Between the craziness of the holidays and the 24/7 needs of a newborn, my beauty routine has gone to the wayside. I sleep when I can, order gifts online and hope that family members don’t mind that I now consider wrapping paper to be nothing more than a red bow and a gift tag.
As I’m sure you might have imagined, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in sweatpants, my robe, slippers, and hell, even topless half the time—sometimes it’s just easier that way. But, last week I started feeling a little, well, like I’d let myself go. I know this stage is temporary, but seeing pictures of friends dressed in sequins at holiday parties made me want to look more like my normal self too.
Since spending more than two minutes in front of the mirror is a luxury these days, I’ve been opting for simple, chic hairstyles like these two that take literally 30 seconds. If I haven’t showered in a few days, it’s not a problem. I just toss some of my favorite safe dry shampoo in there, pull my hair into a messy ponytail and I’m half way done!
On another note, I finally made the switch to safe shampoo & conditioner free of toxic ingredients and I’m absolutely loving it! I’m using the Repair & Nourish Shampoo and Volume & Shape conditioner, both from Beautycounter—find out how to get $10 off your first order at the end of the post.
Two Easy Ponytail Hairstyles:
1. Hair-Wrapped Ponytail
Pull your hair into a messy ponytail. You can make it high, low, or right in the middle—whatever you like best. Secure with a clear rubber band (any hair tie will work, but thinner is better). Take a small section from underneath your ponytail and loosely twist it with your finger, then wrap it around your hair tie and secure underneath with a bobby pin or two. Done!
2. Half-Braided Ponytail
You’ll start the exact same way as the first hairstyle, with a ponytail. And, if messy ponytails aren’t your thing, go sleek! My hair is naturally wavy, so messy is easier. Secure your ponytail and then break it into three equal sections and start braiding. Braid half way down your ponytail and secure with another hair tie. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can spray on some texturizing spray and loosely pull the braid to give it a more undone feel. You can leave it as is or wrap hair around the two hair ties for a pretty finish!
Voila! I told you they were easy!
Whether you’re a new mom or just really hate to do your hair—I’m guilty of that too—these two cute hairstyles are gold and don’t require any special equipment or skills.
What are your favorite simple ponytail hairstyles?