There’s only so many times you can get away with throwing your hair up into a messy topknot to switch up your look from office to night out. Good thing is, there’s a whole bunch of easy hairstyles out there just waiting for you to sink your hands into them.
And the best part is, you can have short, medium or long hair. Because we’ve found an easy hairstyle for every length. In fact, we’ve found several. So, whether you’re having a bad hair day or simply didn’t get around to washing it the night before, we’ve got the perfect style for you.
Our Beauty and Style Director Lisa Oxenham created 6 unique looks that work for different hair types and styles to give you cool girl hair in a flash.
Keep scrolling to find out our pick of the easiest ways to update your hairstyle for the new season…
The easiest way to create beachy waves
A perennial favourite for cool girl hair is the classic beachy wave. It’s so easy to style and works on all hair textures, except very curly hair. To create it yourself prep hair with Batiste Shield My Locks Heat Protecting Spray and wrap a 1-inch section round a wide barreled tong. You want it to look random and not too done so don’t tong in front of the mirror, this will help stop it looking symmetrical. Next, use your fingers to tease through the lengths of the hair to soften and secure in a low pony at the nape of the neck. Finish by wrapping with a flat length of gross grain ribbon and gently pulling out face framing fly aways. Spritz with Batiste Stylist Hold Me Hairspray for lightweight hold that doesn’t feel sticky but still manages to keep your hair in place all day.
The easiest way to make a ponytail look cool
The new breed of low ponytail is this season’s easy must-wear look. Reworked with a root lift and rought texture ‘it’s impossible not to love this style,’ says Mark Francome Painter. ‘It’s flattering on everyone and any hair length.’ And the best bit? ‘This ponytail takes the same amount of time to perfect as a regular one.’ Francome Painter recommends working with second-day hair and avoiding product overload. ‘You want to give strands guts, but still keep the look soft,’ he says. Massage roots in need of density and texture with Batiste XXL Plumping Powder for an instant thickening effect and leave locks to air dry for that fluffy finish. Then, blast Batiste Dry Shampoo through the crown for more volume. Next, make a centre parting and gather hair loosely at the nape of the neck, letting some strands fall out around the face. ‘Fastening the ponytail with something understated like a leather swatch gives attitude, while pulling out strands creates nonchalance,’ he explains. Secure with a hairband first before wrapping your chosen material around it until the bank is covered. Finish with a spritz of Batiste Stylist XXL Ooomph My Locks Volume Spray.
The easiest way to manage curly hair
One hairstylist bringing frizz, curls and fly-aways to the red carpet is Mark Francome Painter, using Batiste. ‘Texture like this creates a halo to frame the face and soften features,’ he says. ‘If your hair is already frizz-prone or curly, this is simply enhancing what you already have. Wake up with crazy hair, mattify oily roots and go with it!’ Hairstylist Mark Francome Painter created this airy look on flat hair by first dividing it into small sections with a pintail comb, then wrapping each section around a hair pin in a number eight motion, misting with a heat protector spray like Show Beauty Thermal Protect and then clamping tight with flat irons to lock in the shape. Once cooled, he unwound the hair, brushed it out and bulked up the volume with Batiste Boost It Up Plumping Powder, and a spritz of the range’s Dry Shampoo. ‘Use your fingertips to rub both products into strands to really frizz out the texture,’ advises Francome Painter.