Chic and Easy Wear-to-Work Hairstyles

Chic & Easy Wear-to-Work Hairstyles
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 01, 2012

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Viola Davis arrived at a luncheon for ‘The Help,’ wearing this smooth and sleek bob with blunt cut bangs. To maintain a style like this, simply wrap the hair at night and secure with a silk scarf. Unwrap and brush into place in the morning. So easy!

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At the Los Angeles premiere, Vanessa Simmons added oomph to her blowout with a pinned up snake braid in front. This is a super easy look to achieve if you’re tight on time and want to add some pizzazz to your do!

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If you work in a more corporate environment, you can never go wrong with an elegant high bun like the one Kerry Washington sported at the ESPY Awards. If your hair isn’t long enough for a bun, don’t be afraid to add in a drawstring ponytail to create a full, fierce bun!

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At the Emmys, Rashida Jones looked drop-dead gorgeous in a side chignon and side swept bangs. This simple yet chic look is easily achieved by pulling the hair into a low, side ponytail and pinning up loose strands into a messy bun.

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Shaunie O’Neal sported a low side ponytail to Lil Wayne’s album release party. Make this ’do office appropriate by adding a classic hair accessory such as a solid color headband or a pearl studded bobby pin.

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Shaun Robinson attended the Emmy Awards in this super-sleek high bun. Get the look at home by slicking your hair into a high ponytail with an elastic band. Instead of pulling the hair entirely through your band, leave the hair tucked in and pin down any falling strands.

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At the Zang Toi fashion show, Angela Simmons added oomph to her blowout with two tiny cornrows in front. The best thing about this look is that you can leave the braids in for several days at a time for a super-chic and time-saving style.

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We’ve all had mornings where one side of our hair just won’t behave! Luckily, an easy solution is to rock your waves to one side a la Christina Milian at the BMI Urban Music Awards. Use a paddle brush to bring all of your hair over one shoulder and secure with discreetly placed bobby pins at the nape of the neck.

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If you’re in the mood for a new wear-to-work look, a shoulder-length bob like the one Taraji P. Henson wore at the MOMA screening of “Albert Nobbs,” is always perfectly polished. Add in long layers and a side part for unlimited styling versatility.

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At the Trevor Live event, Zoe Saldana wore a polished pin-up complete with face-framing bangs. This style is a great option for working gals on the go and can easily be maintained at home between salon visits.

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If you haven’t tried the top knot trend, now’s the time to get with it! Sanaa Lathan’s top knot at the at Ella Moss’ tenth anniversary party is totally office appropriate and can be easily maintained during business trips, too.

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Paula Patton rocked a half up/half down ’do at the “Mission Impossible” premiere in Dubai and we fell in love.

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For the naturalistas out there, Tamera Mowry’s curly, pinned bun is a great ‘do when you’re tight on time but still want to look professional. Twist and wrap your hair into a messy bun, then loop the ends through the elastic.

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