Buns, Chignons & More for Busy for Professionals

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This post was last updated in September 2022.

Hair is one of the key pieces to looking polished. Perfecting a quick, sophisticated updo can be a simple way to have great work hair (and great interview hair!). Here are our favorite 12 easy office updos… whether for summertime, interviews, or beyond!easy office updos - collage for FB

First off — looking for an easy clip for office updos? This one (affiliate link) is one of our favorites…

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{related: 14 great YouTube tutorials for updos}

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Office-Appropriate Buns (and Variations)

Jean at ExtraPetite had a great tutorial a while ago about how to get a “voluminous puffy bun” if you feel like your head shape isn’t quite right for updos.

voluminous puffy bun

(We’ve talked before about the sock bun, as well as the trick to making an updo more comfortable.)

In New York, I see a lot of women wearing their hair in chestnut buns, but very high on their heads — one of my old writing teachers had her hair like this every time I saw her.

I can’t get it to work myself (maybe the curls make my hair too piece-y?), but it looks very comfortable — and sleek — if you can do it.

Cup of Jo has a good tutorial for chestnut buns, but there are also a ton on Pinterest.


The below is basically a chestnut bun, inverted — it’s new to me, but I like how tidy it is, and how quickly YouTuber AK Makeup1 can do it.

When I need to do something quickly I do an inverted chestnut bun — which is saying a lot for how quick and easy it is.

inverted bun for work

Stay tuned for our upcoming course on how to feel more polished!

Gibson Tucks and Chignons for Work (and Variations)

This easy Gibson tuck tutorial, from Cup of Jo, remains a classic. Quick, easy, and neat.

You do need a few bobby pins or Spin Pins to secure it, though.

gibson tuck for work

I like this variation on the Gibson tuck: the braided Gibson tuck. This is particularly great if you have some layers to your hair. You can do it one of two ways: by tucking one long braid like blogger HeyWanderer does, or by making two side braids as shown in this Reddit tutorial.

Here’s an image from HeyWanderer.

example of an easy office updo: the braided gibson tuck

Easy French Twists

The French Twist is another classic that can be a great way to look pulled together. Be warned: this is a pretty bobby-pin-intensive look (to say nothing of the hairspray required) — but it’s a classic.

YouTuber Alex Gaboury has a great tutorial.

example of an easy office updo: the french twist

I like this variation on the classic: the sideways French twist, from The Small Things blog.

french twist for work

Other Easy Updos for Work

Finally: I see less of this kind celebrated online, but more of it in real life: the claw updo. Easy, fast, and a classic.

This picture is from The Daily Connoisseur, where you’ll find the full tutorial.

claw updo for work

I like the idea of knotting rather than twisting — this kind of thing also works great if your hair is slightly damp.

LuLu’s has the full tutorial.

knotted updo for office

Professional Ponytails

Finally: I’m seeing a few fun variations on the ponytail for work that I thought I’d include.

First, here’s the classic, the wrapped ponytail. Makeup.com has a good tip: if you curl the section of hair you’re using to wrap your pony, it looks much neater.

wrapped pony

I also am seeing a lot of things on Pinterest with this twisted pony — pretty. The Beauty Department, as usual, has a good tutorial.

twisted pony for work

Ladies, how do you keep your hair up and out of your face in the summertime?

What are your favorite updos for work?

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