In an all male environment, it's hard to find inspiration for ways to spice up boring hair days. Something about wearing your hair completely down and having it look nice by the end of the day is a concept that completely evades me. Perhaps it is because of the hardhat I have to occasionally don, perhaps it is my hair's natural proclivity for knots, or perhaps I just fidget too much. Any way you slice it, I need a hairstyle that is cute while still being durable enough to deal with a full day of work.
|Everyone has a day like this sometimes...|
While I considered posting pictures and instructions for the different styles I like, I realized this is a solved problem and that there are in fact dozens (if not hundreds) of videos that show how to make every hairstyle I feel like I've invented. To that end, I scoured YouTube for engineer-proof hair tutorials, and have come up with the following:
Hair Tied PonytailThe simplest of these hairstyles is a sleek way to spice up the average ponytail. Hair wrapped ponytails hide your neon hair elastics, and make the hairstyle look office appropriate.
Rave reviews from one coworker say, "But... Where does your hair end? "
French Braid Side PonytailThis is a slightly more complex variation on the side ponytail. It only takes 10 minutes or less to do in the morning, so it won't cut back on your much needed sleep.
"You must have magic to make hair do that."
The braided bun is a great way to get a sleek look quick, when your hair is not cooperating. Cons are it isn't necessarily good for a hard hat, and it uses an ass-ton of bobby pins (which is relevant for workplaces which regulate the amount of metal you have).
One day, when I was wearing my hair in a Braided bun, my coworker found a bobby pin on the ground. While I was minding my own business typing an email, he slipped it into my hair and said, " I believe this belongs to you." Truth is, he was probably right because I was the only one wearing my hair up, but it was VERY uncomfortable anyways.
Side BunI'd love to say that I wear side buns instead of regular buns because they are more fashionable. But the truth is, my preference for side buns over regular buns is a result of the fact that regular buns make driving in a car quite literally a pain in the neck. There is nowhere to put your head that isn't super uncomfortable. I would venture to guess that the longer a commute a woman has, the less likely she is to wear a huge bun protruding from the back of her head.
So if you love buns, and hate neck-aches, here is a tutorial for how to make a quick side bun:
Standard fair. Poorly done you look like an angry librarian. Well done, you look like you mean business.
Especially if you have shorter hair, this is the easiest way to look like you tried with minimal effort. I recommend doing a side part, or letting your bangs fall normally (if you have them) so your bangs don't look like somebody out of an 80s work out video.
If you don't know how to use a hairband yet... than here is 5 ways to do so:
I go through prolonged hairband phases, and they usually involve solid colored hairbands. Although, I will admit that I was involved in the blinged out butterfly and flower hairband phase and am not entirely over it even though I am aware it is socially unacceptable.
That's all for now. Variety is the spice of life, so try a new hairstyle tomorrow!