Between work meetings, school parents' evening and that party you'd forgotten about, taking time to style your hair drops down the priority list rapidly. But just because your schedule is bursting doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your coif. These quick yet stylish hairstyles can be done in less than 10 minutes and are guaranteed to work as hard as you do.
1. The sleek ponytail - 10 minutes
Far from being boring, the humble ponytail can now be seen on the most fashionable of people. However, there are some tricks that will transform it from a scruffy afterthought into a chic statement. Firstly, use a deep conditioning treatment like Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Repair & Protect. Once dried straight, divide the hair into a back and front section. Tie the back section up into a high ponytail with an elastic. With the front section, add some texturizing spray and brush to create lift then secure this on top of the original ponytail with another elastic to make one pony. Finally, take a thin section of hair from the base of the ponytail and wrap around to conceal the band, securing with a grip underneath.
2. Braided crown - 5 minutes
Braids are perfect for the mom on the go. Simply part your hair down the middle and spray a volume booster like Pantene Nature Care Fullness Life Root Lift Mist. Then take half of your hair and separate into three sections. Start a French braid from behind your ear by braiding the three sections, drawing in more of the hair with each twist, and guiding it down towards the back of the head. Secure with an elastic and repeat on the other side. Wrap the braids over at the back of the head to create a crown and secure the ends under the opposite braid using grips. Finish with a light dusting of hairspray.
3. Simple side bun - 2 minutes
You have less than five minutes to be dressed, ready and out the door, so a simple side bun is the solution. The beauty of this style is you can make it messy or polished to match your mood. Simply take a small section of hair from the crown of your head - work the roots with a comb to give it some volume - then blend it back into the rest of your hair. Sweep all your hair into a low side ponytail, being careful not to take away the volume you've created. Twist your pony into a bun and then pin it in place. Keep sleek or tease out the bun for a more relaxed look.
4. The triple braided bun - 10 minutes
This impressive, triple-braided bun up-do is ideal to take you from the office to drinks, and even novice braiders will be able to do it with ease. Scoop the top half of your hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic band. Braid the hair and tie with another elastic before twisting the braid into a bun, keeping it in place with some grips. Then divide the rest of your hair horizontally into two sections, and repeat with each section so you end up with three pretty braided buns in a vertical line.
5. The topknot twist - 2 minutes
The simple topknot is a versatile hairstyle every busy mum should have in her repertoire. Whether your hair is long or mid-length, the topknot can be adapted to be super sleek or relaxed and messy, and takes a matter of moments to do. Brush your hair and pull into a high ponytail. Next, create a loop with the ponytail and pull the ends through, pulling it tight. Wrap the length of the hair around an elastic band and secure in place with grips. Use a smoothing serum like Pantene to keep any flyaway hairs in place.
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