3 Office Appropriate Hairstyles You Can Do At Your Desk

Getting your hair out of your face doesn't have to be fussy OR boring.
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August 27, 2014
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desk hairstyles, easy haistyles, french twist, side bun, twist updo

Ah, office jobs--the scourge of white collar America and the source of an endless wealth of personal frustration and achey necks across the world. I’ve worked my fair share of desk jobs, which means I’m really good at figuring out things you can do at a desk other than the work you were assigned. (Because I finished that work weeks ago! Ah, menial labor.)

Working out and stretching while desk-bound? Easy. Touching up your lipstick and eyeliner? Ain’t no thing, with the help of a small mirror. Doing your hair? Oh boy, do I have ideas for you!

Your hair is bound to fall in your face when you're leaning over a computer all day, and that can get annoying. The right hairstyle can keep those strands in check, and I've got a couple of ideas that are simple enough to do at your desk.

The Cute Comb-Over

Sometimes I want to wear my hair down but I need it out of my face. A few cute bobby pins will keep your wispy bits from bothering you while drawing a attention to your cute mug.

Part your hair into a very deep side part, with a sassy flip.

Push the heavy side back with a couple of clips. I like to keep a couple on hand, either in my desk drawer or purse, in case of "emergency."

I stole these jeweled bobby pins from my mom and am not sure where they came from, but I also love these cute clips by Karina. Alternately, just DIY your own pins or use regular bobby pins.

The Twisty Side Bun

Pull your hair to one side of the back of your neck and twist it around your finger like the bored high schooler you were born to be.

Now, coil the twist up into a tiny bun. How far to the side of your head you do this is up to you, but I like mine noticeably off center. It’s less boring that way, right? Right.


The Messy French Twist

A French twist is a classic look that appears more complicated than it really is. The great thing about this style is that it's actually easier to do with bob length hair like mine.

Start by grabbing your hair at the nape of your neck, as if you were going to put it in a low pony.

Twist it up real tight while pulling upward.

Then wind the twist back down and tuck it under the hair on the other side. Use bobby pins to secure it.

Let your hair in the front hang down a bit, or secure it back with pins or a headband. This is a look that’s particularly great on curly hair.

The Figure Eight

Let’s continue this pattern of hairdos involving twisting your hair, which leaves your hair with softer waves than braids.

Begin by splitting your hair in two sections and twisting them tightly.

Wind the two twists under and over each other until you’ve run out of hair and then pin them down. You’ll be left with two larger “buns” on either side, and a twist in the center that looks a bit like an infinite symbol, or a sideways 8, in my opinion. I braided my bangs down, but you can keep them out, along with a few pieces from the front of your head for a less “done” look.

So now I’m curious, do you have a desk job? How do you wear your hair? Do you ever change it up in the middle of the day with a quick desk-side makeover?