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I Just Can’t Get You Out of My Head(band)

Har har har.

Forgive my cheesy headline, it’s Monday. Which means that we have all made it past another Monday morning. You know, the one where you wake up, turn over, look at the clock and immediately realize you are already going to be late to work…so you may as well sleep in an extra 15 minutes, yes?

Does anyone else have this logic or is it just me?

Unfortunately, I am also one of those ladies paired with hair that is almost as indecisive as I am—not super straight, yet not curly enough to pass off as an actual style on its own, with bangs that stick out more than Miley Cyrus’s tongue when I wake up in the morning. Basically when it comes to my hair, I either look 100% put together, or like I just survived a wind gust of 90 MPH.

But really, who wakes up every morning and thinks “Gee, I can’t wait to heat-torture my hair into cooperation today!!!” Not this girl. Enter the 10 minute, headband-into-hairstyle updo that takes practically no time, yet still looks intricate enough to give people the impression that you actually got out of bed the first time your alarm went off…

(don’t worry, your snoozing secrets are safe with me)


Step 1. Get (your hair) dirty

One of the best things about pulled-back styles is that they actually hold better with slightly dirty hair. I *think* it has something to do with hair not being as slippery when it isn’t freshly shampooed…whatever the actual reason, I’ll gladly take the extra sleep and claim its in the name of having hair that holds a style.


Step 2. Go on, give it a curl

Take 3 minutes out of your morning and give the ends of your hair a light curl—no need to go all crazy and curl every layer, but it does look nice to have a lil’ extra twirl at the ends. Spritz lightly with hairspray.


Step 3. I just can’t get you out of my head(band)

Choose your favorite elastic headband and situate it so it lies on top of all of your hair—the plus side? If you only have 5 minutes to spare for your hair in the morning, you can easily rock this style by itself. Bam. Go make yourself a cup of coffee with all your extra time.


Step 4. Bring it up and roll it through

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Separate hair into one-inch sections and pull up, then loop back down through the headband, essentially creating a “roll” of hair around the elastic. Continue to work your way around the headband in one-inch sections till all your hair has been lifted.


Step 5. Pin and shape (then twist and shout)

The looping by itself can end up looking a bit Laura Ingalls/Little-House-On-the-Prairie-ish, so after lifting all the hair, take a few bobby pins and strategically pin-and-shape (particularly on the sides and front). I tend to focus specifically on lifting looped hair off my temples, giving it another light twist, and pinning it back for a more overall flattering shape.


Step 6. Tease, hairspray, and call it a day!


Once you have established a shape with the bobby pins, gently tease the crown of your hair for an extra bit of lift, spritz lightly with some hairspray to set, and guess what?! You are alllll finished! Don’t stress if you end up with a few hairs out of place—a bit of  ’mess’ keeps it interesting and prevents you from looking too much like a bridesmaid…unless that is the look you are going for, in which case, carry on my aisle walkers!

What are some of your favorite go-to styles for last minute hair fixes?


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