View Full Version : good corporate / conservative updos?!

February 3rd, 2013, 01:49 PM
Im starting a new job tomorrow, yay! Its kind of a corporate place so I deff want a conservative updo, and since im the youngest person working there (im 21) I really want to set a good impression but also have nice hair! Im really into braids at the moment, but any ideas would be appreciated :)

February 3rd, 2013, 01:57 PM
Maybe a neat low sock bun with side parting like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgDyBrx8ZZI

February 3rd, 2013, 05:30 PM
I think a neat braided bun (pinned) would look both nice and conservative. You can also do a folded French braid, depending on how long your hair is. There are quite a few Ficarres that aren't too glitzy you could use as well.

February 3rd, 2013, 06:33 PM
At your length I would try practicing your French Twist. That is pretty much the definition of a professional conservative hairstyle and your hair should be just the right length.

A neat cinnabun with Amish pins also looks neat and conservative and so do folded French Braids. Like Jeanniet, I also really like Ficcares for professional looking styles and they are my go-to for suit wearing.

February 3rd, 2013, 07:18 PM
I like the traditional bun.

Wildcat Diva
February 3rd, 2013, 07:23 PM
I just did a low pencil bun with a tortiseshell ficcare that looked really sleek and polished.

February 4th, 2013, 03:07 AM
I would think any low bun would work. A side part makes it less severe. A low pony would do if you wrapped some hair around the elastic and pinned underneath.

February 4th, 2013, 06:23 AM
Thanks, everyone! :) now I have ideas for the rest of the week as well

February 4th, 2013, 04:34 PM
Congratulations on your new job. Buns an oval bun is a nice comfortable and professional looking bun or the French pleat always looks professional too!

Good luck, hope your first day goes well!

February 4th, 2013, 05:49 PM
The main thing I'd worry about with long hair in a corporate setting is wearing it loose. That's often read as sexy or too casual. If I'm wearing a suit, my hair will be up and out of the way.

Pretty much any bun will work. A very high topknot may look like it needs a tiara, and that's not great for work, tho that's too formal rather than too casual. Braided styles can come off as a bit young, but if the braids are pinned up it as in folded braids, Heidi braids or crown braids it tends to be much better.

I find most people notice a lot more when you do something different with the bang area, even if your bangs are the same length as the rest of your hair. The actual bun design rarely gets noticed. Makes sense tho if you think about it. Mostly other people look at your face. Unless they see your hair down, they might well assume it's only shoulder length. So if you're trying to give your look some variety, keep that in mind.

February 5th, 2013, 01:30 PM
I've been really likeing torrinpaige's interlaced Dutch braids. It looks intricate and lovely, but is still compact and up out of your face :) (you can find her on YouTube!)

February 5th, 2013, 01:39 PM
How about a Katniss braid and low side bun, a seashell bun or an upside down seashell bun. A french twist always looks professional and elegant, too. You might be able to get away with a single french or dutch braid, too.

February 5th, 2013, 01:40 PM
And by the way, congrats!

February 5th, 2013, 05:07 PM
I am a big proponent of the reversed french twist. Instead of starting at the bottom and rolling up, you start at the top and roll down. I find it a great deal easier to do, especially with long hair, it holds better and I don't have to struggle with the weird head bump that I have to avoid with a regular french twist. Plus it gives me a chance to showcase my combs! A caveat: you have to pin the bottom down, I can hold the hair with a single comb (one of my combs, you have to use a comb that is meant to hold hair, not a decorative one), but without a pin near the bottom it will migrate to the side of my head as the day goes on.

Or you could just hold the whole thing up with bobby pins. If you do that, I would avoid the regular little ones they sell and go for the big roller pins. They work really well and you need fewer.

February 5th, 2013, 05:15 PM
I just looked for a video tutorial I could link along with this, but there don't seem to be any really good ones. I was going to do a new line of videos for the website and I may include one for this :)