Olivia_Wilde_globes_updoYou’re in a hurry and your hair just won’t behave itself – we’ve all been there. Luckily, all you need is some hair essentials and five minutes on your hands to rescue yourself from a bad hair day with these simple and chic looks.

Whether you want to achieve the sixties siren look, or the super stylish high bun – here are three quick-fixes for problematic hair:

The Mini Bouffant

Bouffant styles don’t always have to resemble Marie Antoinette  – try this casual, 60s inspired mini-bouffant, as worn by Emma Stone."Friends With Benefits" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals

– To make sure your hair is thick with enough volume to work with, try a volumising mousse (such as Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse from John Freida) before blow drying.

– Once dry, part your hair in the centre, then take a large section from the crown of your hair, but leaving two shorter strands of hair near the front to frame your face.

– Backcomb the large section of hair from the middle downwards, ensuring you do not backcomb the roots. Spray this with a medium to light hold spray, such as Elnett Satin from L’Oreal.

– Once you have done this, pin this section back using hair grips to your desired height, to achieve the look below.

– Lastly, tie the rest of your hair back into a ponytail or bun, leaving the strands at the front. Apply hairspray all over to finish.

The Casual Side Pony

This romantic look is easy to achieve and oozes elegance for evening events or formal occasions – not to mention that this is a great style for second-day hair.Side Pony (zimbio.com)

– This style looks best when the hair is slightly curly or tousled. You can achieve this with heated curlers to create loose spirals in the hair, or if you are in a hurry, a surf spray will make loose waves in your hair – you could try Bumble & Bumble’s surf spray for this.

– If the curls are too tight, gently brush them through with a comb. Fix this waved look with a light-holding hairspray.

– Pull all of the hair to one side, and tie behind your ear. For a more relaxed look, you can tease strands of hair out slightly from above the hair tie, for a romantic, boho-chic style.

The Messy Top Knot

The high bun is an on-trend style which can be achieved in a number of seconds once you have the hang of it. This look is a saviour, particularly when you’re having a bad hair day, or you can’t dedicate a lot of time to applying product.Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Rock Of Ages" - Arrivals

– Brush your hair through and turn your head upside down. Grab all of the hair and decide where you want to fix the bun, secure firmly with a hair tie. Most high buns tend to be at the top of your head at the very back, but for a bolder look you could place it on the centre of your head.

– There are a number of things you can do next; you could wrap the pony tail around the hair tie and secure with hair grips,  simply scrunch the pony tail up and fix with another hair tie, or intricately twist/braid strands of hair (fixing with hair grips) until all of your hair is up.

– Finally, loosen pieces of hair around the front, sides and back to give it a messier finish.Top Knot (thestylediaryblog.files.wordpress.com)