Admittedly, we're off to a good start. As far as hair inspiration goes, 2019 has already served up curtain fringes, collarbone bobs and lived-in ponytails. Retro hair is having a comeback, bobs are shorter and blunter than ever, and accessories have had an overhaul.
The celebs have been at it, too, with the awards season earlier this year dishing up a smorgasbord of hair inspiration. Ashley Graham's accessory-sprinkled updo and Hailey Bieber's 90s pony took the Met Gala by storm, while Sara Sampaio's androgynous look and Bella Hadid's high bun at Cannes Film Festival were a talking point.
We've rounded up the best braids, messy buns and slinky ponytails to get you going, but, if you're after something faff-free and pretty much foolproof, accessories are the way to go. For what can salvage a 'meh' hair scenario in mere seconds? A pretty pearly grip clipped into a deep side-part, that's what. Or spice up your average plait by braiding a hair scarf through it. If you're a dab hand with your hands, get going with the more complicated fishtail braids below and, if all else fails, a messy bun and scrunchy combo looks effortless, but exceedingly chic.