Top 10 Easy Hairstyles for Work and Play

  • Hair
  • Published September 8, 2011
  • Updated August 1, 2020
Woman with easy hairstyle

Whether you want a casual look for running errands or a hairstyle that’s appropriate for the workplace, we have you covered — our top 10 easy hairstyles can be implemented in 30 minutes or less. Seriously!

Easy Hairstyles

The messy ponytail

Jennifer Aniston Ponytail

Throw on your skinny jeans, boots, and let your hair go a little wild. To achieve this look, bend over forwards and flip your hair over your head. Spray with hairspray. Then, flip your head back and place your hair in a ponytail, letting any shorter strands fall wherever strikes their fancy.

The loose braid

Woman with loose braid

This is not the French braid you perfected in junior high. This is a loose, easy style that should take only five minutes to achieve. Part your hair on the side and bring the braid over your shoulder for a relaxed look that goes well with any casual outfit.

Honey highlights

Honey Highlights

Honey-toned highlights may have been a trend at one point, but now it’s just a way of life. You can ask your stylist to do it for you, or you can test this look on your own with wash-out hair color. We love Tokyo Vibes hair makeup in gold.

Thick bangs

Thick Bangs

Add sophistication to your work attire by experimenting with thick bangs. The best part about this fall fashion trend is that you can easily alter it. If you decide that bangs don’t work with your facial structure, simply pull them to the back or side, and they should be gone by Christmas.

The elegant ponytail

Woman with long hair in ponytail

Even a ponytail can be elegant if you create it the right way. Try hot rolling your hair first. Then, pull the hair all the way to the back of your head in a high ponytail. Grab a small strand from the bottom of the ponytail, twist it and then wrap it around your hair tie and secure it with a clip.

Twist & pin

Twist Pin

This is quite possibly the simplest way to achieve an elegant and classic look at work. To keep the hair off your face, simply part your hair down the side, grab a small piece, twist, secure with a bobby pin, and you’re done.

Put a feather in it

Feather Hair

Try pairing a smaller feather with a classic updo for a fancy dinner or a night out dancing.

The head wrap


Head wraps are another trend that have staying power. For a night out with friends, select a wrap that features shimmery metallic fabric or rhinestones. If you’re a woman of color, try wrapping your hair ala Nina Simone in traditional wax print cloth.

The messy bun

Messy Bun

This hairstyle is similar to the messy ponytail, but more appropriate for the evening. For a dramatic look, part your hair down the middle to create the bun, rather than pulling all of your hair back.

The wig

Woman wearing a wig

The ultimate of easy hairstyles is a wig. Wigs are the easiest way to get the hair you want, without the drama of having to actually go to the salon. Look for lace cap wigs that give you a realistic hairline or if you want to use your own hair, opt for a removable “half weave” that easily mixes with your natural hair.

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Blog Comments

So…if we have shorter hair, we’re on our own?

I agree with Jennifer – what if we have short hair – also, what if we are over 50? I haven’t seen anything lately for those over 50 and over size 12, and not geared for the 20’s crowd.

Remember this article is focused on beauty trends and these are the trends for this season. Sometimes whats “on trend” may not be what you have. (case in point: skinny jeans.. i just can’t wear them, so I skip). That being said, you can wear feather embellishments if you have short and/or unprocessed hair. Older women should have highlights/lighter hair (dark hair, especially on women with pale skin) “highlights” wrinkles.

I’ve been searching for wigs and trying them on at local stores for the past few years, but it’s super hard to find a realistic wig without spending thousands of dollars! I really want a wig to wear on bad hair days (which is like every day lately), but I’m still on the search for one.

i would like a new hair trend i have a heart shape head and i have medium hair tan skin toned

So… what can we do if we do have short hair? If we have, say, a bob with bangs, what hairstyles are options this fall?

Couldn’t help but notice that the trusty bun is on the list. Seems as though no matter what variation, a bun will always be in style. Glad to know everybody sees what us ballet chicks always knew!

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