An easy hairstyle is a must in any busy working woman's repertoire. Partly because we don't have time to spend 20-plus minutes meticulously styling our hair in the morning. Sure, you can leave your hair to hang loose, but if you've woken up with hair that looks like it has spent the night battling with your pillow, a chic, simple, ponytail, a quick bun or even adding the simplest of hair accessory can elevate your look. Then there are those very occasional days when we're shot from sleep to stress in seconds on realising we've snoozed right through our alarm and have to be out the door in minutes. Rushing from the confines of our cosy bed into the cold hard light of day is tough, so in this instance an easy hairstyle is essential.
You see, a quick twist-and-pin or some such tweak can make you look pulled together (when you feel anything but) so only you, your bed and your alarm know what went down. No one needs to be any the wiser. Keep scrolling for nine easy hairstyles for you to get on lockdown.
THE ON-SHOW KIRBY GRIPS
It took us years (and many scalp-scrapes) to master the art of the hidden kirby grip, but it seems all that practice was in vain, as showing off your hair pins can enough to make a basic hairstyle a whole lot more interesting. Try these pastel-tone hair slides (£4) from Urban Outfitters.
THE MODERN VICTORY ROLL
This contemporary take on a vintage-inspired victory roll looks amazing on natural-textured hair. Divide the front section of hair into two, and twist before crossing them over the front of the head and pinning in place.
THE HABERDASHER'S RIBBON
Save any ribbon from Christmas or birthdays and you'll have countless options to use to elevate a quick and easy ponytail or plait. This hairstyle will take minutes, but it looks incredible. We also love using ribbon in lieu of an Alice band to keep hair out of the face at the gym.
THE SECTIONED PONYTAIL
It can be hard to know what to do with super-long hair, but get inspired by this futuristic sectioned ponytail. It'll look as though you spent hours getting ready when in reality you did it on the bus to work and it took two minutes.
We've already discussed how handy pineapple hair can be when trying to dry curly hair overnight, but the technique makes for a pretty good hairstyle too. Pull individual curls out to make the whole thing a little more dishevelled.
THE HALF-HEARTED TOP KNOT
If you're trying to disguise greasy roots in between wash days, try twirling the top half of hair into a high bun like this half-up, half-down style that looks great on all hair textures.
THE HAIR SCARF
A great use for any headscarves you have lying around or if you fancy a new one, we love this one by Mango. Simply tie around the base of a ponytail, and leave the ends hanging. This works equally well with long lengths of ribbon.
This nonchalant hair knot looks great on shoulder-length hair. Re-create it by securing hair into a low pony, but on the final wrap of the hairband, pull the hair only halfway through. You can always use a section of hair to cover the base of the ponytail, too.
THE SLOUCHY PONY
The meeting point between an updo and having your hair down, simply secure your ponytail halfway down. What's so great about this look is the wispy texture. Try Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish (£22) to re-create the feel.
Want something more extreme? Try these hair colour ideas for when you want to transform your look completely.