5 Back-To-School Hair Styles in Under 5 Minutes

I used to be awful at doing Kinsley's hair. The first three years of her life I just threw her hair in a half up half down ponytail and just called it good. Last year I had made the decision that I was going to learn how to do her hair, and it became something that I placed a priority on everyday. I learned most of my skills from watching videos on youtube from Easy Toddler Hairstyles, and once I learned the basics, it was easy for me to start doing my own thing. 

What do I use? 
I don't use a lot of supplies when I do Kinsley's hair. I simply use a spray bottle with just water, a comb, and hair elastics. This should hopefully make it simple enough that anyone can replicate these styles with things they already have on hand, or at least very inexpensively. 

How long does it take? 
I timed all these styles on my phone as I was doing them, and these can all be done in under 5 minutes. I'll leave the time stamps with the hairstyles so you know how long it took me! Sometimes for school I like to do more elaborate styles, but when we're in a rush and don't have much time, these are the ones I go to!

Criss Cross Braids (4 minutes 28 seconds)
Divide the hair into four sections and secure them with an elastic. Braid one of the top sections and then cross it over to the opposite side on the bottom, and secure with another elastic. Then braid the other top section, cross it over to the opposite side on the bottom, and secure with an elastic again. Quick and simple.

Space Buns (3 minutes 18 seconds):
Simply part the hair down the middle and secure each side into a normal pig tail. Twist the hair around your finger, and then wrap it around the base of the pigtail/hair elastic until all the hair is used and it forms a bun. Secure with an elastic, and repeat on the other side. 

French Braid to Messy Bun (5 minutes)
Do a side part in the hair, and then do another part from the back of the side part, across the head horizontally to the ear on the other side (shown below). Secure the top section of hair out of the way, and then french braid the hair on the bottom half and secure with an elastic. Once the French braid is done, take the hair in the top section and comb it back to meet the braid. Combine the hair from the top section, and the remaining tail of the French braid into a messy bun on the side of the head, and secure with an elastic. 

Messy Bun (2 minutes 15 seconds)
Comb all the hair up onto the top of the head making it as smooth as possible and secure with an elastic like you're doing a ponytail, except on the last wrap around with the elastic, only pull the hair halfway through, leaving a bun (shown below). 

Then take the left side of the bun, and the right side of the bun, and bring them up together to form a little donut bun circle. Holding the donut bun with one hand, get another elastic, and secure the donut bun in place. Pull and tighten down the bun as needed to give it it's best shape. 

Pig Tails (2 minutes 38 seconds)
This probably doesn't need an explanation, but part the hair down the middle, pin the section you're not working on off to the side, and comb and smooth one side into a ponytail. Repeat on the other side, making sure both tails are even. 

What are some of your go-to quick and easy styles? I'd love to hear in the comments below! 

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