10 Hair Looks You Can Do in Less Than 30 Seconds

Updated 04/17/19
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Treasures and Travels

It's certainly helpful to know how to put yourself together quickly when you're crunched for time—for example, when you overslept and your morning meeting starts in 25 minutes. But on the other hand, do you really have to devote an hour to your hair even on those mornings when you have to time to spare?

Instead, consider rotating any of these gorgeous hairstyles—all of which take about half a minute to put together—into your daily routine, and hit the snooze button without any of the usual guilt. Click through to unlock a much more manageable (and prettier!) morning routine.

quick and easy hairstyles: The Undone Half-Bun
Anouk Yve

The Undone Half-Bun

The half-bun remains beloved not just because it's cool or quick—it also works for all kinds of hair textures and lengths. Case in point: these lovely curls. Throw it back and let the loose waves fall where they may. 

quick and easy hairstyles: the half pony

The Half-Pony

Even short-haired gals can get in on this action—in fact, a half-up 'do looks extra cool on your cropped strands. Our only tip is to use an elastic with extra grip, as shorter locks are more likely to slip free. 

quick and easy hairstyles: the headband
Lauren Zaser

The Delicate Headband

Thought headbands were reserved for long locks? This ultra-pretty look should convince you otherwise. Channel this 'do with ASOS' delicate pearl headband (£8).

quick and easy hairstyles: bobby pins
Treasures and Travels

The Bobby Pin Freestyle

We (and uh, the rest of Pinterest) love this triangular look, but it's just one of countless ways to get inventive with bobby pins

quick and easy hairstyles: The Looped Low Bun

The Looped Low Bun

After seeing countless iterations of this effortless style on the runways every fashion month, we actually went ahead and timed it ourselves (because professional stylists have a tendency to make everything look easy). The verdict? About eight seconds to catwalk cool. 

quick and easy hairstyles: The Hair-Wrapped Ponytail
Le Fashion

The Hair-Wrapped Ponytail

This ponytail style never fails to impress, because people don't realize it's deceptively easy. Once you've tied your pony back into an elastic, just wrap a small section of hair around it and secure with a bobby pin. 

quick and easy hairstyles: The Leather-Wrapped Ponytail
Nasty Gal

The Leather-Wrapped Ponytail

Or, skip your own hair and add a little edge with a Leather Ponytail Wrap (£9) like this one instead.

quick and easy hairstyles: The Pineapple

The Pineapple

Not only is this a great way to keep your curls intact, but it also makes for a funky 'do. (See Rihanna.)

quick and easy hairstyles: The side pin
Elle France

The Side Pin

No matter your length, try pinning just one side back with a pretty barrette. 

quick and easy hairstyles: The Slick-Back

The Slick-Back

For those mornings when a shower is non-negotiable but you don't have time to blow-dry, work a little bit of Oribe's Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse (£36) through your roots and comb your hair back with your fingers. 

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