I know, I know—we tell you all the time: Wet hair is not a good professional look.
But every so often, those days happen: Your alarm doesn’t go off, you’re supposed to be at the office early, and—you guessed it—you don’t have time to blow dry your hair.
And when that happens, you’ll need a backup plan: a quick, easy style that can pass as professional in a pinch. Lucky for you, there are a ton of cute hairstyles for wet hair for those unavoidable mornings. We’ve rounded up the best five here.
1. The Classic Ponytail
On days when you’re rushing out the door with only one shoe on and makeup half done, you can be forever grateful for the genius who thought up the ponytail. Sure, it’s a go-to, but this classic style actually gets a sleek upgrade with wet hair. Just start with a deep side part, pull your hair into a ponytail, and wrap a small twisted or braided section around the base to hide the elastic. Voilà—instant sophistication.
2. Low Figure-Eight Bun
It’s just your luck—on the day you wake up late, you happen to have a huge presentation in front of the execs. So when a wet, messy bun just won’t cut it, this twisted bun is the perfect solution. Pair it with a pair of classic pearl earrings, and you’ll ooze professionalism.
3. Braided Messy Bun
If you’ll be surrounded by co-workers for the majority of the day, you can get away with something a little more casual—like hairstyle blogger Abby Smith’s braided, messy bun. And to add a little visual interest (and prove that you put at least a little effort into your style), a French braid will make your last-minute style look completely planned.
4. Twisted-Back Bun
Stringy, dripping hair falling in your face? No, thank you! These twists pull your hair back from your face, without looking quite as slicked back as a basic bun. (Bonus: When your hair is dry by end of the day, you’ll have some gorgeous ringlets—just in time for happy hour!) Hop on over to TotalBeauty.com for the step-by-step tutorial.
5. The Ladder Buns
More is always better—right? This wet hair look from Refinery 29 proves that in this case, it definitely is. Three buns will shift your look to the slightly edgier side—rather than prim-and-proper ballerina chic.
After beginning a career in management, Katie realized she wasn’t doing what she loved and determined it was time for a major career transition. Now, as a staff writer/editor for The Muse and a content marketing writer for a healthcare IT company, she gets to do what she loves every day—write and edit content ranging from demand generation campaigns to career advice. Her career and management content has been published on Forbes, Mashable, Business Insider, Inc., and Newsweek. Find her on Twitter @kgwolfie.More from this Author