Your office is a magical place where all sorts of interesting and fun people come together to learn, grow, and build a better business, right? Yeah, probably not so much.
For most of us, the daily grind isn’t always inspiring. Even if you are totally jazzed about your 9-5, it’s likely that you’d rather hit the snooze button one more, glorious time than spend precious morning minutes racking your brain to pick out a perfectly professional ‘do.
However, even though model-off-duty strands are having a moment right now, there’s a fine line between ‘artfully tousled’ and tousled by your pillow. That’s why it’s so important to find a few simple-but-polished hairstyles that work for you by requiring minimal effort (aka, taking less than 10 minutes to achieve), and keep you feeling confident until you’re ready to clock out.
Here are our four top picks for flawlessly polished, easy-to-do hairstyles that are perfect for your place of work. Hopefully they’ll give you one less thing to think about as you’re rushing out the door in the morning.
Sophisticated Reverse Side Braid
When it comes to naming our favorite easy-to-execute hairstyles, the braid tops the list. We may have gotten the basics down back in middle school, but our braid game has grown even stronger since.
Reverse braids (sometimes called Dutch braids) work pretty much the same as a French braid, except you will be crossing the pieces of hair under one another instead of over. Moving the pieces under and around brings the bulk of the braid to the front, resulting in a voluminous plait à la Frozen’s Elsa.
Chic and simple, we depend on a good pony at least two days a week. That’s because what used to be considered a sloppy leisure hairstyle can be pumped up to professional with some major volume and a discretely wrapped elastic. Better yet? The above tutorial includes a super voluminous, no-heat pony that will leave you feeling fabulous in under five minutes.
Sock Bun With a Twist
While the DIY sock bun may seem intimidating, it’s actually one of the easiest—and quickest—techniques to boost the volume of your top knot. Got plans after work? Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyonce have all rocked a polished wrap for big events, so you know this ballerina bun with a boost can take you from morning meetings to evening cocktails without risk of falling flat.
Actual Under-2-Minutes Braided Bun
Second to the ponytail, this wrap-and-roll bun is the easiest updo to master. Whether you want to look effortlessly chic, elegant, or sexy, it’s one of the rare styles that can achieve all three—in less time than it takes to do, well, pretty much anything in the morning! Plus, even if you have finer strands, pulling out select tufts offers a simple method for creating the illusion of a larger knot while still looking professional.
Do you have a favorite go-to hairstyles that are gorgeous, easy, and office appropriate? Share ‘em in the comments below!