So, you’re sitting at home counting down the days (or hours) until you’ll need your hair done. Problem is, you know that you won’t be able to get to a hairstylist for the foreseeable future – so what to do?

There’s certainly no need to stress, you can absolutely achieve pretty hairstyles at home. Here we suggest five of the easiest hairstyles you can dress up or down without having to ever leave your house.

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All you need is a comb, hair ties and all the hair pins you can find. If you can comb hair, you can do these styles yourself.

Twist and tuck

Step 1: Part hair in half with a rat tail comb

Step 2: Gather as many pins as you can

Step 3: Start twisting the smallest bits at the beginning of your part, gather more hair as you go back and pin, then repeat on the other side.

Step 3 for dread locks or braids:

Gather hair from the ear with your thumb, once you have section that in a triangular shape, star twisting inward and gather more hair to the direction of the back of your head. Secure hair with pins as you go, then repeat on the other side.

Step 4: If your hair is on the short side, twist the ends then tuck and pin in the braid. Otherwise, tie pigtails at the end and make a bun on each side if your hair is on the long.

A similar concept can be seen on Tessa Thompson's hair look during her Men In Black press tour.

French braid 

This style is similar to the tuck and pin but you will need to be able to do a basic flat braid.

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This is how you can achieve the style.

Step 1: Part your hair in half with a rat tail comb

Step 2: Gather three big chunks of hair and make a three-part braid, picking up big chunks of hair until you meet the back of your head. Then repeat on the other side.

Step 2 for dread locks or braids:

Gather a few locks or braids in three big chunks and make a three-part braid, picking up big chunks of hair until you meet the back of your head. Then repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Tie each of the ends in a puff/ponytail or make a bun on each side.

Elevate the look by adding length and volume with hair extensions as seen above on actress Jessica Williams. 

Bantu Knots 


Actress Tika Sumpter is spotted in braided bantu knots.  Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images

Bantu knots can be achieved in a couple of ways, the method is up to preference really. But this is a great style to keep because it not only protects your ends and keep your hair tidy, but it can leave you with beautiful curls to turn into a new look once you unravel them. The magic to making this style look great is in the parting.

Step 1: Use a rat tail comb to do you parting sections

Step 2: Use hair ties to secure each section at the base

Step 3: Either Twist each section into a knot OR braid each section before wrapping into a knot

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Simple box braids

If you are skilled at any type of braiding this style will be a walk in the park for you. 

This style works well if you have four sections but if you’re adventurous you can section your hair into six or more parts. With clean parting and embellishments in the form of beads, rings or clips, you’ll look good enough to walk the runway.

Step 1: Create equal partings and detangle each thoroughly

Step 2: Braid each section all the way to the ends in the direction you want the braid to fall, and repeat

Step 3: Add accessories of your choice

Here’s a suggested video that can help guide you: 

Low bun 

If you desire a sleek look but don’t want to compromise your hairline, consider doing a low bun as opposed to a high bun.

Marsai Martin poses in the Press Room at the 50th

Black-ish star Marsai Martin  sports a sleek low bus hairstyle. Photo by Getty Images

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Thorough detangling is the name of the game if you aim to ace this look. If you have natural and/or thick hair, you may want to keep a tub of hair gel close if you want an extra sleek look, otherwise wrapping your head for a few hours once the style is complete may serve you well if you’re going for the less structured look.

Step 1: Gently and thoroughly detangle you hair from tip to root

Step 2: Make a straight or diagonal middle parting with a rat tail comb that’s roughly 5cm long

Step 3: Secure a ponytail close to, or at the back of your head

Step 4: Wrap the ponytail/puff in a bun

Kiki Layne

Actress Kiki Layne has her hair styled in a low bun at the Oscar awards. Photo by Getty Images

If you want to add something extra, make a braid with your hairpiece of choice and wrap it where you would put a hair band, and secure it with pins - as seen above on Kiki Layne.

Happy styling!

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