A Celebrity Stylist Shares 3 Easy Hairstyles to Try When You Have Zero Time

We all have those days when your morning is jam-packed with appointments, meetings, errands, work, and an endless to-do list. On top of that, you’ve woken up late. On days like this, the last thing you want to worry about is figuring out what to do with your hair. So how can you make your locks look polished and pulled together when you have zero time to blow-dry, straighten, curl, or wash?

We tapped into Justine Marjan, celebrity hairstylist to stars such as Khloé Kardashian, Olivia Culpo, Chrissy Teigen, and Kerry Washington, for some welcome tips and tricks. From easy updos you can do in less than five minutes to cool hair accessories that will solve any bad hair day, scroll below as she shares three easy hairstyles (and the products your need to achieve them) that are ideal for when you only have five minutes to spare.

Sleek Ponytail

"This is a great option for second or third day hair as the natural oils will help keep the hair flat to the head. Spray a smoothing brush with Tresemme Micro Mist Hairspray in Extend #4 and then brush strands back toward the nape of the neck. If hair is thick, gather the back of the hair first and secure with an elastic before adding the hair from the front. Apply Fatboy Water Wax to a toothbrush and brush down any frizz or fly-aways sound the face to keep hair smooth.”


(Image credit: @justinemarjan)

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Messy Topknot

"This is my go-to hairstyle when I’m in a rush! Flip your head upside down; then use a smoothing brush that’s been sprayed with Tresemme Micro Mist hair spray to brush all the hair toward the top of the head. Use a scrunchie to gather hair (try one of my new faux-leather scrunchies from the Kitsch x Justine collection); then twist and secure until there’s no more slack on the scrunchie. If any hairs fall loose, use a decorative hair pin to hold them into place. Adding elevated accessories to the simple topknot makes it look like you put more intention behind your style than you did!”


(Image credit: @justinemarjan)

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Add a Headband

"When you’re low on time, have dirty hair, or need a quick refresh, I love brushing the hair into a low bun and adding a decorative or statement headband. It takes the attention away from your hair so the style doesn’t have to be perfect and it adds a chic touch that makes it look like you put in more effort than you did. Spray Oribe Après Beach Wave Spray throughout hair then loosely gather into a bun at the nape of the neck, letting a few pieces fall free around the face, and then place a headband about an inch away from the front hairline. Try a faux-leather one for a playful touch.”


(Image credit: @justinemarjan)

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Up next, here’s what to ask your stylist if you want French-girl hair.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.