Whether you slept through the alarm and you’re now in a mad rush for the office, took a little too long picking the perfect outfit for a night out and the cab’s outside already or simply can’t be a…. ! I won’t swear but you’re picking up what I’m putting down, right?

There are times in life when, well, you simply don’t have the time – or the inclination – to primp and prettify your hair.

Rather than simply reach for any old Alice band or scrunchie, there is a raft of exciting new products that will bring glamour to your barnet on even the baddest of bad hair days.

Give a low ponytail some Hollywood glamour with a hair chain. Essentially, this is an ornate chain fastened by a comb at one end of the chain. The comb goes around the ponytail with the metal links then draping over your hair. The look can be princess pretty or full-on rock chick, depending on the style of chain that you choose. Either way, it looks amazing and is a brilliant way to dress up a humble ponytail.

Keeping unruly strands under control is the work of a moment with a barrette. Barrettes make hairstyles look elegant and grown up when using simple shapes and luxurious metals.

A curved clip, pinned horizontally at the back of your head to hold a half-up, half-down ‘do works wonderfully for relaxed, low-key get-togethers with friends or you can wear the clip vertically to show off a fancy pair of earrings at a swankier event.

Pin there, done that – The transformative effect of a Bobbi pin can never be underestimated. Whether it is a bejewelled design in the shape of a star, or something simpler but in solid gold, sticking a pin in is a quick and easy way to take your hair from a day in the office to a night on the tiles in a matter of seconds.

You can also pop a pin into any hairstyle – up, down, half-up, messy, straight, bun, chignon, whatever. Once the pin’s in, you look great. For extra staying power, try spraying your pins with dry shampoo before wearing them.

Of course, the ultimate no fuss hair accessory has to be the headband. For maximum impact, make it metallic. You’ll look like you’ve put some serious thought and effort into looking oh so sexy and cool, when all you really did was calm your head and pop the headband on. From Grecian style laurel leaves to a nautical but nice striped band, a headband gives any hairstyle a stylish update.