Never having been a morning person, I've always tended to have my hair in one of two ways before heading for school, then uni and now work on a daily basis. Either I brushed it and left it down, or I tied it up in a ponytail. No elaborate french braids, extensions or backcombing for me - that's at least an extra twenty five minutes that I could be spending in bed.
Recently though, I have come across the simplest way to achieve wavy hair - and it takes less than ten minutes, four minutes of which can be spent multitasking and doing my makeup as well. The photographs are pretty self explanatory I think, but just in case I've included the 'steps' below:
Works best when hair is not freshly washed
1. Brush hair and tie up into two high ponytails on either side of the head. If you have a side parting, make sure that you have less hair in the ponytail on the side of the parting, otherwise the waves will look uneven
2. Spritz with hairspray
3. Using a curling wand or straighteners, begin to curl sections of one pony tail (I split them into three sections on one side, and four sections on the other)
4. Pin the curls up as you go so that they keep their shape as they cool
5. Do the same thing on the other side, and then do something else for a few minutes whilst all of the curls cool completely
6. Let down your hair, and spritz each curl with hairspray
7. At this point you'll be looking a bit like a mixture between Hermione Granger and one of those porcelain dolls with the ringlets - go ahead and fiddle with your hair until it looks how you want. I combed mine with my fingers and added a little serum to smooth some fly-aways.
There you have it - I told you it was easy! The good thing about this is that you can control how curly your hair ends up, I only wanted beachy waves so I didn't leave the heat on my hair too long - they lasted all day too!