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20 Simple Hairstyles That Look Anything But Simple

A simple hairstyle doesn’t mean uninteresting. These quick styles are actually quite fun and exciting! Break your style routine and stop wearing the same hairstyle day after day. Mix it up and be inspired by some of these simple hairstyles that are fun, quick and easy to achieve.

#1 Side Braid

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This sweet braided hairstyle is perfect for those that want to braid their bangs out of their face. Here, the fringe is actually left out to frame the face, so the simple braid is just an added bonus!

Simple Braided Hairstyle

Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Brush hair out and flat iron to create a nice, smooth finish.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Tease the top of the crown for volume and smooth back.
  4. Begin a small braid at the part line right behind the bangs.
  5. Continue braiding until you reach the back of the head and secure with pins.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Appeal Instant Shine Top Coat by Kerastase is amazing!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

We love this braided hairstyle because it can be worn by ladies with any face shape or hair type.

Tip:

Create a braid on the opposite side as well for a more symmetrical look.

#2 Boho Chic

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This bohemian style appears intricate, but it’s really just a loose braid secured at the nape. So quick and so easy!

Simple Boho Hairstyle with Braid

Style by Danielle Albrecht, Makeup by Jenna Romeo, William Wesley Grand Salon, Davenport, IA

Simple Boho Hairstyle with Braid Back

Style by Danielle Albrecht, Makeup by Jenna Romeo, William Wesley Grand Salon, Davenport, IA

How To Style:

  1. Part clean dry hair deeply to one side and comb through.
  2. Start at the part and begin an inside out French braid.
  3. Wrap the braid down and around the back of your head and secure into a low ponytail.
  4. Gather strands up and pin them loosely into the hair tie to finish off the look.

Recommended Products:

Redken Quick Dry Hairspray will keep this style in place all day and night.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will be flattered by this braided hairstyle. Thick hair of pretty much any texture can wear this look.

Tip:

Pair a bold eye or lip color with this look to make this laid-back hairstyle more modern.

#3 Romantic Style

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This super stunning updo is super simple to do. With just a little teasing and a few pins, you’ve got a fresh look to take out on the town!

Simple Romantic Hairstyle with Curls

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Prep strands with heat protectant or a light hold hairspray.
  2. Use a medium-sized curling iron to curl your entire head of hair. You can choose to keep the curls loose or tight depending on the look you want.
  3. Tease the top crown a bit for volume, then smooth over.
  4. Wrap one side of your hair around the back as tightly as you can and use about five or so bobby pins to secure.

Recommended Products:

Drybar Moneymaker Flexible Hold Hairspray is a greta product to keep this chic style in place.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can wear this romantic hairstyle. Thin to thick amounts of hair ranging from straight to curly can create a version of this asymmetrical hairdo.

Tip:

Always try to hide your pins as much as possible. You can buy bobby pins and hair pins in an array of colors to match your hair shade, so take advantage of those! If you can still still see them, throw in a chunky hair barrette or flower to add some pizazz and hide your pin work.

#4 Elevated Elegance

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This simple style has a teased crown with sleek lines. It’s amazing what a simple bump and some pins can do to create such a dramatic look.

Simple Sleek Hairstyle with Teased Crown

Style by Hair Benders International Salon, Chattanooga, TN

How To Style:

  1. Style your hair as desired — either straight, wavy or curly.
  2. Tease the hair at the crown of your head to create a thick cushion for some serious volume.
  3. Gently smooth the teasing down a bit with a brush or your fingers.
  4. Create a deep side part, then pull each side back tightly and pin just under your teased crown section.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray to keep your teasing and pinning in place.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces will be flattered by this sleek hairstyle. Straight hair is ideal to achieve the look shown, but it can also be created in a wavy or curly version.

Tip:

As a fifth step to this style, pull hair up into a ponytail for a flirty updo!

#5 Side Pony

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This adorable ponytail is worn low on one side of the head and curled to make it a little more sophisticated and interesting.

Side Pony Cute Simple Hairstyle

Style by Katie Guinan, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair and use a brush to part hair to the side and detangle.
  2. Loosely gather hair into a low ponytail on one side of the head (under one ear) and secure with a hair tie.
  3. Use a large curling iron to add curly texture to strands.
  4. Wrap one piece of hair around the hair tie and secure with a bobby pin to hide the elastic.
  5. Spritz on some shine spray for a mirror-like finish.

Recommended Products:

Flash Brilliance from Prive is the perfect shine mist for all hair types.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes. All hair types. The more texture your hair has the more textured the style will be. Hair just has to be long enough to pull into a low side ponytail.

Tip:

If you have shorter hair, curl your hair first while it’s down before you secure it into the ponytail.

#6 Fun Flip

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This cute bob hairstyle is super easy to achieve with a large curling iron. The deep side part and flippy texture make this short hairstyle super fun and flirty.

Fun Flip Cute SImple Blonde Look

Style by Rhiannon Merchant, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Super Simple Hairstyles

Style by Rhiannon Merchant, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair and part it deeply to one side.
  2. Section the top half up and out of the way.
  3. Use a large curling iron (about 1½“ would be great) to flip hair out on the ends.
  4. Drop hair down and curl some pieces with the iron while flipping out the ends of other pieces for an eclectic-like feel.
  5. Polish off the look with your favorite styling spray.

Recommended Products:

Prive Texture Spray goes on like a waxy mist. It’s great for adding texture and has just enough hold for all hair types.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round faces look best with bobs. Fine to thick hair that is on the straighter side naturally is ideal for this flipped hairstyle.

Tip:

Blow your hair out first and attempt to get it as sleek and smooth as possible before going in with your iron. Starting with a frizz-free foundation will make your life so much easier!

#7 Short Side Braid

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This braided hairstyle is super easy to do and makes such a big impact. Braiding one side takes this short sassy style to the next level. Bangs help frame and soften the face.

Short Simple Side Braid Hairstyle

Style by Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

Simple Short Side Braid Style Side View

Style by Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

How To Style:

  1. Begin with detangled, dry hair and part hair to the side.
  2. On the shallow side of the part, begin a French braid starting at the top of the head and braiding down towards the ear.
  3. When you reach behind and below the ear, secure with bobby pins.
  4. Use a flat iron or a curling iron, whichever you feel most comfortable with, to bevel your bangs forward and finish off the ends of your strands that were left out of the braid.

Recommended Products:

Run some light serum and a little hairspray through hair to give it some shine and texture for your braid. Try Redken Glass Serum and a light hold hairspray like Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is shown on a model with shorter hair, but any length of hair can achieve this hairstyle. Any face shape and any hair type looks great with a braid.

Tip:

Pull remaining hair up into a ponytail or a low side ponytail for a great hairstyle to stay cool and beat the heat.

#8 Hippie Chic

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This modern braided hairstyle is so sleek and simple. It’s amazing how adding one little braid can add interest, texture, and style to an otherwise straight and boring hairstyle!

Hippie Chic Long Blonde Simple Look with Braid

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Flat iron your entire head of hair.
  2. Part hair to the side slightly.
  3. Grab a small to medium-sized section of hair on the shallow side of the part.
  4. Split the section to three and begin braiding.
  5. Secure the braid with a tiny elastic band.

Recommended Products:

Goody Mini Elastic Polybands in ‘clear’ are the perfect size and they’re ouchless. Sweet!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This simple hairstyle is perfect for all face shapes, hair types and textures.

Tip:

Clear elastic bands are ideal as they match any hair type and are the best at being camouflaged.

#9 Side Twist

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This simple side ponytail or twisted bun is extremely easy to create and adds tons of elegance and sophistication to your hair. Sleek strands are pulled low to the side and swooped into pure bliss.

Simple Side Twist Simple Brunette Style

Style by Hadley Burtscher, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Simple Side Twist Simple Brunette Style Front View

Style by Hadley Burtscher, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Begin with straightened hair and apply a heat protecting styling serum.
  2. Curl the ends of your hair with a one-inch barrel or larger curling iron.
  3. Part hair to the side and section out the top bangs.
  4. Gather remaining hair into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  5. Take the top bang section down and around the hair tie to camouflage it and secure with bobby pins.
  6. Coil up the ponytail strand into a tousled bun and secure with more pins.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil Treatment not only protects strands from, heat but also nourishes and repairs split ends.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square, round or heart shaped faces are best with this look. Any hair type, thick or thin, with straighter or wavy texture is ideal.

Tip:

Use bobby pins and hair elastics that match or come close to your hair shade. This will help them blend in and not be seen.

#10 Faux Hawk

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This edgy pixie looks fabulously futuristic by simply combing it a certain way. Even short hair has versatility by simply changing up your styling routine.

Simple Faux Hawk Edgy Pixie

Style by Peles Salon and Spa, Johnstown, PA

Simple Faux Hawk Edgy Pixie Front View

Style by Peles Salon and Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. When hair is damp, apply a medium hold gel throughout the entire head of hair.
  2. Take a fine-toothed comb and make two part lines both over the outside of the eyes. Direct the part lines back and comb the outside hair down and behind the ears.
  3. Lift up the top section and mold it into a faux hawk.
  4. Use a strong hold hairspray to lock the look in place.

Recommended Products:

Prive Styling Gel has the perfect hold, smells great, and won’t make your hair crunchy or flakey.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart or round shaped faces are ideal. Wavy to naturally straight hair is ideal with fine to thick amounts of hair.

Tip:

Keep your overall look in mind when styling your hair. If you opt for a more edgy hairstyle, than make sure your clothes and makeup follow the trend for a cohesive look.

#11 Braided Beauty

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Hair is pulled into a low ponytail after being braided around the neck. Thick, dramatic bangs are left out for added interest. This is a great asymmetrical hairstyle to try.

Braided Beauty Simple Hairstyles

Style by Emily Volk, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Braided Beauty Simple Style Back View

Style by Emily Volk, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Detangle hair and use a comb to part hair deeply to one side.
  2. Starting on the shallow end of the part, pull hair down to the ear and begin a French braid.
  3. Keep adding hair to the braid and keep the location of the braid low by the neck.
  4. Continue the low French braid until you reach the opposite side of the neck.
  5. Gather all remaining hair (except the bangs) and secure into an elastic band.
  6. Flat iron your bangs and the strands in your ponytail for extra shine and an added edginess.

Recommended Products:

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or square shaped faces will look best in this style. Fine to thick hair of straight to wavy textures can achieve this look easily. Natural curls will just add a different texture to the look.

Tip:

If you just can’t seem to master braiding your own hair, twist and roll your hair strands instead. It’s a lot easier than a tricky braid!

#12 Swept Away

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Long hair can be beautiful but oftentimes too hot and heavy to leave down all the time. Show off your long locks, but stay cooler by pulling your hair half up. This simple, swept-back hairstyle looks super chic and helps show off her beautiful face.

Swept Away Partially Pulled Back Shiny Brunette Look

Style by Natasha Rodriguez and Jasmine Velez, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Use an iron to curl your entire head of hair or diffuse your natural curls.
  2. Use a comb to tease the top of your head to add some volume.
  3. Use a brush to gently smooth and pull the top section of hair back into an elastic hair tie. Make sure you keep your hair parted in the center as you do so.
  4. Spray on some hair spray to lock your style in place.

Recommended Products:

Try the medium hold hairspray from Garnier Fructis.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long oval faces should stay away from this elongating hairstyle. Try out this look if you have naturally curly hair or have good curling iron skills. This is a great look for thick hair!

Tip:

If you have bangs, wear them forward or use bobby pins to keep them back and secured.

#13 Chiseled Elegance

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Healthy, straight hair is as simple as it gets. A crisp side part and a beautiful haircut make this layered beauty a great simple hairstyle option.

How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side and detangle.
  2. Grab your flat iron and slowly work through, section by section, to smooth each piece of hair.
  3. Around the front of the face, bevel the hair inward slightly to create that soft curve.

Recommended Products:

Invest in a good flat iron to get your strands as sleek as possible. Infrashine Original Professional Ceramic Styling Iron in size 1” is a fabulous choice.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round, square and heart shaped faces would be flattered by this elongated and face framing hairstyle. Thick to thin hair that is naturally straight or slightly wavy is ideal.

Tip:

Section hair up while you work to flat iron hair underneath. Use a hair elastic to tie hair up or a large butterfly clip to secure your tresses as you work.

#14 Fun Ponytail

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This adorable hairstyle looks complicated, but is actually very easy to achieve. A teased crown and a flirty side ponytail are elements that create a totally sweet and girly hairstyle.

Fun Simple Ponytail with Wispy Front Pieces

Style by Salon & Spa at Foresgate, Jamesburg, NJ

Fun Simple Ponytail with Wispy Front Pieces Back View

Style by Salon & Spa at Foresgate, Jamesburg, NJ

How To Style:

  1. Tease the top crown of your head.
  2. Gently smooth top section of hair back and secure with bobby pins.
  3. Pull the rest of the hair into a low, side ponytail and secure with an elastic.
  4. Pull out some front pieces and curl them for an added girly touch.

Recommended Products:

Protect your strands and add some shine with Kerastase Oleo Relax styling serum.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes, textures and hair types would look fabulous in this cute hairstyle.

Tip:

A real or faux flower would look adorable with this style!

#15 Straight Up

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This unique, teased hairstyle is a take on a modern bouffant. Stick straight strands are taken to the next level by adding some volume and a slicked back sheen.

Straight Up Teased Hairstyle Modern Bouffant

Style by Kaycee Steiner, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Flat iron your entire head of hair so strands are nice and smooth.
  2. Spray your roots with a hairspray and then begin to tease the roots on top of the head with a comb.
  3. Use a brush to gently sweep strands up and back away from the face.
  4. Once your bouffant is in place – use a strong hold hairspray to lock in your look.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Spray and Stay Hairspray is the perfect type of styling spray for this hairstyle. Spray it on and keep your look in place all day.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This straight hairstyle may be too harsh for square shaped faces. The thicker your hair and the straighter it is naturally makes it more ideal for this style.

Tip:

Don’t be afraid to tease your roots. You actually want to tease the hair and make it a tad bigger than you are aiming for. Once you brush the hair back and smooth it out you will lose some of the volume.

#16 Sexy Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Asymmetrical hairstyles are very on trend right now. This cute curly bob is swept to one side and given long blunt bangs. These unexpected elements make this hairstyle fun, flirty and totally sexy.

Sexy Bob Asymmetric Simple Hairstyle with a Fringe

Style by The Oak Street Hair Group, Mountain Brook, AL

Sexy Bob Asymmetric Simple Hairstyle with a Fringe Side View

Style by The Oak Street Hair Group, Mountain Brook, AL

How To Style:

  1. Curl your entire head of hair with a curling iron. Focus on the ends of the hair rather than roots to tips.
  2. Use your fingers to break up the curls and scrunch them up. This will give them a looser and more tousled appearance.
  3. Flat iron your bangs forward.
  4. Smooth one side of hair back behind the ear and towards the opposite ear.
  5. Secure with bobby pins or a decorative clip behind opposite ear.

Recommended Products:

Pureology Glossing Mist is fabulous to use before or after heat styling and adds incredible shine to strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces look great with bobs and oval shaped faces look great with bangs. Fine to thick textured hair that is straight or wavy is the ideal hair type for this look.

Tip:

Bevel bangs under slightly with the flat iron to keep them looking soft.

#17 Big Braid

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This hairstyle has some Texas sized volume! Even if you choose to have a more low-key version of this style, the side part and side braid create a fun and simple hairstyle to copy.

Big Braid Full Blonde Style

Style by Peles Salon and Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side and detangle hair.
  2. Use a comb to create a cushion of volume by teasing the roots at the crown. Make your hair as big or as small as you want.
  3. Smooth strands with a brush gently to create a sleeker finish after your teasing.
  4. Gather hair into a low ponytail on one side of your neck and begin braiding. A classic braid will do just fine.
  5. Secure your braid with a small elastic and finish off your hairstyle with some hairspray to hold it in place.

Recommended Products:

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Finish hairspray is the hairspray of the stars! Use it to lock in your look without crunchiness or flaking.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle is wonderful for all face shapes and hair types.

Tip:

Opt for some braided pigtails for a more youthful and casual look.

#18 Diva Curls

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This gorgeous curly hairstyle is a great way to show off beautiful long strands. Show off your length but pull it back off your face for one glamorous hairstyle!

Diva Curls Long Brunette Simple Hairstyle

Style by Nicki Hodges, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Diva Curls Long Brunette Simple Style Back View

Style by Nicki Hodges, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. Curl your entire head of hair with a curling iron or diffuse your natural curls.
  2. Use a comb to tease the top of your head to add some volume.
  3. Use a brush to gently smooth and pull the top section of hair back into an elastic hair tie.
  4. Take a strand of hair and wrap it around the hair tie to camouflage.
  5. Use your curling iron to touch up any strands that need it after pulling hair back into the elastic.
  6. Spritz on some shine spray and go out on the town!

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine spray is amazing at adding a mirror-like finish to hair strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long oval faces should stay away from this elongating hairstyle. This looks is great for girls who feel confident with a curling iron or those who are blessed with naturally curly hair.

Tip:

Add bangs to your look if you have a longer face to add balance.

#19 Edgy Bangs

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This sleek hairstyle is simple yet stylish. The edgy forward bangs help frame the face and the subtle flip on the ends of the hair creates a flirty feel. Pulling half of the hair up makes the whole look lighter.

Edgy Bangs Partial Updo

Style by Charlott Malailua Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

How To Style:

  1. Start with dry hair.
  2. Use a flat iron to run through on the bangs so they are nice and straight.
  3. Use the iron again to smooth out the rest of the hair strands. Bevel the flat iron out to create a slight flip.
  4. Use a comb to separate the bangs forward and the top half of hair back.
  5. Secure hair with a barrette or clip.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray. Adds necessary proteins to weakened hair and keeps hair safe from heat.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long, oval or rectangular faces are great for this hairstyle because of the bangs. The bangs help add balance to longer faces. Fine to thick hair that is straight to wavy texture is the best.

Tip:

Use a decorative barrette or clip to spice up your style.

#20 Side Ponytail

Written by Irene Bredthauer

A lovely side ponytail is super easy and makes a fun sophisticated look. Spicing it up with a cute accessory is just as easy and makes such a dramatic impact.

How To Style:

  1. Curl your entire head of hair. (Not necessary but you will need to do so if you want to look like the photo.)
  2. Gather hair into a low ponytail on one side of your head and secure with an elastic band.
  3. Gently place your flowers into your ponytail.

Recommended Products:

Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This sweet style would look great on any face shape and any hair type.

Tip:

A thick ribbon or bow would make a lovely retro statement.

Change up your look by adding a side ponytail or braid, or amp up your volume by teasing or combing your hair in a different way. There are tons of simple tips to freshen up your old boring hairstyle. Taking your hairstyle to the next level doesn’t have to require styling classes or hours with your curling iron. Just follow the basic steps for these simple hairstyles to change up your look and add a fresh twist to your life!