5 Easy ways to do your hair in under 5 minutes

Just because you're short on time doesn't mean you have to be short on style. 

With the demands of everyday life often pulling us in all different directions, more and more of us are left with limited time in the mornings to work on our appearance. But the good news is, there are lots of easy ways to do your hair, even if you only have 5 minutes to spare!

Let’s be honest, we’ve all experienced that moment when we’ve hit snooze button far to many times and woken up in a state of panic. But with our list of 5 easy hairstyles that you can do in just 5 minutes (or less!), you won’t have to settle for an unwanted bedhead look ever again!

5 Quick ways to do your hair


Ways to do your hair: ballerina bun
Easy ways to do your hair: Ballerina bun. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Ballerina bun

The ballerina bun has been a year-round hair staple for as long as we can remember – and with good reason, too. It’s practical, chic and uber versatile, as well as lending itself to all manner of occasions. This simple updo provides you with a quick, easy and super effective hair solution that looks just as good in the office as it does after-hours.

A sleek ballerina bun is also a great way to keep your hair off your face and neck when the temperature rises. Just remember to spritz your hair with a strong-hold hairspray, like the VO5 Classic Ultimate Hold Hairspray(400ml, £3.29*), to keep flyaways at bay all day long.

Ways to do your hair: high ponytail
Easy ways to do your hair: High ponytail.

High pony

Sleek, stylish and simple, a classic high ponytail may be one of the easiest ways to do your hair, but it’s also a high-impact look that’s certainly made itself known this season.

With its bold personality and universal appeal, a high pony slicked back off your face is perfect for keeping your hair neat and tidy from 9-5. But most importantly, it’ll take you less than 5 minutes to create in the morning. Bonus!

To get that super slick finish, spray a healthy dose of a shine-boosting hairspray, such as the TRESemmé Runway Collection Get Sleek Creation Hairspray(£5.99*), for a lovely polished look!

Ways to do your hair: braided ponytail
Easy ways to do your hair: Braided ponytail.

Braided pony

Inspired by various bohemian trends that have taken this season by storm, achieving a braided pony is definitely not as complicated as it looks. Just take your pick from a classic three-strand plait, a pretty French or a cool fishtail braid!

Tip: If you’ve got thinner hair and want to give your braid a little extra volume, all you have to do is gently tug at the braid to loosen it out, et voila!: a beautiful braided pony with plenty of oomph!

Ways to do your hair: add waves
Easy ways to do your hair: Wavy bob.

Wavy bob

If you have short hair, then you’ll know that waking up and leaving the house with undone locks is simply not an option. But, by adding some light curls or waves to your tresses, you can disguise that annoying bedhead hair – or, rather, make it look intentional.

Simply curling a few sections of your hair – approximately half an inch in width – can add instant shape, texture and thickness to your existing style. To boost the volume of this look (as well as inject some gorgeous natural-looking textures), try scrunching in some Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray  for effortlessly tousled locks!

Ways to do your hair: accessorise your hair with a bandana
Easy ways to do your hair: Accessorise!

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

If you’ve been left with minimal time on your hands in the morning and didn’t even have a spare 5 minutes to wash your hair as planned, then accessorising with a bandana, colourful scarf or a pretty headband may well be the ideal way to hide all your hair sins! It’ll help detract from and hide any greasy roots, while also working to complement those weird kinky textures you’ve woken up with – win-win, right?


Don’t have any accessories on hand? Well, surely you at least have bobby pins. In which case, all is not lost. Check out these super cool looks you can create with seemingly basic kirby grips here!

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