From The Straits Times    |

Have you ever faced the acute distress of missing multiple alarms, having to jump into the shower with 10 minutes to spare, practically no time to do your makeup and literally no time at all to blow dry your hair? Trust me, for I speak from experience, that it is not a great way to kickstart the morning.

Fortunately, due to said experience, I’ve learnt over the years that it’s better to embrace damp hair rather than fight it. And the best way to do that is to pick up some quick and easy hairstyles that can be easily done with damp hair. In fact, these hairstyles work best with damp hair.

Half-up bun

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This is best reserved for folks with bobs or medium-length hair. The addition of a half-up bun tells people that you tried this morning. Work in a pea-sized amount of finishing cream to the rest of your hair to combat frizziness and add a bit of texture as it dries.

Crown braids

If you’re feeling adventurous, try this. It’s great not just for short bobs, but also for medium-length and long hair. Pull out a section of hair from your temples (about three fingers’ width each) and braid it, then pin it to the back of your head. For a little more pizzazz, gently loosen the braids by pulling small bits of hair out of it, then finish by fastening the braids with a statement hair pin.

French braid

The great thing about braiding damp hair is that you get greater control over flyaway strands. That’s why braids, especially a neat and chic French braid, will always be a staple when it comes to damp hair sets.

On top of that, when your hair eventually dries, you’ll get to enjoy beachy waves when you release your braid.

Perky ponytail braid

This youthful ponytail braid is perfect for post-gym sessions, last-minute brunches and any time you need an extra pep in your step. Pull your hair back into a high ponytail, braid it, and fasten with another hair tie.

Low pony braid

This one’s a lot more low-key. Pull your hair back into a low ponytail and wrap a section of hair around the base to cover the hair tie. Then, braid your hair with a regular three-strand braid and fasten with another hair tie. Cover said hair tie with a section of hair if you wish. This look can also be done with a fishtail braid or rope braid.

Embellished low pony

After putting your hair into a low ponytail at your nape, get fancy by fastening your hair with an interesting scrunchie, a piece of leather braid, hair cuffs or even pieces of cloth — the sky’s the limit. Tease and pull out small sections of hair so that the overall style looks artfully rumpled.

Sleek low pony

For the minimalist, slick your hair back into a low, center-parted ponytail. Wrap a piece of hair around the base of the ponytail to hide the hair tie. Pair with minimal makeup and statement earrings for an instant power look.

Slicked back hair

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to do (almost) nothing at all. Part your hair to the side and work a pea-sized amount of finishing cream into your hair to keep frizziness at bay. Voila, you’re all set.