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I Tried Five-Minute Pinterest Hairstyles And Here's Which Ones Are Actually Legit

'Cause I'm a mom who's busy AF.

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Hi, I'm Krista and every morning, without fail, I'm running late. So, I'm always looking for shortcuts when it comes to getting ready. This is me on a typical morning (no makeup and damp hair) telling my kid to hurry up.

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I keep seeing all these Pinterest posts about five-minute hairstyles and I figured most of them were total BS. Since I don't have time to attempt five-minute hairstyles that actually turn into 30 minutes, I decided to test them out — so you don't have to.

First, I think it is important to note that my hair is thin, wavy and frizzy – I know, every girl's dream. Here is what it looks like when it air-dries:

Macey J Foronda / Via BuzzFeed

So, take that into consideration. Some of the hairstyles that didn’t work for me may work for you, and vice versa. After testing them out, though, here are the ones that did — and didn’t — work for me:

My Version:

Macey J Foronda / Via BuzzFeed

Time: 2 minutes and 21 seconds

How It Works: This one actually was super easy. If you ever had a Topsy Tail when you were a kid, it's just like that. After you pull the pony through, you braid the "tail" and tuck it up. Voilà!

Final Thoughts: I mean, for something fast, I thought this was pretty legit. It's not fancy or anything, but it does look like I put a bit more effort into it than I actually did.

My Version:

Macey J Foronda / Via BuzzFeed

Time: I stopped at four minutes because I was over it.

How It Works: In the end, it didn't turn out THAT bad. However, it was a pain and felt really messy, like it was going to fall out. You put a scarf (or headband) on your head and work your way around by tucking in the strands.

Final Thoughts: I would never actually wear this hairstyle. I used a headband instead of a scarf and it kept popping up, so I had to use several bobby pins to keep everything in place and it just looked really sloppy.

4. PINTEREST VS. REALITY

Um, you can see my bald spots and I totally botched the bobby pins. If you have the same hair texture as this girl, it's cute. For me: FAIL.

Um, you can see my bald spots and I totally botched the bobby pins. If you have the same hair texture as this girl, it's cute. For me: FAIL.

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Um, you can see my bald spots and I totally botched the bobby pins. If you have the same hair texture as this girl, it's cute. For me: FAIL.

My Version:

Macey J Foronda / Via BuzzFeed

Time: 3 minutes and 48 seconds

How It Works: There isn't much to this one. You twist a front side and curl the rest. I think it would be cute on someone with a short bob hairstyle, but not for me.

Final Thoughts: Eh, no thanks. The bobby pins looked awkward, so if you can hide them, then great. I also felt like it looked a little too grade school-ish. I mean, I am a mom.

My Version:

Macey J Foronda / Via BuzzFeed

Time: 5 minutes

How It Works: OMG this hairstyle is cray. At first it looked like it was going to be a disaster, but it actually turned out okay, in a weird sort of way. You literally just make a super messy bun on the top of your head with the ends sticking out, then put on a headband. My hair is too thin and stringy to create the cool piece-y bangs, so I opted for the '90s bangs.

Final Thoughts: Come on, guys — it looks like I have bangs, so that's cool. But, no. I am not sure I would actually go out in public looking like this.

6. PINTEREST VS. REALITY

This one worked. I just need like three times the amount of hair I currently have and it would be fucking gorgeous.

My Version:

Macey J Foronda / Via BuzzFeed

Time: 4 minutes and 2 seconds

How It Works: First of all, why are so many people blessed with these thick, luxurious locks? This one would have looked a lot better if I had been blessed with such. Still, I guess it could have turned out worse for me. You section off the front of your hair and put the back part in a ponytail. Then you simply tuck the front pieces around the ponytail.

Final Thoughts: Eh, it was okay. It seemed kind of like a glorified ponytail. You basically just pull the front pieces over the pony to give it a different look, then curl the pony. I might do this one again.

7. PINTEREST VS. REALITY

It's just another thing to tie. I tie my kid's shoes, I tie my own shoes, and quite frankly, I don't need to spend any more time tying, especially not my hair. PASS.

It's just another thing to tie. I tie my kid's shoes, I tie my own shoes, and quite frankly, I don't need to spend any more time tying, especially not my hair. PASS.

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It's just another thing to tie. I tie my kid's shoes, I tie my own shoes, and quite frankly, I don't need to spend any more time tying, especially not my hair. PASS.

My Version:

Macey J Foronda / Via BuzzFeed

Time: 3 minutes 17 seconds

How It Works: No, no, no. Besides the fact that my crusted-over hairspray bottle sprayed right into my eye, there were several things that were not okay about this hairstyle. First of all, you actually legit tie your hair in a bow. It didn't tangle, but I'm not sure it's the best idea (kind of like how putting a rubber band in your hair isn't a good idea). I was kinda over curling the rest after I realized I wasn't going to like the bow.

Final Thoughts: My only final thoughts on this is that I'm lazy and curling my hair takes longer than five minutes. The bow is, eh, whatever.

My Version:

Macey J Foronda / Via BuzzFeed

Time: 4 minutes

How It Works: This is just pure genius. NOTE: Good hairspray is key here. I'm in LOVE with Bed Head Hard Head hairspray, so if you are looking for suggestions I would try it (that's NOT a promotion, just speaking from personal experience).

Final Thoughts: Me likey. Seriously, put your hair in a weird-ass ponytail on top of your head and curl. Make sure to spray the curls BEFORE you take your hair out of the ponytail. When I took my hair out it legit had volume. Thanks — BYE.

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