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When you go to the same place and see the same people every day, it’s easy to fall into a routine with your hair style. But if you’re tired of your wash and go look, or just want to mix it up a little, we have three quick and easy hairstyles—an updo, a ponytail, and a bun—that are perfect for the office. Styling each one requires nothing more than a brush, a hair elastic, some bobby pins, and hair spray.
The knotted updo is a simple style that looks a lot more complex than it actually is. Once you get the hang of knotting your hair, this is the perfect professional—but still fun—hair style for the office.
What you’ll need:
Brush or comb
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Follow these simple steps to get the look:
Brush your hair to remove any tangles. Although we’re about to create knots, we don’t want to begin with any.
Take a large section of hair at the top of your head and split it into two. Tie these two sections together in a knot.
Add in hair from either side to your original two sections and tie into another knot below the first one.
Repeat down the back of your head until all your hair is combined into multiple knots.
Don’t let your knots come undone, tie off the end with a small hair elastic.
To transform your knotted hairstyle into an updo, roll up your knotted ponytail and tuck it underneath the main knots. Secure it in place with bobby pins. If you have thick hair, you may need a few extra bobby pins to keep the knots in place. Use bobby pins that are the same color as your hair to make it look natural.
A low ponytail can be super chic when done right. With this sleek style, you’ll be ready to show that meeting who’s boss.
To get started, part your hair down the middle and brush through to get any tangles out.
Pull your hair back at the nape of your neck. Make sure not to pull back too tightly. Leaving your ponytail loose enough to allow some hair to cover the tips of your ears will make the style look less harsh and more effortless.
Secure the ponytail you just gathered your hair into at the nape of the neck with a hair elastic.
Add volume at the crown of your head by pulling up some of your hair with your fingers.
Editor’s tip: If you have waist-length tresses, don’t be afraid to move your ponytail up an inch or two. It will still have the same poised effect as a low ponytail, but it won’t get in your way while you work.
Ballerina buns are practical because they keep all of your hair out of your face, but they’re also a sophisticated style perfect for any work environment.
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Comb through your hair to make sure it’s tangle-free.
Pull your hair back into a ponytail, using a comb or brush to remove any bumps. Secure the ponytail, making sure it’s tight.
Twist your ponytail all the way to the ends to help create a more secure bun.
In the same direction you twisted your hair, wrap the ponytail around its base to form a bun.
You can’t expect your ballerina bun to stay in place all on its own. Secure your style with bobby pins and hairspray.
Editor’s tip: If your hair keeps slipping, spray it with dry shampoo or a texture spray (try L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist) before styling to help it stay in place.
Often find yourself running late for work but still needing to look fabulous? In that case, head over to our article on How to Do Your Makeup During Your Commute next.