I don’t know about y’all, but when it comes to my hair, my motto is almost always, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” Seriously though — with work, school, or just day-to-day duties (plus the time we allow for social media scrolling) who has hours to spend on their hair? Not me, that’s for sure. But sometimes, you just want your hair to look nice and styled. And fortunately, getting a fly hairstyle together doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming for that matter. In fact, there are several easy-peasy hairstyles anyone can master, depending on their hair type. To prove it, we tapped the pros to get the real tea on their favorite easy hairstyles. Whether your hair is stick-straight, or you’re rocking a head full of flourishing kinks, there are options that are as easy to execute as they are gorgeous. Get excited: Your at-home styling sessions just got way easier.
Jessica Biel: Beach Waves
For straight and fine-haired folks, hairstylist Tippi Shorter recommends amping up the texture and creating super quick, “lived-in” beach waves, like the style Jessica Biel is sporting here. “Create beach waves in five minutes by separating your hair into four sections [and] twirling one section in your fingers until it is twisted close to the scalp,” she says. “Using a medium-heat flatiron, press the iron on the twirled-up hair, hitting each section for five seconds each. [Then] unwind and use a light hair spray to hold the waves.”
Meghan Markle: Wispy Low Bun
If anyone knows that there are a million ways to rock a bun, it’s the Duchess of Sussex herself, Meghan Markle. For a look like hers, part your hair down the middle and gather it into a very loose bun. Pull out two small sections from each side of your face, wind them loosely around a curling iron for a few seconds (directing the curl away from your face), and release.
Jennnifer Lopez: “Bronx Baddie” Half Updo
Shorter says that half-updosise a great way to play with curls and turn up the volume. “Using a light pomade on hands, smooth curls from ear to ear loosely to the crown area,” she explains. “[Then] take a small section of hair from the back and wrap it around the gathered hair many times and secure with a bobby pin,” she says, adding that you can also use a light oil to smooth through the hair and further enhance your curls. Add some extra swag to your look by laying down your baby hairs at the temples.
Teyonah Parris: Front Twist
If you’ve blown out your kinks and curls and want to switch up the style a bit, you can try a front twist like Teyonah Parris is rocking here. For this, Shorter suggests creating a deep side part and incorporating a braid or twist for a fun and simple accent. “[You can] create a cornrow braid and secure the end, [then] tuck the end under the hair that’s left out and use fingers to gently backcomb the hair that’s out for maximum volume and fun,” she explains. If you’re not up for a full-blown cornrow, Teyonah’s simple flat twist is a good substitute.
Lucy Hale: Half-Up, Half-Down
There’s a reason why the half-up, half-down hairstyle has been around for ages: it’s as straightforward as it gets. To get Lucy Hale’s look, part your hair down the middle, leave a small section out from each side of your face, and bring the rest together with a small clip. Want to take it up a notch? Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, hairstylist and owner of Takisha Studio in Brooklyn, New York, notes to use a 1-inch curling iron to add subtle waves (try the Sylkstyler one from Hai Beauty Concepts) to your hair before putting it up.