3 Days’ Hairstyles in Less than 10 Minutes

Day #1: Side Braid

Directions: Start with freshly washed hair.  Scrunch in some gel or conditioner and make a quick roll away from your part on both sides.  Finish in a side braid and secure near the end with a small elastic.

Time: Approximately 3 minutes.

Day #2: Braided Side Bun

Directions: Grab some bobby pins.  Roll your braid into a bun.  Secure with bobby pins.  You’re good to go for the day!  In the evening, take down the bun and leave in a braid for the night.

Times: 2ish Minutes

Day #3: Loose Curls

Directions: Remove hair tie from braid.  Unravel braid carefully, not combing through hair.  You should have loose waves.  Pull a bit of hair on each side away from your face with a bobby pin or two.  Voila!

Time: This one takes me less than 2 minutes- YAY!

Wondering what the big deal is with doing three days’ hairstyle in less than 10 minutes?  Well, girls I am a BIG fan of simplifying daily things that need to be done!  Hair is one of these things for me.  I don’t want to spend hours in front of the mirror.

Leo Babauta said:

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”

Ok, so we know it’s essential to do our hair.  I’m guessing the majority of us ladies don’t wake up in the morning with hair that looks neat and feminine. (If you do, please tell me your secret!)  So, we’ve just identified an essential in life- doing our hair.  However, I think that tons of hair products, and hours every week in front of the mirror weekly arranging our hair………now that seems like “the rest” of this whole equation that can be eliminated!

If you spend 15 minutes a day (as does the average woman) fixing your hair (this does not include washing or blow drying), you will spend 91.25 hours on your hair in a year, or ALMOST 4 DAYS.  Yikes!  In contrast, if you can whittle that time down to 5 minutes per day, you will be spending 30.41 hrs per year, or a little more than 1 day. Now that’s what I’m talkin about!

I suggest the following formula:

  • Find a handful of hairstyles that take only a few minutes.  Try different ones until you find what you like, as you may find some particular styles to work best for your type of hair.
  • Practice doing these hairstyles, even finding what ones work best in sequence in between washing.
  • Rotate these hairstyles on a regular basis, and mix in some more complicated ones when you actually have/want to take the time.

May your hairstyling today be simple + efficient…….you can do it!


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  1. I was thrilled when I saw this post. I tried it (just mixing the order up a little) and was greatly pleased with the results.
    I have slightly shorter hair, so braiding my hair in two braids when wet and sleeping on them makes the waves come out more even then if I do one braid.
    A hair hack I learned recently that absolutely changed my pony tails is to use two hair ties instead of one!! The hair doesn’t slip down.
    I look forward to more posts like this!
    Thanks Allison:)

  2. I already know how to do lots of different hairstyles {thanks to having 3 younger sisters to practice on :)} But I really enjoyed getting to see these 3 easy hairstyles! I tried the side braid today and it worked quite well :)I’m going to try the loose curls for tomorrow and see how it works. I’ll admit, I normally spend 10-15 min. fixing my hair…I’m encouraged, though, to work on doing it more quickly and redeeming the time that God has given us! Thanks, Allison 🙂

  3. I love simple hairstyles and these are all really pretty! Especially the last one! 😉
    Thank you for the post!


  4. Love! One other thing I’ll do if I go ahead and, for the rare occasion, do a more fancy+/or time consuming hairstyle is sleep in it! If I curl + pile my hair, I can usually sleep in it + fix it up the next morning. A little hairspray + a few bobby pins are all that are needed + you have gorgeous hair for the whole next day, only a few seconds required!!! Love you + your amazing ideas sweet friend.

  5. I just love you…. i love your logic… i love your dedication to simplicity and authenticity!
    You are a precious, beautiful soul and I am enjoying getting to you know you better through this blog!
    Bravo on the hair styles!! I’m a HUGE fan and I will definitely give this some thought and practice!

  6. Had to read this article as I really don’t have to worry about a hair style; not being a lady plus God has bless me with a bald head.

    But may God grant you a very blessed birthday, Allison.

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