For some reason, people still think you have to grow out your hair before a big event, like a wedding, as if you can’t rock an updo with a shorter cut (we’re talking lobs and anything shorter). But even the shortest hair can be pinned, slicked back, and styled to the gods — regardless of texture. The key is to work with your hair and not let shorter bangs or layers make you crazy. Instead, allow short pieces to poke out of messy buns à la Sophie Turner and embrace your coiled bangs like Yara Shahidi.

We spoke to hair experts to get their tips on how to achieve these looks at home, regardless of your own personal skill level. My fellow hair novices feel me — we need it short and sweet because ain’t nobody got time to spend hours getting ready for an event or just a night out.