J and I both love an up-do. Especially on Day 4 (don’t tell us you’re washing your hair every day!). On Sunday, overwhelmed with 1) dirty hair and 2) about five minutes to get ready, I threw my hair in a French twist…which looked pretty good. It got me thinking about other (easy) up-dos to try.

Here are some of my faves:

Love this side-swept French Twist – use a teasing comb and dry shampoo to achieve this look. Leave your top layers (or bangs) out for a looser look. Bobby pin them near your ear if they’re too long.

Up Do #1
kate upton.

The side bun is THE up-do of the season (even though there’s not a lot of “up” to it). Curl your hair with a curling iron, gather your hair in a deep side part, and twist the curls into a knot covering the opposite ear from your part. Use bobby pins to pin the knot in place.

Up Do #2
jessica lu.

A high bun is easy for the up-do novice. Gather your hair in a high half-pony (don’t pull it all the way through). Twist the ends around the knot and secure with bobby pins. Unlike the first two looks, this one should be clean and crisp. Smooth your whispies with hairspray, and make sure the hair underneath the bun is smooth.

Up-Do #3
lauren conrad.

And here’s a mini-tutorial for an up-do perfect for short or medium-length hair. Twist one side across the back and secure with bobby pins. Ditto for the other side, pinning the ends opposite the first side. Voila!

Quick Twist

Here’s my French twist:

L's French Twist
pardon the stray bobby pin! #inahurry

For all of these, you’ll need:

Up-Do Collage
hair spray // rubber bands // teasing comb // bobby pins // dry shampoo

What’s your favorite up-do?