My Go-To Hair (2 Ways) When I Only have 10 Minutes to Get Ready

By Brittni • Updated on 07/07/2021

Image of wavy, effortless curls on a mid-length brunette.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, this year I’m really working on regaining balance in my life and taking better care of myself. To assist with that, I’ve developed a routine that kind of helps me keep my morning sanity, so I don’t have to worry much about what to wear, how to do my hair, etc, etc. And I’m pleased to report, so far, so good!

The concept is a little like a capsule wardrobe, only its mainly for my hair, as crazy as that may sound. Curious to know exactly what I’ve been doing to save time in the mornings? Good news! I’ve partnered with Aveeno to share the two hair tutorials that have cut my getting ready time nearly in half, so I can focus on more important things, like the perfect shade of lilac for food photos. Kidding! Sort of.

How to perfect your bun in 5 minutes or less (hair tutorial)

The daily gist goes something like this… Every week day, I give myself a couple of options. The idea is I keep the choices limited… So, I have two go-to hair dos on rotation, that each take less than 10 minutes to recreate. I switch between the two, depending on my mood / what I have to do at work that day. Then, I throw on my ‘work uniform’ (which I’ll explain in another post), put on a little makeup, and head out the door. My mornings are SO much easier since implementing these simplified beauty habits.

Get my (product free) 5 minute bun tutorial and 10 minute wavy hair DIY…

10 Minutes to the Perfect (Effortless) Wavy Hair with Aveeno Pure Renewal

Before sharing the hair tutorials, I wanted to share a little somethin’, somethin’. I put Aveeno’s new Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner to the test to see how it would fair against my dry and (often times) paint-ridden hair before putting together these hair tutorials.

The Infused ACTIVE NATURALS®Seaweed Extract and naturally derived cleansers lift away impurities and help rebalance moisture levels. Which basically means your hair will be left looking shiny, healthy, and full. At least that what it says on the label. So, I gave it a try!

Here’s the side by side before and after of how my hair looked the day before I used Aveeno Pure Renewal and then the day after just one use…

Before and After Hair Side by Side, with dry hair and more moisturized hair.

I was surprised that after (literally) one use, my hair felt much silkier, had more shine, and seemed cleaner / less oily. And I didn’t do ANYTHING different, other than switch out the shampoo and conditioner I was using. No joke! Definitely made a believer out of me.

Which brings me to the hair tutorials…

How to perfect your bun in 5 minutes or less (hair tutorial)

5 Minute Bun

I actually have two types of buns that I do…a messy version and a more put-together version. The messy one is really hard to explain, even though its insanely easy. So let’s just stick with the more done up version, since that’s the one I get the most questions about…

Start by putting your hair up into a very high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Next, twist the ponytail as shown in the photo. Once twisted all the way to the end, start wrapping the twisted hair around the base of the ponytail. Continue wrapping until you reach the end of your hair. Then, bobby pin the hair to secure it. I usually use two bobby pins (one on each side of the bun). If you have super thick hair, you may need more than two bobby pins.

Hair Tutorial // 10 Minutes to the Perfect (Effortless) Wavy Hair

10 Minute Wavy Hair

On days that I feel like wearing my hair down, which I’ll admit is usually only like once a week, since I like to keep my hair out of my face when I’m working, I just do a simple wavy curl. Its SO easy and pretty quick too, as long as you have a decent curling wand. Just grab a section of hair and wrap it around the wand (away from your face), hold it for 5-10 seconds, release it, and grab a new section of hair. Repeat. I start underneath and then work my way up to the top parts of hair, usually.

Once all your hair has been loosely curled, run your finger through to further loosen thing up and give you more of a wavy, relaxed look (as opposed to curls).

Hair Tutorial // 10 Minutes to the Perfect (Effortless) Wavy Hair

How to perfect your bun in 5 minutes or less (hair tutorial)

Photography by Rachel Brewer

Anyway, those are a couple of the things I do to start things out on the right foot each day, without any stress. Hope it’s helpful in some way.

I’m also super curious to know if you have any tips for bringing balance / sanity to each day. Have any suggestions you care to share?

This post is in partnership with Aveeno. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

27 comments | Click here to reply


Christine L

I need something like this to work for my hair. I must go out and get these products

June Holder

i just chopped all my hair off :/ so i cant bun it anymore. but ive finally mastered the beachy wave look. i love love it!


I would use the wavy hair due to my hair does well wavy

Mary Ross

Love the 10min wavy hair so pretty. Lately I have been rocking the ponytail it’s just so much faster but not so pretty this will be a great change up. Thank you for sharing.


I think next time I’ll try the wavy hair since I always wear a bun

Elizabeth Neland

I like to use the bun for days that I can’t get my hair to do anything.


My hair is short.wavy..frizzy..what can i do?

Machelle Hutchinson

I always wanted to know how people got there bun to look so cute. I’m super good at the sloppy bun let me tell you I do it all the time but now thanks to you I can also do the cute bun. I can’t believe how simple it is. Thank you!!!


I can’t wait to try the 10 minutes Wavy Hair style. Love how easy it looks to do.

Dee Floyd

I really like the this blog. I was curious how time consuming blogging is if you don’t mind me asking? I am a homemaker of 2 a toddler and infant but I use a website on Crowdtap in which I stumbled upon your blog and it stood out to me.

Robin Gilley

I love both styles! The curly one my fav! But,the bun comes in handy for me some days! Then,sometimes I just throw my hair into a ponytail . Lol! Sometimes on weekends, 2. Love the Punky Brewster look. Lol.


I think I may go for the bun way to often lol!


I have two hairstyles. Homeless and straight. Homeless is a messy bun that is thrown up and pinned in less than a minute. While I’m sure it’s not the most professional look, with a little hairspray and a jazzy headband, I pull it off well enough that no one says anything.

I would love to do my hair curly like yours, and I have bought a decent wand, but I always get done and think I look like Shirley Temple–not in a good way. Then, up in the bun it goes. However, I applaud your adorable and simple hairstyles. You rock them both.

Erin Nichols

I want to learn how to do those curls. They would look good on me, I’m sure.

Tyler Kelly

I have what I call high-maintenance hair. My hair is naturally frizzy/curly – but not the pretty kind of curls. Weird curls and waves that zig-zag in odd directions. Anyway, I’d LOVE to find a way to do my hair in 10 minutes. It takes me about 25 minutes currently. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing your 10-minute process.

Erika Swafford

high bun forever!!!! hahahah ballet girl for life. that is until i chopped off all of my hair…im super into the beachy waves now!! so you’ve covered both of my looks girl!!!

kate garwood

HI Emily. I believe you can read more about the ingredients in Aveeno products here: Hope that helps!


Would love to know the ingredients of the aveeno. I can only use Paraben free products.


Thanks Eden. I would definitely recommend trying Aveeno products. LOVE them!


Great hairstyles! I usually like wearing an easy bun in my hair during the day and let it down on the weekends. It’s quick and and keeps my hair out of my face. I haven’t tried any Aveeno hair products before, I’ll have the check these out.


Awesome Sanja. Totally understand how those lazy mornings go. 🙂


Great post. I will try to add that to my morning routine as I am usually too lazy to do anything with my hair :/ i have to change that!

Sanja by My Fashion Mission

Hi Emily. My hair is pretty stick straight without a curling wand, but if you use a good one, the curls / waves should last all day. Hope that helps.


Oh i wish I had hair with any sort of natural wave or texture! I like Aveeno though – so I might have to give these products a try.


Nice Michelle! So easy, right?


This is such a funny coincidence since I have the same to options at hand when styling my hair: The bun for bad hair days and the curling wand to accentuate my natural curls!

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