Seriously elegant updos to ensure you look the part at any interview

Ink | 08 August 2016

Can the perfect hairstyle land you your dream job? Perhaps not… But who’s to say it won’t help!

So you’ve secured an interview for your dream role and spent copious amounts of time reading up on the job spec to help prepare for that life-changing conversation… But have you even given a second thought to how you might wear your hair? It’s worth bearing in mind that the way you present yourself is equally important, so why risk ruining that perfect, boardroom-ready outfit you so carefully picked out with a sloppy hairdo? What you really want is a list of elegant updos that are also long-lasting and easy to create (we don’t want you running late to that meeting trying to perfect your hairstyle now, do we?). Which is why we’ve come to the rescue with 5 elegant updos to help make sure you look the part, whatever the position.

5 Elegant updos for the big interview


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Elegant updos: Low twist.

1. Elegant low twist

Perfect for those with shorter or in-between-length locks who don’t want to have to worry about any strayed strands obscuring their faces during an interview, this elegant updo is easy and quick to do – plus it looks super neat and professional, too!

Pretty, though not overly intricate, it denotes that you’ve made an effort but haven’t spent the entire morning perfecting your hair instead of preparing for the interview. For an ultra neat outcome, brush your hair prior to creating the twist and finish with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Beautifying Oil (£7.49*) to help tame flyaways for a longer-lasting, smooth and shiny hairstyle.

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Elegant updos: Sock bun.

2. Sock bun

If you have very curly or unruly wild locks, a neat – and easy – sock bun is the ideal updo, regardless of the position you’re applying for. While it’s perfect for keeping those crazy curls and frizz under control, this elegant hair-up option can work wonders for pretty much all hair types, too. Just remember to choose your sock carefully as the thickness will determine the size of the bun you create.

Editor’s tip: To get a bigger, neater-looking bun, try doubling up your socks for best results. And don’t forget to use the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment (£6.99*) to help banish frizz and tame unwanted flyaways once done.

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Elegant updos: French braid tuck.

3. French braid tuck

Boasting a brilliant combination of effortless and chic, the French braid tuck – which basically involves creating a classic French plait and then tucking the “tail” under for an invisible bun effect (yes, it really is that easy!) – is perfect for showing off your creative side. Plus, it’s not just restricted to those with long hair. Keep it as neat or go as messy as you like (depending on the job you’re after) and team this modern, feminine ‘do with a fierce cat-eye flick (best to avoid anything too girly) and plenty of confidence.

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Elegant updos: Sleek high ponytail.

4. Sleek high ponytail

For those with long, straight tresses that want a no-fuss, but high-impact hairstyle, the super sleek high ponytail is by far one of the most elegant updos out there. To make it boardroom-appropriate, try and avoid placing it too high up on the crown (as often seen on the runways) and, instead, go for a more sophisticated placement a little further back to achieve a more contemporary look.

Editor’s tip: To achieve the full, high-octane impact of this hairstyle, your tresses should be super sleek and smooth to begin with. If you suffer from pesky flyaways or frizz, spritz the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray (£5.50) all over prior to straightening or styling to help protect your hair from extreme heat and boost smoothness and shine.

See our step-by-step guide to creating the perfectly sleek high ponytail here.

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Elegant updos: Top knot for natural hair.

5. Top knot (for natural hair or box braids)

Looking for a way to keep your naturally curly, kinky or coily hair pulled back during an interview? Then the classy, contemporary top knot is your answer. Super easy to create and ideal for those who want to keep the look neat and their ends nicely tucked in, this is the perfect go-to, interview-ready hairdo that can also work on various lengths.

Editor’s tip: Before creating your hairstyle, use TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray (£16.45*) to help condition and keep your locks hydrated. Once finished, rub a small amount of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment into your palms and smooth over the top of your crown for extra nourishment and shine!

Landed your dream job, but still looking for more office-appropriate, formal hairstyles to wear to work? Here are some brilliant styling ideas that’ll take you straight from desk to after-hours drinks.

*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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