If you’re looking for ideas for professional hairstyles for your next job interview or wanting to change your look at your current job, then you’re in the right place. Below, I’ve put together some cute and easy hairstyles for professional women in the marketplace.
But before you get going, just know that the best business hairstyles are the sleek ponytail for longer hair or a short haircut where you can tuck your hair behind your ears. So look out for those in the photos below.
Now, before your next hair appointment, check out these professional hairstyles women love!
Sleek Short Hair with a Side Part
Consider this a long bob, with the parting at the side for maximum elegance that works for straight hair. Stylist Daisy went all out giving this stylish lady a proper look for the boardrooms.
High and Sleek Ponytail
Make an impact with a high and sleek ponytail, great for long hair wanting a sharp up-do. Wearing the ponytail high not only has a great lifting effect on the face but completely heightens your look. Brush your hair upside down and into a high pony, and keep smoothing the hair once you’ve raised your head, ensure you spray with some hairspray to slick down the baby hairs, and ensure you’ve secured your hair-tie tight enough. If you need more security add another hair-tie over the top.
Easy-to-Style Messy Low Ponytail
Opt for an easy-to-style messy low ponytail for go-to glam for shoulder-length hair or longer. The beauty of a ponytail is it can be worn in so many ways. Pull out some of your face-framing layers to fall around the face, loosen the hair from the hair-tie at the center back to allow a little extra volume, and gently backcomb the pony to add texture. Remember this is low effort, but high impact.
Classic and Simple Straight Lob Haircut
“I love this straight lob professional hairstyle,” claims hairstylist Florina Topalli of Worcester, MA. “It’s a classic shape, it’s feminine, and it’s silky and elegant! I used one of Aveda’s newest brunette shades. The haircut is a long angled bob with no layers,” she explains.
The lob is a popular hairstyle, and it is easy for maintaining and managing. You can wear it for occasions or casually.
Topalli says you can enrich this hairstyle with some products. “I would recommend Aveda’s smooth and shine styling cream, Aveda’s nourishing oil treatment, Kevin Murphy’s shine spray and Moroccan oil light hold hairspray.”
Professional Pixie Cut
“This cut is called an ‘undercut pixie‘ – the back and sides are quite a contrast from the length on top, which also gives versatility for styling,” explains stylist Alex Totani of South Australia.
For this haircut, you don’t need a lot of styling products if the stylist has cut into the hair enough. Most hair types can go short like this but the style will need to be altered by the stylist to sit in this shape.
Totani says to use Davine’s texture powder to create some movement and finish with Davines no gas spray, which is the perfect end to short hairstyles.
“We believe if you enjoy a haircut it doesn’t matter what face shape you have,” says Totani. “Short hair is easy to style and fun, and it should represent your personal style and personality. Maintenance will be every 4-6 weeks.”
Cute Side Braid for Long Hair
This cute side braid for natural long hair was created by hairstylist Kirsten Auwema of the Netherlands.
Auwema loves a fishtail braid on professional hairstyles for long hair, “because it’s casual and you can make it as nonchalant and big as you want!”
She says to use a hair product that makes your hair a little rough. “Don’t make your braid too tight,” she adds. “In the end, you should pull out the braid to make it big! You can use hair extensions to make the braid bigger, creating dramatic hairstyles for women.”
Wavy Medium Length Hair with Side Part
This wavy hair with a side part was created by stylist Adrienne Mason of Kansas City, MO. “To give it movement and volume, I added soft surface layers for her fine texture, completing the undone look with beach waves,” says Mason.
She loves this medium length hair with a side part because it really fits any face shape. “It’s cost-effective, low maintenance, and it takes no time to style. I also always recommend having a hair regimen for such undone curls hairstyles,” she adds.
Mason also suggests you use a leave-in conditioner that fits your hair type, a heat protector, and a 1’1/4″ inch barrel curling iron. “Finish styling this mid length hair by adding sea salt spray or texture spray to give it that undone beachy look. This takes about 5-10 min to curl.”
Easy High Bun Professional Hairstyles
“This style is perfect for anyone who loves their hair up – whether they’re heading to work or even a party. From the front, it might look like your typical high bun but from the back, it’s a different story,” explains stylist Lucy of London, UK.
When it comes to professional womens hairstyles, the French braid adds a sense of style and satisfaction. In this case, Lucy was going for a look that would last for a few days. However, it can be easily converted into a romantic, boho hairstyle.
“The twisted bun shows off the highlights beautifully and the braid creates texture and detail. The best part is, that it can be done within 20 minutes, so it’s perfect to fit in our busy lifestyles,” she states.
In this case, Lucy used an olive oil edge control gel that you can get from your local drugstore. “The beauty of it is that it picks up all the hair, gives it incredible hold without going hard and flaky,” she adds.
Lob with Loose Waves for Medium Hair
The big trend in hair right now is lob haircut. This one was created by stylist Maria Barca of Brooklyn, NY.
“For this medium hair, I curled her hair with 1″ barrel and finished her look by brushing it to get the soft wave effect. Spray the brush with some hairspray for a hold before brushing,” adds Barca.
Versatile Blunt Lob
Trying out a versatile blunt lob is always the safest decision to go for. Professional women’s hairstyles like this end up in such a beautiful transformation. Feel free to wear it sleek and straight to show off the sharp blunt cut, or in tousled waves for a softer vibe. Ask for a bit of length to put it up in a lovely updo for an evening out.
Classy Pixie Cut
What a classy pixie cut! Hairstyles for the office like this textured crop gives the hair a full-bodied outcome. Part of the style appears soft, making it suitable for office working and partying. Imagine it worn by ladies who are also managers. It can look edgy and it offers a strong, rebellious personality.
This could be described as your classic bob, but modernized. “Bobs are my favorite style of haircuts because they are timeless and super versatile. You can wear it professionally or add wave for a bit of sass,” says lead stylist Brianna Officer of Knoxville, TN.
The thing she loves most about this particular cut is the invisible layering done in the interior of the cut. “It allows for easy maintenance and grow out, but also gives the hair a smooth finished look. I also added soft texture throughout the cut which will allow maximum movement and the hair will feel light and airy,” she explains.
Officer recommends this cut for women with fine to medium textured hair. “Because of the blunt cut, women with thick/coarse hair would probably have to work a little harder to achieve the look, but it is not impossible. This look is perfect for any professional because you still have the option of adding wave/enhancing texture when need be,” she adds.
Super Layered Graduated Bob
This super layered graduated bob was created by hair artist Lynz Russell of Encinitas, CA. “It is layered so that it is testing the pixie boundaries,” she explains.
What Russell loves about it is that it can be tucked and tousled just right to expose your super feminine features like a pixie cut, or it can be smoothed and set in front of the ears to create a more structured and symmetric graduated bob for a more powerful statement.
“All in all there is a short pixie-ish cut for anyone looking to show off their risky yet confident personality for work,” she adds.
Asymmetrical Bob With Layering
This is an asymmetrical bob with layering to revamp and enhance thin tresses. With its short and wavy style, it makes the hair seem bulkier, bolder, and is packed with movement. It’s even wearable for women in a conservative professional setting. This is a cut that’s easy to style and gives women a sleek, put-together style.
Subtle Angle & Long Layers with a Middle Part
“This subtle angle and long layers are lightweight ‘swooshing’ hair that were cut with a razor,” says senior hairstylist Jenny Reilly of Dobbs Ferry, NY. ” By pulling all of the hair to the front when layering, created a great shape and movement. It also allows the layers to get longer in the back,” she explains.
Reilly says to make sure you leave the salon with a great shampoo and conditioner. “Always focus on the overall health of your long locks and get good styling products.”
Lovely Side Low Bun With Braids
This low bun by combining two braid techniques – the Dutch Braid and Fishtail. It was created by hairstylist Jillian Allen of Tempe, AZ. “It’s all created using only 4-5 bobby pins! My favorite thing about it is that she could wear it two ways – with the fishtail down or wrapped up as shown in the photo in a side bun,” explains Allen.
This is a great look for a woman with long hair and minimal layers. “You’ll definitely need a smoothing cream to prep the hair before beginning the braids to ensure smoothness when you pull them out for fullness. It’s a great look for special events, bridesmaids, or if someone just wants a fun updo for a professional setting,” she adds.
Short & Textured Pixie Hairstyle
This short, textured pixie cut was handcrafted by hairstylist Jenn Hunter of Northampton, MA. “I love how easily the top of the hair falls into place while still retaining a great deal of movement,” says Hunter.
She recommends using a dry shampoo to really maximize the texture of this haircut, as well as a shaping wax to create a soft, piecey hold. Hunter specifically used Aveda’s Shampure Dry Shampoo and Aveda Light Elements Shaping Wax.
“I suggest this look for someone with medium to thick hair who is able to commit to regular salon visits to keep up the short cut,” she adds. “It would be a great fit for a woman who wants a fun and chic look that is also easily styled.”
Shiny Bouncy Layers with Soft Curls
These bouncy layers with soft curls were created by master stylist Martha Oakes of Cincinnati, OH. “I would describe the overall look as radiant, tousled, glossed, healthy, dimensional, light and lifted. The best thing about this cut is the movement the hair has,” said Oakes.
The cut is light and layered. Lastly, the style is bouncy, soft, and full.
Oakes says this look does require some styling to create. “I sectioned the hair, smoothed it with a round brush, and finished with a 1 1/4-inch curling iron. If you don’t mind spending some time styling in the morning, this look would be great for you. It works for most face shapes and with the right cut, it can be tailored to almost every hair texture,” she explains.
The Classic Bob with Bangs
Here’s the classic bob with bangs that never fails to add a wow factor to one’s appeal. This chop is so cute and looks flawless on straight, thick hair. It can suit most ladies as its length is customizable considering the face shape.
Textured Long Pixie Cut
This textured long pixie cut breathes firmness and grace! The tousled effect accentuates the layers of this short chop. A length like this is easy to manipulate, so it’s ideal for lovelies who have a busy schedule. If wanting a chic style at work, this is the right haircut. Just be mindful of its maintenance. Depending on how fast the hair grows out, it may require a trim every 4-6 weeks.
The Perfect Hairstyle for Professional Older Women
The perfect hairstyle for professional older women is right here! It features texture and waves to keep the finish in line with what’s trending. For a professional woman with thin tresses, this style is ideal as it gives a fuller and livelier edge.
Wavy Half Up Hairstyle
A wavy half-up hairstyle is elegant, easy to style, and can elongate a round face shape. Hair artist Jakeline Jasso from Nuevo León, MX created this style. “It’s ideal for brides looking for a bohemian look,” Jasso explains.
“Always prep the hair before styling,” she notes. “Use dry shampoo, heat protector, and spray. Then, apply some perfume with shine and brush it with your fingers to finish it off.”
Modern Wavy Asymmetrical Bob
This look is a modern, wavy asymmetrical bob with blunt ends and textured layers. It was created by master stylist Brooke Korom of Athens, GA. The bob is a classic style that will never be dated, but adding asymmetric lines to the cut makes it more modern.
To style the asymmetrical bob, Korom says to use a volumizer at the root because it’s crucial for movement. “We used Unite Expanda Volume and Unite Mousse on her wet hair. As a finisher on her dry hair, we used Unite Texturiza Finishing Spray to break up her layers to give her a lived-in look,” she explains.
“The beautiful thing about the modern asymmetrical bob is that it can be great for all hair types,” she adds. “The line of the cut naturally flatters the jawline and can hide or accentuate any hair texture depending on how you cut the layers. For this client, the longer layers around the face really show off her natural S-shaped waves and the shorter layers in the back control the weight of her naturally thick hair.”
All in all, this is a beautiful cut and a beautiful style for both work and for play.
Modern Shag for Professional Women
A modern shag is very feminine, which is appropriate to create a professional style for workdays. This cut works with a side or middle part hairstyle. Feel free to personalize the haircut to suit any face shape. Add some face-framing layers to define cheekbones and jawline.