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    6 Professional Hairstyles for a Job Interview

    Woman in Job Interview

    Don’t Let a Bad Hairstyle Get in the Way of Your Professional Image!

    As we all know too well, job interviews can be a nerve-racking experience, you’ve got to make sure you’ve printed your resume templates, andhere’s no point going into an interview and knowing nothing about the company. It’s doesn’t just stop there though, as a woman you have the additional stress of coming up with the outfit, the shoes, and how you’re going to wear your hair. It’s important to start the interview off right, so feeling and looking your very best is essential. You may have to dig to the back of your closet and go through the pain of trying on suits you haven’t worn for years, but when it comes to hair, we’ve got you covered with the 6 most professional hairstyles we for a job interview!

    Ballerina Bun

    Ballerina Bun

    The ballerina bun is simple, classic and easy to style! Comb hair back until it is smooth and secure into a ponytail at the desired height. Take the pony and twist until hair is taut. Wrap it around the base, securing with bobby pins as you go. Tuck the ends of your hair into the bun. This hairstyle is a great option for those with medium to long length hair and not too many layers.

    Jessica Alba Low Messy Bun

    Low “Messy” Bun

    If you want your hair pinned up, but prefer a more relaxed look, the low messy bun is a great alternative to the ballerina hairstyle. Use your finger to collect hair at the nape of the neck and tie into a pony (not too tight!) Take a second elastic and tie hair so it’s in a loop with the ends sticking out. Use bobby pins to secure the looped pieces to the base of the pony. This hairstyle works great if you have wavy or curly hair, or if you have lots of layers.

    Anne Hathaway: Shiny smooth pixie cut

    Straight smooth bob with bangs and chocolate brown hair

    Smooth and Shiny Straight

    If in doubt, smooth, straight hair is easy and chic. Flat iron your hair in half inch sections for a high shine, high polish look. Finish with a light gel or smoothing serum to keep strands in place. This is a great option for shorter hairstyles!

    Freida Pinto, smooth low ponytail with side part

    Sleek Low Pony

    If bobby pins and hair tools aren’t your style, or if you just want to keep it simple, a sleek, low pony is the way to go. Create a clean side or middle part. Comb hair until it is smooth and secure in a pony tail at the nape of the neck.

    Side pony tail with middle part and waves

    The Wavy Pony

    Smooth and straight isn’t the only way to go. You can have the best of both worlds with a wavy pony tail. If you’re hair isn’t naturally wavy, create waves with a large barrel curling iron or flat iron. Run your fingers through your hair and gather at the nape. If you prefer you can also pull to one side. Once you’ve secured your hair take a strand of hair and wrap around the base of the pony. If you have naturally wavy hair, this is a great, easy option.

    Short blonde hair half up half down with volume

    Freida Pinto half up half down

    Half Up / Half Down

    For an interview, it’s always a good idea to keep hair off of your face. With half up / half down, you can still wear your hair down without worrying about strands getting in your way. If you want volume, use a comb to tease underneath the top layer of your hair. Then, take the hair starting at the temple or above the ear and smooth it back to just below the crown of your head. Tie into a half pony and cover the elastic by pinning a piece of hair around it. Use the end of a rat tail comb to make sure the top is even and smooth.

    Professional hair doesn’t have to be boring, and you certainly don’t have to wear the same look over and over. The key to a great professional hairstyle, is a simple and classic style that allows the focus to be on you. Your hair can be gorgeous, but at a job interview, or a professional setting, you want the main focus to be on what you have to say not your hair. If you have an upcoming interview and need some help with your technique then you might want to contact the Interview Skills Clinic for some help and advice. The Interview Skills Clinic can help you pass a Civil Service Interview, or whatever interview you face.

    Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
    Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.


    1. Who is the actress used for example of: wavy pony?

      Comment by Mari — March 21, 2018 @ 10:50 pm

    2. Hi Carla,

      The actress’s name is Farah Fath. You can check out more pictures of her here on IMDb, and if you love her haircut, don’t miss the article The Bob Hair Style Part I. I really think that you’ll enjoy it!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — March 12, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    3. Who is the girl in the half up/half down photo with short blonde hair and white dress? I’d like to google other pics of her haircut! Thanks!

      Comment by Carla — March 9, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

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