9 Best Hairstyles for a Job Interview

You only have a few moments to make a good first impression, and this means that everything about you has to be just right to impress. It could make your hairstyle as important as the outfit you wear. Here are the nine best hairstyles for a job interview. We’ll provide a variety of styles so that there is something for everyone, regardless of your hair length and personal tastes.

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Simple and Straight

Simple and straight simply involves wearing your hair long and straight, tucked behind your ears and behind your shoulders. Another option is having your hair cut in a straight lob and then wearing as is.

One benefit of the straight and simple hairstyle shows off your face. Another is that it takes a little time to do. However, this style makes having hair in its best condition critical. If you’re going to let your hair hang down, make sure it is shampooed, conditioned, and soft the night before. Dry frizzy hair will ruin this look. When wearing hair this way, don’t play with it.

Loose Curls or Waves

Loose curls are a polished look that is easy to pull off. Many can achieve it naturally, though you want to ensure that there aren’t hairs sticking out at random. So, it would be a great low-maintenance style you can achieve at the last minute. Another option is the loose wave. You could create the look with rollers or a curling wand if you have straight hair. If your hair is curly, you could use a straightening iron to help reduce the curls and frizz. If you have short hair, don’t worry – you can wear short hair with a soft wave.

A Pretty Ponytail

A polished ponytail is suitable for a job interview. A polished look means having sleek styling, though the hair could be parted wherever it falls naturally. Use an appropriate hair product to tame flyaway hair. This look is an option for anyone with medium length or long hair. Just don’t use a childish scrunchy to hold the hair together. If you’re concerned about fly-away hair or how long the ponytail is, you have the option of wrapping it around the hair band and pinning it in place. To take this to the next level, take hair from the bottom of your ponytail, wrap it around the hair tie to hide it, and then secure that hair with a hidden bobby pin.

Another option is a crossover low ponytail. Your hair would be divided into three sections, two small ones at the front and one large one in the back. Tie the largest section into a low ponytail near the nape of the neck. Grab one of the front sections, pull it so it is lying diagonally over the low ponytail, and secure it with hairpins. Then do the same with the other section. This look is more elegant than a standard ponytail but not much more work.

The Chignon

A chignon is simply a step up from a fancy ponytail. First, twist the side hair while creating a low ponytail. Next, take the hair that’s dangling down and look it through the twisted sections. Now you have a chignon. They differ from buns in that buns can be anywhere on the head, while a chignon is always low on the back of the neck.

Half-Up, Half-Down

One benefit of the half-up, half-down look is that it can be used with any type of hair. Whether you have straight, curly or wavy hair, it looks good on you. It goes with nearly any outfit, and it is easy for anyone to do. Wearing the hair half-up makes it look like you put effort into doing your hair, which loose hanging hair doesn’t always convey. Nor do you have to worry about wasting time and effort into an “updo” that you don’t know how to do right. If you aren’t sure what you want to do, you can wear it half-way by pinning only one side back. You can twist one side back and secure it behind the ear with a bobby pin.

The “half twist” is a version of this for women with short hair. You don’t have to work it into a particular style. Just make sure your hair isn’t too unruly, so it should be brushed. Grab a section of hair from the front, and then twist it toward the back of your head. Secure this piece with a bobby pin. Then do the same with the other side. This pulls the hair most likely to fall into your face out of the way. You can use hairspray to help hold it in place. You can take this one step further into a side sweep, using bobby pins to sweep hair to one side of the neck so that it flows down the opposite shoulder. This style is ideal for women with wavy, curly hair.

A Bob

A smooth bob is a good choice for women with short hair. It looks sophisticated and it doesn’t take a lot of work. It’s also a classic haircut that can work for pretty much any environment and a wide variety of outfits. Simply run a straightening iron through the hair and then slightly tuck the ends in. If a smooth bob doesn’t fit your style, a choppy bob adds life to straight, short hair.

A Textured Crop

A textured crop hairstyle is another option for women with short hair. This contemporary look is easy to do, though you’ll want to use texturizing spray, so the hair doesn’t look flat or dull. It’s also very professional while showing some personality at the same time.

Sleek Pixie

This is a look for women with ultra-short hair. It is suitable for professional environments, and the pixie cut is a classic look. However, you should consider a side part to soften the look. It’s also not always the most versatile cut, so make sure that you pick your outfit wisely.

A Sleek Bun

A sleek bun is a good choice for women with mid-length hair. It radiates professionalism, is very easy to achieve, and is one of the most versatile choices you can go for.

The first step to creating a sleek bun is straightening your hair. Next is creating a side partition. Gather all the hair and twist it to create a low bun. Secure this in place with bobby pins. You’ll want to use hairspray to prevent stray hairs from sticking out.

The bun doesn’t have to be on the back of the head. In fact, buns can be anywhere on the head. If you have curly locks, a side bun is a way to tame the curls while looking elegant. However, a side bun can look good whether you have straight or wavy hair. And note that you can make a bun out of hair that has already been braided.


The best hairstyles for a job interview are those that fit your natural hair and show that you put more effort into your appearance. Nor should your hair take attention away from the star of the interview: you.


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Catalina Magee

Founder / Owner of Trend Prive Magazine. Romanian-born American, "seasoned" in Italy, "cooked" in Germany and currently serving in Israel. NCIS Special Agent in Charge EA.

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