I confess. I’m one of those people that doesn’t want to spend 40 or more minutes each morning styling my hair. But I have curly hair, so I have few options for get-ready-in-10-minutes hairstyles. For those two reasons, I almost always wear my hair down for work. That means it’s naturally curly and (mostly) low maintenance.
Here’s an example of a hair style that I wore almost daily when I had long hair (I just got it cut recently). Natural curls with a side part (and maybe sometimes a small clip or bobby pin).
Here’s how I’ve been wearing my hair since my recent haircut. I’m still rocking the side part. One difference between my long and short hair is with short hair, I’ve been drying it using a diffuser, which creates more volume and tighter curls.
I’m also trying bangs again for the first time in years. I know curly bangs can be tricky, and I do struggle with mine. But I like them.
Every once in a while, I will wear my hair up to work. This is a rare occurrence, though, because my hair looks pretty weird styled up (ponytail or bun) unless I spend an hour making it a pretty up-do.
Even though I have super curly hair, until recently I felt that curly hair wasn’t “office chic” or sleek or business-y. Curly hair can be crazy, unruly, or even wild. It doesn’t like to be tamed and just wants to do its own thing. With a little bit of product and some know-how to tame frizz, I do think curly hair is office-appropriate and chic. It’s natural and beautiful and different, but it’s taken me a long time to love my curly hair. And I will admit, I do straighten it every once in a while.
What products do I use?
In case you’re wondering, I only shampoo once or twice a week because I have dry hair. I use conditioner almost daily. I also use leave-in conditioner almost daily. If I’m going to let my hair naturally air dry, I use Biolage Curl Defining Elixir Gel. It’s probably the best gel I’ve ever used and worth the price. If I’m going to diffuse my curls, I use the Biolage Curl Defining Elixir plus the Biolage Thermal-Active Setting Spray, then I diffuse.
What about you? How do you wear your hair to work? What styles do you think are best for more casual work settings or less casual offices?