Best Hair Styles for the Work Place
Even though you may spend your weekdays in an office, this doesn’t mean that your hair needs to be boring.
While you likely have a few go-to styles for especially hectic mornings, give one of these looks a try the next time you have a few extra minutes to spare.
Chunky Side Braid
Side braids are classic, and do not really need much of an introduction. However, what makes this look in particular stand out is the fact that the braid has been crafted to look thick and chunky, giving it much more prominence than a thin, wispy braid would have had.
So, what are the secrets to creating a chunky braid?
Here are a few tips:
- Use a volumizing product, as this will make your hair appear thicker, while also giving it a stickier feel, meaning that it will not slip out of your braid as easily
- Add in some width before tying your braid off by holding the end in one hand, and using your other hand to gently pull on the outside of your braid
- Keep the type of braid you are creating in mind – a Dutch braid will make your hair look thicker than a French braid, while a faux fishtail braid will look chunkier than an actual fishtail braid.
Buns are always perfect for the office, as they keep your hair out of your face while looking so polished and tidy at the same time. However, standard buns can get a little boring, so try adding a twist to yours by incorporating a braid.
Ready to learn how?
Follow these steps:
- Spritz your hair with some hairspray, as this will help to smooth down any unruly strands while giving your hair some extra texture
- Tie your hair into a high ponytail, and then section this horizontally
- Take the top half of your ponytail and wrap it tightly into a bun, before securing this with bobby pins. Depending on how thick your hair is, you may need to use quite a few pins at this stage
- Take the bottom half of your ponytail and braid it into a standard braid, before tying this off at the bottom
- Lift the braid up and then wrap it around the base of your bun, securing this with more bobby pins. Try to position the hair tie that is tying your braid off in a way that enables you to tuck it underneath your bun, so that it is not visible
- Finish the look with a final mist of hairspray, to lock everything in place
Sleek Low Ponytail
Ponytails are always great for those days when you do not have much time to fuss with your hair, but a standard ponytail can quickly look drab and boring.
To add some chic to your look, try pulling your hair into a low ponytail instead, making sure that it is sleek and polished.
This is a look that will also never go out of style, meaning that your hair will always look trendy.
Here is what you need to do:
- Apply a heat protective product to clean, dry hair, and then brush this through
- Using hair straighteners, iron your hair until it is completely flat and smooth
- Spritz a small amount of hairspray onto a flat brush, and then use this to brush your hair up into a tight ponytail, making sure to smooth out any bumps. The hairspray should help to eliminate any static
- Using an elastic band, tie the ponytail at the nape of your neck and give it one last spray with some hairspray, to hold it all in place
If you would like the elastic band to be hidden rather than on show, take a few strands from your ponytail after you have tied it up. Wrap these around the elastic band, and then use a pin to secure it all in place.
TOP TIP: When brushing the back of your hair up into a ponytail, tilt your head backwards rather than forwards. This will ensure that your hair remains taught when you return your head to its normal position.
This look involves you creating a braided headband from your own hair, and while it may look quite simple overall, the braid adds a touch of sweetness to the style.
Begin with clean and dry hair, and then separate a small section of hair from behind one ear. Braid this into a tight braid, before securing with an elastic band, and repeating on the other side.
Pull these two braids over your head, positioning them in the same place that you would put a headband.
Use bobby pins to secure these braids behind your ears, and then finish the look with a mist of hairspray.
When it comes to the rest of your hair, it is completely up to you whether you leave this down, tie it up, or add in a few extra braids.
A mini quiff will work no matter the length of your hair, and while it adds a touch of class and glamor to your look, it is actually extremely easy to create.
This look is easiest to style a day after you have washed your hair.
However, if you would like to create it the same day you have washed your hair, apply a blob of hair mousse to the front section.
Because this will help to give it some hold, without making it go hard like hairspray would.
To get started, section off your hair from your forehead, taking this as far back as your crown. This is the part of your hair that you will be forming the quiff with, so, if you want more of a subtle quiff, make this section smaller.
Use some water to dampen this section, and then rough dry it with your hairdryer, lifting the roots so that you give this part of your hair some extra volume.
Back-comb this section of hair from the back to the front, but do this from behind so that the front of your quiff remains smooth.
Using a wide brush, smooth over the front and top of your quiff, but do this gently so that you do not flatten it.
Now that your quiff is complete, it is time to decide what to do with the rest of your hair. Quiffs tend to look best when contrasted against sleek hair, so a slicked back ponytail, or simply a sleek bob, would work well. Once you have styled the rest of your hair, give it all a spray with some hairspray, focussing in on the quiff a bit, to give it some extra staying power.
French Twist Ponytail
The French Twist is a classic updo, and one that exudes formality. However, turning this into a ponytail takes it down a notch, making it suitable for the office.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Mist your hair with some salt spray, as this will add some texture and keep your style from looking too sleek and formal. If your hair could do with even more texture, rub some hair wax between your fingers and then massage this through your hair, paying extra attention to your crown
- Create a horizontal part at the nape of your neck, so that you are sectioning your hair into two. The bottom layer will be used to wrap around the ponytail later on
- Take the top layer of hair and pull this to one side of your head, using large, strong bobby pins to hold this in place
- Roll the pinned section of hair back towards the other side of your head, until it reaches the center. Secure this with bobby pins
- Using an elastic band, secure the bottom of the roll, to create a ponytail. Do not be afraid to add in as many bobby pins as you need at this stage, to ensure that the roll stays in place
- Take the bottom layer of hair that you left out earlier and wrap it around the base of your ponytail, so that it hides the elastic band
- Secure this with a bobby pin and then spray your hair with some hairspray
- If you would like even more texture, tease your ponytail outwards with your fingers
If you enjoy leaving your hair down, try adding in some luscious curls to really give it some volume and frame your face.
Curling your hair does not need to be complicated, but many women tend to struggle with doing this with ease.
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do before getting started to help with the curling process…
Firstly, unwashed hair is better for holding a new style than washed hair, but cutting back on your conditioner can do this too. The next time you are conditioning your hair, try using less conditioner, applying this only to the ends of your hair.
Your haircut, and hair health, also makes a difference here…
If your hair has thick and blunt ends, it will be much harder to get them to hold a curl. If your hair has long layers, this is perfect, especially for loose, beachy waves. When it comes to hair health, hair that is damaged with split ends will take much longer to form a curl, and will not hold as well.
Before curling your hair, you should always apply a generous amount of a heat protecting product to it. These coat each strand, protecting them from the damaging dryness that your curling iron can cause.
Want to know a common mistake that many women make when curling their hair?
They curl it from the bottom up, but this is the opposite of what you should be doing.
Start from the top, working your way down, and, each time you have created a curl, roll this around your finger and then fasten it to your head with a bobby pin.
Once all of your hair has been curled and pinned up, give it a spray with some hairspray, and then leave this to set for ten minutes, before removing the curls one by one. This will give you bouncier and longer-lasting curls, which is exactly what you need for a long day at the office.
Do not forget to give your hair one final spritz of hairspray once you have released all of your curls. If you take care of your curls throughout the day, this is a style that will last for quite a while.
Deep Side Part
If you usually part your hair in the same place each day, an easy way to mix up your look a bit is by switching up your part.
A deep side part is perfect for framing your face in a whole new way, as it is able to flatter every face shape, and can be combined with just about any of your favorite hairstyles.
Love this look?
These steps are easy to follow:
- Dampen your roots with a salt spray
- Blow dry your hair, using a brush to lift each section as you go. Pay extra attention to your roots
- Back-comb the hair at your roots in small sections, beginning at one side of your head and working your way across. As you back-comb each section, hold it straight up, and give it a spray with either a dry shampoo or a finishing spray
- Once you are done, flip your hair over to the side it started on
- Gently smooth out the top, taking care not to undo any of the back-combing that you have done. This is an optional step, especially if you like your hair more textured
- Set your part with a finishing spray, and then style the rest of your hair as you please
If you want to really get creative with this style, try creating a zig zag part, or forming it at a sharp angle across your head. Use the pointed end of a tail comb to help you to get the definition that you need.