Easy hairstyles for cool-girl hair

Woke up with zero time? We’ve got you covered.

There’s only so many times you can get away with throwing your hair up into a messy topknot to switch up your look from office to night out. Good thing is, there’s a whole bunch of easy hairstyles out there just waiting for you to sink your hands into them.

And the best part is, you can have short, medium or long hair. Because we’ve found an easy hairstyle for every length. In fact, we’ve found several. So, whether you’re having a bad hair day or simply didn’t get around to washing it the night before, we’ve got the perfect style for you.

Our Beauty and Style Director Lisa Oxenham created 6 unique looks that work for different hair types and styles to give you cool girl hair in a flash.

Keep scrolling to find out our pick of the easiest ways to update your hairstyle for the new season…

The easiest way to create beachy waves

Easy hairstyles wave

A perennial favourite for cool girl hair is the classic beachy wave. It’s so easy to style and works on all hair textures, except very curly hair. To create it yourself prep hair with Batiste Shield My Locks Heat Protecting Spray and wrap a 1-inch section round a wide barreled tong. You want it to look random and not too done so don’t tong in front of the mirror, this will help stop it looking symmetrical. Next, use your fingers to tease through the lengths of the hair to soften and secure in a low pony at the nape of the neck. Finish by wrapping with a flat length of gross grain ribbon and gently pulling out face framing fly aways. Spritz with Batiste Stylist Hold Me Hairspray for lightweight hold that doesn’t feel sticky but still manages to keep your hair in place all day.

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The easiest way to make a ponytail look cool

Easy hairstyles ponytail

The new breed of low ponytail is this season’s easy must-wear look. Reworked with a root lift and rought texture ‘it’s impossible not to love this style,’ says Mark Francome Painter. ‘It’s flattering on everyone and any hair length.’ And the best bit? ‘This ponytail takes the same amount of time to perfect as a regular one.’ Francome Painter recommends working with second-day hair and avoiding product overload. ‘You want to give strands guts, but still keep the look soft,’ he says. Massage roots in need of density and texture with Batiste XXL Plumping Powder for an instant thickening effect and leave locks to air dry for that fluffy finish. Then, blast Batiste Dry Shampoo through the crown for more volume. Next, make a centre parting and gather hair loosely at the nape of the neck, letting some strands fall out around the face. ‘Fastening the ponytail with something understated like a leather swatch gives attitude, while pulling out strands creates nonchalance,’ he explains. Secure with a hairband first before wrapping your chosen material around it until the bank is covered. Finish with a spritz of Batiste Stylist XXL Ooomph My Locks Volume Spray.

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now: Batiste XXL Oomph My Locks Volume Spray for £4.29 from Boots

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The easiest way to manage curly hair

Easy hairstyles curly

One hairstylist bringing frizz, curls and fly-aways to the red carpet is Mark Francome Painter, using Batiste. ‘Texture like this creates a halo to frame the face and soften features,’ he says. ‘If your hair is already frizz-prone or curly, this is simply enhancing what you already have. Wake up with crazy hair, mattify oily roots and go with it!’ Hairstylist Mark Francome Painter created this airy look on flat hair by first dividing it into small sections with a pintail comb, then wrapping each section around a hair pin in a number eight motion, misting with a heat protector spray like Show Beauty Thermal Protect and then clamping tight with flat irons to lock in the shape. Once cooled, he unwound the hair, brushed it out and bulked up the volume with Batiste Boost It Up Plumping Powder, and a spritz of the range’s Dry Shampoo. ‘Use your fingertips to rub both products into strands to really frizz out the texture,’ advises Francome Painter.

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now: Batiste Dry Shampoo for £4.99 from Boots

The easiest way to add texture

Easy hairstyles

This texture mash-up style is wet and wild and we can’t get enough of it. ‘This is the type of look that Instagram becomes obsessed with – an amped-up style using knots instead of plaits,’ says Francome Painter. Hair needs to be healthy, so start by using a mask, such as Maria Nila True Soft Masque then divide damp hair into a side-parting and spritz the lengths with GHD Smooth & Finish Serum. Take hold of two medium-thick sections and create a double or single knot as you move down the hair, picking up sections while you work around the crown. ‘This gives the illusion of braided texture, but is much quicker,’ he explains. Soften the style by pulling strands out at the temples and forehead. Keep in place using a lasting hold spray. Try Sachajuan Strong Hold Hairspray.

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The easiest way to style wet look hair

Easy hairstyles sleek

Inspired by the SS18 runways, slicked back, shiny hair that catches the light is gaining popularity. ‘It’s a striking but simple style, and new product technology means hair stays soft rather than crunchy and sticky,’ says Francome Painter. The prerequisite? Start with clean, conditioned tresses and forget about a 12-step tutorial – this doesn’t involve a ton of products, just beautiful basics. To keep the look as sleek as possible, smooth with System Professional Luxe Oil, then blow-dry it back. Apply Schwarzkopf Got2b Glued Spiking Glue and comb through for an off the face, cool finish. A lightweight spray such as Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray, adds hold that still lets you run your fingers through it.

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The easiest way to rock an up-do

Easy hairstyles bun

An uncomplicated wet-look bun has become a Hollywood staple, on or off duty. The key to achieving the sleek and neat finish is to use a natural bristle brush when you’re pulling your hair into a bun at the back of your head. Francome Painter’s trick to making the wet-look wearable is to use, ‘flexible mousse, oil and hairspray.’ He says, ‘apply Pureology Clean Volume Weightless Mousse to damn hair and comb back tightly into a ponytail at the crown, Smooth your pony with Hask Argan Oil Repairing Shine Oil all the way to the ends, braid it and wrap into a ballet bun.’ If you’re thinning around the hairline, ‘Toppik Hair Building Fibers will fake full hair instantly.

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now: Pureology Clean Volume Weightless Mousse for £15.70 from Look Fantastic

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now: Hask Argan Oil Repairing Shine Oil for £1.65 from Superdrug

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now: Toppik Hair Building Fibers for £15.96 from Amazon

January Issue shoot team credits: Styling and beauty direction Lisa Oxenham, Photographer Jason Hetherington, Hair stylist Mark Francome Painter at CLM, Makeup by Mel Arter at CLM, Model Grace Anderson at Premier Model Management

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