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Bed-to-work hair in minutes

Allison Pynn has worked on the faces of Paula Abdul, America Ferrera, The Band Perry, Bret Michaels, and Sarah Palin. She grew up in rural Indiana running around corn fields and digging up worms, but always with lip gloss on! Allison has...

3 Easy hairstyles to get you out the door for work quicker

These three easy hairstyles will take you from bed to work in no time.

The perfect ponytail

Perfect ponytail

Step 1

The Perfect Ponytail Step 1: Backcombing hair

Begin by backcombing (teasing) the hair on the crown of your head. Be generous with the backcombing (the pressure of the ponytail will pull down some of the volume).

Tip: Use a boar-hair bristle brush for a better tease.

Step 2

The Perfect Ponytail Step 2: Smooth the top layer

Next, smooth the top layer of the backcombed hair (this hides the teased hair underneath).

Step 3

The Perfect Ponytail Step 3: Tie back with clear elastic

At the jawline, gather all of your hair to the lower back of your neck. Tie it off with a clear elastic band.

Step 4

The Perfect Ponytail Step 4: wrap a piece of hair around holder

Take one small piece of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail holder several times (or until you run out of hair to wrap). Use a bobby pin to hold this piece in place.

Step 5

The Perfect Ponytail Step 5: spray back hair with hair spray

If you have bangs or loose hair around your face, spray hair back so it stays in place throughout the day

Tip: Use a bobby pin to keep these hairs in place if needed. Be sure to hide the bobby pin for the most polished look.

The Perfect Ponytail: Finished side view

Knotted messy bun

Knotted Messy Bun

This look is best on those with long hair.

Step 1

Knotted Messy Bun Step 1: divide hair into two low pontyails

Begin this look by dividing hair into two low ponytails at the back of your head.

Step 2

Knotted Messy Bun Step 2: tie like shoelaces

Next, lay one ponytail over the other and pull one of the ends through the middle, as if you were tying shoelaces into a knot — exactly the same concept.

Step 3

Knotted Messy Bun Step 3: Tie another knot

Tie another knot with the remaining hanging hair. Repeat this process until you reach the end of your hair.

Step 4

Knotted Messy Bun Step 4: Take loose ends and pin into place

Now take the remaining loose ends of your hair and bring them up and around to the top of the bun. Bobby-pin these ends into place.

Knotted Messy Bun Step 4: Finished

Tip: Don't worry about making this perfect. The more undone and informal it looks the better.

Step 5

Knotted Messy Bun Step 5: Keep loose hair around face

Keep loose hair around the face. This look is very boho and looks best when it's not perfect.

Chic half up/half down

Chic Half up Half down

Step 1

Chic Half up Half down Step 1: Start by backcombing hair

Start by backcombing (teasing) the hair at the crown of your head.

Step 2

Chic Half up Half down Step 2: Use Hairspray generously

Give this backcombed section a generous spray of hairspray, pushing up on the hair as you spray (this will help the hair "memorize" what position to stay in).

Step 3

Chic Half up Half down Step 3: Twist small piece of hair

Next, take one small piece of hair around your face and twist it. Bring it to the lower back of your head and bobby-pin it into place (hide the bobby pins under the hair so they're not seen). This piece of hair should be pinned a little above the nape of your neck (this is a chic '60s look).

Chic Half up Half down Step 4: pin a little above the nape of your neck

Step 4

Chic Half up Half down Step 4: Repeat on the other side

Repeat on the other side of your head, twisting your hair and pinning it to meet the other pinned piece of hair.

Step 5

Chic Half up Half down Step 5: Finished

Ta-da! A cute, chic half up/half down look in about three minutes.

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