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What Are the Different Types of Updos for Work?

By Christina Edwards
Updated May 17, 2024
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It is generally considered professional for a woman to wear her hair up while she is at work, since it looks neat and polished. Casual updos, like ponytails and braids, are often considered acceptable workplace hairstyles. By twisting the hair around the base of a ponytail, a woman can also create a simple bun. French twists are also classic and elegant updos for work, although these hair styles may be somewhat more difficult to create.

Women in many professions are often encouraged to wear their long hair up, or at least away from their faces. This prevents the hair from flowing into the face, and it also looks polished and professional. Updos for work should be quick and relatively easy to create, and they should also be smooth and neat.

Ponytails are generally one of the easiest and quickest updos for work. All of a woman's hair can be gathered behind her head and secured with an elastic hair band to create this style. Depending on the look that she is going for, she can either create a high ponytail or a low ponytail. Side ponytails are also quite popular.

To add a more sophisticated look to the classic ponytail, many women wrap a small lock of hair around the hair band holding the ponytail. The ends of this lock of hair should then be tucked into the hair and secured with hair pins. Large decorative clips can also be used to secure a ponytail.

Ponytails can also be braided to create classic updos for work. Like ponytails, braids can also be located high or low on the head, as well as on the side. Pigtails should be avoided, however, since these generally make a grown woman appear immature, and often unprofessional.

Simple buns can also be created as updos for work. To create this hairstyle, the hair is usually gathered at the back of the head, as with a ponytail, and twisted. The twisted hair is then usually wrapped around the based of ponytail, and the ends are tucked underneath the coiled hair. These are then usually secured with hair pins or clips.

French twists are sometimes thought of as formal updos, but they also make excellent updos for work as well. The hair is usually gathered at the base of the head and twisted, just like a bun. Instead of wrapping the twisted hair around the base of the ponytail, however, it is placed against the back of the head and the ends are tucked underneath. Like a bun, this hair style is usually held in place with hair pins.

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