(This hair took 2 minutes or less. Really. Photo by Carolyne Teston/Very Good Light)

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

LOL at Benjamin Franklin who obviously coined this phrase as an Old. If he lived in 2017 he’d probably have coined this instead: “Late to bed, late to wake, makes a man hungover, slightly dead and fully baked.”

So what do you do when it’s your first week of college and you’re T-minus ten minutes away from that 11 a.m. class you knew you shouldn’t have signed up for but did because you thought you were a responsible human-being now?

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Well, for one, you get yourself out of bed ASAP and run to the communal bathroom. After relieving yourself from last night’s regrets and brushing your teeth for all of 3 seconds, you contemplate if you should wear a hat again or ~actually~ do your hair. If you’re thinking that it takes way too long to put your hair together and opt for hat hair again, stop right there. Put that hat down – you can master the art of styling your head in mere minutes. 2 minutes to be exact.

For a quick hairdo in seconds, take our guide below for a fresh style in less than 2 minutes.

Spray and slay (30 seconds)

When you’re in a rush and you have bad bed head, take some water and sprinkle it in your hair. A palm full of water will do. Don’t do it so that it’s completely wet, rather, use water to activate your hair strands. Immediately after, take a hair primer like one from Bumble & Bumble


and spritz your hair. Whether you have long hair or short, this will activate your strands so that they wake TF up.

Comb thru (30 seconds)

Take a comb or a brush and allow the primer and water to have gotten through your hair evenly. If you don’t have one, massage the primer and water with your fingers like above. If you have long hair, brush it thoroughly by flipping your hair down and brushing from back to front. This will guarantee the cowlicks to come down. If you have short hair and there’s MAJOR bed head, look to the next step.

Pulp Friction (20 seconds)

If you have thick, coarse hair and it’s short, chances are some of your hair will be flattened out by the way you sleep. Whether it’s sticking straight up or knotted together, a simple action with your own palm will solve it. Simply take some water or a spray, spritz it on the hair affected, and take your hand over it. Hold it down and put some pressure to your scalp. In a circular motion, press it down while winding your hand over in a clockwise motion. This will force hair to come out of its flattened state. When it does, comb or brush it down.

Made for pomade (30 seconds)

If you’re going for a shiny look, get a normal, water-based pomade. We’re into Layrite, Rudy’s Barbershop

or the Soft Water Pomade from Baxter of California

. Each is amazing for a strong hold that’s still natural. If you don’t like that shiny look, we’d suggest you go with a matte pomade that will look more natural. Bumble & Bumble Sumo Tech

, BYRD Hair Matte Pomade

and American Crew

are all great options.

Mix a quarter-sized amount into your palms and create some friction and heat with the pomade. This allows it to activate. Then, evenly place the product from back to front as this allows for the pomade to be best dispersed. Afterwards, take a comb and style it according to which side is your natural part. For more info on that, go here.

Last minute touch ups (10 seconds)

Before you rush out the bathroom, take your fingers and tousle your hair up and away for a more natural look. Unless you’re going for that Gordon Gekko look (LOLOL) and ready for the boardroom, chances are you’re going to want it to look not so perfect.

That’s it my friend! It only takes less than 2 minutes to quickly do your hair. Obviously, it’ll be a little awkward at first try, but the more you practice the easier it’ll become. It’s truly a great last minute way to get your best hair for the days you’re late (aka every day) or when you’re feeling equally lazy (aka every day). Now go out into the world, good man. Go out and gleam with your handsome mug.

(Makeup by Lou Factora; Hair by Brittan White; Photographed by Carolyn Teston)

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