This first picture gives you a glimpse of what my hair looked like when the pink was still there. This day I kept my hair natural. I have a few framing layers that were going a little bit crazy though, so I pulled them back in a half pony tail.
This was the next day. I didn't wash my hair, so this was just my natural hair with some dry shampoo.(You can't really see the pink in this because the quality of the photo is so terrible, but the pink was still there -- just looked more like a rose gold)
I took a shower and braided my hair. I slept in the braids with the intent to have my hair curly the next day. But when I woke up, my braids still looked fine, so I decided to go with the Pippy look. It took me 0 minutes to do my hair in the morning, which meant extra sleeping time. :)
The next day I just undid the braids and wore my hair curly. That was an easy hair day too, because undoing the braids took 20 seconds.
And of course, you've got your basic pony tail. That's a hairstyle that requires no hot tools.
This day I cheated. I did use my flat iron to add some curl to my hair, but I didn't do it everywhere. My natural has a tad bit of wave to it already, so I just played that up. And I added this little braid for added interest.
My go-to 3 minute hairstyle is a bun on top of my head. If my natural hair is not cooperating, or I want a quick hairdo that keeps me cool on hot days, I go this route. I use a hair elastic to put my hair in a pony tail, then I split the pony tail into two sections and twist them together. I wrap that piece in a bun shape, and then use about 3 or 4 bobby pins to secure it in place. Easy peasy.
This is another go to hairstyle I'll use if my natural hair isn't cooperating. I can't do a single braid going straight down my back (I'm still working on mastering that skill... it just always comes out as a failure). I usually opt out for this side braid instead because it's fast and easy. Sometimes I'll do a french braid, but I'd say 9/10 times I do a dutch braid instead. I usually pinch and pull at my braid to make it fuller since my hair is generally pretty thin.
This is what my hair looks like when I undo my loose side braid. It's not super curly, but it adds just a little bit of wave. Best part, no hot tools! All I did was add a little dry shampoo.
There were a few other days where I repeated hairstyles. I slept in braids another night, and did a half up pony tail another day too, I believe. But I'm glad I challenged myself to be kinder to my hair because 1) It made me appreciate my natural hair rather than despising it like I usually do, 2) It got me thinking outside the box. Instead of repeating the same two hairstyles, I tried to experiment with other styles that work with my hair, and 3) I learned that it IS possible to wash my hair every other day and not look disgusting (my hair gets greasy and oily fast, which is why I couldn't stand skipping a day of washing it).
Any female friends out there reading this, I challenge you to take this next week and be kinder to your hair too. :)