Make an impact in the office with our guide to effortless, elegant hairstyles for a tidy, professional look.
After working from home for a large part of the past few years, many of us are now going back to the office a little more frequently! And whilst our usual morning routine may have changed drastically, we’re betting on the fact that your ‘new normal’ AM beauty routine doesn’t allow much time for styling your hair.
Fortunately for you, we’ve carefully selected our four favourite quick and easy work hairstyles to make sure your locks impress your co-workers while also allowing you enough time to get through your to-do list.
Whether your locks are short or long, we have plenty of inspiration to help you achieve various work hairstyles that take no longer than 10 minutes and require minimal effort.
Having an updo hairstyle for work, such as the low bun or low ponytail, is the perfect answer for a cool and sophisticated look which requires minimal effort and time.
The foundation for a sleek low bun or ponytail is a clean and sharp centre parting. We recommend using a brush or tail comb to create even symmetry, and then start angling and directing your hair in place behind your ears.
Then using our Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray, you’ll want to hold your locks in place while adding shine to your crown by evenly spraying all over and then following with a brush to keep those flyaways at bay.
Alternatively, we recommend using our Light Volume Hairspray which adds more volume as well as holding your hair in place.
(If you are creating a low bun, ignore this step.)
Create your low ponytail, securing it with a hair band. Try to avoid splitting your ponytail in half and tightening as this will cause bumps to appear. This is an incredibly simple work hairstyle which can be done in a very short amount of time every morning.
(If you are creating a low ponytail, ignore this step.)
To create your low bun, you want to twist your ponytail from the bottom and then keep twisting until your locks start to lift. After this you want to start wrapping around the base of your ponytail.
Now you have finished your pony or bun, you’ll want to secure with either a hair tie, bobby pins or even a clip. Lastly clean up any flyaways using our Secret Agent Touch Up Crème to smooth away any stray hairs.
If you’d like to try something different with long locks, we’ve got more easy hairstyles for long hair that are work-appropriate and can be done with minimal effort too.
For a flirtier take on the half up, half down look, try making your top pony into a quarter instead of a half for a more styled look. Sectioning your hair into a quarter will make it easier to separate since it’s a lighter volume of hair, while creating a higher pony with more volume on both the top and bottom.
Starting just above your ears, start to separate and section off the top half of your hair, gently pulling all of your locks up to the crown of your head.
Ensure both sides of your hair are even – using a brush or comb to help achieve straight sectioning. Then secure your quarter ponytail at the base with a hair tie.
Now you have finished your locks, you can either curl the bottom section of your hair and secure with Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray, or leave natural. For any loose flyaways in the top half, we recommend using our Secret Agent Touch Up Crème or Weightless Wonder Crème if you have finer hair.
If you’re looking for further fine hair inspiration, check out our guide to volume-boosting hairstyles.
If you want to achieve a sleek hairstyle, pull the quarter ponytail firmly till it is tight and high.
If you want a more laid back/slightly messy hairstyle, gather and secure the top half of your hair loosely. Pull down a few face-framing hairs to soften the look even more.
You can develop this look even further by creating your top quarter into a bun, helping to make a more ‘put together’ bun hairstyle for work.
Want to look like you’ve made the most effort for the office with minimal time spent? Create a slick style that radiates glossy glamour with our favourite sleek straight look that’s perfect for short hair.
Dampen or wet hair with water, either towel drying or using a spray to spritz all over. Applying to mid-lengths and ends, use mousse when hair is damp for a longer lasting look. We recommend using our Volume Lift Thickening Mousse or Fine to Full Blow-out Spray to create additional volume that holds your locks in place without the stickiness.
Start to blow-dry hair away from face, sectioning ear to ear and placing the hairdryer at the root to ensure you create a slick look that’s still full of volume. Ensure you glide your hairdryer from the front of your head to the back so that your hair is all following the same direction.
Apply hairspray to hold your hair in place, spraying 30cm away from your head all over. Once your hair has dried, go back with either a hairspray and a toothbrush (weird combo – we know!) to tidy away any baby hairs or flyaways around the frame of your face or alternatively apply a wax/crème to smooth these down. Either our Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray or Touch Up Crème would be most suited for this.
For a slicker, more natural look, use a round brush to brush though your locks once hair has set. This look is perfect for creating a headband hairstyle for work featuring your favourite hair accessory!
And if you are looking for even more glamorous work hairstyles for short hair, then check out our array of short bob hairstyles.
With these super stylish work hairstyles, you’re guaranteed to give off a professional look that emanates confidence and sophistication. And even if you’re working from the comfort of your home, you’ll still need to look the part, so why not explore our easy working from home hairstyles to get you prepared for that meeting on Zoom/Teams?