6 Pretty and practical updos for work

/ 04.20.2015

Workday hairstyles can start to feel like part of a uniform and if you tend to have the same looks in rotation from one week to the next, it might be time to try some fresh new updos. To help you choose some new styles that are both pretty and practical, we've handpicked six updos for you to try. Which one will you rock first?

1. Low side chignon

Low side bun
Low side bun

Whenever you don't know what to do with your hair, do a low side chignon. It's cute, it's chic, and it'll make you look totally pulled together. You could even accessorize it with a barrette or headband to inject some extra personality.

Styling tip

This hairstyle is perfect for between washes, just make sure to eliminate excess oil at the root with Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray before putting your hair up.

2. Low bun

Low bun
Low bun

A low bun is another great failsafe option. You can wear it sleek or messy, and it looks great with a few tendrils pulled loose at the front for a pretty, bohemian vibe.

Styling tip

Tame flyaways and keep frizz at bay with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

3. Windswept chignon

Karlie Kloss' windswept chignon
Karlie Kloss' windswept chignon

If you love the idea of a braided updo, but don't love braiding quite so much, make like Karlie Kloss and try a windswept chignon instead! All you need to do is twist and pin random sections of hair to the back of your head until it's all up.

Styling tip

Before putting your hair up, mist it with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray and gently tease a few pieces around your head to add texture and volume.

4. Braided bun

Braided bun
Braided bun

This is really just a more intricate looking version of a regular bun. It's perfect for workday attire and it's really easy to style! This updo is also a great look for long hair as you can wind the braid into a large bun.

Styling tip

Try using spin pins to secure your bun instead of bobby pins. You'll only need one in the top and one underneath to keep your hair in place all day long!

5. Fishtail braided updo

Jennifer Lopez with a fishtail braided updo
Jennifer Lopez with a fishtail braided updo

If you like braided buns but want to try something a little different, follow Jennifer Lopez 's lead with a fishtail braided bun instead.

Styling tip

Spray the braid with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray and roll it between your palms before pinning it into a bun to create a subtle mohair texture.

6. Low braided knot

Low braided knot
Low braided knot

Understated, adorable and very pretty, this hairstyle is basically everything a cute workday updo needs to be. It has plenty of personality, but the hair is completely under control so it won't ever seem overdone.

Styling tip

Add shine and calm frizz with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray.

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