Whether you’re a seasoned, work-from-home veteran or your remote contributions are temporary, the home office usually comes with a slightly altered motto of: "No Shoes, No Shirt… Oh Well!"
Why would you style your hair (or even put on pants) when you work from home? Aside from the need to look moderately professional for the occasional Zoom video conference, Professor Carolyn Mair quotes a relevant study from the 1994 Clothing and Textile Research Journal in her book The Psychology of Fashion (2018) wherein participants were found to feel more competent and responsible when wearing clothing that was objectively viewed as “work appropriate.” Participants who wore “inappropriate” work clothing, while seeing themselves as more friendly, missed out on positive self-perception sentiments like: trustworthiness, productivity and authoritativeness (pg. 60).
The correlation between work-from-home productivity and getting dressed for the day is not direct, but it does seem to help! You do not need to dust off your boardroom pantsuit, paint a full face of makeup, and use 50 bobby pins for the picture-perfect hairstyle; dressing to improve your mood and productivity should be simple.
These 5 easy hairstyles you can do from the confinements of your own home. Pair them with your work-from-home outfit for a low-key, comfortable aesthetic that will inject a little pep in your step.
A Chic Style for Hair Types 1 & 2
When choosing a hairstyle for your work-from-home endeavors, it’s important to keep your hair simple, easy, and out of your face.
This simply chic hairstyle is a less polished version of the French Twist, requiring only a claw hair clip and a little twist of the wrist. Whether you have bangs, pin-straight hair or a naturally envious wave, you can complete this hairstyle in 2 minutes (or less).
Subtle Accessorizing for Hair Types 1 & 2
A good accessory can make a world of a difference. Now is the time to unveil that lovely headband you purchased on Amazon a few months ago. Put that baby to use!
This easy at-home hairstyle is not only beautiful from the front view; it is also relaxed yet sophisticated from behind.
There are 2 ways you can perform this hairstyle: as a pull-through or a fishtail braid. If you are unfamiliar with executing a fishtail braid, the pull-through is the quicker, simpler option.
Scarf it Back for Hair Types 1, 2, & 3
Who says work-from-home hair has to be complicated? This Parisian-inspired style is for the absolute beauty beginner.
Whether you prefer a low or high ponytail, secure your strands in place with a rubber band. Grab your favorite scarf and wrap around the band, tying the ends in a knot. Spritz a comb with Daily Dose and tame any flyaways. That’s it!
Half-Up, Half-Down for Hair Types 1, 2 & 3
If you prefer not to fully commit to wearing your hair down while you work, this half-up, half-down hairstyle is the perfect choice and works with most hair types.
Step 2: Take the comb and lightly tease under the hair just below the rubber band. This will help with volume; with this style, the more volume, the better.
Step 3: Wrap the mini ponytail around your pointer finger in any direction and secure the end with as many bobby pins as you feel will keep the bun in place.
Step 4: If you prefer a cleaner-looking bun, you are done after step 3. If you prefer a messier look, grab little pieces of the bun and pull outward, making sure to hold on to the rest of the bun so that you do not lose any pieces. Continue doing this around the circumference of the bun until you get the desired results.
The Ballerina Bun for All Hair Types
Can you ever go wrong with a ballerina bun? We think not!
This style of bun is perfect for all hair types and instantly gives you a polished look for your at-home workday.
For those of you with hair types 1 or 2, you may want to use the “sock bun” method for more volume. With hair type 3 you can use a rubber band and minimal bobby pins or you can spice things up with a cute scrunchie for a 90’s aesthetic. If you have hair type 4, use Daily Dose to help ease hair back into the bun and tame flyaways.
Author: Parris Cisna
Parris Cisna lives in Laguna Niguel, CA with her husband, Derek, and her dog Ludo (named after the Labyrinth with David Bowie). Parris has a BA in English from UCLA and an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from WVU. With 9+ years of marketing experience in the beauty and fashion industries, Parris is smitten with all things hair care, skincare, couture and runway. In her spare time, Parris enjoys flipping through the pages of a historical fiction novels and fashion textbooks, baking the latest NY Times recipes, and hopping from thrift shop to thrift shop in Orange County.