10 beginner friendly simple hairstyles that just about anyone can do

Beth | 05 July 2017

Meet the hairstyles you can actually do!


Experimenting with innovative hairstyles is one of our favourite things to do, but we understand that if you’re new to styling game then trying out unfamiliar looks can be a little intimidating. However, there really is nothing to be afraid of, because there are a whole load of creative yet simple hairstyles that even a rookie can master!

So, whether you’re a styling enthusiast or a total newbie to the world of hair, if you’re ready to escape your hair rut and try something new, give one of these looks a try!

10 simple hairstyles to shake up your hair wardrobe


woman with strawberry blonde ginger hair with braided bangs
Take your look from blah to beautiful with braided bangs! Credit: @hairbykendle

1. Braided bangs

Rolled out of bed late but still want to look like you’ve got your life together? Braided bangs will do just the trick!

Adding a touch of detail to any hairstyle, they’re intricate enough to make it look like you’ve made a real effort, but quick and easy enough to do in a matter of minutes. Credit: @hairbykendle

blonde woman sitting in front of a swimming pool with her hair in a half up fishtail braid
Channel Ariel vibes with this pretty fishtail style. Credit: @thegoodhairday

2. Half-up fishtail braid

Want to make the most of your length without your locks weighing you down? Princess-worthy fishtail braids are all over social media and while you might assume they’re too tricky for us normal folk to master, they’re actually one of our go-to simple hairstyles!

Want to give this half-up fishtail braid a try? Click to discover our step-by-step guide to achieving the look, here! Credit: @thegoodhairday

woman with pink hair in a half up space buns hairstyle
Wild on top, boho underneath! Credit: @style.hair_beauty

3. Half-up space buns

If you’re after a unique style to show off your personality, consider this quirky half-up space bun look! Combining the ’90s-inspired trend with relaxed beachy waves, this ‘do would be great for festivals, gigs, parties and so many other occasions! Credit: @style.hair_beauty

brunette woman with her hair in a loose side braid
Sideswept styles are cute and easier than you’d think! Credit: @makeup120956

4. Side braid

You really can’t beat a classic side braid. But don’t worry if you’re not a braiding whizz, as even regular 3-strand braids can look chic. How, we hear you ask? Well, the key is pancaking (no, not those kind of pancakes!).

After you’ve finished creating your braid, use your thumb and index finger to gently pull on either side of your braid to give it a thicker, fuller appearance. Et voila, instant Pinterest-worthy hair! Credit: @makeup120956

instagrammer kayla phillips with her brunette hair in a messy bun with bangs
Messy buns are a girl’s best friend! Credit: @imkaylaphillips

5. Messy bun

Ah, the messy bun. One of the most universally loved simple hairstyles, we can’t help but go back to it time and time again. Finding out how to achieve your own perfectly-imperfect messy bun will be a process of trial and error, but generally the messier the better!

Oh and don’t forget to free some pieces of hair around your jawline for a feminine, face-framing effect. Credit: @imkaylaphillips

brunette woman wearing a white floral dress with her hair in a milkmaid braid
Fancy trying an updo? This milkmaid braid is great for beginners! Credit: @rachelmurr

6. Milkmaid braid

Thought milkmaid braids were best left to the professionals? Well, we’ve discovered a cheat method that makes achieving the look 100x easier!

All you have to do is work your locks into 2 braids, cross them over on top of your head and secure in place with bobby pins. Whether you’re off to a family wedding or a day date, it’s a great one to whip up when you’re out to impress!

Editor’s tip: You’ll want your updo to last, so make sure to give it a quick spray with the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray for a look that stays put all day! Credit: @rachelmurr

blonde woman with her hair in a low twisted ponytail
Ponytails have been dubbed the standout hairstyle of AW17! Credit: @ileanany

7. Twisted ponytail

For an everyday look with a difference, why not give this ultra-pretty twisted ponytail a go? Neat enough to get you through the 9-5, but also classy enough for post-work drinks, it’s a look every girl should have up her sleeve! Credit: @ileanany

brunette girl with her hair in space buns with boho cuff hair accessories
Spruce up your space buns! Credit: @pacificopaljewelry

8. Space buns

Okay, so we’ve already delivered you a stunning half-up space bun look, but now it’s time for the original. Space buns are one of our favourite simple hairstyles to come out of 2017, but if you’re already over the hype, we’ve got just the thing to rekindle your love for the style!

Adding bun cuffs, like this Instagrammer, will immediately take your mini buns to fashionable new heights and give your look a more boho, Coachella feel. Credit: @pacificopaljewelry

woman with blonde brown hair in a twisted half updo hairstyle
This Princess-worthy look has prom hair written all over it! Credit: @dapperinaday

9. Twisted half-up

Looking for girly simple hairstyles for a wedding or prom? This twisted half-up, half-down style is uber romantic and anyone can do it!

To make it extra special, why not try adding some floral accessories or hair jewellery into the twists? Credit: @dapperinaday

brunette model with a long rope braid ponytail
2-minute rope braids are great for work or play! Credit: @hairbyeloise

10. Rope braid

Loved by stars from Nina Dobrev to Shay Mitchell, rope braids are a red carpet favourite. However, we bet you didn’t know that they’re also one of the most straightforward hairstyles around, did you?

Created by dividing your ponytail into 2 and twisting the strands around each other, it’s about as easy as simple hairstyles can get! To give your look a polished sheen, finish off with a spritz of a gloss-enhancing spray, like the Toni&Guy Finishing Shine Spray. Credit: @hairbyeloise


If you do try any of these hairstyles, don’t forget to tweet us a selfie over at @AllThingsHairUK – we love seeing how you recreate the looks! And for plenty more where this came from, hop on over to our Easy & Quick Hairstyles page, now !