5 Work Hairstyles That Will Get You Out The Door FAST

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We 100% believe the only thing you should focus on at work is putting your nose to the grindstone and being a total boss — regardless of whether or not you really are one. That said, a put-together look can only cement your confidence and make sure you're presenting your best self in every spontaneous meeting. And, yes, that includes your hair.

Even so, we find ourselves rotating just three options during the workweek: a ponytail, down and straight, and a top knot. It's in part because we do our hair last (usually while running out the door, five minutes late), but also because we fear done hair might look too done for the office. 

To find some work-perfect styles that we can do in a snap, we tapped hairstylist Deborah Brider and TRESemmé's Perfectly (un)Done line. These tutorials break down styles that manage to be effortless while looking like they mean business. And, because we are only here to help, we're pairing the hairstyles with some work-appropriate outfits to match. That way, when you get that surprise promotion, you'll look extra-polished accepting it.


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Not Another Top Knot
Last season, we were thrilled to see fast and easy top knots and buns on the runway, but now we've been there and done that. This sleek, looped bun is the top knot’s trendy cousin — just as effortless but infinitely more fresh and polished.

Wenqi Wu jumpsuit, Catbird earrings.
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Start with damp hair, and create a part straight down the middle. Blowdry your hair using a wide paddle brush to nix any frizzies that may pop up. Next, brush your hair into a low ponytail at the base of your neck, right above the nape. When you get to the last loop of your hair elastic, pull the ponytail only halfway through to form a looped chignon.

Catbird rings, Selin Kent rings.
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Then, wrap the exposed ends of your ponytail around to disguise your hair elastic, and secure them with bobby pins. Use your fingers to fan out the chignon and pin in place on either side of your head. Finish by spraying all over with hairspray, like TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hairspray, to keep the style on fleek sleek.
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This hairstyle is all about sleekness and structure, so your workwear doesn't need to be. Pair this simple style with a breezy jumpsuit and comfy loafers (big bonus — no need to bring extra commuting shoes). Play with your accessories, and toss on a blazer for a more corporate office setting.

Topshop shoes.
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A Twisty-Turvy Tail
This year’s runway shows proved ponytails are anything but blasé — and they've definitely moved out of gym-only territory. The new crop of couture ponytails are full of hidden details, artistic silhouettes, and plenty of movement. Inspired by Fashion Week, Brider created this twisted style that can go from the boardroom straight to happy hour.

Schai dress, Catbird earrings.
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Starting at the highest point of both eyebrows, use the end of a tail comb to section off the top part of your hair. Clip this section aside to deal with later. Then, brush the rest of your hair into a low ponytail and spritz with a flexible-hold hairspray.

Catbird rings, Selin Kent rings.
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Unclip the top section of your hair, and pull it over to one side, creating a deep side-part. Brush this section down flat, and apply a smoothing product, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Crème Serum. Start twisting the ends of the top section of hair from your ear back, and pin it into your ponytail. Next, disguise your elastic with a thin section of hair from your ponytail. Wrap the section around the elastic and pin in place.

Finish by flipping out the ends of your ponytail with a 1 1/2-inch curling iron for some natural movement. Warning: You may find yourself catwalking through the office with this hair. Embrace it.

Dune shoes.
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Inner Lioness Waves
This look has serious I Dream of Jeannie vibes — and we’re digging it. For days when you feel like you just need to let your hair down, a style that embraces both loose waves on the bottom and sleek style on top is foolproof.

Iikonee dress and top, Catbird earrings and rings.
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While hair is still damp, apply a wave-enhancing gelee, such as TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee, all over. Flip your hair upside down, and blowdry on high heat for added volume. Once it's completely dry, take 1-inch sections of hair and add curls with a 1 1/4-inch curling iron. (If at any point during the day your waves start looking less than stellar — personal experience says during your post-lunch lull — rub some gelee on your hands and twist them back into shape.)

Next, backcomb your hair at the crown. Section off the top half of your hair, and secure it with an elastic.
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Pull the ends of your hair at the elastic to make the style tighter or higher, and backcomb the hair for extra volume — or as much as you can get away with without a trip to HR. Rake your fingers through your waves to loosen them, and mist with finishing spray to hold your look.

Keep your clothes from competing with your XL-hairstyle with a shift dress layered over a collared blouse.

Dune shoes.
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A Down-To-Business Blowout
A good blowout can last for days, but there’s no need to drop $40 at the salon when it can be achieved at home. (Yes, it does take some upper-arm strength, but just think of it as cutting down on gym time.)

COS coat, Babaton top.
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Start by applying a thickening cream all over damp hair. Then, spritz your hair with a heat-protectant spray, like TRESemmé Runway Collection Get Sleek Heat Protect Spray. Blowdry your hair section by section, using a round brush with your dryer and tucking the ends under as you go. Follow your round brush with a 1-inch flat iron to eliminate frizz and seal your hair cuticle. This will also give you that perfect Elvira Hancock finish.
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Style your bangs in a similar fashion as the rest of your hair, by blowing them out with a round brush and flat iron. Finish with a light misting of hairspray.

If you want to pull off head-to-toe pastels in the office, make sure to choose pieces that aren't too feminine. More masculine pieces like loafers and culottes walk the right line.

Babaton pants, Topshop shoes, Catbird rings, Wouters & Hendrix rings.
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A Wind-In-Your-Hair Moment Waiting To Happen
When you're really stuck in a hair rut, the easiest way out is to play with texture. If your go-tos are updos or straight locks, voluminous waves will be a fresh changeup. You may even be inspired to try that swanky lunch spot you’ve been hearing about.

Valentina Kova coat, Catbird rings.
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Start by evenly distributing a wave-enhancing product, like TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creation Sea Foam, into damp hair and blowdrying on a hot setting.
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Next, start winding your hair around a 1 1/2-inch curling iron, from the roots to the tips in 1 1/2-inch sections. After each curl, carefully slide the iron out, and clip the curl in a barrel-wave pin. Continue until all your hair is pinned up and you're looking extra '50s housewife.
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Let those curls cool completely (approximately the time it takes to scroll through Instagram, check your email, and read the headlines). Then, mist your hair in a cloud of hairspray before taking out the pins.

Finish your look with a very non-retro trench coat, like this pretty pastel one.

Aritzia top, Kaelen pants, Topshop shoes.