Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles you can wear every day

Mitch | 03 January 2019

Who says you can’t look cute when you’re a daily commuter? Here are easy hairstyle ideas to try for your next commute!

A morning commute to school or work (or anywhere else, really) is the easiest way to lose your composure (not to mention your patience). By the time you get to your destination, your clothes are crumpled, your makeup has melted, and your hair looks like it just survived a zombie apocalypse. Good luck keeping a hairstyle fancy after that 45-minute jeepney ride.

But who says you can’t look cute when you’re a daily commuter? Here are easy commuter-friendly hairstyles you can try. It does’t matter if you’re getting around by train, by bus, or by jeep—whatever hair havoc they cause, we’re sure it’s nothing a little hair flip can’t fix.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles to consider

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with black hair in a messy bun wearing striped shirt outdoors
No need to worry about messing up your hair when you have a messy bun to begin with.

A cute messy bun

Navigating the MRT crowd will definitely mess your hair, so might as well embrace the mess and rock a cute messy bun. As soon as you get the tangles out of your hair, ditch the comb and pull your hair up, running your fingers through it as you go along. Make sure it’s loose and imperfect, with a few strands falling on the sides of your face to frame your features. It may be messy but it’s totally cute.

Sunsilk Smooth and Manageable Shampoo

Editor’s Tip: Wash your hair with a great shampoo and conditioner combo with lasting fragrance like Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Shampoo and Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Conditioner. These products will help you conceal the smell of pollution and sweat in your hair when you commute, with its fresh floral scent that we’re sure you (and everybody else in smelling proximity) will love.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Blonde woman with a bun and bandanna wearing a white blouse outdoors
This updo with bandanna will definitely guard your hair against mess. Credit: Raquel Brust

Bandanna updo

Do a cute Rosie the Riveter ‘do and put your hair in an updo with a nice bandanna wrapped around your head. It keeps the hair away from your neck and face and the bandanna actually protects your hair and keeps it from getting completely messed up.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with black hair in double bun wearing a black jacket outdoors
With your hair in space buns, you’ll still look cute when you get down from the bus.

Double buns

Here’s another ‘do that you can play around with. If you like a relaxed, laidback vibe, place your buns on each side of your head, just above the nape of your neck. And if you’re after a cool girl look, you can place your buns up top. High or low, keep your buns in place by spritzing hairspray on them. The MRT crowd can get wild, and your hairstyle needs all the help it can get if you want them to survive the railway jungle.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Asian woman with long black hair in boxer braid wearing a blue sweater outdoors
Feel presko during a hot, sweaty commute with a neat boxer braid.

Boxer braid

The boxer braid hairstyle is one of our favorite work-out ‘dos. With your daily commute feeling more and more like an intense session at the gym, we feel like this style will actually work perfectly for a commuter cutie like you.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with black hair in double Dutch braid
Headed straight to a meeting after a nasty commute? This hairstyle got you covered.

Double Dutch braid bun

For a more charming version of the regular boxer braids, you can bring together the ends of both of your braids and secure with a bobby pin to form a U-shape at the back of your head. You can choose to do a super sleek and polished look, or you can do it chic and messy by loosening a few strands of hair to frame your face.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Asian woman with long dark tousled hair wearing a dark blue blouse and denim pants outdoors
Tousled hair is naturally messy and imperfect, so you don’t have to worry about it when commuting.

Tousled hair

The key to not looking overwhelmed by your morning commute are hairstyles that are not too polished. Tousled hair gives you a natural, laidback look. Even if your hair gets a little messy through the commute, just comb it with your fingers and it goes back to looking perfectly imperfect. It’s also ideal for when you want to show off your pretty hair instead of pulling it up into a bun.

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Editor’s Tip: Spritz TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray on your hair to give it texture and body. This product also defines and separates the strands for a natural, tousled movement.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Asian woman with long black hair in a side ponytail wearing a dark blue off-shoulder top
Make your hair jeepney ride-proof by putting it in a side ponytail.

Side ponytail

With a side ponytail, you no longer have to worry about your hair getting blown by the wind when you take the jeepney. This hairstyle is also a great alternative to ponytails. It can even make you look extra girly and dainty for the day. To make it more polished, wrap a small section of hair around your elastic and secure with a bobby pin.

TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops

Editor’s tip: Keep frizz at bay by applying TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops when you’re done putting your hair in a side ponytail.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with long black hair in a ballerina bun wearing a blue shirt
This pretty, commuter-friendly hairstyle can literally take you places.

Ballerina Bun

Put your hair up in a ballerina bun so it does not get easily squished by the commuter crowd. It’s also perfect for commuting during the summer so you stay cool and fresh despite the scorching heat. 

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: A brunette woman with her hair in a low bun
Commute-friendly hairstyle: low bun. Credit: iStock

Low bun

You can also do a low bun for a low-maintenance look. Another great thing about this hairstyle is how easy it is to re-style. If it gets messy, you can re-do it in the elevator on your way up to your floor.`

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Asian woman with long black hair in a Dutch braid wearing a white blouse
Put your long hair in a Dutch braid to keep it in place during a stressful commute.

Single Dutch braid

Braids are fun and feminine, and the best part? They’re not very easy to mess up. There are several types of braid that you can choose from, and the Dutch braid is one of the easiest braids that can survive your daily commute.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Asian woman with long black hair in a high ponytail wearing a pink blouse
You’ll never go wrong with a neat high ponytail, whatever the occasion.

High ponytail

Fail-proof hairstyle, you say? A good ‘ol classic ponytail will get you through the day. It’s the easiest solution to hairstyle woes. While it will get messy when you’re in a huge sea of people, trying to push your way to the train, it’s super easy to fix. And if you get bored with the look by lunch break, you can easily switch it up from a high to a low ponytail, or go from a loose ponytail to one that’s sleek and polished.

Easy commuter-friendly hairstyles: Side view of an Asian woman with long dark hair in a low ponytail wearing a white blouse
Jazz up your low ponytail with a cute hair tie.

Sleek and low ponytail

A sleek, low ponytail, held tightly by an elastic and a little bit of hairspray is harder to mess up than a regular ponytail. Best thing about it? It’s a sexy hairstyle that can easily take your look from commute to work to a night-out with your girls.

TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Keep your ponytail in place with TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray. It’s a winner!

So which of these easy commuter-friendly hairstyles will you be rocking next? No matter what ‘do you choose, it will keep you looking chic and poised.

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