12 Fun Rubber Band Hairstyles to Do in 10 Minutes

    When you’re in a hurry and need to look around your house for something, but you can’t find it. Or maybe you have a party coming up or just want to try out some new hairstyles? No problem. There are plenty of quick and easy ways to get those curls into place without having to spend hours at the salon or going through an elaborate routine. 

    Check out this list of 12 fun rubber band hairstyles from around the web that will help get your hair looking great quickly:

    1. The side ponytail with a dutch braid

    To begin, you’ll want to prepare your hair by detangling it and making sure it’s clean. Make sure that the band is large enough so that it doesn’t slide off when you start doing your knotting.

    Next comes braiding. To do this part well, make sure you have a clear idea of what shape you want in mind as well as how many strands will be used in each braid (two or three?). 

    Once these things are known, grab an elastic band or rubber band and start twisting together two or three sections of hair into one big loop. Don’t worry if they don’t look perfect. The goal here isn’t perfection but rather having fun while learning something new.

    2. A braided bun

    All you need is a rubber band, bobby pin and hair tie (or two) to put this together.

    • Divide the hair into four sections: front, back and sides.
    • Start with a braid down the center of your head. It shouldn’t be too tight or too loose because it will pull out once you start braiding. If you find that it’s too tight, use another rubber band around the base of your ponytail instead. If it’s too loose then just leave it alone until later on when we’ll be adding more layers later on down below.

    3. A braided bun with a double-sided braid

    • Braid your hair into two braids.
    • Fold the braids in half, and secure them with a rubber band.
    • Wrap one braid around your head and secure it with bobby pins.
    • Repeat this step for the other braid, leaving out some of the ends so that they’re not too tight or too loose around your head (you can use elastic bands if you don’t have bobby pins). 

    4. A braided ponytail with a dutch braid

    A Dutch braid is one of the easiest hairstyles to create at home and it’s also one of my favorites. It’s perfect for beginners, because all you need to do is tie off your hair into two long strands on either side of your head. 

    Then take them both down in front of yourself and place them side by side before bringing them back together again at the back of your neck.

    5. The faux-hawk

    To create a faux-hawk, you’ll need to grab your hair and tie it into a ponytail on top of your head. Once you’ve done this, pull out the elastic band from the back of your hair and place it around the base of your ponytail. The goal is to keep as much length as possible so that it doesn’t look like an actual hawk’s tail.

    Now that we’ve got our base down. Let’s move onto styling! You can use any sort of accessories for this hairstyle from hair bands and clips, which are great for holding up longer pieces. Headbands are perfect if you want something more secure (or if you’re worried about messing up) or even just using an elastic band in its own right will work well too.

    6. Updo banded style with loose hair

    This is a simple updo that requires only a small section of hair at the nape of your neck, and some bobby pins to secure it in place. 

    • Start by taking about an inch or two of hair from the nape area, then pull it back with a ponytail holder (I recommend the ones made by BaByliss). 
    • Create another small braid at this point, securing it with another bobby pin on top so that you have three braids running down your head.
    • Two vertical ones that meet near their ends and one horizontal one across from them. Add some more pieces around these braids for fullness.

    7. A half up and half down do with a dutch braid

    This is a great option if you want to try out some different hairstyles, but don’t have the time or patience to spend an hour doing so. It’s also great because it looks nice and messy, which can be pretty difficult when working with rubber bands (especially if they’re attached at both ends).

    8. A braided crown

    This is a great style for any occasion, especially if you’re going to be wearing your hair down (in which case it can be made into two braids). It requires two buns of hair on both sides of your head, which will look like this.

    Secure the loops with another braid using an elastic band or rubber band as shown above (use barrettes if necessary). You may need to pin down some loose ends as they can get in the way while styling.

    9. Banged and banded

    • Secure the bangs with a hair tie, then secure the rest of your hair in a ponytail.
    • Pull out one side of your hair so that it’s less than half an inch from your head and fasten it with bobby pins or clips as you normally would for a bun (but don’t worry about spacing them evenly).
    • Repeat step 2 with another section on top of this first one. This time without pulling it too far out. And secure each section using bobby pins or clips like before until they meet at center front where there should be enough space between each pin point so that you can see through them easily while looking straight ahead without having any visible gaps between them when viewed from directly behind.

    10. Pinned back curls

    This style is best suited for medium-to-thick hair that can hold curls well, so if you have thin or fine locks, this may not be the look for you.

    • Start with wet hair that has been air-dried completely in order to prevent frizzing on freshly washed strands. Use a large curling wand or rollers (about 6 inches long) and apply a small amount of heat-protecting spray before styling with rubber bands.
    • Apply one rubber band around each section about half an inch above where it will rest against your head and secure them in place with another band around the base of each curl at its highest point before moving on to more sections until all are done up like this. Make sure not only does there isn’t too much tension put upon any one area but also make sure none fall off during this process because then those won’t stick together anymore either.
    • After securing all ends together tightly enough so they won’t come undone during wearings days ahead. Wait until dry completely before removing any pins from inside outwards direction starting first going up towards crowns then down towards nape areas underneath ears etc. until the entire head’s surface area is free from clumps. Otherwise we’d end up looking like we’re wearing hats instead.

    11. Half up and half down curly style with a banded top section

    • What is the style?

    It’s also a quick way to change up your look, because you can do it without needing much time on your hands. This method works best for people with medium-to-long hair that has been washed and conditioned recently (but not too long).

    • How do I do it?
    • Find a rubber band or bobby pin that fits around your head comfortably. You may need two depending on how big your head is. 
    • Take one side of your hair down and secure it at the back of your neck with an elastic band or bobby pin while holding onto another piece of elastic in front as well if possible.
    • Repeat step 2 until all sides are secured tightly together near where they meet each other. This will make them appear more unraveled than normal since there are no pins holding them together like usual. 
    • Once all sides are secure, take some serum from under nose area towards forehead area using finger tips. Apply evenly across both sides evenly using fingertips only until nothing left over.
    • Gently brush through using fingers lightly making sure not too hard but enough so product spreads throughout entire length evenly without clumps forming due process which could cause damage later down road when drying off after washing later today.
    • Moisturize scalp area thoroughly before applying any styling products such as hairspray etc, otherwise airbrush spray would work just fine too.
    • Style ends into desired look by pulling upwards gently over time while securing loosely behind ears instead pressing down firmly against earlobes like normal styles usually require.

    12. Banded bangs up in space buns

    • Banded bangs up in space buns
    • Space buns are one of the easiest styles to do yourself, and it’s a great way to make your hair look like you’ve just stepped out of a fairy tale. You can easily do this with our tutorial below.


    You can do these hairstyles in 10 minutes or less. You don’t need any fancy tools or products to get them looking great. Just grab some rubber bands and start wrapping.


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