15 Easy Hairstyles That Aren’t a “Mom Bun”

easy hairstyles that aren't a mom bun Bianca Alexa / Alex Gaboury via YouTube

Anyone can pull off these hairstyles for moms

Let’s be honest, when is the last time you gave your hair the attention it deserves? In honor of a well-deserved mom’s night out, we’ve got cute and easy hairstyles that put the mom bun to shame, and if you invest a few extra minutes in one of these hairstyles for moms you won’t be sorry. From pretty ponies to beautiful braids, these easy hair do’s will get you up and at ’em to take on the day. Looking for kid’s styles? Check this out.

Half-Up Braid Rosette

half up bun is an easy hairstyle
Lynzy & Co

Sure, you've mastered the half-up ponytails, but why not add a twist? This simple style from Lynzy & Co. takes a basic braid and twists it into a bun for a style that is equal parts casual and dressy.

Pineapple Updo

a pineapple updo is an easy hairstyle for curly hair
SimplyBiancaAlexa

A fun, but easy hairstyle to keep your curly or natural hair up and out of the way is a pineapple updo like the one shown in this easy-to-follow YouTube tutorial from Bianca Alexa. All you need is a little moisturizer and a scrunchie, and you’ll have a perfect updo in minutes.

Easy Boho Braid

side braid is an easy hairstyle for moms
Lauren McBride

Great for day two hair, this easy boho braid from Lauren McBride is great for keeping hair out of your face. Great for curly, straight, thick, or thin hair, this French braid style starts at the crown of your head and hangs down the style in a super chic style.

Side Swept Updo

a swept-up bun is an easy mom hairstyle
What's Up Moms

Bypass the mom bun entirely with this lookalike style that packs a bigger punch! This look is created by doing a half pony, then using the remaining hair to sweep around the back. Finish off this look from What's Up Moms by adding an adorable scarf! This look is an easy transition from summer to fall. 

Related: Mom Buns That Are Actually Stylish

Topsy Turvy Braid

Missy Sue via YouTube

We all love a good braid but not everyone has the skills or time to make one happy on a busy morning. We love this topsy-turvy braid from Missy Sue even more because it pairs perfectly with a hat! Whether you're prepping for a weekend getaway or rocking the school morning, this easy "braid" adds style in a cinch.

Simple Sleek Ponytail

a sleek ponytail is a great hairstyle for moms
Alex Gaboury

Ponytails are some of the easiest styles to pull off, but why not turn your everyday 'do into something more stylish? It's as simple as making a low pony, then using a section of your hair to wrap around your ponytail to create this sleek look that couldn't be simpler. Have curly hair? No problem! This style looks equally fab when it's a little messy, too. To see how it's done in person, check out the full tutorial from Alex Gaboury.

Two-Minute Rope Braid

rope braid hairstyle for moms
The Freckled Fox

This side rope braid is pulled together in two minutes and is great for thick, long hair. While the end result is simply stunning, the steps to achieving this look is really quite simple. Emily from The Freckled Fox shows us how it's done in her YouTube tutorial. 

Twisted Low Pony

a twisted low pony is an easy hairstyle
Bebexo

When you're tired of your regular ponytail, there's no shame in dressing it up. This one-minute version looks classy and put together, without taking up precious moments of your hectic morning. Sectioned hair is pulled into a ponytail, then the sides are twisted and wrapped around to give a twisted look that's more than fit for school drop-offs (or Zoom calls). See how easy it is by watching this tutorial by Bebexo.

A Headband with Style

A Beautiful Mess

Headbands are a go-to on those just-can’t-get-it-together mom mornings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress that look up a bit for a cute, compliment-worthy look. We love these easy headband hairstyle ideas from A Beautiful Mess that let you just get up and go without resorting to a baseball cap to hide your hair at school drop-off. All you need is a few bobby pins and a colorful wire headband or just a rolled-up scarf

 

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No Fuss Curls

SoCal Curls

Date nights and summer concerts are all about flowing tresses, but who has time for curlers or a curling iron to get those coveted beachy waves? Opt for a heatless curling rod headband, which gives you that look overnight. A total win for busy moms.

The Halo

Modeled by CurlGilrMomo, this easy hairstyle for natural hair looks like it takes serious effort, but it can, in fact, be done in just a few minutes. Besides giving your hair a beautiful updo, this look is a protective style, perfect for keeping your natural hair safe and healthy while it grows. Check out this fast and easy-to-follow video tutorial on YouTube to see how to get this effortless look.

Half Up

This tried-and-true style is probably one you’ve rocked before, but there are several easy ways you can jazz up the basic half-up hairdo, and make it a little more sophisticated. Something as simple as looping your hair a few times after pulling it back or using a unique clip to hold it in place can take this look to another level. For more half-up hairdos, check out our favorite easy looks here.

Twisted Ponytail

easy mom hairstyles
Shahrzad Warkentin

Ponytails are always an easy hair solution when you want to sweep your locks away from grabby baby hands. You can make this staple updo a lot more interesting by adding a twist. All you need are a few bobby pins. Simply pull your hair back into a high or low ponytail. Then separate a small section of your hair and wrap it around your hair tie. Secure the ends in place with a bobby pin or two.

Low Side Bun

This is an easy hairstyle that’s meant to look a little messy, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time perfecting those wayward strands if you have hair that’s hard to tame. Create a side part, and gather all your hair to the side in a low ponytail. Wrap your hair tie around and twist it while twisting your hair at the same time, and loop the band around one more time to create a loose messy bun. Use bobby pins to tuck in loose ends and give the bun more shape.

High Pony

a high ponytail is an easy hairstyle that isn't a mom bun
Erik Mclean via Unsplash

A high ponytail is an easy hairstyle that doesn't take much time at all and can be a lot of fun for moms. 

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