If only “long hair, don’t care” were so easy. Having a long, flowing mane certainly has its perks, but when it comes to getting ready in the morning—especially in a rush—it turns out there’s a lot to care for. Lengthy locks are more tangle-prone and likely to show signs of bedhead and being unwashed than their shorter counterparts.
Waist-skimming tresses take more of an effort to make presentable, requiring more product to tame and more time to style. If you have an enviable head of long hair, mornings with few spare minutes are not your friend. To get your hair looking ready to take on the day and to get you out the door in no time, here are six five-minute hairstyles for long hair. See our picks below and get inspired to take on tomorrow morning, starting with your long locks.
Especially if you have naturally wavy or curly hair, this option can be a saving grace in the morning. Keeping it wrapped with strands of your own hair, and even letting your bangs fall forward for an unexpected touch perfectly balances “I woke up like this” with “I’m ready for work.” For added oomph, try Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($46).
If you’re leaving your hair down, add an effortless-looking bun detail with this half-up look. You still get to show off your length, but you automatically spruce up the look.
This purposefully messy approach gives off breezy vibes and won’t need any upkeep over the day, but still feels pretty and romantic. Plus, it takes practically no time at all to pull off (and you don’t have to be a hairstylist to do it).
You can never go wrong with a low ponytail. Elevate the look by using your own hair to cover the elastic. Brush back and set with hair spray for a sleek look, or go more natural with a slightly undone approach.
Try this fashion-forward fusion of two easy styles. The braided portion is an unexpected update to the ponytail without requiring much additional effort.
If you want to go for a low ponytail but want it to be a head-turning look (or don’t have time to tame your mane), tease your tresses for dimension and volume before tying back.