Long and Loose
Tame your bed head. If you are the type of girl that likes to roll out of bed and out the door, low-maintenance hairstyles are right up your alley. Flip your head upside down and run some volumizing mousse through your tresses to amp up the volume. Blast your hair with a blow dryer to set the mousse and then finish with an anti-frizz spray.
Turn on the romance with big, loose curls. Tight curls are too formal for everyday wear, but large curls look natural and relaxed. Prep your hair with a small amount of leave-in conditioner before curling 2-inch sections with a wide curling iron to make big, bouncy curls. Flip your hair upside down and spray with hair spray to hold the look all day.
Straighten up with a flat iron. Straightened hair is sleek, simple and easy to manage. If your hair isn't naturally straight, give it a quick spray with a heat-protecting spray before using a flat iron on 1-inch sections. Pull the iron straight down to avoid creaking frizz. Add some dimension by turning the flat iron out at the very bottom to add a little flip at the end.
Sleek and Sophisticated
Revive a classic. Buns are options for all hair types and most hair lengths. Comb your hair back into a low to medium ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Slowly twist the ponytail around its base to create a spiraled nest of hair. Pin the hair in place with several bobby pins and finish the look with a dose of hairspray to keep it in place.
Do the twist. Spice up a simple ponytail by twisting back your front sections of hair rather than just pulling them straight back. Start with the very front pieces and twist the hair over towards the center part of your hair. Continue twisting, adding pieces as you go, until you reach the nape of your neck. Secure the section with a clip while you do the other side, and then hold the pieces together with an elastic.
Get the best of both worlds. Instead of leaving your hair loose or pulling it all back, pull just the top layer back to create a half-up style. Pull the front sections back until they meet in the middle and secure them with an elastic. Straighten or curl the back sections with an iron to finish the look.
Funky and Fierce
Add some bling. Any simple hairstyle from buns to braids can be amped up with a few sparkly accessories. Swap out boring elastics for ones with jeweled accents or feathers. Fill out a bun with miniature bejeweled hair clips. Instead of a single headband, opt for two or three thin headbands in bold colors to keep hair out of your face.
Go bold with color. Invest in an inexpensive pair of clip in extensions with funky colors like pink, blue or platinum blond. Slip them into the base of your ponytail or along your center part for a young, fresh blast of color.
Be unexpected. If you keep to a basic style, even a small change can make a huge style impact. Experiment with parting your hair to the opposite side, or opt for a zig-zag part rather than a straight part. If you have bangs, pin or slick them back with some strong-hold hairspray.