hair for work

If you have hair that is shoulder length or longer, you probably spend a lot of time in the early morning hours trying to figure out a hairstyle for work. You want to look polished and sophisticated—not like you just rolled out of bed.

The biggest hair hack we’ve learned is to have an arsenal of easy updos that we can do in a few minutes right before we run out the door. We’re sharing a few of our favorite work hairstyle tutorials to help make your mornings a little easier. Maybe you can even hit the snooze button one more time tomorrow morning!

To set yourself up for successful, last-minute updos, you will need to stock your bathroom with bobby pins, dry shampoo (this one from Redken is my favorite), hair spray (you can’t go wrong with Big Sexy’s Spray and Play!), and elastic ponytail holders.

1. The Freckled Fox’s 10 Second Top-Knot

Freckled Fox's 10-second top knot

We love the Freckled Fox’s hair tutorials, and this one is a major time saver. In just a few seconds, you can have a messy bun that looks like you spent half an hour making sure every hair is perfectly in place!

If you like this tutorial, check out her other hair tutorials on her hair page. She has several tutorials on YouTube, too. Here are a few of our favorites:

2. Awesome Hairstyles’ Easy French Twist

French Twist from Awesome Hairstyles

This French twist looks like you just left the salon! It’s the perfect high-professional hairstyle for a job interview or meeting with high-end clients.

Awesome Hairstyles has several other video tutorials, like this Two-Minute Top Knot and this Under a Minute Bubble Bun.

3. The Small Things Blog’s Easier-than-it-Looks Updo

Kate from The Small Things Blog does a fun, volumized updo in about five minutes in this video tutorial. It’s a nice non-bun that looks like it took hours!

Kate’s blog is full of helpful beauty tutorials. We love this two-step bun!

4. Alex Gaboury’s Redken-Inspired Updo

Alex Gaboury does a great job in this walkthrough for a super-simple, effortless-looking updo. She has a collection of how-to videos, so you’re sure to find something that works for your hair length. We really like her Easy Ponytail blog post (#hairgoals!).

5. Mikaela Smith’s 5-minute Messy Bun

Messy buns are the go-to hairstyle for mornings when we’re running late. Mikaela walks through how to make this big, messy bun in less than five minutes!

6. Annie’s Forget Me Knots’ No Bobby Pin Bun

If all you have is a ponytail holder and you need to look chic quickly, Annie’s messy bun will save the day. This is seriously one of the easiest buns we’ve seen!

Annie also suggests usingclear eyebrow gelto smooth flyaways. Who knew!

Annie has several tutorial videos on YouTube. If you’re feeling the need to “let it go,” try her Elsa-inspired Big French Braid tutorial. Her instagram is full of photos of her family rocking beautiful hairstyles.

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7 and 8. Brianna Fox’s 2-Way Messy Bun

Brianna’s messy bun tutorial gives you two different looks in a matter of seconds! She claims she sleeps in it, gets up the next morning, and makes it again. It’s the epitome of lazy-girl chic.

Do you have a go-to easy hairstyle that’s perfect for the office? If so, please share in the comments below!

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8 Chic and Easy Updos so You can Get to Work on Time