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.