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6 Super Easy Hairstyles for Finals Week


Easy hairstyles for finals week

If you’re like me, finals week is the time to turn in your cute boots for moccasins, skinny jeans for leggings, and cute blouses for long, slouchy. boring tees. Oh, and don’t even get me started on how my hair looks. Honestly, the last thing that I want to do during finals is spend extra time in the morning to look cute for an exam.

This year, however, I’m challenging myself (and you!) to still look somewhat presentable for finals week.

So, here are six easy and cute hairstyles that will make you look flawless and put together on those days when you just want to sleep, cry, and eat (which is basically every day for me)…

Psst! If your finals are already over, these hairstyles are good to have in your arsenal for anytime you need to rush out the door in a hurry!

1. Fancy & Elegant Ponytail

Sleek, elegant ponytail tutorial

This hairstyle is inspired by Blake Lively’s Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl – she always wore this hairstyle and it’s so easy to recreate!

All you have to do is brush your hair back into a sleek ponytail, grab a little piece of hair from the underside of the ponytail, wrap it around the hair tie, and secure it with a bobby pin. I love doing this hairstyle since concealing the hair tie instantly makes an average ponytail more elegant and put-together.

2) Braided Side Ponytail

Braided side ponytail tutorial

This one may take some practice to get the hang of, since mastering the side braid is a little tricky at first. I promise, though, practice will make perfect!

To create this side braid ponytail, start with a small french braid at the side of your hair (behind your ear). In regular french braid style, as you continue braiding, add more pieces to the braid from the top and bottom, making it thicker as it goes towards the other side of your head. Once your braid hits behind your other ear, secure the braid with a hair tie.

Optional: I like to wrap a small piece of hair around the elastic to once again create that put-together look.

3) Messy Ponytail w/ Head Wrap

Messy ponytail tutorial - easy finals week hairstyles

This hairstyle takes mere seconds to do, and you don’t even need a mirror!

First, pull your hair up into a very messy ponytail - I like to leave a few pieces out to enhance the messiness. Next, take any hair ribbon you have, wrap it around your head, and tie it in a bow. The ribbon I used is from American Apparel and has a metal wire in it, so it’s easy to create a bow. This low-maintenance look has such an effortlessly cool vibe – it’s very Rihanna-esque.

4) Braids and Hair Bows Galore

Braids hair bows tutorial

Bows before bros, am I right? This hairstyle is one that I do all the time because I’m obsessed with wearing bows in my hair!

To do this simple style, take two pieces of hair (from each side of your face) and create small braids that are long enough to reach behind your head. Once you bring the two braided pieces back, pin them together with bobby pins and secure the two bobby pins with an adorable bow. I got mine at the fashion district in LA, but this one from Dorothy Perkins is really similar.

5) Braided Headband

Braided headband tutorial

Again, this hairstyle seems a lot harder than it actually is, but if you have trouble with it (I know I did at first), just try, try again.

To get this look, take a little piece of hair from above each ear and tightly braid them, making sure the pieces are long enough to wrap around the top of your head. Once you’ve braided both pieces, reach one up and over your head and secure it with bobby pins under your hair, so the end of the braid and the bobby pins aren’t showing. Then, repeat the process on the other side and you have yourself a braided headband.

I love this hairstyle – I think it is so pretty and it really looks like you spent a lot of time on this ‘do. (Don’t tell anyone it just took a minute!)

6) More Bows, Please

Hair bow tutorial

This last hairstyle is incredibly easy, adorable and unique!

To get this look, take two pieces of hair from the front of your head and bring them around to the back of your head. Then, tie the strands together as if you’re tying a shoe lace or a bow. Secure with a bobby pin, and you’re done. This hairstyle is such a head-turner, plus, you can do it in less than five minutes. It’s perfect for rushing out the door during exam week.


What do you think of these hairstyles? Which one is your favorite? Will you be recreating any of these looks? What’s your go-to hairstyle when you’re in a rush? Would you like to see more posts like this one? I’d love to know what you think, so leave a comment below and tell me!

Posted on on May 7, 2013 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , ,

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62 Responses to “6 Super Easy Hairstyles for Finals Week”

  1. 1
    May 7th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    absolutely love this! I’m one of those ‘look good, feel good’ so I’ll definitely be trying some of this! i’ll agree some are of more difficulty to master, but with the pressure, I doubt I have much time to learn it! perhaps next time!

  2. 2
    May 7th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Very cute! Love that you show step by step pictures. My fave is the braided headband.

  3. 3
    May 7th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    These are perfect if you are a white girl with long straight hair.

  4. 4
    May 7th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, I love this! Could you please do hair tutorials more often?

  5. 5
    May 7th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Mariam – Not true! I have super curly hair and braids of all types are my BFFs. I actually think the braided headband looks better on us curly girls because it’s easier to hide the bobby pins! I wear that style all the time.

  6. 6
    May 7th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I don’t usually do anything with my hair, but I love this! Definitely will try a few of these hairstyles out. :)

  7. 7
    May 7th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    @Mariam — not true!! I am Asian/Spanish and have thick hair, when it was longer I used to do the braided side ponytail all the time, and got a lot of compliments too, I might add.

  8. 8
    May 7th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    nice ideas! definitely prefer these photos compared to the ones in the previous photos! keep it up!

  9. 9
    May 7th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Would anyone by any chance know of professional hairstyles for very long hair? What length would be considered unprofessional?

  10. 10
    May 7th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    This is absolutely adorable and cute. I am a lazy girl and I think this is perfect when I feel more girly yet still lazy.

  11. 11
    May 7th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Emma, you’re absolutely stunning and these hairstyles (especially 2!) are so helpful!

  12. 12
    May 7th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    All these braids are my best friend this week: nothing works better to keep my bangs out of my face when I’m working on my stage combat!

  13. 13
    May 8th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I agree with mariam. These wouldn’t work on my short, thick, and super curly hair

  14. 14
    May 8th, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Well, these aren’t styles that are meant for short hair – medium to long hair is better for styling. But all of these hair styles would work well for curly or straight hair, thin or thick. They may turn out slightly different, but they’ll work.

  15. 15
    May 8th, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Can we get some hairstyles for medium/short length hair? (Other than wear barrettes/head bands.)

  16. 16
    May 8th, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Love this post!

  17. 17
    May 8th, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Great post! I’m definitely going to try them out, especially number 6!

  18. 18
    May 8th, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Amazing post! Thank you for the quick and adorable ideas :)

  19. 19
    May 8th, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I’ve been trying to do my hair a little more. So, this is definitely helpful. I do a braided headband a lot though.

  20. 20
    May 8th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    wonderful post, emma! you should do more hair tutorials. :)

    definitely trying these out. i always have trouble with wrapping my hair around my ponytail since it always slips, even with a bobby pin. any suggestions? or maybe it’s just my hair…

    @ A: i would recommend buns & french braids, though as usual, it depends on your industry & company. the styles in this post (aside from perhaps the big white bow & messy ponytail ones ) would work in a more casual environment.

    from what i understand, the general rule of thumb is to keep your hair neat, looking healthy & styled in a way where it won’t get in your way or you’re constantly playing with it.

  21. 21
    May 8th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    i love all of these different ideas! I will def try them out :) thank you! :)

  22. 22
    May 8th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Emma, these hairstyles are adorable! I have very fine, slippery hair, so getting my hair into a basic ponytail is already more work than I’m usually willing to put in, but I definitely want to give these a try. Love the last one with the bow!

  23. 23
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Shannon, I’m so glad you liked the hairstyles!

  24. 24
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Alee, which hairstyle worked best for you?

  25. 25
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I think the brand of bobby pins is important because some are more flimsy than others. I really recommend scruncchi’s bobby pins, because they are tighter and that means they will keep your hair in place better/longer!

  26. 26
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I hope it works out!

  27. 27
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I’m glad you liked the post, Whitney!

  28. 28
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks, Melissa!

  29. 29
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I’m glad you liked the hairstyles!

  30. 30
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I agree!

  31. 31
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Gosh I love them.

  32. 32
    May 30th, 2013 at 1:58 am

    that side back braid is impossible! but so cute.

  33. 33
    July 13th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you so much for these helpful tips! I def. will try these! And ive never seen anyone do the last one with the bow so i will try it! They only thing is when i put bobby pins in my hair you can see them.

  34. 34
    August 18th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Sorry I’m late to the party. Emma your hair is so healthy. And that makes a difference regardless of the look. Braiding is a fun and super easy way to get a different looking style as you’ve pointed out. Especially when you’re rushed in the morning.

    Plus any kind of pony tail is an easy hairstyle that you can throw together as a last minute style, use it as your fallback plan when a bad hair day strikes, or if you’re going to work out or do something physical and you want to pull your hair up and back a bit.

    Oh and M you might find second day hair gives you more grit to work with. Or try a little dry shampoo just on the lower part of the section you are going to wrap around the elastic. For the same reason, better hold.

    Thanks for the quick styling how-to!

  35. 35
    September 14th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I am usually go and buy lots of different handpiece’s or different occasion but know I don’t have to with easy steps in number 5 so that is a big save not which is always a bargain thanks again Emma ???? can’t wait to try move of your hairstyles??????

  36. 36
    September 14th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I am usually go and buy lots of different handpiece’s or different occasion but know I don’t have to with easy steps in number 5 so that is a big save not which is always a bargain thanks again Emma ???? can’t wait to try move of your hairstyles??????

  37. 37
    February 14th, 2014 at 12:17 am

    its very cute <3

  38. 38
    March 19th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I have now new hairstyles for my preschooler daughter. I have so many hairstyles for her curly hair each day she goes to school and all of these will just take a few minutes to do. Thanks for sharing.

  39. 39
    March 26th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    May not be in college, but feel the same way about middle school. Only thing is that the boring tees and leggings are for everyday :P

  40. 40
    April 8th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Thank you so much for this easy hairdo! I can’t wait to try it!

  41. 41
    April 21st, 2014 at 2:40 am

    ya I luv it

  42. 42
    April 28th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I love these hairstyles

  43. 43
    July 17th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    this is quite tough and ineed pure indian hairstyle

  44. 44
    August 20th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Lucky You. Your hair is still long enough to do something about it as in fixing it in 6 easy styles! On a wild impulse, I simply cut my hair really short… as in short-short. Now just about the only thing I can do with it is to shave it off!

  45. 45
    August 20th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Oh my gosh these styles are to die for i love them a lot i’m going to try them!!!:)

  46. 46
    September 1st, 2014 at 12:19 am

    This hairstyles tutorial very cute, I have straight hair and I have been looking for a way to get natural waves. I love this hairstyle! Thanks so much!

  47. 47
    November 2nd, 2014 at 10:26 am

    jus wow :*

  48. 48
    December 5th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I guess this is why we have a generation of girls who think they are brilliant but contribute nothing in reality; they are too busy worrying about how their hair looks while they are taking finals instead of studying for the actual finals.

  49. 49
    December 27th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Great Website, Maintain the fantastic job. Thank you.

  50. 50
    February 11th, 2015 at 7:42 am

    luv this

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