curls in place with a couple of bobby pins, you’re finished!

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Natural Fauxhawk

Here’s a genius hairstyle that only natural-haired beauties can pull off.

1. Start with air-dried hair. If it looks a little frizzy, no problem.

2. Part a section of hair right in front at your hairline. You’ll be parting two more sections to execute this look. Sectioning your hair into ponytails with tiny elastic bands will make this fauxhawk easier to slick back. 

3. Section off a middle section of hair from the top of each ear, and tie into a ponytail with an elastic.

4. Create a third section of hair in back, and tie off into a ponytail. Make sure to leave a very small section of hair loose in the very back. Your curls will probably hide each section, creating a true illusion of a mohawk. 

5. Take that leftover section and twist it up to the nape of your neck. Pin it there with a bobby pin.

6. Use a hair pick ($6) to create extra volume.

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Half-Up Crown Braid

You can totally wear this easy hairstyle to a summer wedding and pretend that you spent an hour on the look.

1. Take a small section of the top half of your hair from one side of your head. Leave your bottom half down.

2. Braid that section toward the back of your head in an upward direction. When you get to the back, secure the twist to your head with a bobby pin.

3. Repeat steps 1–2 on the other side of your head, and voilà! 

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Space Buns

This adorable style perfectly suits a summer party or festival. To make it even funkier, spray the buns with a wash-out hair color, like Joico's Instatint ($18). Watch a video tutorial of the style here

1. Part your hair into two even sections.

2. Brush one section up into a high ponytail, and secure with an elastic. Then repeat on the other side.

3. Divide each ponytail in half, then twist those two sections into a thick, messy twist. Coil each twist around the base into a bun. The buns don't have to be identical.

4. Use bobby pins to secure the buns to your head and adjust their shape.

5. Smooth down any flyaways with a styling gel, like EcoStyler's Olive Oil Styling Gel ($3). Mist all over with a spray hair oil for shine. Try One 'N Only's Argan Oil Spray Treatment ($10).

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Sky-High Ponytail

The beauty of this hairstyle is how easily you can dress it up or down depending on the event. Pair it with a bright lip and some overalls for a funky casual look. Or, go the evening route with a clean cat eye and an LBD. Either way, the style takes about three minutes to execute.

1. Gather your hair into an ultra-high ponytail at the crown of your head, and secure with an elastic.

2. Stick two or three vertical bobby pins on the underside of the ponytail to keep the elastic lifted.

3. To keep your curls nice and bouncy, enhance the ends with a curl-defining cream, like Hairstory’s Hair Balm ($36). You can also prep damp curls with this product if you plan to wash it before styling.

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Half Bun

Half buns somehow look good on every hair texture and length, which is probably why the trendy look hasn’t gone away.

1. Gather the hair above your ears into a high ponytail at the crown of your head.

2. Twist the ponytail around itself, then coil it toward the base until you have your bun. Use a few bobby pins to secure it to your head and pin down any rogue pieces of hair.

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Ponytail Illusion

It doesn't get much easier than this faux ponytail. This style is great, as it actually works better with unwashed hair. For a visual, you can also check out this video version of the tutorial (as well as three other easy styles for curly hair).

1. Grab sections of hair from below the nape of the neck, and pin them up to your head with bobby pins.

2. Repeat, section by section, until you've created the illusion of a ponytail.

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