No lights, no problem! Loadshedding-friendly hairstyles

Lights out? Don’t stress! We’ve got you covered… in the hair department, anyways. The electricity cutting out just as you’re getting ready to leave the house can be a stressful situation, especially if you’re going to work or a special occasion. But the good news is, there are plenty hairstyles you can do – no heat-styling tools required! Keep scrolling for our loadshedding hairstyle survival guide.


Must-try loadshedding hairstyles



Slicked back ponytail

 loadshedding hairstyle: girl with long curly black hair, wearing it tied up into a sleek ponytail with a green bandana tied around the hairband
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One of our all-time favourites, the slicked-back ponytail is a hairstyle that will look amazing for any occasion. End even better, it only takes five minutes to create, tops!

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To get the best out of this loadshedding look, you’ll need to keep away all flyaways. We recommend you use a wet-look gel or hairspray like the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray to keep your hair neat and slick all day long.


French braid

 loadshedding hairstyle: girl with medium-length copper hair, braided into a french plait
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The French braid is a classic that’s perfect for medium to long hair. This loadshedding look is a bit more advanced, so if you need some help getting it right, check out our tutorial here.


Natural curls

woman with medium-length naturally curly hair
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Sometimes the best thing to do is just to let the natural curls loose.

A wash and go can be the perfect loadshedding hairstyle, but you’ll need the right products to keep your curls looking their best. The Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is our top recommendation for this.



loadshedding hairstyles: woman with a medium-sized natural 4c afro, wearing a white jacket with a hood
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This loadshedding hairstyle inspo is basically the same as the previous: show off your natural tresses. And if you don’t have time for twist-outs and all the rest, that’s okay: shrinkage is normal and beautiful. Add on some curl cream and a bit of gel, and simply embrace the look.


Ponytail with a scrunchie

back-shot of a girl with straight, light brown hair tied up into a ponytail with a pastel pink scrunchie
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If you’re really low on time, go ahead and throw your hair up into a ponytail. Zhoosh it up with a scrunchie and voila, you’ve got a practical and pretty loadshedding hairstyle in seconds.


Half-done ponytail

loadshedding hairstyles: woman with straight black hair, tied into a half-looped ponytail
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For a relaxed loadshedding look, don’t fully loop your hair through the scrunchie when you’re creating your ponytail.


Headband hairstyle

loadshedding hairstyles: woman with locs, tied up and wrapped with a bright red headband
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Head wraps and headband hairstyles are great fail-safe hairstyles, especially when loadshedding hits. Put your hair up into a bun, ponytail or high puff and finish the look with a wide, colourful headband.


Put a bow on it

girl with long blonde hair, with a black polka dot bow clipped onto her hair
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We always say, accessories are game changers. Experiment with different accessories you have at home, like this polka-dotted bow.


Sectioned puff

loadshedding hairstyles: girl with natural 4c hair, tied up into a puff with two flat twists at the front hairline
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Why do a normal high puff when you can elevate it with some cute accents? This loadshedding look features two pieces of hair secured at the front hairline and incorporated into the puff.



woman wearing a wide-brimmed hat
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If all else fails, pop on a hat! Whether you go for a wide-brimmed hat, like in this image, or a pageboy cap, a bucket hat… you can wear whichever suits your style, there are so many options!

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