Every year I tell my students there are 3 things you should never ask a lady: 1. How old are you? 2. How much do you weigh? and 3. Is that you real hair color [because, no it’s not]. Lately I’ve been thinking about adding a 4th never to that list- How long has it been since you washed your hair? If you’re like me, the answer to that may be a bit shocking to most, because, well, let’s be honest, it’s just a real pain in the ass to wash, dry and style your hair every.single.morning.
I am totally in awe of those girls who show up to work each morning with perfectly coiffed curls or a bouncy blowout. I have never been one of these people and lately, I’ve sunken even lower. I’m lucky to actually manage to style my hair before leaving the house about once a month, if get up extra early. But this doesn’t mean I’m showing up to work with a stringy mess flopping in my eyes. I have instead perfected the art of making dirty hair work for me and making it seem like I had time to get myself together before leaving in a blur of bags and sweat each morning.
This yeah in particular MB and I both have been experimenting with updos to make it through the work week and we’ve rounded up a few of our faves below: All you need is a little dry shampoo [without which would be more like Pig-Pen from Peanuts, than a semi-put together mom-on-the-go] and a few simple tricks to turn your locks into an accessory instead of something to be ashamed of!
Dutch braid into a messy bun:
I just recently got on the braid train, as I wrote about here, and a Dutch braid is about as complicated as I can do. I love this look because it reminds me of the pretty French braids that were all the rage in my formative years, but has a messiness to it. I also love how this braid naturally chunks up, like every single braid image on Pinterest. See tutorial here.
Side Dutch braids into messy bun:
Are you sensing a theme here? I told you, the Dutch braid is my jam. If I’m looking for a faster braid and a tight hold, this is my go-to. I’ve learned that my side braids work much better for me on day 2 or 3 of dirty hair, when my hair has more product built in it and is less likely to slip around. See tutorial here.
I’m no Star Wars fan, but when I caught a glimpse of Rey’s intergalactic hairstyle, I loved it. This is such a fun play on the tired old solitary bun. It’s hard to tell in the lighting, but I went for a side rope braid into two buns, but it’s the same idea. And the great news is that this updo literally took me two minutes to do!
I’m a big fan of this one because you can rock it messy and lose or tight and polished depending on your mood/outfit. I also like that it requires literally only a few minutes to twist and pin and then just pull everything back into a low pony. This one works well too because it keeps my hair out of my face and doesn’t give my little one anything to wrap his mighty little fist around to pull. Tutorial here.
Pull-through Pony Tail:
The pull-through pony is a little like business in the front, party in the back. The impact of it is all really happens from behind. This one also take me back to the days of the topsy-tail but with a more modern twist. It’s also not as complicated as it looks- tutorial here. You just need a few clear elastics to hold the sections together and you can add an cute ribbon or hair ties at the top and bottom if that’s your thing.