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Picture this: your alarm goes off and you simply don’t have the energy to hop in the shower and deal with hot tools, so you press snooze and rely on your trusty messy bun. While we love a good messy bun as much as the next girl, when it comes to looking presentable with minimal effort, it might be time to switch up your signature loop-swoop-and-pull for a more intricate hairstyle. Have five to 10 extra minutes to put into your fuss-free morning routine? If you do, try updating your lazy look with any of the buns below for an instant style boost this fall.
Want to rock an extra girly, ultra-cute hairstyle? This super-simple bow bun will tie your whole look together.
What you’ll need:
Boar bristle brush
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Smooth your hair into a high ponytail. Run your boar bristle brush from your hairline back to your crown, as well as from the nape of your neck up to your crown. Once all your hair is smoothed, use your hair tie to secure a high pony.
Step 2: Create an octopus bun. Flip your bun in half and loop your hair tie one more time to create an octopus bun with your ends hanging out.
Step 3: Split your bun in half. Do this right down the middle and pull each side down to the coordinating side of your head.
Step 4: Gather your octopus ends and pull them through the center of your bun to create the middle section of your bow. Pin your ends in place at the back of your bun, making sure that the ends of your pins aren’t sticking out.
Step 5: Finish with hairspray. Spray your hairstyle with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold to help keep it in place.
Forget about your go-to messy bun in favor of this super-sweet bun hairstyle.
Fine tooth comb
Step 1: Smooth your hair into a high ponytail. Use a fine tooth comb to smooth out and lumps and bumps before tying your ponytail off with a hair tie.
Step 2: Spray and tease your pony. Spray your ponytail with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray and use a fine tooth comb to brush your hair down towards your hair tie to create volume and a slightly rougher finish.
Step 3: Spin your cotton candy. Gently twist your messy teased pony into a bun and pin it in place making sure that none of your pins are sticking out.
Step 4: Finish with hairspray. A quick spritz of hairspray will help lock your sweet ‘do in place.
One of the best ways to style day-two hair is with braids. So, instead of a super-quick messy bun, try this intricate braided bun for a fun update to your lazy girl autumn look.
Rat tail comb
Clear mini elastics
Step 1: Part your hair down the middle. Drag the tail-end of your comb down the middle of your head to equally part your hair.
Step 2: Dutch braid each side of your hair. Starting at your hairline and moving straight back, weave inverted braids on each side of your part. Make sure to keep your braids focused at the top of your head, instead of down around the sides. Once you reach your ends, tie your braids off with clear mini elastics. Gently pull apart your braids starting at your ends and working your way up to your hairline. Once you reach the top of your head, pull mainly towards your part so as to not create a wider appearance on the side of your head.
Step 3: Create a messy bun. Wrap your two fluffy braids around each other and pin them in place to create a messy woven bun. Pull out a few strands here and there to make it look a bit more effortless.
Step 4: Finish with hairspray. A quick spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray will help your braids stay woven throughout all your autumn activities.
Make an impression as you walk out of every room with this fun, flipped braided bun.
Clear mini elastic
Step 1: Refresh your hair. Spritz the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo onto oily roots before styling your hair.
Step 2: Flip your head and begin braiding. To create your upside down braid, flip your head over, and grab a section of hair at the base of your neck. Split this section of hair into three strands and begin weaving your Dutch braid, adding new hair as you go all the way up to the crown of your head. Once you reach your crown, tie your braid off with a clear mini elastic. Fluff up your braid before moving on to your next step.
Step 3: Create a high ponytail. Next, smooth all of your hair back into a high ponytail with your boar bristle brush. Combine this hair with the ends of your upside-down braid and tie it all together with a hair tie.
Step 4: Spin, wrap, and pin. Spin your hair into a twist, wrap it around the base of your ponytail and pin it in place to create your bun.
Step 5: Finish with hair spray. Spritz your hairstyle with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray.
Rock a hairstyle that looks as good as a fresh hot pretzel tastes. This twisty, turny ‘do is perfect for the girls who want a bit more style with hardly any extra work.
Mini clear elastic
Step 1: Use a shine spray. Pretzels look especially delicious when they’re freshly baked and still glistening with butter. Let your hairstyle mimic this tasty treat by spraying your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist.
Step 2: Smooth your hair into a low side ponytail. Use your hands instead of a brush so that it will look more effortless. Tie your pony off with a hair tie.
Step 3: Create a rope braid. Split your ponytail into two sections. Twist each section and then spin them together in the opposite direction. Tie your rope braid off with a clear mini elastic. Gently piece your rope apart for an extra voluminous pony.
Step 4: Twist your braid into a bun. Pin it in place once it looks just right.
Step 5: Finish with hairspray. Apply a spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold here and there and you’ll be good.
If you’re like us, you’re a total sucker for fishtail braids. There’s just something about the extra intricate weave that leaves us swooning. While this hairstyle is a little more complicated than the others on our list, we happen to think the end result is well worth it.
Step 1: Comb your hair. There’s nothing worse than trying to create an intricately woven hairstyle only to come in contact with a few pesky knots. For this reason, make sure your hair is completely detangled before moving on to the next step. Once your hair is perfectly smooth, brush it straight back.
Step 2: Tease your hair. Starting with a small front section around your hairline, hold your hair in the air and comb down towards your scalp to create volume by teasing. Continue this process all the way back to your crown in small sections. Feel free to spray the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold as you go so that you can create a little extra hold at the beginning of your styling process.
Step 3: Smooth the top surface of hair. After you’ve created the appearance of volume, gently run your boar bristle brush over the outermost layer of hair to create a smooth finish to conceal any rat nest-like volume.
Step 4: Pull your hair into a medium ponytail. To make it look a bit more effortless, pull a few face-framing strands out, as well as along the nape of your neck before securing your pony with a hair tie.
Step 5: Divide and conquer your fishtail braids. Split your ponytail into two equal sections and weave a fishtail braid with each one. Instead of waiting until the end to fluff up your braid, gently pull them apart as you go. The bigger your braids, the better, as they will spin together to create an extra-full bun.
Step 6: Wrap your bun. Spin your braids around each other and pin them in place to create ultimate #hairgoals in the form of a seriously pretty woven bun.
Easy peasy and extra-pretty, too. This simple flipped braided bun is an update to one of your childhood faves, making it perfect for your 9-5.
Step 1: Tie your hair into a loose low ponytail. Wrap your hair tie once or twice to create a loose but secure low pony.
Step 2: Flip your pony. Just like when you were a little girl, flip your pony through the space above your hair tie to create an inverted look.
Step 3: Braid your ends. Weave a simple three strand braid down to your ends. Secure it with a clear mini elastic and fluff it up a bit for a more voluminous look.
Step 4: Wrap your braid through. Pull your braid up through the space above your hair tie and pin it in place on the underside of your pony. Make sure that your bobby pins are hidden from view and voila! Told you it was easy!
Now that you know how to update your everyday bun, check out our article, 8 Easy Ponytail Hairstyles, to add even more looks to your hair repertoire.