31 Professional Hairstyles For Every Type of Workplace

Professional hairstyles

If you’re looking for ideas for professional hairstyles for your next job interview or wanting to change of 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.

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Short Hair with a Side Part

Short Hair with a Side Part
Instagram @daisydidthat

Consider this a long bob, with the parting at the side for maximum elegance. Stylist Daisy went all out giving this chic lady a proper look for the boardrooms.

Simple Straight Hair

Simple Straight Hair
Instagram @hairby.florina

Q&A with style creator, Florina Topalli
Hairstylist @ Tu Moda Spa & Salon in Worcester, MA

How would you describe this look?

I love this professional hairstyle! 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would like to tell them it is a popular hairstyle, and it is easy for maintaining and managing. You can wear it for occasions or casually. 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.

I definitely recommend this look. It’s classic and stylish.

Professional Pixie

Professional Pixie
Instagram @fonhairsalon

Q&A with style creator, Alex Totani
Director @ Fon Salon in Unley, South Australia

How would you describe this look?

This cut is what we would call an ‘undercut pixie‘ – the back and sides are quite a contrast from the length on top, which also gives versatility for styling.

I like the way my models natural color has been enhanced by the cut on back and sides and the lightening on top gives the cut some texture.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this haircut, you don’t need a lot of styling products if the stylist has cut into the hair enough.

But some Davine’s texture powder was used to create some movement and finished with some Davines no gas spray which is the perfect end to short hairstyles.

Most hair types can go short like this but the style will need to be altered by the stylist to sit in this shape.

We believe if you enjoy a haircut it doesn’t matter what face shape you have! 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

Q&A with style creator, Kirsten Auwema
Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Ambitious Hair & Make-up in Netherlands

How would you describe this look?

This a look with natural long hair. A fishtail braid. I love a fishtail braid because it is casual but you did the effort of making a pretty hair look! And you can make it as nonchalant and big as you want! Oh, and the hair color comes out great in this braid!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use a hair product that makes your hair a little rough. Don’t make your braid too tight. In the end, you should pull out the braid to make it big! You can use hair extensions to make the braid bigger.

Medium Length Hair with Side Part

Medium Length Hair with Side Part
Instagram @moptopmason

Q&A with style creator, Adrienne Mason
Stylist @ Hair KC in Kansas City, MO

How would you describe this look?

This color falls into a lived-in blonde look. By adding babylights and a smudged base it has a more diffused contrast between the base and the blonde, which creates a natural sun-kissed effect. To give it movement and volume, I added soft surface layers for her fine texture, completing the undone look with beach waves.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love this look become it really fits any face shape. It’s great to wear dressed up or dressed down. This blonde is a great fit for any type, but ideally, I would see what blondes work best with your skin tone. As for maintenance, coming in for glosses to keep the blonde looking fresh, and going no more than 3 months between blonding sessions. It’s cost-effective, low maintenance, and it takes no time to style. I also always recommend having a hair regimen. Use a leave-in conditioner that fits your hair type, a heat protector, and a 1’1/4″ inch barrel curling iron. Finish this style by adding sea salt spray or texture spray to give it that undone beachy look. This takes about 5-10 min to curl. Wonderful for any lifestyle.

Easy High Bun

Easy High Bun
Instagram @hairexpressbar

Q&A with style creator, Lucy
Director @ Hair Express Bar in London, UK

How would you describe this look?

This style is perfect for anyone who loves their hair up – whether they’re heading to work, to the gym, or even a party. From the front, it might look like your typical high bun but from the back, it’s a different story.

The French braid adds a sense of style and satisfaction. In this case we were going for a look that will 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this hairstyle on anyone with at least shoulder-length hair. Because you braid from the nape up, you’d be able to pick up any baby hair and flyaways when using the right products.

In this case, I 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. Finish the style with a strong hold hairspray. For more loose, boho look replace the gel with a texturizing spray that will give you grip, hold, and texture to achieve the perfect style.

Lob with Loose Waves

Lob with Loose Waves
Instagram @barcadoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Maria Barca
Founder / Stylist @ Self Salon in Brooklyn, NY

How would you describe this look?

The big trend in hair right now is lob haircut. It’s versatile and a personal favorite of mine.

For this look, 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. As for the color, I hand painted her hair for that subtle with a pop of brightness.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is my go-to haircut when a client wants a change. It can be worn with any face shape. Low maintenance with little to no styling is involved. If my client has a lifestyle that doesn’t allow time for primping their hair, it can be worn naturally with few pumps of your favorite styling cream. The product I choose for this look was Iles Formula Serum.

Versatile Blunt Lob

Versatile Blunt Lob Haircut
Instagram @romeufelipe

Trying out a versatile blunt lob is always the safest decision to go for. It ends 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

Classy Pixie Cut
Instagram @nenannn

What a classy pixie cut! This chop 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.

Modernized Bob

Modernized Bob hairstyle
Instagram @foxyroxhair

Q&A with style creator, Brianna Officer
Lead Stylist @ GEO Hair Lab in Knoxville, TN

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look 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.

The thing I love 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 to the client.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used all Kevin Murphy products for this look. Kevin Murphy’s Smooth.Again line is perfect for this look because it not only protects from frizz and humidity, but it adds shine and cuts down on blow dry time as well. It is lightweight, so it is okay to use on fine hair as well.

I prepped the hair with Shimmer.Shine which is magic in a bottle and added the Smooth.Again creme to her hairline and the ends of her hair. To emphasize the texture, one can also use Bedroom.Hair or Doo.Over.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this cut for clients with fine to medium textured hair. Because of the blunt cut, anyone 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.

I feel that anyone can rock this bob, you just have to tweak it to that specific person. If you have more of a round face, I would leave a little bit more of the length to help contour the jawline.

Super Layered Graduated Bob

Super Layered Graduated Bob hairstyle
Instagram @lynzstyles

Q&A with style creator, Lynz Russell
Hair Artist @ The Parlour Encinitas in Encinitas, CA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a super layered graduated bob. It is layered so that it is testing the pixie boundaries.

What I love about it is that it can be tucked and tousled just right to expose this client’s 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.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This particular look is great with volumizing styling products like Imperial Blowout from Oribe to give the root fullness and help those layers reach their full potential. Follow it up with a finisher like Oribe’s Airstyle whipped finishing cream to piece out those layers and create a less fluffy and more lived-in look. A 90s mod princess is born!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

There’s something magical about a sexy, pixie-like cut on someone that has what I like to call elf or fairy-like features. They expose a person’s face and draw attention to women’s most attractive features like their eyes. They are also perfect on heart shaped faces. When adding a long asymmetric fringe, it perfectly draws attention away from a wider forehead and toward the eyes and softer features like the nose and chin.

Pixies are very youthful in the way they expose and frame slender necks and can be super dramatic just by switching up a part or product regimen. They can be super texturized for someone that has straight to wavy hair who likes to spray, scrunch and go, or can also be very structured for someone with any hair type to give off a bold, strong look.

All in all there is a short pixie-ish cut for anyone looking to show off their risky yet confident personality.

Asymmetrical Bob With Layering

Asymmetrical Bob With Layering
Instagram @tanarosehair

This is an asymmetrical bob with layering to revamp and enhance thin tresses. 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

Q&A with style creator, Jenny Reilly
Senior Hairstylist @ Salon Topaz in Dobbs Ferry, NY

How would you describe this?

This subtle angle and long layers are light weight ‘swooshing’ hair that were cut with a razor.  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.

What’s your best advice?

Make sure you leave the salon with a great shampoo and conditioner. Always focus on the overall health of your hair and get good styling products.

Lovely Side Bun

Q&A with style creator, Jillian Allen
Hairstylist @ Nomad Studios in Tempe, AZ

How would you describe this look?

I created this look on Angel by combining two braid techniques – Dutch Braid and Fishtail. 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great look for a client with long hair and minimal layers and looks especially pretty if the client has dimensional colors in her hair like Angel’s does. 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 night out!

Short & Textured Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Jenn Hunter
Hairstylist @ The Village on Main in Northampton, MA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a short, textured pixie cut. I love how easily the top of the hair falls into place while still retaining a great deal of movement.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend using a dry shampoo to really maximize the texture of this haircut, as well as a shaping wax to create a soft, piecey hold. I used Aveda’s Shampure Dry Shampoo and Aveda Light Elements Shaping Wax.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I suggest this look for someone with medium to thick hair who is able to to commit to regular salon visits to keep up the short cut. It would be a great fit for someone who wants a fun and chic look that is also easily styled.

Shiny Bouncy Layers

Shiny Bouncy Layers hairstyle
Instagram @askformila

Q&A with style creator, Martha Oakes
Master Stylist @ Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa in Cincinnati, OH

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would best describe the overall look as radiant, tousled, glossed, healthy, dimensional, light and lifted. My favorite thing about this look is the movement the hair has. The cut, color and style all work together to showcase this supple, airy movement.

The cut is light and layered. The color gives dimension and shine to the hair.  Lastly the style is bouncy, soft and full.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

My model had fine, thick and curly hair. I noticed that her hair seemed flat and dull in color, as well as weighed down. After a soft layered cut and some painted highlights, I used Oribe’s Straight away. I used a quarter-sized amount, starting in the more stubborn curly areas and working my way throughout her whole head.

Next I used Oribe’s Maximista, spraying at the root to give great lift and shine.  Lastly, I lightly misted Oribe’s Royal Blowout through her ends to give her added shine and airy separation. I used a bristle brush around her hairline in a flat wrapping motion to straighten the baby curls around her face. Then, I sectioned and used a 2-inch round brush to smooth and straighten her hair.

After drying and smoothing, I used a 1 1/4-inch curling iron to curl all of her hair. I finished with Oribe’s Apres Beach Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone who wants to have beautiful bouncy hair.  It truly works on anyone. Who doesn’t want healthy, bouncy hair?

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.

The Classic Bob with Bangs

The Classic Bob with Bangs
Instagram @ravenrowsalon

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

Textured Long Pixie Cut
Instagram @talita_andrade03

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
Instagram @hairolines

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.

Modern Wavy Asymmetrical Bob

Q&A with style creator, Brooke Korom
Master Stylist @ Hologram Salon in Athens, GA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a modern, wavy asymmetrical bob with blunt ends and textured layers. The bob is a classic style that will never be dated, but adding asymmetric lines to the cut makes it more modern.

Our favorite thing about this style is that it flatters almost all hair types and face shapes. This look is also easy to style and works all year round.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To style the asymmetrical bob, a volumizer at the root is 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.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The beautiful thing about the modern asymmetrical bob is that it can be great for all hair types. 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

modern shag haircut
Instagram @salsalhair

A modern shag is very feminine, which is appropriate to create a professional style for workdays. Feel free to personalize the haircut to suit any face shape. Add some face-framing layers to define cheekbones and jawline.