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18 Low-Maintenance Hairstyles That Are Perfect for Autumn

Some call it low-maintenance, others might say lazy, but when it comes to my hair I am unashamedly laidback when it comes to styling it. Over-the-top up-dos and fancy plaits not only aren’t my thing, but I’ve never mastered them even if I was inclined to try. However, there’s something about the arrival of autumn that has me wanting to step outside my comfort zone and embrace something a little more adventurous when it comes to my daily hair styling. But I’m also incredibly realistic about the amount of time and effort I’m willing to spend on cajoling my hair into any kind of autumn hairstyle in the morning. We’re all busy people and, honestly, who has more than 10 minutes to dedicate to their strands on a normal day?

So, when it came to seeking out autumn hairstyle inspiration for this piece there was only vibe on my agenda: easy. Yes, I took to Instagram for more hours than healthy to round up an array of the best effortlessly chic hairstyles for the month ahead. Most of them can be tweaked and adjusted depending on whether you’re feeling like showing more or less hair prowess that day, but there’s more than enough inspiration ahead to encourage a little more experimentation when it comes to hair styling. 

Ahead, 18 stylish-yet-easy autumn hairstyles that I can’t wait to try—and the products I’d use to re-create them at home.

1. Hair-Wrapped Ponytail

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Hair-Wrapped Ponytail

Photo:

@_jessicaskye

When it comes to easy hairstyles ponytails are probably as simple as they come, right? But you can elevate even the most basic of ponies by wrapping a strand of hair around your hairband to cover it up. There’s something about this little detail that makes the finished style look so much more polished.

IGK Hair Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Topcoat
IGK Hair
Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Topcoat
£25
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Use this in place of your usual conditioner for glossy results.

2. Simple Plait

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Simple Plait

Photo:

@dwfashion

There is something so timeless about a simple plait, and I love how versatile this slicked-back style is for autumn. 

Hair by Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray
Hair by Sam McKnight
Modern Hairspray
£22
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Keep your hard work in place with this finishing spray.

3. Claw Clips

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Claw Clips

Photo:

@deborabrosa

By far 2021’s biggest breakout hair accessory has to be the claw clip, but I’m really gravitating towards it in autumn for keeping hair looking pulled-together when we’re battling with wind, rain and whatever else the British weather wants to throw at us.

Tort Anna clip in Jungle Leopard
Tort
Anna clip in Jungle Leopard
£24
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The burnt orange hues in this limited edition claw clip make it a perfect choice for autumn.

4. Half-Up, Half-Down

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Half-Up, Half-Down

Photo:

@chloehelenmiles

You’ll get instant points for making look like you’ve made an effort by separating the top half of your hair and securing it in place with a hairband or claw clip. The half-up, half-down is the easiest autumn hairstyle, and I adore it.

Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray
Moroccanoil
Dry Texture Spray
£17
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Spritz a little of this through hair before styling to add a little more grit and hold to your half-up style.

5. Ballerina Bun

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Ballerina Bun

Photo:

@aysha.sow

Simple but undeniably chic, a slicked-back mid-height bun always looks good.

Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother
Olaplex
No 6 Bond Smoother
£26
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Apply this leave-in treatment to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair to strengthen strands and create sleek styles.

6. Flicked Ends

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Flicked Ends

Photo:

@isabellecoheen

If you use a hairdryer or hot tools to style your hair in the morning then take an extra minute to flick out the ends of your style for an unexpected-yet-simple style switch-up. I love how retro it looks.

Babyliss 9000 Cordless Straightener
Babyliss
9000 Cordless Straightener
£200
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Heat styling just got a whole lot easier thanks to this sleek, cordless device from BaByliss.

7. Looped Pony

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Looped Pony

Photo:

@lizzyhadfield

If your hair’s a bit too short to pull into a full topknot or ballerina bun, then try this looped ponytail trick: Pull your hair into a ponytail and start to tie it up as normal, but rather than pulling all of your hair through on the last loop of your hairband leave the ends to catch in the band. You’re left with a cool, twisted hair loop.

Hershesons Almost Everything Cream
Hershesons
Almost Everything Cream
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As the name suggests, this hair cream does a little bit of everything—boosts shine, adds texture and defines hair. An autumn staple.

8. ’90s Ponytail

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: High Ponytail

Photo:

@fiahamelijnck

This combination of a high ponytail, feathery fringe and loose tendrils looks effortlessly cool and is giving me major Saved By the Bell vibes.

Ouai Haircare Curl Crème
Ouai Haircare
Curl Crème
£25
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This versatile product can be used on wet or dry hair to nourish, define and refresh curls.

9. Mini Ponytail

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Mini Ponytail

Photo:

@gracecarolinelarcade

Ponytails don’t have to be the reserve of people with long hair. This low pony looks so cute with slightly shorter strands.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo
Living Proof
Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo
£23
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This has all of the oil-absorbing power of Living Proof’s original dry shampoo, but I find it has less of the texturising benefits. Perfect if you want a natural, soft hair look.

10. Double-Scrunchie Bun

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Messy Bun

Photo:

@annabelrosendahl

A messy bun is the fast-track route to low-maintenance cool, but keeping it in place with two colour-clashing scrunchies rather than one adds extra interest.

Slip The Desert Rose Collection Hair Scrunchies
Slip
The Desert Rose Collection Hair Scrunchies
£39
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These skinny scrunchies from Slip not only look good, but they also don’t snag or damage your hair either.

11. Pigtail Plaits

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Pigtail Plaits

Photo:

@devapollon

I haven’t worn my hair in pigtails since I was at school, but suddenly it’s the only way I want to wear my hair for autumn. I love this look.

Kitsch Black No Snag Elastic 100 Pack
Kitsch
Black No Snag Elastic 100 Pack
£4
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Secure pigtails, mini plaits and a whole other multitude of autumn hairstyles with these versatile hair elastics. 

12. Doubled-Up Accessories

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Doubled-up Accessories

Photo:

@thatcurlytop

If there’s one way to an easy autumn hairstyle, it has to be adding a hair accessory, and in this case, the more the merrier. Play with contrasting colours and styles to keep your look fresh throughout the season. 

ASOS Design Pack of 6 Hair Clips in Bright Colours
ASOS Design
Pack of 6 Hair Clips in Bright Colours
£6
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These hair clips will look just as good worn separately as they do together.

13. Windswept Waves

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Windswept Waves

Photo:

@ninasandbech

Autumn’s take on summer’s classic beach wave style is less uniform and mermaid-like and a little more wispy and lived-in. Perfect if, like me, you don’t want to spend longer than a few minutes with your heat tools.

Remington Curl & Straight Confidence 2-in-1 Hair Straightener S6606
Remington
Curl & Straight Confidence 2-in-1 Hair Straightener S6606
£120
£60
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I struggle to curl my hair using straighteners, but these twisted ceramic plates make it easy.

14. Tonal Head Scarves

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Tonal Head Scarves

Photo:

@spicy.mayo

A stylish headscarf looks chic all year round, but opting for one in warm oranges and coppers looks so good for autumn. Plus, it has the added benefit of protecting your style during the day.

Liberty Iphis Leopard 45 x 45cm Silk Twill Scarf
Liberty
Iphis Leopard 45 x 45cm Silk Twill Scarf
£95
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This clash of art nouveau and leopard print feels so modern and fresh.

15. Micro Plaits

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Micro Plaits

Photo:

@peonylim

These teeny-tiny micro plaits emerged as an unexpected throwback hair trend in late summer, and their popularity looks set to grow as we head into autumn. 

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum
The Body Shop
Grapeseed Glossing Serum
£6
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Smooth a little of this through your micro plaits and the ends of your hair for a super-shiny finish.

16. Bucket Hats

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Bucket Hat

Photo:

@lucywilliams02

Okay, hear me out: Popping on a bucket hat isn’t exactly a hairstyle, but there’s no denying that it’s a fail-safe way to make it look like you’re making a conscious style choice for autumn when you’ve actually just forgotten to wash your hair.

H&M Faux Fur Bucket Hat
H&M
Faux Fur Bucket Hat
£13
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I’m all kinds of obsessed with this fuzzy, animal-print bucket hat for autumn.

17. Mid-Height Ponytail

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: Mid-Height Ponytail

Photo:

@nnennaechem

This ponytail feels so relaxed thanks to its laidback, mid-height and face-framing tendrils. Once you’ve tied your strands back, give the hair at the base of your ponytail a little tug to loosen it slightly and re-create this easy-breezy style. 

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Hair Thickening + Volumizing Shampoo
Briogeo
Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Hair Thickening + Volumizing Shampoo
£23
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Ensure your hair has plenty of lift and bounce before you get to the styling by washing with a volume-boosting shampoo like this one.

18. All Slicked-Back 

Easy Autumn Hairstyles: All Slicked Back

Photo:

@monikh

Whether it’s for a bun or a ponytail, slicking back all of your hair into a centre-parted style like this one oozes sophistication. 

Oribe Gel Sérum
Oribe
Gel Sérum
£59
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This luxurious gel-serum hybrid can be applied to wet hair before heat styling or air-drying for a sleek finish.

Next: Hair Experts Say These Will Be the Biggest Hair Trends for Autumn.

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