While I delight in taking my time with a good skincare routine at the end of a long day, I've made no secret of the fact that I consider dealing with my hair an altogether more boring chore. From washing it to styling it, I'll do everything in my power to reduce the amount of time that I spend on my strands each day to the bare minimum. (Hence my intense love of dry shampoo for extending the number of days I can go between washes.)
Similarly, whether it's getting ready for work or meeting friends at the weekend, I'm only interested in the quickest and easiest hairstyles for my hair. Sure, braids might look cool, but I just don't have have the patience for an updo that requires a YouTube tutorial and another pair of hands to re-create it at home. Luckily, though, there's one hairstyle having something of a renaissance recently—and it genuinely only takes two minutes to do at home. And with everyone from Sophie Turner to Thandie Newton stepping out in it recently, it's safe to say I've been converted to its classic charm.
The hairstyle in question is, of course, the humble ponytail. Worn high or low, straight or curly, it always looks good—and, best of all, requires basically no skill to do at home. All you need is a hairbrush and a hairband and you can be ready and out the door in moments. I'm sold. If you've yet to be converted, keep scrolling for 21 celebrities and fashion girls with the best ponytail hairstyles to copy right now.
How cute is Sophie Turner's preppy ponytail? Backcomb yours at the roots to add '60s-inspired texture at the crown of your hair.
Don't just reserve your ponytail for in-between hair wash days or lazy Sundays. Make like Thandie and embrace the glamour of the pony for party season too.
Take a leaf out of Syana's book and go for the higher, the better when it comes to your at-home ponytail styling.
Experiment with your ponytail partings for different effects. I love Olivia Munn's sleek, centre-parted style here.
How low can you go? Stephanie's cool-girl ponytail would take more like 30 seconds to do at home—just scoop it all back and add a scrunchie.
Use a big-barrelled curling tong to add soft waves to your ponytail to replicate Laura Harrier's glamorous style.
I love how Claire has wrapped one of her braids around her hairband to disguise the elastic and create a layered effect.
Bey is embracing a "more is more" approach for an anything but basic ponytail here. Braids and ringlet curls make for quite the statement.
If you don't like your ponytail feeling too polished, then pull a few strands free around the front of your face like Eva to soften the look.
There's literally not a hair out of place on Lily's high-shine ponytail. Use a shine spray or hair serum before brushing your hair into place for similar luminosity.
I love this cute, colourful layered hairband effect that Betty has created to keep her ponytail in place.