12 easy office updos: buns, chignons and more for busy professionals

This post was last updated in September 2022.

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!easy office updos - collage for FB

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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.

voluminous puffed bun

(We have already talked about stocking bunas well as the trick to making one updo more comfortable.)

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.

chestnut bun

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.

reverse bun for work

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Gibson Tucks and Chignons for Work (and Variations)

This easy Gibson tuck tutorial, from Cup of Jo, remains a classic. Fast, easy and nice.

You need a few bobby pins or Spin Pins however, to ensure that.

gibson tuck for work

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.

example of an easy office updo: the braided gibson tuck

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.

example of an easy office updo: the French twist

I like this variation on the classic: the sideways French twist, from The Little Things blog.

French twist for work

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.

claw updo for work

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.

attached updo for the office

Professional ponytails

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.

wrapped pony

I also see a lot of things on Pinterest with this twisted pony – beautiful. The beauty departmentas usual, have a good tutorial.

twisted bangs for work

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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