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If you regularly don business suits, tailored blazers and dress slacks, style your hair to match. Pulled-back hairstyles look neat and professional just like your outfit. Whether you opt for a French twist or a loose bun, your business savvy smile won't hide behind face-obscuring tresses. So, do the updo! Save the flowing hairstyles and miniskirt for a girls night out.
A bun or classy chignon takes just a few minutes to perfect, making it an easy morning option. Simply gather your whole head of hair near the nape of your neck, twist and secure. Add extra style by adding a few extra twists or loose braids before securing with a hair tie or simple claw-style hair clip. Go for hair accessories that blend with your hair color. Your conservative office isn't the place to flaunt your floral hair clips or rhinestone-encrusted barrettes.
Create a sleek profile by sweeping your bangs and hair in front of your ears up. Secure the hair at the back of your head with a classy metallic clip for a simple half-up, half-down hairstyle. Gently tug the front of your hair forward 1/4 inch to add volume in front of the clip. Then treat the flowing hair to a few curls and shine spray. After all, your whole look from front to back should be polished.
First, erase the mental image of the 6-year-old you wearing a messy ponytail flanked with flyaways. This classic updo has come a long way baby! From bumping up the hair at the crown of the head to give the ponytail a 1960s feel, to smoothing pulled back strands with a touch of hair gel, the ponytail just got sophisticated. For a real twist, loop the end of the tail back up on itself and tuck the ends into the hair tie. The shortened tail looks like a loose, elongated bun -- perfect for warm weather days at the office.
Braids and Twists
When you have time to create a more elaborate hairstyle, opt for a twist or braid. To keep it professional, make it symmetrical and centered on your head. Use clear hair ties to keep the look clean and simple. Since braids and twists naturally give the hair a shorter appearance, these styles work well for gals with extra long locks.