Releasing the hair tie is the first step.
We all have our hairstyle crutches. For some of us, it’s that two-minute top knot or a who-cares-whatever-direction-my-hair-might-fall messy bun, while others are clinging onto ponytail hairstyles. While there’s nothing wrong with a one-style life, we also think that you might be missing out on some new looks. To help you out, we’re sharing seven totally different hairstyles that will challenge you to try out something different on your hair every single day—yes, like Monday through Sunday.
Read on to check out these no ponytail hairstyle ideas that are sure to help you step outside of your self-inflicted hairstyling box:
7 Day No Ponytail Hairstyle Challenge
Let’s start with something slow and steady, shall we? The blowout is one of our favorite sleek hairstyles that is bringing women in droves to their local blow-dry bars. To achieve this look, wash and condition your hair like you normally would, then let your hair air-dry until it’s about 90 percent dry. When ready, detangle and brush your hair, then spritz your hair with a heat protectant like Nexxus Promend Heat Protecting Mist.
Divide your hair into workable sections as you brush down with a round brush, rolling out and bringing it away from your crown. Repeat this several times until you achieve your desired sleekness. Make your way onto the next section until your hair is sleek and blow-out ready.
2. Crown Braid
Considered one of the superstars of festival season, the crown braid is one of our favorite no ponytail hairstyles. This style also gets your hair out of your face while offering a trendier look. We are digging this thicker, crown braid hairstyle tutorial that actually starts out as a ponytail. Bonus: This style rocks on second-day hair.
3. Twisted Bangs
This style is all about creating depth to your hair. We love this messy, twisted style, as seen at the Jenny Packham show, that taps into a romantic hairstyle that’s also super edgy and feminine.
4. Space Buns
This playful hairstyle has been giving us some serious ’90s vibes that we have been loving. Try this look on a half-up space bun hairstyle, or garner some inspiration from some of our favorite space bun looks that you can easily try out on your hair.
5. Flipped Hair
We’ve heard this a zillion times: You don’t have time to do your hair. But what if you don’t need that much time to create a runway-worthy no ponytail hairstyle? Ah, there’s the rub! This look is the perfect post-blowout, as it allows you to create a slight wave with a curling iron. Your second-day hair may require some dry shampoo, like Dove Detox and Purify Dry Shampoo, as you loop a small section of your hair into the curling iron. Loop your hair around the barrel and release. Repeat this process until you achieve the right amount of wave.
6. Slight Slicked-Back Hair
So chic and so easy, the slicked-back hair trend has definitely been on our radar for a no ponytail hairstyle. What we love about this look is how it subtly takes your hair away from your face—without any greasy vibes. To achieve, apply some gel, like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel to the base of your hair as you work it down towards your ends. Use a comb or brush to smooth back your hair even further, and you’re done!
7. Bubble Pony
You’re almost there, and by now you’re probably admiring your new hairstylin’ skills, but also craving your beloved hair tie. Let’s meet in the middle with this cool bubble ponytail that combines the classic look with a modern iteration. This style is all about creating a low ponytail that follows five to eight subsequent ponytails. Check out our full bubble pony tutorial so that you can master this look and add another ponytail option to your repertoire.