3 Simple (and Easy!) Updos For Work

You probably don’t have a lot of time to spend on hair in the morning, which is why having a few go-to updos for work is so important! Practice these and keep needed product on hand so you can change up your normal hair routine with very little time or effort.

These updos are perfect for when you don’t have time to wash your hair: just use your favorite dry shampoo, throw your hair up, and win the day!

1. Classic bun

Buns are not just for ballerinas! A classic bun is one way to instantly look put together. It’s been used by so many women to keep hair off the face and out of the eyes. Some have even called it the power hairstyle of our age.

How to create it:

There are dozens of ways to create a bun, but at it’s most simple, here are the steps:

  1. Brush your hair out well to remove tangles
  2. Pull hair into a tight pony tail and secure with a hair tie
  3. Wrap hair in a spiral around the base of your ponytail
  4. Tuck the ends below the spiral and secure with U-shaped bobby pins
  5. Use a finishing hair cream to smooth hair surrounding the bun
  6. Spray hairspray to finish

Alternatively, if you don’t have enough hair to wrap it in a full spiral, try a donut hair bun maker. Once you have completed step two above, put the donut around the ponytail and smooth hair around the donut. Secure with another hair tie. Wrap ends in a spiral below the bun and secure with U-shaped bobby pins.

2. Business ponytail

A ponytail has probably been your life-long go-to for an updo. You can make a few adjustments to this style for a sleek and polished work look.

How to create it

Creating a ponytail is easy, but use these tips for a professional look:

  1. Rub a pea size amount of hair oil in your hands and spread through hair
  2. For a smooth look, run a hair straightener through the hair
  3. brush hair well to remove all tangles
  4. Pull hair back into a ponytail
  5. Secure with a hair tie

You can up-level this look with a ponytail cuff. Also, for an extra sleek look, check out this video:

Celebrity Inspired Sleek Low Ponytail

3. French Braid

Braids have been a hair staple for centuries, and while they take a bit of practice to master, once you have it down it’s easy to turn braids into a lot of practical and chic looks.

How to create it

The french braid tutorial below is amazing, and you can simply practice it over and over, but here are the steps:

  1. Apply dry shampoo to add some texture to your hair to help hold the braid
  2. Comb your hair out to remove any tangles
  3. Grab a large chunk of hair at the crown of your head
  4. Separate into three sections
  5. Cross the right most section over the middle section, making the right section the new middle section
  6. Cross the left most section over the middle section, making it the new middle section
  7. Cross the right section over the middle section, but this time grab a some loose hair from the right side to add to the right section (that is now the middle section)
  8. Continue this step on each side until all loose hair is incorporated into the braid
  9. Braid to the end of the hair and secure with a hair tie

It’s much easier to learn to french braid by watching it, so check this out:

How To French Braid Your Own Hair (THE EASIEST 5 MINUTE BRAID!) Real-Time Talk Through - PART 1 [CC]

Hair Clips

I love the current trend toward wearing hair clips. Creating an updo for work with a hair clip is the easiest way to get a professional look in seconds .

Updos for Work

Use these simple updos to add some options to your work look. Play with them and make them your own!

About the author

Nina Sheridan is a seasoned author at Latterly.org, a blog renowned for its insightful exploration of the increasingly interconnected worlds of business, technology, and lifestyle. With a keen eye for the dynamic interplay between these sectors, Nina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her writing. Her expertise lies in dissecting complex topics and presenting them in an accessible, engaging manner that resonates with a diverse audience.