10 Best Hairstyles for Nurses

10 Ways to Keep Hair Out of the Way for Nurses

For many nurses and medical technicians, one of the most distinctive components of their appearances are their hairstyles. To create a stylish yet professional look, healthcare workers search for inventive ways to secure their hair so it remains functional yet attractive.

When hair is falling into a nurse’s face or landing in inappropriate places while trying to care for patients, it affects the image of hygiene and credibility so important to the profession. However, tying hair into a ponytail every day can look and feel boring. Fortunately, an array of hairstyle options are available to help you cultivate a more dynamic and pulled-together appearance.

Try One of These Styles for Your Next Shift

From straight, short styles to long, curly locks, nurses of all hair lengths and textures have various hairstyles at their disposal. Whether you are looking for a new standby style or a new look for every day, one or more of these hairstyles will likely capture your imagination.

Before leaving for your next shift, fashion your hair into a compelling new coif, such as:

1. French bun.

This elevated updo offers an attractive yet unfussy look for busy nurses. To achieve the look, pull dry hair to the crown of your head (imagine you are creating a high ponytail). Then twist the hair upward, using both hands. Use one hand to secure the twist at your crown as you continue to swirl the hair into a bun shape. After using bobby pins to hold the bun, pull out a few tendrils at the nape of your neck. The result is a sophisticated style that stays out of your face.

2. Topknot.

On days your hair refuses to behave, bring it into submission with a trendy topknot. Simply collect your hair into a ponytail on top of your head, then twist it into a coil and fasten it with pins or a hair band. Twelve hours later, you’ll still look runway-ready.

3. “Milkmaid braids.” Not just for kindergarteners, this look is both youthful and tidy for busy medical professionals. To create a look only distantly reminiscent of Princess Leia, use a comb to create a clean center part. Then divide your hair into two halves and fashion each half into a braid. Pull one braid up and across the top of your head, fastening the end near the opposite ear. Repeat with the other braid, creating a symmetrical arc above your forehead. Fasten the entire style with bobby pins until it feels secure.

4. Pixie cut.

Popularized by supermodel Twiggy in the 60s, the pixie cut shows no sign of losing favor with women in active professions. Although many women claim not to possess the “bone structure” to pull off a short haircut, various cropped styles exist to flatter different face shapes.

Before walking into the salon for a dramatic cut, make sure you know which details will best flatter your face . Strategic shaping and layers can equip you with a cute cut that is also quite easy to style.

5. French braid. These pretty plaits may seem difficult to achieve, but with practice, you may find it becomes second nature. Start by gathering the uppermost section of your hair, from the top of your head to the temples. After splitting the section into three, cross the right section over the middle section and repeat with the left. Continue to feed additional hair into each portion as you move down your head, until all of your hair is divided into three sections. Then braid until you reach the end of your hair, and secure it with a ribbon or elastic band.

6. Fishtail. This distinctive hairstyle looks fascinating while putting flyaway hairs in their place. To create a fishtail braid, split your hair into two equal sections at the nape of your neck. Then divide each section into two, holding the left sections in your left hand and the right sections in your right. Take the right section closest to your face and pull it towards the center of your hair, merging it with the bottom left section. Repeat the same action with the left side and continue until you have braided your hair to the end. Complete the look with a hairband or other fastener.

7. Flipped ponytail. An attractive alternative to a simple ponytail, this style offers a quick option when pressed for time. First, pull your hair into a loose ponytail and fasten it with an elastic band. Second, insert a finger down the middle of the ponytail, just above the hairband. Third, take your ponytail by its end and feed it through this opening. Continue to pull the end of the tail from beneath until you achieve your desired look.

8. Braided bun. A mixture of two of the most popular updos, the braided bun keeps hair extremely secure, even during the wildest workdays. Begin by creating five equally-sized braids around the bottom of your head, including two in the front and three in the back. Fasten each braid at the end with an elastic band. Beginning in the back, twist each braid into a bun, pinning it in place with bobby pins. Continue to wrap each braid around the previous one to build a larger bun, concealing the ends to create a neat look. Secure the style with additional bobby pins and hairspray as needed.

9. Bob. A classic mainstay since the 1920s, the bob comes in lengths from above the ears to below the shoulders. For nurses, it represents a flattering and easy-to style look, regardless of hair length or texture. To choose the right bob for you, consider designs suited for your face shape as well as how you plan to style it. For instance, if you want to be able to pull your hair out of your face, a longer bob – or “lob” – is more suitable.

10. Change your part. Individuals often overlook the simple expedient of changing which side they part their hair before pulling it up or back. Whether you are wearing your hair down, in a ponytail or updo, or using a headband, try parting it on the opposite side. It will instantly create more volume, subtly change your hairstyle, and make colleagues wonder what changed about you since your last shift!

A lovely new hairstyle looks its best paired with the newest scrub styles. Peruse Everyday Uniforms for a distinctive new scrub top to accentuate your ‘do.

What is your favorite fashionable-yet-functional hairstyle to wear to work?

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