Hair Dare: 5 Minute Hairstyles

Here’s what my morning looks like when I wake up with only five minutes to get ready and come up with quick hairstyle ideas (after hitting the snooze button a million times):

7:55 a.m.: Get up and dash to the bathroom — I can’t leave without clean skin, and at least a coat or two of mascara.

7:56 a.m.: Attempt to brush my hair and make it look less like “I never shower” hair and more like “I just woke up with sexy bedhead” hair.

7:59 a.m.: Spend three whole minutes on the sexy bedhead look, realize it’s not really working, and decide to put my hair up instead. I try to create a cute braid or bun, but that doesn’t look any better. I give up and tie my hair into a basic ponytail … which takes less than three seconds.

8:00 a.m.: Throw on yesterday’s outfit and cry a bit — on the inside — as I head out the door, cursing myself for doing this … again.

Obviously, for someone who loves looking cute and polished, this really isn’t the ideal situation. But who actually has an hour to get ready every morning? I’m lucky if I get five minutes to do my hair.

So I asked celebrity hairstylists Danielle Irene and Joshua Barrett to spill their favorite hairstyles that are super quick and easy, but still look like you spent major time on your hair.

And we didn’t just leave it at that (since we’re such a daring team and all). We turned it into a challenge, and actually re-created the looks ourselves on camera — timer included. Not only do we have the how-tos and pictures, we’ve got the videos to prove these easy hairstyles really can be done in under five minutes.

Next time you’re in a hurry, skip the basic ponytail and choose from this gallery of super cute looks that each take five minutes or less to create. No more rushed mornings? Fine by me.

Click here to see (and watch us create) the 10 hairstyles we tried on ourselves