I'll admit that I am totally useless at doing my hair. While I can just about handle a curling wand, I am yet to master a proper blow-dry, and when it comes to actual hairstyles, I'll either wear it down (exciting) or in a topknot. However, we are all spending a lot of time at home lately, so I thought I should seize the opportunity to step outside my hair comfort zone and try something new. In fact, I called upon Adam Reed, UK editorial ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel, to lend me his expertise when it comes to finding the best easy hairstyles that we'll all want to re-create right now.
Yes, jumbo braids and supersize fringes might be trending for spring/summer 2021, but if you're looking for basic hairstyles that you can actually do yourself, then look no further. From ponytails to slicked-back strands, here are 22 of the best easy hairstyles to try at home.
There is something undeniably chic about a basic ponytail. Whether they're worn low with an oversize scrunchie or high on the head as a nod to the '90s (one of the biggest hair trends for spring/summer 2021, FYI), ponytails are possibly the easiest hairstyle to master at home, and they look great, too.
If you're ready to shake things up a little, then "bubble-braid ponytails are not only super versatile for third-day hair but also incredibly low-maintenance," says Reed.
"Pull hair into a high, mid, or low ponytail, pulling out any baby hairs at the front if you want a more relaxed look. Take another hairband and tie it a couple of inches further down your ponytail. Using your fingers, tease the space between the first hairband and the second to loosen into a bubble shape. Continue this down the length of hair, teasing each bubble to the shape you’d like and leaving a chunk of hair loose at the end for a modern look."
"I love a simple plait with texture as a really quick and achievable yet stylish look," says Reed. I couldn't agree more. A basic three-strand plait takes seconds to do at home, but you'll look like you've made way more effort. Reed recommends "running a styling primer through the hair… to encourage body."
"The signature bun can be an easy way to wear hair that nods to a professional look if you want to feel more polished for an important call," advises Reed. Use a comb to "sleek [strands] into a tight bun at the crown of the head" for an instantly pulled-together look.
This might be the easiest hairstyle of all time, but I've noticed all of the fashion girls tucking the ends of their hair into their collars, and it looks so cool. If you have longer hair, then it's a brilliant way to create a faux bob in two seconds flat. Honestly, I'm a little bit obsessed with how stylish it looks.