NYE Hair in 5 Minutes

Story time: So this one time I was going out later that night, and I decided to nap for a few minutes. That "disco nap" ended up being 3 hours. I had just a few minutes to get ready. My hair was a disaster. I quickly whipped it up into this 5 minute hairstyle and received compliments on it all night long. It lasted a whole night of dancing and singing at the top of my lungs (you know how it is when your song comes on).

It's been my go-to for a quick updo since it can be worn for formal events, like a wedding, night out with the girls, or dressed down with jeans.

Since New Year's Eve is this week (I can't believe it either), I'm sharing this effortless 5 minute hairstyle with you.

You'll need:
  • hair elastic
  • bobby pins
  • texturizing spray or dry shampoo
  • preferably curled/waved hair

I prefer hair that has already been curled or is wavy--this just gives more texture to work with. I had used a flat iron on mine for waves a couple of days prior.

Spray roots with a texturizing spray, like this one from Oribe. Dry shampoo is another option, but I love the volume with the Oribe. You can also tease your roots but that takes more time, and this spray cuts out that step.

Part your hair on the side. Leave a section out, as pictured, and draw the rest into a loose ponytail at the nape of the neck. Secure with an elastic. You can leave it like this if you'd like.

Take half of hair and twist it into a bun. Pin. Then take small pieces of hair, fold them in half (or more if you have longer hair) and pin them into the bun. This gives it a piecey and messy look. Pictured is the hairstyle in progress.

You can secure loose ends or let them fall as they may. I like this hairstyle the longer it is more "lived in." I check my work in a mirror to see if I like the shape as I'm pinning. Spray with hairspray if desired to set.

And that's it!

Extra Elle:
  • I had a lovely and quick Christmas. It was tough but full of fun, thanks to my nieces and nephews. I bought my sis Japanese candy and we filmed a video of us trying some of it out. It's on my Youtube if you'd like to see.
  • There's more: NYE hair, makeup, nails ideas


  1. Love your hair Elle! You look so classy and elegant!

  2. I can see why you got compliments with this style, Elle:) I love it! Even better that it's an easy one to do:D

  3. Glad you had a great Christmas! Love this hairdo and I love that it's so easy! Definitely going to have to give it a try! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. You really can't beat a 5 min hair style - although it'll probably take me longer lol! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

  5. I am the queen of lazy hair (fancy for me is a braid) so this is perfect for me!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks so pretty-- it's always the best when something easy and pretty effortless ends up turning out to be a favorite!

  7. Simple & elegant... the best kind of hair for get togethers!

  8. Such a cute, quick and easy hairstyle! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. That is such a pretty hair do, Elle and it looks like you spent hours doing it. Glad to hear you had a great Christmas, will check out the video of you and your sister. xx

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  10. I absolutely love this hair, Elle! It looks great with that nice outfit, too!

  11. I am all about the quick and easy when it comes to getting ready for NYE! Love this!
    The Adored Life

  12. I call this my go-to I didn't wake up for work hair style. (; Seriously if co workers see me with my hair in a low bun, they know to avoid me until I've had several cups of coffee. (; You make it look a lot more chic than I though. haha

  13. This looks so elegant and sophisticated. love it! I'll have to try it out.

  14. I saw your Instagram shot, and love it. You look gorgeous! Happy Holidays dear. Wishing you a wonderful new year. <3
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  15. I'm going to try this, but I'm SO awful when it comes to hair that I don't have high hopes in it turning out as fabulously as yours did!
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  16. I love a five minute hairstyle, but usually they don't look as elegant as this look does. I am so loving this Elle. I hope you had an amazing Christmas.

    Kia / KTS

  17. Very, very cute! I am going to try this! Thanks!


  18. This looks so easy that even I could do it! I love that it really doesn't take that long and with your hair pulled back, it feels more formal. Definitely perfect for NYE!

  19. ah i love it! i think i could even handle that bad boy :) so chic! i love an effortless 'do

    xoxo cheshire kat

  20. This is so cute! I'm always looking for easy hairstyles!

  21. This hair style is gorgoues!!! I'm glad you had a nice Christmas!

  22. Your hair is so pretty! I love this for NYE!


  23. Beautiful hair tutorial, Elle! You look lovely!

    The Closet by Christie

  24. So pretty! I love the messy/polished look! This looks so easy too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  25. I love how this turned out and how easy it looks to do too! Love that it's not perfect looking--it has softness to it, which I love.

  26. This is such a great cross between elegant and casual! It works great either way! Wish I had this for my hubby's holiday party a while ago. Saving it for next year now! :)

  27. Love this up do, it's so pretty and simple. Glad you had a nice Christmas!


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  28. Amen! Anything quick and fabulous works for me! I think I'll definitely try this in the new year!

  29. I'm in the market for a quick + chic NYE style, and this is gorgeous, Elle!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  30. Thanks for sharing this hair tutorial! I want to try it. Have a terrific New Year Elle! :)


  31. This is a lovely look! I am a huge fan of up-dos, but usually struggle to mimic lengthy tutorials I find online. Thanks for sharing!

    xo. A Peachy Sonder

  32. what a fabulous look! i don't think i'm going out for NYE but this will definitely come in handy. thanks for sharing :)

  33. I am HORRIBLE at giving myself an updo but this one actually looks achievable, thanks so much for the fabulous hair tips!

  34. Your messy bun looks great and like the hairdresser did it. Wish I could. You look great in navy. Love the top and earrings. More fashion posts in 2016 please!


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