It’s hard to beat a good ponytail when it comes to easy up styles but let’s be honest, there comes a time when a ponytail just won’t cut it. To give credit where credit is due, the classic ponytail has always worked hard to please the diversity of its crowd. These days there’s the high ponytail, low ponytail, embellished ponytail, scraped back, ‘I haven’t washed my hair all week’ ponytail. Ariana Grande uses her ponytail to express her mood after all. The power of the ponytail clearly should never be underestimated. Except sometimes, it’s all just a little too predictable and with party season knocking on our door, there’s no better time to get experimenting with your updo of choice. It’s the perfect way to show off your outfit without compromising on the overall look and makes for plenty of opportunities to bring out the statement jewellery. Plus some of these updos take less than five minutes which means less time fussing over your hair and more time feeling and looking fabulous.
The Crown Braid
No longer are braids reserved for primary school days lone gone by. The last few seasons have seen braids in all shapes and forms sweep the social media scene and the catwalks alike. Hair salons have even gone so far as hiring braid specialists to satisfy the demand for plaited hairstyles. The crown braid is by no means as difficult as it looks. Your only downfall will be flyaway strands of hair but so long as you have a smoothing cream on hand, you’ll be fine. We recommend John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Agent Touch-Up Crème (£5.99 at Boots).
Deconstructed Top Knot
Take things down a notch from the otherwise intense top knot style, making things a little more interesting by leaving a few strands hanging. Leave ends loose but keep the look slick with bobby pins and hairspray.
The Tousled Chignon
No longer will you be scraping your hair into a harsh ponytail next time you’re trying to hide unwashed hair. The tousled chignon is the perfect style to for the morning after a big event or you know, the next time you sleep in. Pull your hair into a low, loose bun before pulling a few face-framing strands from the bun and running a pair of hair tongs through the loose ends. Et voilà – all of the French girl vibes within a mere five minutes.
Combine two of the up-styles listed above and introduce this braided chignon to your hairstyles portfolio. Separate your hair into two sections before braiding your hair towards your neck. Use a bobby pin to secure hair at the end of the braid before french plaiting the remainder of the hair and using texture spray to distress the plaits slightly. Repeat this on the other side of your hair before taking each braid and tying them around each other, like you would a shoe lace. Complete the look by pinning the braids to the top of your head wherever you’d like the style to end.