If you’ve been browsing Instagram or Pinterest recently, you’ll notice that hair has gotten … easier? Gone are the days of sitting in front of a mirror doing an arm workout to get those perfect Victoria’s Secret Angel curls (#TB to when it was *dream* hair — I miss it). It’s no longer about spending our precious time in the morning getting our hair done (we can probably thank Zoom’s first encounters for that). Move over, Brazilian bangs, high-effort mermaid waves and the sought-after straight chignon – there are a handful of easy hairstyles that will take over this spring.
From Y2K braids and clips to over-the-top volume, your new favorite style is less than 20 minutes away. Regardless of the texture, length or type of your hair, we’ve rounded up eight different looks to keep you feeling confident and fresh this spring (and we won’t judge if you wear them in the summer too).
1. 1970s volume
This trend has been around for a few seasons, but we’re not seeing it wear out anytime soon (I mean, Dyson Airwrap keeps running out, if that’s not a test, IDK what it is). Whether you cut your curtain fringe or just want to pretend, this style is best achieved using hot rollers. Even if you have to enter them, they are easy to place and do other things (makeup, those fees you put off, etc.) as they are set. And when did they finish? Bomb hair.
2. Colorful accessories
Of all the styles on this list, this is, arguably, the simplest, but it’s not without impact. Whether you stack a bunch of accessories along the hairline or layer them over a bun or ponytail, the options are endless. You could go black and white with lots of different accessories in the same color (like this gorgeous look that celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan did for Alice and Olivia in 2021) or color block as above.
3. Long braid
For those of us in the Midwest and East Coast, this isn’t a thing, but anyone who experiences a in reality hot spring, you’re probably already looking for a way to pull your hair back in hot weather without sacrificing style. This single low braid pulls all of your hair up from your neck and away from your face, yet looks impeccably chic. Whether you have naturally long hair or pull-ups (we’re obsessed with these INH clip ponytails), this style suits every single hair texture and face shape.
4. Y2K clip
We’ve been back with claw clips for a while, but this summer we’re ditching our traditional shapes and opting for fun shapes. Butterflies, flowers, shells – they look really fun and unique without any extra effort on your part. You can pull all your hair back with these or let the clip really shine with a half up style like above.
5. Explosion of the 90s
We’re talking a lot about Y2K’s influences in beauty right now, but the 90s aren’t going anywhere either. The “The Rachel” haircut still reigns supreme, and the classic supermodel blast is right up there with it. Even better, this hairstyle is much easier to achieve this time using a hot air brush. When your hair is 60 percent dry, take the hot air brush through your hair in sections, flipping them underneath. At the roots, this will create a lot of volume, while your tips will get that perfect face frame.
6. Braids to frame the face
You’ve seen this look on everyone who is someone: Hailey Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion. It’s a nod to early, post-family vacation chic, and we’re happy it couldn’t be easier. Part your hair in half and take a one-inch piece on either side of your head and braid until there are a few inches left at the ends. Tie with a rubber band and you are good to go. To make it even more Y2K, add colorful rubber bands and thank us later when you feel like you’re 10 again.
And if you’ve got box braids, we’re jealous of your ability to pull up the rest of your braids and go smoothly.
7. Messy sandwich
Consider this the Pam and Tommy effect. We’ll see this voluminous and messy ’90s-style Pamela Anderson bun everywhere this year. This look is easy to achieve on all hair textures, but it’s definitely a little easier the longer your hair is. To give a little extra volume to short or fine hair, gather all the hair at the top of the head and separate the pieces to give the illusion of more hair. Extra points with this look if you have that classic ’80s bangs that Pam didn’t give up in the’ 90s!
8. Hardly waves
For a trendy girl style that at the same time feels like you’ve barely tried but everyone wonders how you got it, waves that almost don’t look like waves they are. As seen above on Hunter Schafer, this look is easily achieved on straight or wavy hair texture. For a heat-free style, simply put your hair in locks while wet and blow dry. Or you can use a flat iron to add a wavy look. Don’t be afraid to leave a few pieces straight or forget to put the underneath – the messier this looks, the better.