Super chic work hairstyles that’ll make you feel like a #girlboss – no matter your profession!

Work hairstyles needn't be boring! Update your style with one of these stunning looks.   

If you are anything like us, you will have a set routine each morning. If that includes hitting snooze a few times and not being able to function without your morning tea or coffee, its safe to say that perhaps a little more effort could be put into your work hairstyles! That’s where we come in…

No matter your profession – from corporate to freelance – we have hand-picked the best work hairstyles to get you through the weekly grind in style (and look like a total girl boss, too). See them all by scrolling through our gallery above or simply keep reading for all our expert tips and tricks.

6 different work hairstyles, 6 different professions


back view of blonde hair in low knotted bun
Boss babe. Credit:

1. Office/corporate

Perhaps the fiercest style of them all. If you work in an office or corporate environment that requires you to be in back-to-back meetings, you need a work hairstyle that can not only withstand the day but means business, too.

Enter: this sleek knotted bun updo. Low buns work on all hair types and hair lengths longer than shoulder-length, so if your tresses are not quite long enough to create this knotted finish, a classic and simple twisted low bun will be just as good. Credit: @honeyrosemilk

Editor’s tip: Use VO5 Tame & Shine Spray to add a glossy sheen to your finished style. Do so and you’ll nail whatever comes your way in the 9-5!

back view of highlighted dirty blonde hair in low ponytail with black ribbon
Professional and playful. Credit:

2. Retail workers

Are you working in a customer-facing role and need a dose of inspirational work hairstyles? Well, you know the saying “the customer is always right” – and with this tousled low ponytail, there will be no compliments for you. Credit: @ethanrosesalon

From squeaky clean strands to ‘I should have washed my hair last night’ tresses, spritz your hair with a sea salt spray to add definition and a ruffled finish to your mane.

Get the look:

  • Start by spritzing hair with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray.
  • Sweep your hair back, gathering it into a low ponytail and securing with an elastic.
  • Wrap a strip of ribbon around the base of your ponytail and loop into a bow.
  • Gently tug at any loose tendrils to fall around the face, if desired.
back view of brown and blonde highlighted hair in half,up fishtail braid
So good we think Miss Honey would approve. Credit:

3. Education

We can only imagine that teaching may have its challenges at times, so make your hair as easy as pi with this half-up style. Fishtail braids have become one of the most popular braiding styles of late and we think this half-up, half-down crown braid is the perfect take on the trend (especially if your tresses are a little on the shorter side).

So, if you’re looking for work hairstyles for short hair, this half-up braided style will work a treat on hair that is longer than bob length. Credit: @halfup.hairstyles

back view of ginger hair in high messy donut bun
Don’t let your tresses get in your way with this messy bun. Credit:

4. Health sector

Work hairstyles for long hair needn’t be boring, but if your job requires you to keep your tresses securely tucked away, you can’t go wrong with this donut bun. Especially ideal for those who work in the food or health sector, this updo will not only look stylish but stylishly professional, too. Credit: @bestbeautyadvices

Get the look:

  • Start by using the VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray to help plump up your locks.
  • Gather all of your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hairband.
  • Slide the hair donut to the base of your ponytail (so your hair is through the donut hole).
  • Begin to wrap your ponytail around the hair donut, securing with bobby pins as you go.
  • Continue this process until your hair completely covers the donut.
back view of blonde highlighted hair in braided ponytail
Gym chic. Credit:

5. Fitness

Looking for easy work hairstyles for long hair? Then this braided ponytail updo is calling your name – oh we do love a 2-in-1 style!

Ideal for people who may be required to do some high impact activities, we think this braided updo is the perfect look for those who work in the health and fitness industry, like personal trainers. Credit: @kayleymelissa

back view of blonde hair in low bun with headscarf
Off-duty hair doesn’t need to be boring. Credit:

6. Freelance

If your working days are spent in coffee shops or working while lounging on the sofa (and occasionally being distracted by the joys of daytime TV), we know that you may not want to spend more time on your hairdo than necessary. That being said, you want a hairstyle that matches your creative spirit, right?

We love this undone low bun updo as an everyday style on its own, but when worn with a headscarf, it’s instantly transformed into a stylish yet relaxed look to die for. Credit: @bluntandco_

Editor’s tip: For a more sleek finish, tame any pesky flyaways with the TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspray and smooth down with a fine-toothed comb. Everything will be kept neatly in place so you can power through your projects!


Do you have a special occasion pencilled in the diary and need the perfect hairstyle to match? Head on over to our Formal Hairstyles page for all the last-minute inspirational looks and video tutorials you will need.

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