I like to think that I have my pre-work routine down to a fine art. My alarm goes off and I snooze it precisely twice before heading downstairs to make a cup of tea (a totally non-negotiable part of my morning regimen) and spend a few too many minutes partaking in a mindless social-media scroll.
After a quick shower (no hair wash because that is a lengthy task which can only be undertaken at night), I pull on my outfit and get started on my makeup—my favourite part of the morning. I usually allow myself 15 minutes to do my face, which gives me time to consider if I've got any new products that need testing out and to take selfies of the finished look if it's something that I'm trialling for a feature.
My hair, however, is an afterthought. At this point, I normally have less than five minutes until I need to leave the house, and I'll still need to brush my teeth, get my handbag together and make my hair look presentable. No prizes for guessing which thing gets scrapped. On an ideal day, I'll spritz in dry shampoo and run the curling tongs over the top layer to add some definition. On a less-than-ideal day, my hair is getting pulled into the kind of topknot usually reserved for when you wash your face at night.
So I decided I needed some help in the form of some quick but cool hairstyles that are genuinely achievable when you're short on time.
Luckily the fashion girls of Instagram really delivered. My criteria for inclusion? The hairstyle needs to look good (obviously), be suitable for standard working environments (from shop floors to corporate offices) and take less than five minutes to do at home (notice there are no complicated braids here). Keep scrolling for the 15 best quick but cool hairstyles for when you're in a total rush before work.
Buns always look cool, but opting for a high topknot like Alyssa looks you've put in a little more effort in before work.
Part topknot, part down 'do. ASOS Syana's braided hairstyle is ready for business.
Transform a basic centre-parted style by layering up some simple hair clips on each side of your parting like Freddie.
When you've got an important meeting or presentation, embrace the high ponytail like ASOS Lesley. It's a serious power move.
A low pony and a headband allow Nina Sandbech to win the quick, cool-hairstyle game.
There's something so chic about a simple low ponytail like Jessica's that you'd never know it took just seconds to create.
Betty proves that ponytails can be anything but boring by stacking up multiple hairbands for this creative layered look.
Not only does Claire's high pony give off major cool-girl vibes, but it's also the perfect way to show off your natural hair texture without wearing your hair down.