How To Look Good On Video Calls

These days, #WorkingFromHome is a new reality we’re all trying to get used to. And with working from home, comes video calls with clients and co-workers. Which is great, unless you’re spending this time in PJs or sweats with your hair tied in a knot. Unlike selfies that you can simply edit later, in video calls, your clients will see you as you exactly are. Which brings to mind the question of how to look professional, without much effort… and possibly still in your PJ pants. Here’s a handy guide:

 

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Healthy hair automatically looks good, even without extensive styling. This is because healthy hair is shiny, strong. This means staying prepared. Keeping your hair healthy is key for looking good on video calls without much effort. So how do you do that? Here are our top tips and fave products to help you:

 

1. Identify your hair needs

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In order to get your hair to a healthy state, you need to give it what it needs. Here are our faves for two of the most common hair needs:

The Organics Dry & Damaged Shampoo and Conditioner are a great go-to for adding moisture and strength. This range is enriched with shea butter for intense nourishment, hydration and moisturisation.

 

Are you constantly battling with flyaways? Try out smoothing products. We love the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner for its deep-smoothing properties. With this, your hair is guaranteed to look great on video calls.

 

2. Deep-treat your hair regularly

Never underestimate the power of a treatment mask – especially when applied regularly. An all-rounder that we absolutely love is the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Treatment Mask. Formulated with a blend of natural oils, this product hydrates, moisturises and nourishes hair, leaving it smooth and shiny.

Need something more intense? Try out the Dove Intensive Repair Treatment Mask. This product uses Nutri-Keratin Repair Actives to fortify hair proteins, instantly making hair visibly stronger and smoother.

 

3. Maintain your hair

Keep your hair moisturised, shiny, and ready for those video calls with the right products. The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil is a great option for everyone, no matter your hair type. It will smooth your locks and make them shine, without weighing them down.

 

Hairstyles for video calls really don’t need to be complicated or fancy. The great thing about these #WorkFromeHome hairdos is that most times, the person on the other side of the screen will only see the front! So if your bun is a little messy, or your braid is imperfect, that’s totally fine!

 

Slicked-back bun

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The slicked-back bun is a classic look that fits almost every occasion – including professional video calls! Simply brush your hair back, slather on a bit of gel, and tie it up into a bun. Add in a deep side path for a chic look, and use bobby pins to secure it all in place.

A great gel to use for hairstyles like this is the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel. It keeps your hair sleek with a gorgeous shine.

 

Messy high ponytail

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Here is another classic look that works for every hair type, as long as it is long enough to tie up. Brush your hair into a high ponytail, tie it up and apply some gel to keep it slick and neat.

 

Sleek low ponytail

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There is nothing simpler, easier and chicer than a sleek, low ponytail. Don’t believe us? Try it. This hairdo will only take you a few minutes and minimal effort.

 

Ballerina bun

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This look is similar to the slicked-back bun, but it is tied high on top of the head instead of down low. We love this variation because it’s pretty much the elegant, professional version of the well-loved top knot. This way, you feel super chilled in your video calls, but your client or co-workers will see 100% professionalism. What a win!

 

Pretty braids

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If you’re rocking braids, simply neaten them before your call and you’re set. Use a lightweight oil or gel for this, and gently coat the braids.

 

High ponytail pompadour

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This look is especially great for those of you with thin hair or fringes. It looks a bit complex, but don’t worry, it’s super simple and quick to do. Tease the hair at the front hairline, smooth the top and secure with a bobby pin. Then tie your hair into a sleek high ponytail and wrap a small piece around the elastic. Keep the sides sleek with a bit of gel or mousse.

 

Half-up pulled-back braids

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Don’t really feel like putting your hair up just for video calls? No worries, this look is a great middle ground. Just create a regular three-strand braid at each temple and secure them together at the back of your head. That’s it!

 

Headband hairstyle

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The main focus of this look is the headband. This is wonderful because it doesn’t really matter what your hair looks like on your video calls, as long as it’s covered by your headband. Tie the rest of your hair in a bun or ponytail, or leave it open.

 

Rope braid

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You can think of this as a two-strand braid. To get this look, gather your hair on one side. Then take two pieces and wrap them around each other, taking up new pieces as you go along. Here’s a video tutorial to help you out.

 

Colourful headwrap

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Feeling a bit fancy for your video calls? This look is a great option, and the best part is your hair is fully covered. So even you could be having a bad hair day, or even just deep-conditioning your hair, and nobody will know!

 

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