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13 Casual Hairstyles For When You're In A Rush

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If you’re a boss babe who’s always on the go, we applaud you for staying on top of the grind. We know it’s not easy accomplishing a day's work while looking perfectly put together. That’s why we’re here to make things a little bit easier.

For those of you running from spin class to dinner with the girls, we’ve gathered our favorite casual hairstyles that are real saviors during rushed times. Equally convenient and chic, these looks will leave you with one less thing to worry about. No one will ever know you threw them together on your way out of the house!

Keep scrolling to read about casual hairstyles that use minimum effort but offer maximum benefits.


High Ponytail

On the days when you hit snooze button one too many times, put your hair into a high ponytail. It’s a timeless look that takes two minutes to create and gives you a natural facelift to mask your sleepy eyes.

If you’re looking to make it more unique, take a piece of your hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail so that it hides the elastic.


Space Buns

If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’s quick and easy but not your typical messy bun, try space buns. Inspired by our favorite sci-fi princess, this look has transformed from a Halloween costume to one of our go-to casual styles. It’s super wearable and doesn’t require any hassle to create. You’ll be out the door in minutes.

Slicked Chignon

We’re the first ones to admit that being an adult is hard. In the midst of our busy schedules, washing our hair is sometimes the last thing we think about. That’s why we love a slicked-back chignon, which hides any oiliness while still looking powerful and elegant. We recommend finishing your style with a specially formulated hair oil like Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolute Nourishing Protective Hair Oil.

Top Knot

It’s no secret that the top knot hairstyle is a crowd favorite. Whether you’re at the gym or on a date, it’s trendy and appropriate for any event. If you have a second to spare, try braiding your ponytail before putting it in a bun for extra brownie points.

Half Up Braid

We can all agree that intricate braids are beautiful, but can be very time-consuming. However, we found a compromise with this half up braided hair that’s simple to achieve and such an eye pleaser.

Take the same amount of hair you usually would when doing a traditional half up look. Instead of tying it into a regular ponytail, do a French braid. It takes your look up a notch without requiring much work. If you have an issue with hair that slips, try giving it a spritz of L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair spray.

Boho Chic

Are you nostalgic about festival season—warm weather, great music, and all your best outfits? Same here! We can still live out our festival dreams on a regular day at the office with this boho braid and loose waves. If you choose to do your waves with heat, we recommend styling them the night before so you can get some extra beauty sleep in the morning. Use a heat protectant like Mizani Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Hair Serum before styling.

Lived-In Messy Bun

If you’re someone who likes to wait until the absolute last second to wake up in the morning, you’re probably already familiar with a messy bun. It’s the definition of “I woke up like this,“ except you look effortlessly beautiful instead of like you missed your alarm.

To get that perfect messy texture, apply some of Mizani Lived-In Texture Creation Cream to your hair right before it goes up.

Side Twist

Despite the name, this hair look doesn’t require a lot of busywork to put together. The only thing you need is a couple of bobby pins for a side twist. Just take a piece of hair that’s on the side of your head, twist it, and secure it in place. The style sweeps the hair out of your face and adds a bit of panache to your everyday look.

Half Up Top Knot

If you’re anything like us, you love wearing your hair down. It’s a comforting security blanket that can make us feel super feminine. However, some mornings hair just refuses to cooperate. Instead of giving up and putting it up in a messy bun, we’ve found the best of both worlds: Take half of your hair up and out of your face, putting it into a top knot while leaving the rest of your hair loose.

Embellished Low Pony

We’ve all seen the hilarious meme that says “wherever my hair scrunchies are, I hope they’re happy.” Instead of worrying about losing yet another elastic, use one of your favorite necklaces! It’s a creative beauty hack that takes no extra effort.

Bobby Pins

Have you ever considered using a bobby pin to enhance your look? We usually hide them in our hair to secure our updos, but recently we’ve been giving this accessory its time to shine. Next time you’re doing a half up ‘do, make them visible. If you want to make it more festive, try picking different colors that will make your look pop.

Not Your Average Knot

If you’re someone who loves to experiment with different hair looks but don’t have much time on your hands, we got you covered. This look is easier than it sounds. Similar to how you tie your shoelaces, take two sections of hair, put one section on top of the other, then loop the top piece of hair under the other and pull. If you have thin hair, use a couple of bobby pins to keep it secured throughout the day.

‘80s Scrunchie

When it comes to beauty and fashion, it’s safe to say that history repeats itself. It’s been proven true with the resurrection of the ‘80s hair scrunchie and we’re here for it! It amps up your buns and ponytails without so much as lifting a finger.

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