There seems to be some cruel rule that ensures our hair only ever looks good when we have absolutely zero appointments on our calendar. And on days when we really, really need it to look its best, knots, twists and flips suddenly appear from thin air, and styling it can feel like such a behemoth of a task that we usually give up after five minutes (okay, 30 seconds). For mornings when you stare at your hair and think Why?!, the 10 hairstyles ahead are here to save the day. Whether it's the morning after a wild night out (or in—don’t underestimate our ability to consume copious amounts of wine while watching Queer Eye), these hairstyles will guarantee your hair looks polished for any occasion.
When time doesn't allow for a full wash and blow-dry in the morning, fake the look of clean hair by pulling a handful of Ouai Curl Jelly (£22) through strands from root to tip and allowing it to stay damp-looking all day. Perfect if your hair is already saturated in three days' worth of product.
Ramp up a standard-issue low-slung ponytail by wrapping a length of leather around its base. Or, switch for ribbon, rope or cord—whatever you have lying around, basically.
Own the bedhead look by spritzing the lengths with Murdock London Sea Salt Spray (£24) and using your fingers to rake it all over to one side.
Can't be bothered to cleanse those greasy roots? Don't blame you. So just hide them with a statement hairband. ASOS has plenty.
Okay, so its time to accept your hair isn't going to be the focal point of your look today. Instead of fighting that fact, tie it back into that failsafe messy bun and add a statement earring to trick the eye into thinking you tried hard this morning.
Despite what the beauty industry tries to tell you, flyaways and frizz are not meant to be fought—simply embrace them. Tie hair back into a pony and let it do its thing.
Kirby grips are your friend, people. Rather than burrowing it deep into the hair, wear yours proudly above the ear to pull back that fringe you're trying to grow out.
A loop-the-loop bun behind the ear will liven up a half-up, half-down style.
Like the leather strap mentioned above, a length of black grosgrain or velvet ribbon can add interest to an otherwise simple ponytail.
A head full of curls you can't be bothered to wear down again? We feel you. Just whip them up and secure with a claw-shaped hair grip like this one, and let them fall where they may.