For some of us, busy mornings when all we are trying to do is get out the door as fast as humanly possible means one of three things: giving our hair a rough comb-through with our hands, tying it up in a messy ponytail or bun, or not even bothering with our hair at all and just leaving it be. During times like these, we wish we could have our hair stylishly done with just a twitch of our noses like Samantha from Bewitched.

Unfortunately, us non-magical humans have to deal with our hair manually even on busy days. And most of the time, especially for those of us with long hair, the most effort we can manage is simply tying our hair up in a ponytail in the hopes that we still look semi-presentable to the world.


6 Stylish Hairstyles For Busy Days

While there is nothing wrong with a ponytail hairdo, it certainly can get boring, especially if that is your standard go-to every time. If you are looking for more hairstyle ideas beyond a ponytail, check out our recommendations below:

Do The Twist

Bangs and side-swept fringes add more depth to your hairstyle, but they can be downright annoying on days when you just need to get out of the door as fast as you can. If you have short bangs or fringes that can’t simply be pushed back behind your ears, how about clipping them back into a cute twist? Just take about two to three centimetres of your hair and twist the section towards the back of your head. Do it in a way that the section will twist around the side of your scalp. You can do this on either side of your head or both sides. Once you have the twist in place, clip it with a hairpin and apply a bit of hairspray to keep the flyaways of the twist in place.

Add A Hairband

The twist hairstyle can also be jazzed up by accessorising with a hairband. Brush your hair back and place a hairband towards the front of your scalp. Then, rather than twisting your hair freely, twist it around the hairband instead by inserting the section of your hair in and around the hairband. If you have time to do a quick braid, you can do a tiny braid instead of a twist and wrap the braid around the hairband. Again, apply hairspray to neaten the flyaways.

A Twisted Updo

For days when you know that you will be busy running out and about and you need your hair to get out of the way without resorting to a ponytail, try your hand at this hairstyle instead. With a stretchy headband or scarf, wrap it around the crown of your head. Then, taking large sections of hair, wrap each section around the headband/scarf by twisting it in and around. Keep repeating this with each section of your hair until everything has been twisted around the headband/scarf. You will end up with a sweet and romantic updo that keeps you looking stylish yet ensures your hair does not get in the way while you are getting on with your day.

The Braided Low Bun

For a low bun look that goes beyond, well, just bunning your hair in a typical way, you will need to do a bit more work before that (don’t worry, it still won’t take too much of your time!). Start off by tying your hair into a low ponytail — make sure to keep the ponytail about a centimetre above the base of your head. Then, braid the ponytail (it’s up to you if you want to keep the braiding tight or loose) and tie the end up. Next, twist the braid around as you would with a normal bun and secure it in place with bobby pins.

The Boho Bun

If you’re going for a more casual and fun vibe, just wrap a colourful scarf around your head and tie it at the base to secure it. Backcomb the top part of your hair to add some volume, giving you a 60s, retro look. You can also bun up your hair to keep things looking neat. If you have medium to long length bangs, leave them out by the sides of your face and add some loose waves to them. Your bangs will frame your face nicely, with the added bonus of slimming down your face.

A Side Knotted Ponytail

Okay, okay, we know we said no ponytails but this hairstyle gives an interesting twist to the regular ponytail. First, bring all of your hair to one side, separate it into two equal sections and tie them up into a knot. If your hair is long enough, you can create another knot and secure the ponytail with a thin hair tie, one preferably the same colour as your hair so it can easily be hidden. If you need to tighten the knots, secure them with bobby pins to keep them in place. Finally, finish off by teasing the ponytail to create texture and volume.