As much as I’d love to look like some kinda Sky-Ferreira-downtown-wood-nymph with my hair in my face all the time, it’s not the most professional look. And I’m trying to get hired! To do something. Anything, really.
I gather that all of you either have jobs or are looking for them (unless you’re a trust fund babe, in which case, carry on), so let me share with you my tricks for getting your hair out of your effing face.
Before you try any of these looks, I suggest using some dry shampoo to build texture. I am loving this one from Big Sexy Hair.
The Kris Kross
Jump! Jump! OK, I’m done. This is the easiest way to get your hair out of your face. Twist two small sections of your hair from your forehead, and criss-cross them. Hold in place with bobby pins that match your hair color, like these from Goody.
I’m not saying you should go get a Bump-It for this, but a lil’ volume at the crown never hurt anybody. Start by teasing hair at the crown and then brush it back with paddle brush. Leave your bangs or a front section of hair out, and pin the rest. Then pin back the bangs/front section -- I don’t know why, but this just looks prettier than bringing all the hair straight back.
The Olivia Palermo
God only knows where she is now, but who can forget the Uptown Girl’s look of choice on "The City"? Even Whitney started wearing it on like, every episode. (Prob because "The City" had its own hairstylist; whatevs.) All you gotta do is part your hair and then twist back and pin a section on each side. BOOM, you’re working at Diane Von Furstenberg.
The Lauren Conrad
Do you hate me for all these MTV reality show references? I just don’t know who else loves a braid as much as LC. For this look, gather a two-ish inch section of hair in front that goes down to your ear. Throw the rest in a pony for now. Then prepare the area for braiding by splitting the top part into three sections. NOW FOR THE TWIST -- braid the hair under instead of over. This gives you the “inside-out” braid look that is 3D and cool, yo.
BONUS: all of these tricks can dress up a regular ponytail, too.
What do you do to get your hair out of your face for work? And has anyone else seen every episode of "The Hills" and "The City"? Should I have admitted that I know Olivia Palermo’s last name?
Allie’s looking professional on Twitter.