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Hair is one of the key elements to looking polished. Perfecting a quick, sophisticated updo can be a simple way to get great work hair (and great interview hair!). Here are our favorite 12 easy office updos… whether it’s for summertime, interviews, or more!
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related: 14 great YouTube tutorials for updos
Counted buns (and variations)
Jean at ExtraPetite had a great tutorial a while back on how to get a “voluminous puffy bun” if you feel like your head shape isn’t quite right for updos.
In New York, I see many women who wear their hair in chestnut buns, but very high on their heads – one of my old writing teachers had her hair like that every time I saw her.
I can’t make it work myself (maybe the curls make my hair too piecey?), but it looks very comfortable – and delicious – if you can do it.
Cup of Jo has a great tutorial for chestnut buns, but there’s plenty on Pinterest too.
The one below is basically a chestnut bun, in reverse – this is new to me but I like how tidy it is and how fast YouTuber AK Makeup1 can do it.
When I need to do something quick, I make a reverse chestnut bun – which says a lot for how quick and easy it is.
Stay tuned for our upcoming course on how to feel more polished!
Gibson Tucks and Chignons for Work (and Variations)
I like this variant of the Gibson tuck: the braided Gibson tuck. This is especially good if you have some layers to your hair. You can do it in one of two ways: by putting a long braid like a blogger Hi Wanderer do, or by making two side braids as shown in this Reddit tutorial.
Here is a picture from Hi Wanderer.
Easy French Twists
The French Twist is another classic that can be a great way to look pulled together. Be warned: this is a pretty bobby-pin-intensive look (to say nothing of the hairspray required)—but it’s a classic.
YouTuber Alex Gaboury has a good tutorial.
I like this variation on the classic: the sideways French twist, from The Little Things blog.
Other easy upgrades for the job
Finally: I see less of this kind of thing celebrated online, but more of it in real life: scratch the itch. Easy, fast and a classic.
This image is from The everyday connoisseurwhere you will find the entire tutorial.
I like the idea of knotting instead of twisting – this kind of works well if your hair is a bit damp too.
LuLu’s has the full tutorial.
Finally: I see a few fun variations of the ponytail for work that I thought I’d include.
First, here’s the classic, the wrapped ponytail. Makeup.com has a great tip: if you curl the part of the hair you use to pack your bangs, it will look much nicer.
I also see a lot of things on Pinterest with this twisted pony – beautiful. The beauty departmentas usual, have a good tutorial.
Ladies, how do you keep your hair up and out of your face in the summer?
What are your favorite updos for work?
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Honey, what are your favorite easy office updos?