7 updo hairstyles for work that’ll inspire your next mane change

Work, work, work, work, work!  

Question: do you want to channel that New Year, New Me vibe in the office? If so, we suggest you take a moment to look at these red carpet-approved updo hairstyles for work. Why? Because we believe you’re a #girlboss no matter you’re profession and one that shouldn’t have to put up with boring hair days in 2018.

To help you out, we’ve scoured the hottest A-list events and rounded up the very best work-appropriate updos from the red carpet. While you may think they look tricky to achieve, the truth is, they couldn’t be much simpler. Happy styling, ladies!

Updo hairstyles for work: 7 red carpet styles you should slay this week

updo hairstyles for work: close up shot of chrissy teigen with braided top knot hairstyle on the red carpet, wearing all black
Forget plain top knots this season, this year it’s all about braided ones! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Braided top knot

A braided top knot is the perfect hairstyle to turn to when you’re rushing out the door. It’s easy to create, made for second day hair and bound to make you feel a little more put together on a manic Monday! Just what the doctor ordered, right?

Editor’s tip: If your locks tend to fall on the finer side, pump up your braided hairstyle with the TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder!

Simply dust it over your braid after you’ve weaved it, then pancake it (AKA gently pulling apart each section of the braid) and prepare to be amazed by its thicker appearance.

close up shot of kate bosworth with low braided bun hairstyle, that has a bow wrapped around it, wearing all black on the red carpet
You didn’t come to play, you came to slay! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Low bun + bow hair accessory

But let’s face it: rocking top knots 24-7 can get boring! When you’ve got those feels, simply rock a low bun hairstyle, like Kate Bosworth has done here.

You’ll get extra style points if you pair yours with an elegant, on-trend ribbon hair accessory, too. Who knew updo hairstyles for work could be this chic, eh?

close up shot of saoirse ronan with two french braids pinned up into a elegant updo hairstyle
With a look this snatched, you’ll be able to take on any task. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. French braided updo

Look away, now, because Saoirse Ronan will make you want to rock this pinned-up French braided updo hairstyle!

This budge-proof hairstyle is destined for very busy ladies (you know who you are!) and will ensure you take on any task, in style. Who’s a Superwoman? You will be, that is, when you learn how to master these double French braids!

close up shot of kate mara with low twisted ponytail hairstyle, wearing all black on the red carpet
Can’t braid? Try this twisted look! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Sleek twisted ponytail

Just because braiding hair isn’t your forte, that doesn’t mean you can’t turn your go-to office ponytail into a work of art. Yep, if you struggle with weaving, it’s time for you to twist – shout and test out Kate Mara’s rope ponytail hairstyle.

Dying to create it? All you have to do is split your pony in half (so that you have two equal sections), then twist these sections together, before securing them with a hairband. See? You’re a total pro!

Editor’s tip: Heading to drinks after work? Or maybe you’ve got a dinner date? If you want to make your sleek updo hairstyles for work last way past office hours, just set them with the TONI&GUY Flawless Sleek Creation Hairspray.

This will lock your look in place and give your mane a dazzling sheen, too! Now, doesn’t that sound great?

updo hairstyles for work: close up shot of ella eyre with curly high ponytail hairstyle, wearing all white on the red carpet
Make the most out of your pretty curls with this high ponytail. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. High ponytail

Happen to be a curly-haired goddess? If you’re tired of rocking a pineapple updo to work, you should definitely turn up tomorrow with this snatched high ponytail that we spotted on Ella Eyre.

The best thing about this lush low manipulation hairstyle? It’ll allow you to show off your gorgeous curls, yet keep them neatly out of your way while you work.

close up shot of selena gomez with messy updo hairstyle, wearing low cut black dress on the red carpet
There’s nothing wrong with rocking a messy updo! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Messy updo

Tired of dealing with bedhead texture in the mornings? Well, there’s something you should know: it’s 2018 and messy updos officially have a royal seal approval (isn’t that right Meghan Markle?).

So, instead of working against your natural texture, grab some bobby pins and slide them into a messy updo. Like Selena Gomez, you’ll be nailing those model-off-duty vibes in no time!

Editor’s tip: Living for these updo hairstyles for work? If you’re keen on creating messy ‘dos, you’ll need to get a dry texturising spray (like the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray).

This must-have product is perfect for reviving and dry-styling hair, as it gives it that messy effect celebs love rocking on the red carpet. Are you ready to test it out?

updo hairstyles for work: close up shot of nicole richie with half bun updo hairstyle, wearing pink satin suit on the red carpet
When you can’t decide whether you want it up or down, go halfway! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Tousled half-up topknot

Another undone style you can rock? A half-up, half-down updo! Okay, we know this is not technically an updo, but this half-up hairstyle works on so many levels that we just had to include it in our edit.

Opt for this laid-back ‘do, like Nicole Richie has done, and it will allow you show of your long or short lengths, while ensuring your strands are kept of your face. Honestly, is there anything a topknot can’t do for us?!


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