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My 3 Favorite Everyday Hair Styles (in 10 minutes or less!)

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper.

So, you all know that I’ve said for a long time that I’m not much of a fashionista at all. However, this year, in an effort to not let myself live stifled by long-held mantras like, “I’m not a fashionista”, I’ve been challenging myself to try a lot of new things — like new clothes and styles and hair styles.

You know how I love quick and easy and simple. So when it comes to new hair styles, my biggest criteria is that it has to be something I can do in 10 minutes or less.

And I’m so excited to report that I’ve found a number of looks that I love that meet that “Must Take 10 Minutes or Less” criteria!


Today, I wanted to share three of these looks with you, in case you’re looking for some new hair inspiration:

1. A Side Braid

This is a simple way to dress up any hair style. You can do a regular braid or a Dutch Braid.

I like to wear my hair like this when I have some waves or curls leftover from the day before (if I curled my hair). I just pin it back with two bobby pins on the side.

You can also pull it back into a pony tail or back into a messy bun like I have it here and here.


2. A Classic Bun

I have fallen in love with this style. It’s so, so easy to do.

This works best on Day 3 or Day 4 hair. I use some dry shampoo to help give a little more texture and help it stay better (this is my favorite dry shampoo).

You can pull it straight back and up into a bun or do a side part and then a bun. I have both looks shown above.

I recommend using lots of bobby pins and hair spray (this is my favorite hair spray).

Want to see a video on how to do this look or want some great Messy Bun ideas? Watch this video here (I did Messy Bun #5 in the photos above).

My 3 Go-To Everyday Hair Looks

3. Straight & Sleek

I’m so excited that I’ve finally figured out how to get my hair really straight and sleek. And I love wearing my hair this way — and this is one of Jesse’s favorite ways for me to wear my hair! If you’re interested, I wrote a step-by-step tutorial on how I get my hair to look like this here.

Once I’ve straightened my hair, it only takes me a few minutes of running the straightener through my hair again every day over the next few days and it looks straight and sleek and stays all day long.


A Textured Look Hair Tutorial

Walgreens asked me if I’d try out a textured look with their tutorial and recommended products. I actually can’t remember the last time I’ve tried to do a textured look, so it was fun to experiment and try this out.

Here’s what I did to get the textured look above (with thanks to Walgreens for the tutorial):

  1. First, I washed and conditioned my hair with the TRESemmé® Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner. I especially loved the shampoo — it left my hair feeling so soft and silky.
  2. Then, I towel-dried my hair and prepped my hair for styling by applying Nexxus® Diametress Lavish Body Gel Spray.My 3 Go-To Everyday Hair Looks
  3. I blow-dried my hair a little and then put it in a few loose braids and let it air dry overnight.
  4. In the morning, I took out the braids and tousled my hair with my hands and put some Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo on my roots to give it a little bit more texture. This was so easy to use and I really liked how this dry shampoo worked.
  5. Then, I sprayed Nexxus® Comb Thru Touchable Hold Finishing Mist, added a side braid and pinned it back, and then used the Nume Curling Wand to add some wave.

I was happy with the finished look. It’s definitely very different than how I usually wear my hair, but it was fun to try something new. Jesse wasn’t so sure when he first saw it, but he decided that it was growing on him. 🙂

When I went to record my Facebook Live this morning, people kept commenting on how amazing my hair looked. So even though I’m not sure that I love the look, a LOT of other people seemed to really, really like it.

Want some more hair inspiration? Walgreens put together the Get Your Style Fix tutorial page. There are five different hair styles to choose from: Curls, Volume, Texture, Smooth, and Shine. Each style has easy to follow step-by-step instructions, plus a video tutorial!

Wondering what products to use? Walgreens also has product recommendations for each look on that page.

Plus, right now Walgreens is helping you save on these hair styling products! Through October 29th, you’ll get 3,000 Balance Reward Points when you purchase 3 Nexxus®, TRESemmé®, Dove or Suave® products.


Would you like to win a $100 Walgreens Gift Card?

I have a $100 Walgreens gift cards to give away! To enter to win, head over to this post on my Facebook Page and leave a comment sharing what your fall style is going to be. I’ll choose a winner from the comments to win a $100 Walgreens gift card!

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  • Ann says:

    Thank you so much for the link to the messy bun video tutorial. I feel like I finally might actually be able to master the messy bun.

  • JoDi says:

    That’s funny that you don’t love the textured style with the side braid. Of the 3 styles, I really think that one looks the prettiest on you! My husband is the opposite of Jesse. I have curly hair, and he hates it when I wear it straight (although I love it!) ?

    • I think it could grow on me… it’s just very different from my usual and feels weird and a little “unkempt” for me and my personality! 😉

      • I forgot to say… the photos of that one are the best, too, which definitely helps! Jesse and I are finally figuring out how to do “posed” pictures… and have found a spot outside that has great lighting in the morning and afternoons.

        I was SO uncomfortable with doing these types of photos for so long, but I’m stepping outside my comfort zone and little bit by little bit, getting braver and more comfortable with me being the center of attention in a photo! 🙂

  • Amy M. says:

    This post was so helpful; thank you! I’m also “so not a fashionista” and have been inspired by all the new looks and styles you’ve tried; you’ve done a great job finding styles, makeup, hair, etc., that seem perfect on you! (Including the textured look with the side braid; so pretty on you!)
    I also love the messy bun video; thank you for that link. I kept thinking my hair was too thin to pull those off but I never took the time to learn the secrets. 😉 I have hope now!

  • What a fun post, Crystal! I love all your hair styles, but I think the wavy look with the side braid might be my favorite. 🙂 I am going to pin this b/c I need to check out those videos later. My hair is long (I need to get a haircut) and most of the time it ends up looking like a bird’s nest–ha! I put makeup on most every morning, but I feel like I neglect styling my hair way too much! Hair is always the last to go if I’m running behind in the morning. 🙂

  • Theres says:

    Hi, Crystal,
    I don’t have Facebook, so I hope I can post my comment here instead. My fall style is “thankful.” Due to illness, I don’t have much hair, so when I get to fretting about it, I try to remember to be thankful I have hair at all! The “volume” and “texture” tips are things I can try. Thanks for posting!. I like the braid best on you- it is so cute. =)

  • Jody says:

    Beautiful pictures Crystal! Your hair and the shirts look really nice on you! The classic bun is my favorite! It looks really good on you. I’ve always wanted to be able to do a bun like that with my hair but my hair is so thin. I’ll have to check out the tutorials and see if I can get some tips to maybe make it work ?. Fun post!

  • Aimee Hadden says:

    Fun style ideas! Since I live in the South I try to enjoy curling my hair in the winter months (since the summer humidity eliminates curly as an option for me 🙂 Love the messy bun – I only wash my hair twice a week so that’s a great option for those last few days before a wash.

  • Maria says:

    Crystal, you’re so beautiful with wavy hair.

  • I’m going to get out that wavy style, so cute!

    Also. You having very similar skin/hair/eye colors as me is really helpful when I’m trying to choose which color shirt I want to order ?

  • lyss says:

    Ha Ha. I had no idea my hair had a name! Mine looks exactly like your “textured look” when I don’t do anything to it. I’ve always called it not curly, not stick-straight, but kinda wavy. Sort of. Now I shall consider it “textured”. lol. Except, isn’t that what they call black people’s hair?? I am white, so my hair is not that type of texture.
    Funny how hair can be so different. Two of my sisters have super straight hair and they have your “straight and sleek” look without even trying. No straightener needed. Me, I have your “textured” look. We all have fine hair that will NOT hold a curl. I sometimes curl the ends under (as in, Sunday mornings) as I think it makes it look nicer and not so “unkempt”, but even that doesn’t stay long for me. You might like yours better that way. : )

  • Jennifer says:

    I don’t usually post but LOVE your site and am checking it out weekly. I just wanted to let you know that I LOVED your ‘textured hair’ look, you look fabulous!

  • Keelie says:

    Love your beautiful hair friend!

  • Tiffany says:

    I love this post! I am a SAH mom and my typical hair style is a ponytail (and not one of those cute messy ones either). I am curious about the dry shampoo. Does that work on oily hair? I love these looks, but find it hard to go a day without washing.

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