Do you find yourself getting the Case of the Mondays? Even while working from home, we know Monday can creep up on you and really get you down. But ~bad-hair~ Mondays… Ah, those are just brutal. Though it may sound like an oxymoron, there are several easy hairstyles out there that actually make getting ready during weekday mornings (#shakesfist) less of a chore and more of a styling opportunity.
We at All Things Hair are all about the perfect everyday solution. Click on for a roundup of some of our favorite professional-looking—yet cool!—easy hairstyles for the workweek that shakes things up from that regular messy bun. Challenge accepted!
Quick and Easy Hairstyles for Work
Challenge: Sunday Funday hangover
Solution: French-girl chignon
Affixing a tight knot on your head is the last thing you want when waking up with a splitting headache, but a relaxed, softer chignon is one of our favorite easy hairstyles that can give you the same effect with none of the strain. Nothing says “ready for those Monday meetings!” clearer than a no-nonsense style that keeps your hair out of your face.
To achieve, wash and rinse hair in the shower with a moisture-replenishing system such as Dove Nutritive Solutions Clarifying & Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. The cool blast of water is an added waker-upper. After washing your hair, blowdry until damp, then prep with a styling spray, and finish blow-drying till completely dry.
To style, twist hair in a loop where your part goes, and secure with a medium-tension hair tie or bobby pins. Allow some tendrils to naturally fall around the neckline to soften the silhouette before lightly spritzing your easy hairstyle with hairspray.
Challenge: Alarm-clock assault
Solution: Twisted pony easy hairstyles
If endless binge-watching has got you oversleeping the next day, skip the shampoo and rock a perky, twisted ponytail instead. Directional and hot on the Spring/Summer runways, this style is literally a 15-second ’do and fits right in between your late wakeup and morning coffee.
First, revitalize locks by sopping up any excess scalp grime with a fresh-smelling dry shampoo such as Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, and use a fine-toothed comb or brush to gather hair into a medium-height ponytail. Secure the tail with a hair tie and proceed to twist it downwards in a regular two-strand rope braid, affixing the end with another elastic.
Challenge: Hump Day limpage
Solution: Overnight waves easy hairstyles
You need a bit of prep for this, but not too much. Shampoo and condition hair with a clarifying formula the night before and affix three loose buns on the crown of your head—left, right and center—at bedtime. Upon waking, wear a shower cap in the shower (the steam helps set the curl), then spritz buns with a thermal protectant/styling spray such as TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Spray, blast with a blowdryer and unfurl. The result? Effortless-looking, slightly restrained waves that give the impression of you being in control of your hair and/or your life.
Challenge: Headless Chicken Syndrome
Solution: Happy half-updo
Friday’s just around the corner, which means those weekly deadlines have got you scurrying around with barely a minute to yourself. Choose these kinds of easy hairstyles that are as quick as they are forgettable. Don’t worry, we mean that in the best way. The last thing you need today is to spend those precious free minutes fussing over some flyaways.
Start the style by washing and blowdrying hair in the morning with a styling spray. Next, gather the top section into an easy ponytail near the crown of your head and secure with a hair tie. Brush and smoothen out the remaining layers. Then, spritz some light, humidity-resistant hairspray such as Nexxus Styling Comb Thru Finishing Mist on your mini-pouf, and you’re done. (If you’ve got more time to spare, make your look more Instagrammy with a bow!).
Challenge: Coffee to cocktails
Solution: Sleek blowout
Seal-claps and jazz hands—welcome to the weekend! Before you celebrate and make a beeline for virtual happy hour, make sure your hairdo has enough oomph to last a full day. Wash hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner in the morning and prep with a blow-dry spray or mousse. We love TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow Dry Balm because it provides lightweight hold while protecting your strands. Blowdry and style, moving in a careful, downwards motion. A middle part looks professional for day, then slightly mess it up for sassy after-hours schmoozing.