5 Hairstyles You Can Do in Under 5 Minutes

If you’re short on time and looking for an easy hairstyle, follow our expert instructions for copying these stunning celebrity hairstyles in five minutes or less.

Any chance you have an hour to spend on your hair? Yeah, not likely. Whether you’re overbooked or just plain lazy when it comes to hair styling (no judgments here!), we have easy hairstyles that you can do in mere minutes.

When you need to look good without putting in a lot of effort, try these celebrity hairstyles made easy with expert how-to instructions from Jet Rhys, a celebrity stylist and co-owner of the Jet Rhys salons in San Diego.

No-Heat Waves

Spending time with a curling iron or hot rollers defeats the purpose of effortless, beachy waves. Rhys has four easy steps to creating chic waves like Nicole Richie’s without plugging in a single styling tool.

  • Wash your hair the day before you plan to wear the style. Apply a light-hold gel to damp hair and comb through to evenly saturate each strand.
  • Next, section hair into quadrants: two in the front of your head, and two in the back.
  • Wrap each quadrant into a bun and secure with a hair elastic. “Place your buns in the back off to either side, or right behind your ears, so you can still sleep comfortably on the back of your head,” Rhys recommends.
  • Finally, take down all four buns in the morning, mist hair with hairspray, and use your hands to lightly shake out your new waves from the roots to the ends.

Harajuku High Bun


High buns aren’t just for ballerinas anymore. But this bun is fuller, looser, and more fun than the severe, pulled-back styles you might see on a dancer. The result is a look like Vanessa Hudgens’s that Rhys says is “cute yet high fashion” and a surprisingly easy hairstyle to create.

  • Tilt your head forward to collect hair at the top of your crown (the high point at the back of your head). Use a boar bristle brush to gather hair into a tight ponytail.
  • Pull the hair in the ponytail forward, and spray with hairspray. Then, lift the tail of your ponytail straight up and back comb, or tease, to create soft texture and volume. “This will create a perfect contrast of smooth and messy hair textures,” Rhys says.
  • Loosely wrap ponytail around the hair elastic. Secure with bobby pins and mist with hairspray.

The London Flip

This is a quick trick that Jennifer Aniston wears well. It’s an easy way to add volume and texture to fine, long hair that tends to fall straight, Rhys says. Use it to extend and refresh a sleek blow-out. The result is a classy, tousled look that’s super easy to achieve.

  • First, flip your head upside down and spray dry hair with a light hair spray.
  • Next, create a deep side part extending about four inches back from your forehead. Then wrap large sections of hair (about 2 inches wide) from about ear level to the ends around a large-barrel curling iron.
  • Alternate the direction of curls of each section for a soft and natural movement.
  • Mist each curled section with hairspray and gently shake loose.

Boho Braids

Forget any Pippi Longstocking images braids bring to mind. Tiny braids can look both glamorous and sexy (exhibit A: Blake Lively). Best of all, Rhys says, this works for any hair texture— straight, wavy, or curly hair—and the braids can be as thin (or thick) as you want them to be.

  • Starting with dry hair, work a drop of shine serum through hair. Make a natural part and section out one small chunk of hair toward the front of your head on each side. (You don’t need to be symmetrical for this to work.)
  • Braid each section close to the head and fasten each with a clear hair elastic.
  • Pull the braids together at the back of the head and secure with bobby pins.

The Sleek Ponytail

To beat heat and frizz, “never underestimate a ponytail,” Rhys says. “While the ponytail has always been a go-to style for any girl in a time crunch, you can make it modern instead of lazy with this sleek and smooth pony makeover like Ciara’s.”

  • Start by misting dry hair with a light-hold hairspray. Then use a flat iron to smooth your hair from root to ends.
  • Use a fine-tooth comb to create a center part that ends about three inches from your forehead. Smooth frizz and flyaways with a boar bristle brush.
  • Collect your hair loosely in your hand about two inches above the nape of your neck and fasten it securely with a hair elastic.

Jet Rhys Talks Spring Hair

Jet Rhys is a salon owner, hair stylist, and InStyle Magazine’s 2010 Beauty Black Book pick for best salon in San Diego.

She sat down with us to talk hair

Photo Courtesy of: Evilbeetgossip.com

SDM: Hey girl, what are the hairstyle trends these days?

JR: Salons are busier than ever. And change is in the air. Women seem to be craving change. They want to look different than their friends—no copycats.

SDM: Is there a hot trend for hair color?

JR: Women are embracing Ombre. It’s huge in L.A. and N.Y. It’s a technique that leaves the roots exposed or natural…

SDM: …unless the roots are gray, present company excluded thanks to my wonderful colorist…

JR: Yes. That’s a no-no. Blonds want the brown to show through. But this is a process that should be done professionally, so that it feathers through. Otherwise, it looks bad.

SDM: If I were invited to the royal wedding, how should I wear my hair?

JR: Not Snookie “bump” style! That is out! Accessories are in. A high and sleek pony for straight hair with a ribbon for a pop of color is in, jeweled clips and jeweled bobby pins are huge, and the Boho, kind of messy and Grecian look for curly hair is in. All of it can be held up with a couple of thin headbands in two colors—all great alternatives to the traditional updo.

SDM: What’s going to be trendy for hair this fall?

JR: Short cuts—Bobs with bangs, lots of face framing layers, and no super long hair extensions—hair to the shoulder or above. I do believe that long hair makes older women appear younger. The days of the middle-aged woman chopping off her hair are over. A reversible Bob is cute on almost everyone—shorter in front than in the back.

SDM: What’s the one piece of advice you could give to San Diego women for great-looking hair?

JR: We have a lot of sun here and our water is very hard. So San Diego hair can be dry and damaged. I would suggest using a deep conditioner often. At our salon we offer something called the “Power Dose” by L’Oreal. It’s a professional grade deep conditioner that my clients have been calling “Botox for hair.” It’s like a deep conditioner on steroids though, because it repairs instantly, hydrates, and any texture of hair can use it—it lasts for 4-5 weeks, and it’s only $35.

SDM: I know I could use a shot of Botox—on my hair for starters.

Okay, ladies of San Diego, what are your tips for beautiful hair?

Royal Style

The Countdown is on:

No question: Kate Middleton is the first true modern royal. Whether she’s wearing a tiara or a pill box hat, she always has a current look with her own signature style. Rumor has it she’s opted for a lower-key arrival and a carriage moment-as opposed to a full-fledged carriage procession. Kate the Great does royal her way!

Abstaining from the expected, she not only steers clear of the “Di’-namic” short cut, she’s got the betting parlor at Casino Royale putting chips down on anything but a shellacked and structured, old-fashioned updo. Heavily favored for any modern bride is an upstyle (there is a difference) or even a half-up/half-down ‘do for hair that’s not quite Her Royal High-ness, but nudging closer to Her Royal Hippness.

Always walking the perfectly upright line between formal and fashionable, Kate even decided on DYI makeup for her engagement announcement, and it passed the most demanding litmus test from the tabloids of Fleet Street. Still, once she becomes the Duchess of Cambridge, she’ll be a real-life princess, and to pull off her Princess Bride wedding, she’ll unquestionably rely on the world’s finest fashion and beauty pros.

If you want to channel your inner Kate for your own fairy-tale look and have strong ideas about what you want-or if you want to do a few things yourself-here’s how to have your own royal style, courtesy of Jet Rhys Salons in San Diego, CA!

Your Royal Treatment:

With more solid-looking haircolor like Kate’s semi-sweet chocolate tresses at the fashion forefront, a treatment for hydrated, healthy hair with imperial shine is a must. This means skipping the old Chamomile tea trick-too many poorly placed highlights could result. Instead, says Jet, co-owner of Jet Rhys Salons in San Diego, get a 14-karat Gold Color Cocktail, or a very British, Green Tea Hair-Enhancing Rinse.

At Jet Rhys Salons, the Color Cocktail is shaken, not stirred.

A Davines Momo Cream hair mask is combined with a few drops of pure Vitamin E and a teaspoon of 14-karat gold color stain for sheen and luster. Fifteen minutes later, you’ve got a beautiful, golden gleam that hasn’t shifted your shade. Even dark brunettes will glimmer with light and show-off shine in all those photos ops.

Feeling DYI? Use Jet Rhys’ Green Tea Hair-Enhancing Rinse.

Use one Green Tea bag for every cup of water. Brew the tea bags for 3-to-5 minutes in hot (not boiling) water. By then, the tea will be fairly cool, but you can also use your microwave to start with warm, not hot water. After thoroughly rinsing out your conditioner, pour the tea directly onto your hair, massaging your scalp and saturating every strand. Wait 3-5 more minutes and rinse again.

“Green tea contains Vitamins C and E, and panthenol, which are all common in conditioners,” explains Jet. “Vitamin E restores dry and damaged hair, while Vitamin C guards against harmful UV rays and a rough, overly sun-lightened look. Panthenol, a pro-vitamin, strengthens and softens hair.”

Your Regal Cut and Style:

For a cut and style that look great from every angle in HD, longer locks should be enhanced with layers. Says Jet, “No matter what your hair’s length or desired look, get ends shaped and have layering customized to your cut and how you’ll wear your hair.”

Bouncy waves boost the beauty factor and curls contribute to the presence of a princess. But even if you have a straight style or an upstyle in mind, make certain your hair is in harmony with your headpiece. Other tips for haute hair:

  • For a refined royal take, go with a tasteful tiara, combs, a cathedral-length veil or a modern headband.  Don’t add additional hair accessories that will clash or detract from your singular statement.
  • The new silhouette is body-skimming, not ball-gown big. This means you can have fuller hair and controlled curl but don’t take it too far. Big hair isn’t bridal beautiful!
  • Skip sausage curls and tender tendrils: modern regal style comes from bouncy end curl, created with a curling iron that’s used just from mid-strand to the ends. For the thoroughly eco wedding, sponge rollers stand by.
  • Contemporary upstyles are controlled without being stiff. You can even wear some of your hair up and some down if it enhances your face shape. Kate’s wedding style is bound to be flawless without looking dated. In your real world, not-too-perfect is just right!
  • The runways are full of multi-textured looks that inspire modern brides, but don’t get carried away. The disheveled fishtail should stay in the club.
  • Be sure your color is photo-moment ready. It should be strong and shiny without looking cheeky. Blondes are the most likely to need TLC treatments, because bleached strands are dry and can look cotton-candy like in the spotlight.
  • Television’s “Boardwalk Empire” has brought back “The Great Gatsby” look of American royalty-or old aristocracy. Soft, touchable yet totally controlled waves (running deep!) create the look on hair of any length. Simply Brill!

Your Modern-Moment Must-Haves:

Chances are that neither you nor Kate will go all DYI on your wedding day, but snafus happen. Be ready to fix them on your own at any moment-or have your maid of honor tuck an on-the-spot, fix-it kit in her bag.Contents:

  • Needle and thread
  • Blotting Powder
  • Several hair and bobby pins
  • Travel-sized hairspray
  • A child’s, soft-bristle toothbrush

Explains Jet, “Pesky flyways are most likely to occur around the hairline. To control them, mist the hairspray onto the toothbrush and use it to lightly trace your hair, slicking any strays away.”

Whether walking down the aisle, dancing the night away or jetting to the honeymoon of your dreams, you’ll have a look that’s fit for a queen.


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6 Tips For Getting Enviably Perfect Wedding Hair



by Petra Guglielmetti

Bet you never thought of packing a baby toothbrush in your wedding-day emergency kit. Here’s why you should–plus 5 more tips for having the perfect hair on your wedding day, courtesy of one of my favorite celebrity hairstylists, Jet Rhys.

So about that baby toothbrush–you should also pack a trial-sized aerosol hairspray, and when you need to tame flyaways before a photo, just mist the toothbrush with spray and then gently run over your hair. This is especially useful for those baby hairs around your face that could easily get too gunked-up if you were to just spray them directly.

More handy wedding hair tips from Jet:

* Bottle blonds are likely to need serious hair TLC before a wedding. “Bleached strands are dry and can look cotton candy-like in the spotlight,” Jet says. Schedule a salon deep conditioning and gloss treatment a week or two before your wedding to help your hair look healthy, and be sure to get a trim, too.

* Poufy hair is in style right now and looks great for a night out, but it’s best to avoid going ballgown-big with your wedding gown, according to Jet: “Big hair isn’t bridal beautiful!” Hair that’s full with controlled curl is bridal, major teasing and spraying is not.

* If Kate Middleton has inspired you to add a little royal flair to your wedding look, try doing just one regal detail: a cathedral-length veil, glitzy combs, a tasteful tiara, or a pretty headband. Don’t do several of these things at once, or you’ll risk looking costumey.

* A layered haircut is more wedding-photo-friendly because it has great shape and movement from every angle. “No matter what your hair’s length or desired look, get ends shaped and have layering customized to your cut and how you’ll wear your hair,” Jet suggests.

* If you’re adding curl to your hair, think soft and loose. “Skip sausage curls and tender tendrils: Modern style comes from bouncy end curl, created with a curling iron that’s used just from mid-strand to the ends,” Jet notes.


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