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Though nat­ur­al hair is mak­ing more appear­ances in the work­place, it can still be a chal­lenge to find that per­fect “pro­fes­sion­al” hair­style you are com­fort­able wear­ing.  Nev­er­the­less, there are options out there — no mat­ter how short or long your hair.  Here are just a few:

1. Mini Twists into Updo (Medi­um-Length Nat­ur­al Hair)

With autumn around the cor­ner, this updo is an option for those who will be wear­ing small twists through­out the com­ing months.  It is real­ly sim­ple to achieve and requires just a few bob­by pins.  No one can tell you that you don’t look pro­fes­sion­al in this style.

2. Faux Nat­ur­al Bun (Short Nat­ur­al Hair)

This style is anoth­er alter­na­tive to your usu­al TWA, but will work best on loos­er tex­tures and/or hair that is long enough to get into a tiny pony­tail.  You will need an ample amount of gel, a brush, an ouch­less band, bob­by pins, and an afro-tex­tured bun.

3. Flat Twists into Updo (Medi­um-Length to Long Nat­ur­al Hair)

Now for anoth­er tuto­r­i­al that involves twists — flat twists, to be pre­cise.  This style is obvi­ous­ly not con­ser­v­a­tive but can work just fine in many work­places.  (Yes, flat twists can be pro­fes­sion­al, too.)  If you want height like VeePee­Jay, you will need Mar­ley braid hair.

4. Tee­ny Wee­ny Afro with a Side Part (Short Nat­ur­al Hair)

If you are tired of your usu­al tee­ny wee­ny afro (TWA) or don’t quite know how to make it work for the office, check out this tuto­r­i­al.  The side part spruces up your style while also adding a pro­fes­sion­al touch.  You will need gel. For my kinky nat­u­ral­is­tas, you will also need bob­by pins.

5. Stretched Updo (Medi­um-Length Nat­ur­al Hair)

This look is a great alter­na­tive for those with medi­um-length nat­ur­al hair. It is a bit more con­ser­v­a­tive than the oth­er looks but still very beau­ti­ful. You will start from stretched hair and need sev­er­al bob­by pins to achieve it. This look can also be mod­i­fied for longer hair.

How do you wear your hair for the work­place?


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I love this web­site and I’m pret­ty dis­ap­point­ed in the fact that this arti­cle even exists.


Right! I thought it was kind of lazy…especially includ­ing the bun :(


Why on earth do you say style #3 flat twists into an updo “style is obvi­ous­ly not con­ser­v­a­tive” ?? That is absolute­ly con­ser­v­a­tive and classy and exact­ly what I think is per­fect for cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca. Why could you con­sid­er it oth­er­wise?


I love mini twists just because I don’t like to be con­stant­ly styling my hair so I wear my hair in styles sim­i­lar to num­ber 1 a lot. I just refresh my hair ever few days with my home­made spritz or As I Am CocoShea Spray if I’m feel­ing fan­cy and off I go.


Hold on now!!!!! then faux bun one sound like she Bahami­an!!!!!!!! you go girl !!


You know what else is pro­fes­sion­al? My AFRO.


How is num­ber 3 “obvi­ous­ly not con­ser­v­a­tive”? It’s plen­ty con­ser­v­a­tive! Maybe I’m miss­ing some­thing …


I love num­ber 3!!! That one’s for me ;)


Slicked back=“professional”? I thought we were past that? Snatch­ing all my hair with a glob of gel is the last thing I wan­na do :/ Depend­ing on your length you have more options than just twist every­thing up or using all the gel in the world.


ok, i agree with you about the gel…what are the oth­er options oth­er than using hair pins, bob­by pins and twist­ing every­thing up?? In a pro­fes­sion­al, white col­lar industry…twisting every­thing up is sim­ple, classy and elegant…you can not go wrong…I do not want to see a para­le­gal with a chunky wash n go with hot pink lipstick…cute for the week­end, but NOT 9 to 5


Scarves, head­bands, Curl­form­ers, and permrods can give a desired “pro­fes­sion­al”. God­dess braids, twists, box braids, half up half down looks, buns, etc. I mean I know I don’t work a typ­i­cal 9–5 ( I spend the day test­ing drug addicts) still my hair is as pro­fes­sion­al as it comes with­out putting gel, heat, or stress­ing the hell out­ta my hair to appear pol­ished.

that’s what i thought too, rev­el­ry. gel noth­ing won’t be going near my head in the name of pro­fes­sion­al­ism. i’ma wear this fro out loose and free every­day on my job, and turn heads in the process while i’m at it. i have yet to wear my hair pulled back at work, and i dare a sin­gle soul to com­plain. on anoth­er note, ALL of the white women wear their hair loose where i work. i’ve yet to see any of the nurs­es and techs (almost all of whom are white) wear any updos.….. the styles are cute and all,… Read more »
Miss Mo

I love 2 and 5. Great ideas.