How To Tie Your Hair Without A Hair Tie

How To Tie Your Hair Without A Hair Tie

At some point or other in life, you’re going to have a bad hair day. We all know the feeling.

Our hair just isn’t falling the way we want it to, or it’s weirdly framing our face, or we haven’t washed it in a while so it’s a little worse for wear.

Whatever the reason, we just need to tie it back and forget about it.

But a bad hair day is one thing. A bad hair day without a hair tie presents is a total hair emergency.

Whether your hair tie breaks while you’re out of the house or you just cannot find one, not being able to tie your hair back is not what you need on days where your hair won’t comply.

However, we do have some good news. There are quite a few ways to tie your hair without a hair tie. Read on to see how, and never worry about a bad hair day again!

Hairstyle One: The Fishtail Braid

A fishtail braid is a derivative of the French braid, made by using two strands of hair. Here’s how to achieve this chic hairstyle without a hair tie:

  1. Split your hair into two sections.
  2. Take one strand from the inside of section 1, and cross it over to the outside of section two.
  3. Do the same for the opposite side.
  4. Repeat this down your hair, taking time to make it secure. Because a fishtail braid needs to be tight, it takes longer than a typical, three-strand braid.

Now that the braid is finished, you’re going to need to tie it.

  1. Look for the opening. There will come a point where you cannot braid any more hair which is called the opening.
  2. Take your hair and flip it upwards through the opening.
  3. Make sure that this is secure by pulling on it lightly.
How To Tie Your Hair Without A Hair Tie - Fishtail braid

Hairstyle Two: The Ponytail

The ponytail is a classic updo, and it can now be accomplished easily without a hair tie. Just follow these simple steps for a great ponytail hack:

  1. Take all of your hair (unless there are parts you want to leave out, like your bangs) and pull it to the back of your head.
  2. Use three fingers to create a small opening in the hair.
  3. While holding onto your hair, pull it through the opening.
  4. Do the same on the other side of your head, use three fingers to create a small opening, and pull your hair through.
  5. You should now have a completed ponytail without a hair tie in sight!

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Hairstyle Three: The Three-Strand Braid

This is a classic braid hairstyle that can be accomplished without a hair tie in a few simple steps:

  1. Split your hair into three parts, ensuring that you do not totally separate them.
  2. You will need to take the middle section and cross it over, taking care not to pull it out all the way,
  3. Next, take the outer section and repeat.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 all the way down the hair.
  5. When you cannot braid anymore, you’ll notice that there are small pockets made from the braids.
  6. Take your hair and flip it up and through the pockets. This creates a small knot.
  7. Pull the knot to ensure the braid is tight and secure.

Hairstyle Four: The Bun

The bun is the go-to hairstyle of bad hair days. Here’s a clever hack that will help you achieve one without a hair tie:

  1. Take your hair and pull it to the back of your head as if going to make a ponytail.
  2. Put a hand underneath the ‘ponytail.’
  3. Take your hair and twist it upwards.
  4. See the end piece of the hair? Grab it and wrap it around the rest of the hair.
  5. There will be a top piece left over. You will need to wrap it over the bun. Twist it in your hands.
  6. Take the bottom of the bun and push it up. Please note that you won’t be able to push the bun through completely, but it will feel tight and secure.
How To Tie Your Hair Without A Hair Tie -Hair Bun

Need A Visual Tutorial?

If you need a visual tutorial on how to tie your hair without a hair tie, then you can find the perfect, step-by-step tutorial video by clicking the link here.

Think Outside The Box

Think Outside The Box

There are many fun and creative ways to tie your hair without a hair tie. Here are a few examples:

A Claw Clip

A claw clip acts in the same way a hair tie does, and it’s totally on-trend! They can be used to totally tie your hair back in a lot of fun, messy-cute styles.

You can also achieve a classic half-down, half-up look by using a claw clip. We love these claw clips from Centstar! Click the link for more.


There are so many different ways to tie your hair with a bandana!

If you use hair ties as a way of getting your hair out of your face, you can wear your bandana the traditional way, by placing it on the top of your head coming down over the back of your hair.

Alternatively, you can use it as you would a normal hair tie and secure ponytails or buns with your bandana.

We think these bandanas will look perfect in everyone’s hair! Click the link here for more.

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Final Thoughts

Bad hair days without a hair tie are never fun, but they do not have to be the end of the world.

There are many different and easy hairstyles that can be achieved by using your own hair as the hair tie, from the fishtail braid to the messy bun to the classic ponytail.

Not only that, but you can use other items to tie your hair in place of a hair tie.

Claw clips and bandanas are particularly effective in getting your hair out of your face, but don’t be afraid to get creative!

With these tips, bad hair emergencies will be a thing of the past! (Well, maybe not. But, you’ll know how to handle them!)