There’s no shortage of hair inspiration on YouTube and Instagram, but replicating the cool styles we see is easier said than done. And working professionals with textured hair face the even bigger challenge of finding a look that won’t be considered “inappropriate” for the corporate world.
Who says you have to sacrifice creativity and spunk to fit in? Better yet: who says you need to fit in at all?! We’ve created a set of work-to-play hairstyles for women who want to look polished without falling into a hair rut or losing time.
Next, we’re taking Yara Shahidi’s 2016 People’s Choice Awards style from the red carpet to the workplace. This updo with a twist is the epitome of sophistication. Learn how to do it yourself below!
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Step 1: Begin with freshly washed and conditioned hair.
Step 2: Using a rat tail comb, create a horizontal part across the middle of your head.
Step 3: Clip away the bottom section of hair. Using a rat tail comb, section off the right of left side of your front section of hair. You'll use this section to create three small twists. Clip away the rest of the hair.
Step 4: Using a rat tail comb, create a diagonal part within the small section of hair you just created.
Step 5: Clip away the rest of the section to prevent the line from going crooked.
Step 6: Separate the piece of hair into two strands and twist away from the ear.
The twist should end at the top of the head and not extend across to the other ear.
Step 7: Unclip the small side section of hair and create two more twists.
Step 8: Unclip the bottom section of hair and detangle if you haven't already. Then begin the twist the hair inward, starting at the nape of the neck.
Step 9: As you move up the head with your twist, secure the style with bobby pins.
Step 10: Once your twist meets the ends of the three side twists, pull the remaining hair into a ponytail. You can leave the ends out or create a top knot.
Step 12: Unclip the front section of hair and use a curl-defining product or curling iron for added definition. Voila!