Elegant hairstyles that will take you straight from desk to drinks

Arianna | 27 April 2016

These styles will take you from day to night…

After a long, hard slog in the office, we all want to celebrate getting through the day with dinner or drinks (or both!) after-hours. Sounds like you’ll need a helping hand in the hair styling department, then. Well worry not: there’s a whole smattering of elegant hairstyles that look just as good in the office as they do after-dark. Flick through our gallery above and follow our tips below for the easiest, elegant hairstyles to try now.

7 Versatile elegant hairstyles


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Elegant hairstyles: a textured wavy bob is practical and chic! Credit: Indigital

1. A textured, wavy bob

A textured, wavy bob is a super chic yet practical hairstyle that you can create quickly in the morning. Spray your hair with a heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray (300ml, £4.99*), then simply curl your hair with a styling tool, before finishing with Toni&Guy Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray (£7.49*). Run your fingers through your hair to separate the curls for a natural effect.

Elegant hairstyles: try this twist and roll updo.

2. Twisted chignon roll

A sophisticated, loose updo that suits both boardroom and bar? Meet this pretty twisted chignon roll. This style works well on both straight and wavy hair, as well as fine and thick, so consider it utterly versatile to boot. Pull a few loose hairs out around your face for a soft, romantic finish.

Elegant hairstyles: box braid pompadour.

3. Box braid pompadour

An elegant yet stylish hairstyle that works great on afro-hair types and girls with box braids, this retro-inspired braided pompadour will see you from day to night in utmost style. Be sure to have lots of bobby pins at hand – rest assured it’s super easy, but requires some pinning (read our tips on creating this look here)!

Elegant hairstyles: the milkmaid braid.

4. Milkmaid braids

Think this elegant hairstyle looks intricate? It’s actually one of the easiest braided updos to create (even if you’re a total braid rookie!) Plus, it only takes a matter of minutes to do, meaning you can master it in the mornings before work.

Elegant hairstyles: A sleek high ponytail.

5. A sleek, high ponytail.

Thought ponytails were boring? Think again: this sleek, high version with hair wrapped around the hair band is super chic and utterly modern. Want to find out how to create the perfect ponytail? Read our simple step-by-step guide here.

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Elegant hairstyles: Mini low sleek buns. Credit: Indigital

6. Mini sleek low buns

A low bun is an elegant style that works for both work and play – so why not have two buns? To create this style, separate your hair evenly down the middle, and tie each section into a neat low ponytail. Then, working on one ponytail at a time, twirl your hair to form a twist and wrap it around the base to create a bun, before securing with a hair band. The result is easy and effortless! Just don’t forget to finish off the look with a spritz of the VO5 Sublime Sleek Creation Hairspray (£3.99*) to help hold your hair in place.

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Elegant hairstyles: the twisted half ponytail. Credit: Indigital

7. The twisted half ponytail

This twisted style is a modern take on the traditional half-up, half-down ‘do. Perfect for the office, it’ll look super cute after work, too, thanks to its easy nature. To create this elegant hairstyle, take two sections of hair from either side of your face, and separate each section into two pieces. Starting with one side section, twirl each piece of hair outwards around the other to create a pretty twist. Repeat this step on the other side – once both sections are twisted, pull them towards the back of your crown, so they meet in the middle. Secure them together with a clear elastic band. Now, go and show off your new chic ‘do!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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