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10 Easy heat-free hairstyles for work

/ 06.22.2015

Deciding how to wear your hair for work can be challenging, especially if you tend to style your mane the same way most of the time and aren't sure how exactly to change things up. Trying some easy heat-free hairstyles can make the whole process much easier as your hair will pretty much take care of itself! All you need to do is check out the hairstyles below and get inspired...

1. Wearable wet look hair

Slicked back hair
Slicked back hair

Wet look hair definitely isn't for everyone, but if you keep the look subtle, you can absolutely get away with it at the office! It's a high fashion look for sure, so you'll need to keep the rest of your look balanced and understated in order to pull it off. For the most part, the trick is to avoid applying too much product and this will make your hair look gunky rather than clean and controlled.

Styling tip

When your hair is still damp, warm a small amount of flexible hold product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Hyper Fix Putty in your hands to emulsify it, then run it evenly through your hair. You can leave the ends alone if you like, or go wet look from roots to ends- it's completely up to you! To finish, mist your strands with a high-shine finishing spray for added gloss.

2. Side braid + headband

Side braid with a headband
Side braid with a headband

If you wake up too late and don't have time to blow-dry your hair, try a long side braid with a chic headband instead. It'll keep damp hair under control and safe from frizz while it dries, and you'll end up with some pretty, tousled waves at the end of the day... which is the following day's hairstyle taken care of!

Styling tip

To pull off a shower-fresh braid, you need to minimize frizz and flyaways with smoothing product like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream. Apply it from roots to ends before braiding your hair to smooth the cuticle as your strands dry and prevent humidity, sweat and other stressors from ruining your finished 'do.

3. Braided bun

Braided bun
Braided bun

Just like the style above, a braided bun is a great way to deal with damp hair sans blow dryer. It keeps all of your hair up and out of the way, while simultaneously protecting it from the elements as it dries. It counts as a braided updo and the detail at the back is gorgeous! This look is really quick easy to style because it's essentially just a braided ponytail that's been pinned up into a bun.

Styling tip

The trick to getting the look just right is keeping the braid fairly wide as you work on it so the bun will be quite big at the back when you're done, depending on how long and thick your hair is of course. Also, a looser braid will create bigger waves as the hair dries, where a tighter one will make smaller ones, so you should factor this in if you're using this hairstyle to cover two days' worth of excellent workday locks!

4. Tight topknot

Topknot
Topknot

With the hair pulled tight on top of your head, a topknot is a simple yet very effective heat-free hairstyle for work. You can rock it with clean, towel dried hair, or you can use it to deal with unwashed hair and dirty roots when there just isn't time to wash and blow-dry. This hairstyle is ideal for showing off your makeup, or making a bright lip color the focal point of your whole look because there's nothing to hide behind, leaving your face center stage.

Styling tip

Keeping the top and sides of your head smooth are essential to making a topknot look polished and professional. To do this, apply a brushable finishing spray like Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray, then mist your hands with water and smooth them over your head. This will tack down any existing flyaways while sealing the hair against anymore that might otherwise spring up during the day.

5. French braided updo

French braided updo
French braided updo

Braided updos can be intimidating to the uninitiated because they seem complicated and hard to wrap your hands around when you're out of practice. With damp hair, however, there's more grip and the braiding process is much, much easier! So, if you need your hair to look "done" but you really can't face heat styling, a French braided updo like this one is the perfect option. You may want to practice a couple of times first, but as soon as you've got the technique down pat, you'll be braiding like a pro in no time!

Styling tip

The girl in the photo above had two French braids - one on each side of her head - but you can try something a bit simpler if you prefer. To cut styling time in half, stick to one French braid from the crown of your head to the nape of your neck, braid the hair all the way to the ends, then pin the ends of the braid into a low, braided knot.

6. Braided headband

Braided headband
Braided headband

Even when your hair is dirty, washing it before work can be a real chore. The good news, however, is that you can totally get away with greasy roots if you know how to hide them! A braided headband covers them up beautifully, and is a really flexible look. You can rock it with a regular three strand braid, a fishtail braid, a rope twist... it's totally up to you. This style also works with clean hair, just make sure you give it enough time to air dry, especially is humidity is an issue.

Styling tip

To revive day two or day three hair, spray your roots with dry shampoo then brush it out with a boar bristle brush. Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray will absorb any excess oil - i.e. greasiness - and add lift to lackluster strands.

7. Wavy bob

Wavy bob
Wavy bob

A chin-grazing bob hairstyle with natural waves can be achieved through air drying and a little help from a texturizing wave spray. You just need to keep the movement controlled by sweeping the hair back to avoid an unkempt finish. That said, it all depends on how your hair reacts as it air dries, so you might be able to towel dry it, tuck it behind your ears and go.

Styling tip

To enhance the waves, spritz a tousling mist like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray throughout and scrunch the ends of your hair. This will encourage it to dry in textured waves that will look natural and understated. To help your hair along, twist individual pieces around your forefinger as it dries.

8. Braided crown

Braided crown
Braided crown

A braided crown updo is another cute way to wear unwashed hair to work. It looks really intricate but is actually very quick and easy to style, and it does a great job of hiding dirty roots. In fact, this kind of hairstyle works best with dirty hair because the natural oils give the strands some extra grip. All you need to do is split your hair in half, braid it into two loose pigtails, then wrap the pigtails around your head to create a crown-like headband.

Styling tip

When using dry shampoo, don't just use it on your hair, spritz your bobby pins, too! The powdery formula helps the hair to bind together more easily, and it also helps bobby pins to stay in place for longer than they would on their own.

9. Ballerina bun

Ballerina bun
Ballerina bun

Like a topknot, a smooth ballerina bun is a great workday hairstyle, whether you wear it dry or slightly damp. It looks professional yet pretty, and it's basically a blank canvas for all kinds of hair accessories from barrettes to headbands. You can opt for a mid-height placement, or pin the bun low for a super chic, effortless look.

Styling tip

If you decide to wear your hair in a ballerina bun, apply a texturizing spray before pinning it up. That way, you'll have loose, beachy waves at the end of the day when you take it down. The curves will be slightly bigger than you get with a braid and there won't be any kinks from a hair elastic.

10. Tousled waves

Tousled waves
Tousled waves

For those of you who can plan a little ahead by washing your hair the night before, tousled waves are the perfect low-key option for work as the undone texture helps to balance really formal attire. The key to mastering this season's textured waves is making sure they're slightly disheveled but not exactly messy - real bed head hair isn't going to cut it! If you need some xtra encouragement, check out Blake Lively on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival...

Styling tip

When your hair is completely dry, scrunch some matte product through the ends to finish. Some Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum will add some more texture to the look and help to define the waves.

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