The Easiest Hair Styles Ever for Women at Work

The Easiest Hair Styles Ever for Women at Work

Are you always on the hunt for an easy (and cute!) work hair style.  Me too! This post, originally posted on the Daily Muse, was written by Kim Hudnall who is a 40-something Mom, wife, and training consultant. With a background in Education and Training and the last 10 years spent in the beauty industry, she founded Her goal is to educate, motivate, and inspire women to look and feel fabulous!

You wake up Monday morning and realize you’ve been hitting the snooze button—for an hour. Afraid you can’t get to work on time and look pulled together, too? Think again, thanks to the return of an old favorite: the ponytail.

Nope, ponytails aren’t just for the gym—they’re totally office-appropriate now, too. This season, trends range from sleek, high up-dos to classic low ponytails and everything in between. And not only are they quite possibly the fastest, easiest way to pull together a professional look, you can skip your shampoo and blowdry—dirty hair makes them work best!

A beauty trend that actually simplifies the morning routine? Sign us up. Here are three quick, work-friendly styles to try next time you’re in a rush:

For Straight Locks

Sleek, professional, and done in two minutes flat, this classic high ponytail is the easiest way to look office-ready in no time.

  1. Before you start, brush through your hair to make sure it’s tangle-free (a boar bristle brush is great for smoothing). If your hair isn’t completely straight, run a flat iron through it to work out any kinks.
  2. Tilt your head back as you gather your hair. (This will prevent a big bump from forming under your ponytail.)
  3. Position your hair about 1-2 inches above the top of your ears and secure it with a hair tie or band.
  4. Pull a half-inch section of hair from the bottom of your head and wrap it around the ponytail to cover the hair tie. Secure the ends by pushing a bobby pin back in towards the ponytail.
  5. Use a pomade or hairspray to smooth down your hair for a polished look.

For Curly Girls

This low ponytail is a great way to add a softer feel to your look. If your hair is straight and you’ve got an extra 10 minutes, use a one-inch curling iron to add a few curls before you get started.

  1. Gather your hair (without brushing) and pull it to one side of your head. If you have bangs or side-swept layers, pull pieces out from both sides to frame your face.
  2. Gather your hair about 1 inch below the bottom of your ear and twist it twice. Secure with a hair tie or band.
  3. To give it some texture, run pomade through pieces of your ponytail, then scrunch it and spray it with hairspray.
  4. For a little after-work flair, add a decorated hair tie or small flower.

For Anyone

Adding a bump to the classic high ponytail gives it a fun touch and makes it work whether your hair is stick straight, full of curls, or anything in between.

  1. Look straight into a mirror. Use both of your thumbs to pull together a 1½-inch section of hair from the front part of your head. (Use the highest part of your eyebrow arches as a guide.)
  2. Clip that front section of hair forward and away from the rest of your hair.
  3. Gather the remaining hair and position it 2-3 inches above the top of your ears. Secure with a hair tie or band.
  4. Take the original section of hair and backcomb or tease it until you get the desired amount of lift in front.
  5. Gather that teased section of hair, pinch it with your thumb and forefinger, and secure with two bobby pins, criss-crossing them for a tighter hold.
  6. Take any extra hair from the top section (or from the bottom of your ponytail) and wrap it around the ponytail to cover up the hair tie. Secure the ends by pushing a bobby pin back in towards the ponytail.
  7. Use a strong hold hairspray to keep the top section in place.
 Do you have a favorite hair style for work?



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  1. Tried the bottom style this morning, and it looked fabulous until I went outside and hit a gust of wind. Caught a glimpse of myself in a window and reminded myself of when you see old gents with combovers that have had bad run-ins with wind. Ladies, step #7 is your friend ;-)

    • Thanks for the tips Miss K. I plan to try the bottom style tomorrow morning so will definitely keep this in mind! :) Thanks for commenting and stopping by! Happy hair day!

  2. While you can’t go wrong with a ponytail, ever…I wanted to share something I found for wearing my hair up and looking professional! I recently tried something called Spin Pins, from Goody. I can actually get my hair to stay in a bun/updo look (something other than a ponytail) with the help of spin pins and a few coated bobby pins…an amazing feat considering how thick and heavy my hair is. I have recommended them to so many people! Don’t get me wrong–I love a ponytail as much as the next girl, but this is just something different and easy =)

  3. I have a curly hair and I like the style in curly hairstyle. It looks mess but it looks so cute. I wanna try that style also.

  4. I love your hair style suggestions! They look beautiful for any occasion! I hope all has been well and have a wonderful weekend xoxo

  5. I love the last one. That’s a staple one for me now, since my bangs are getting so long!

    Cute ‘dos! :)

  6. I really like that curly ponytail. I may have to try that, if my hair is long enough. :)

    • Hi Holly – Isn’t the curly ponytail gorgeous! Wish I had curly hair like that by mine is really straight so the other two hairstyles will work the best for me. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I do like all of these looks. I wish they showed some quick and easy looks for woman with shorter ( like collar lenght), or ethic hiar.

  8. I like to put my hair in a bun for work. It’s neat and elegant :)

  9. I sometimes wear a ponytail in the summer, but I am easily chilled so tend to be uncomfortable with my ears and neck uncovered in the winter. (Yes, I can wrap up in scarves, but I look silly!) Also, I think my jawline really looks better when framed by hair.

    My usual hairstyle is this: I French-braid the front part of my hair straight back along the center of my head, adding hair until I have just a thin layer hanging over my ears and the braid has reached the crown of my head; then I braid without adding hair until I have about 3″ loose at the bottom, and put an elastic on it. If I braid it while wet, it will stay done for 2 days, so it saves a lot of time on the second day! I just have to brush the loose hair after it dries and again on the second morning, and smooth any flyaway hairs.

    • Sounds like a lovely hairstyle Becca! Thanks for sharing! Ponytails rock in the summer, I agree! I am definitely not a great braider but that is awesome that you have found a hairstyle that works for you!

  10. Any interest in bringing some tips for the ladies with shorter hair? I’m still experiementing with hair clips and headbands, and trying different styling methods, and I’d love to hear what Classy Career Girl has to say on the matter!

    • Hi Lauren! Thanks for the question! I have asked my friend with short hair what she thinks. I will let you know what she says!! THANKS!


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