You come back home after a long day of classes or work with plans of spending the rest of the evening engaging in some hair-care, self-care time. You already slipped into your favourite fluffy bathrobe and have begun to detangle your hair in preparation for your weekly co-wash. Then out of the blue, your best friend calls up with tickets to the opening for that hot new club downtown. You stare at your fingers still caught in your hair and sigh.
There are some days you want to look cute and put together without having to start your hair preparation process the night before. Whether you are low on time or experience or energy, some days you just don’t want to spend an entire hour trying to come up with a complex style to put your natural hair into. Here’s where these lovely styles come in. The following styles are quick, easy to do and will have you out of the house before you can say taxi.
1. The Front Pump and Pull-Back
This can be achieved by taking the front centre section of your hair and creating a sort of pin-up like pouf at the front your hair. In order to create this look, the first thing you need to do is take the front centre section of your hair and set it apart with an elastic band. Then you pull the rest of your hair back with either a large elastic band or a pair of tights tied together to pull the rest of your hair. Then take the front centre section, twist it around and tuck it back into your tights or elastic band, thereby creating a pump or poof in the front your hair. Feel free to pull the twisted section down to stabilize the look.
2. The Pineapple
This is a really easy style that requires the large elastic band previously mentioned or tights to achieve. To achieve the look, first of all fluff out your fro, to achieve maximum volume. Then put the band over your head and starting from your edges pull the band upwards focusing on the back, so as to create a smooth back and pulling the curly parts of your fro upwards so that all of your curls are at the top of your head.
3. Knotted Scarf-Updo
This is when you create a style similar to that of the pineapple but instead of using an elastic band to smooth the back of your hair, you use a scarf to create an appearance of a flat back to your hair to pull your curls up into an updo and then creating a knotted bow with the ends of the scarf in the front of your hair.
4. Pony Side-bangs
This is similar to the front pump and pull-back style in that you start off by separating the front centre section from the rest of your hair. Then all you have to do is pack your hair to the back of your head with an elastic band into a ponytail/ puff at the back of your head. Then you take the front section and pin it to the side to create the look of side-bangs.
5. Up-do bun
This can be achieved by pulling up your hair up with a large elastic band or pair of tights to move your hair up and to move your curls to the top of your head. Then tie the hair and then tuck your hair around and under the band at the top of your head so as to create the illusion of a perfect, rounded bun.
So let me know what you think. What are your favourite styles to do when you are in a hurry? How many of these have you tried (if any) in the past? Let me know what you think in the comments below.