For many of us, mornings are super busy, and while you want to look professional and polished at work, it’s hard to squeeze in breakfast, let alone do much to your hair than brush it!
We’ll show you 8 simple yet professional hairstyles for work that can be done in just a few minutes! So if you’re ready to wow your friends and coworkers in the office, read on!
1. The Sleek Ponytail
The Sleek Ponytail is probably the most popular professional hairstyle out there, and for good reason! It’s quick, easy, and always looks put together.
To achieve this sophisticated look, gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Use a comb to smooth down any flyaways, then secure it with an elastic, adding a little gel to make it as sleek as possible.
For a more polished finish, wrap a small section of your hair around the elastic to hide it.
2. The Curly Ponytail
If your hair is wavy or curly, this is the perfect style for you! It’s best not to have the ponytail too high for this look, so gather your hair where you want it and secure it with an elastic. While you can smooth down any frizz with gel or hairspray, it’s ok to leave a few wisps for a more natural look.
To complete the style, and give it a professional finish, wrap a small section of hair around the elastic to hide it.
3. The Braided Ponytail
Looking for something a little more unique? This is a great hairstyle that goes beyond the plain ponytail without being time-consuming.
Start by making a ponytail, as described above in our first hairstyle. Then take a small section to create a thin braid, securing it at the end with an elastic, and wrap this braid around the base of your ponytail.
It’s a super-easy additional step that adds a little extra style!
4. The High Ponytail With A Twist
Similar to the Braided Ponytail style, this look will add extra drama to make you stand out in the boardroom!
Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail – most people find it easier to do this by bending over and brushing the hair forward. After smoothing it with a comb, secure the ponytail tightly with an elastic. Using a small section of hair, create a thin braid, which you’ll then take to wrap around the base of the ponytail.
5. The Side Ponytail
This is a classic, romantic look that, when done correctly, is still workplace appropriate. It is suitable for all hair types but works best for anyone with hair that is at least shoulder-length.
For this style, brush all your hair over to one side and gather it together, making a ponytail and securing it with an elastic. Any hair left on the side without the ponytail can be pinned to ensure it looks as neat as possible.
To prevent this style from looking like a throwback to the 80s, keep the ponytail low – just below the ear.
6. The Sleek Low Bun
This is a great alternative to the classic ponytail. It’s sleek and professional and keeps your hair off your face.
To achieve this look, simply gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Use a comb to smooth down any flyaways, then secure with an elastic. Next, twist the hair around itself until it forms a bun, using as many pins as needed to ensure it stays in place all day.
7. The Messy Bun
Despite its name, a messy bun can still work well in a professional setting when done properly, although it may be more suited to ‘casual Fridays’, rather than a day when you have important meetings!
For this style, start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail, then twist the hair around itself until it forms a bun. While you want to make sure it’s secure using bobby pins, leave it a little loose, and don’t worry about any strands that may fall down.
8. The Top Knot
This is similar to the sleek low bun but much, much higher! To get this cute but professional look, gather your hair at the crown of your head to make a high ponytail – again if it’s easier for you, bend over to do this step.
Tie with an elastic, twist the hair around itself into a tight bun, and secure well with bobby pins. For this look, the sleeker it is, the better, so use gel or spray to make sure there are no wayward flyaway strands!
So there you have it! 8 simple hairstyles that will give you the professional look you want at work without taking up precious time in the morning.
Do you have any favorite hairstyles for work? If so, please share them with our readers in the comments below!