I am not a morning person. It doesn't matter how early I set my alarm or how much I prepare the night before, my mornings are rushed and difficult. I hate always relying on a ponytail to tame my unruly half-curly / half-straight (but never nice and wavy) hair so I learned a few (quick! foolproof!) hair tricks to make me feel put together.
This is what I'm faced with if I forgo the hair dryer in favour of making coffee:
Start by parting your hair where you normally would. Separate a chunk of hair at the top into two strands. The strands shouldn't be too big (maybe an inch-ish?)
Cross the front piece either over or under the back piece. It doesn't matter which way you go, it just matters that you continue to cross the same way for the entire braid. I'm bad at staying consistent so I try to assign a hand at the start of my braid and repeat it every time I cross my strands ("right hand over, right hand over.")
After each cross, add strands of surrounding hair to each of your main strands, exactly like you would if you were french braiding your hair.
Braid down and around the back of your head and secure with a jaunty side pony or a sloppy bun.
The resulting braid is messy in a polished way. It's office boho, or at least that's what I tell myself. I reckon I can get away with less than perfect hair at the office if it looks intentional.