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These 13 Professional Hairstyles For Black Women Are SR-Approved

Your hairstyle as a professional, especially as a black woman, is just as important as the clothes you wear to work. After all, your colleagues and clients notice everything about your appearance including your hair, makeup, and attire. The first glance is important and as you know you are addressed the way you dress — this includes your hair! 

There are lots of hairstyles you can wear daily to work, meetings, and other professional events as a black woman but not all are befitting of this important segment of your life. While some are trendy and others more traditional, you must always remember that your hairstyle should reflect a balance of your personality and your line of work. For every look, there should also be a balance between your wardrobe, makeup, and hairstyle. 

 
 
 
 
 
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If your makeup is a little edgy, you should opt for a more toned-down hairstyle to avoid looking like you’re aiming to be the life of the party (when there’s actually no party happening). Whether you prefer to wear your natural hair, a weave, or a wig is a matter of choice but in all cases, your look must be tasteful, professional, and polished. As such, we’ve curated 13 workplace hairstyles that will make you look fabulous while maintaining an ultimate professional appearance in and outside of the office environment. 

Check out 13 must-try professional hairstyles for Black women…

#1. Chic up-do with “antenna”

A flashback from the good ol’ 2000s, antennas are one of the 2000s hairstyles that are back in 2022. What’s more, this hairstyle is chic, easy, and works perfectly for formal settings. Although style stars usually lean towards tiny “antennas,” we have also seen a few of them opt for more loose hair to grace the side of their faces just as Nomzamo has done below. 

 
 
 
 
 
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#2. Smooth bob

The bob hairstyle is one of the most popular hairstyles of the moment and easily works in a professional environment. It gives a clean and chic look that’s perfect for a formal environment.

 
 
 
 
 
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#3. Center-parted straight hair

Look sophisticated and polished with a straight, sleek hairdo. Also, keep the loose strands behind your shoulder for a serious corporate appeal and to save yourself the trouble of constantly re-positioning strands when talking to your coworkers or clients.

 
 
 
 
 
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#4. Cornrows

The cornrow hairstyle is one simple yet tasteful hairstyle that isn’t a bad idea for a professional environment. The goal is to remember to keep it chic and simple without dramatic details. This is because all that drama can easily cross the line from professional to adventurous, and that’s not the goal.

 
 
 
 
 
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#5. Ponytail

The ponytail hairstyle is one polished look that can never go out of style and definitely works for the professional woman. While you’re free to get creative with the “extensions-tail,” stay clear of too much volume as you don’t want your hair distracting you or others at work.

 
 
 
 
 
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#6. Classic braids 

You can certainly have some fun with a braided hairstyle. Just remember to keep it more simple than all over the place. A tasteful knotless braids hairstyle with a center part is a great choice you can explore. Thank me later. 

 
 
 
 
 
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#7. Side-parted hairstyle 

Wearing a side-parted hairstyle is a good way to create a serious and professional image while maintaining your edge. It makes one look effortlessly stylish and sophisticated. Although you can try on some baby hair with this look, we seriously advise against it as it can easily go south. Unless, of course, it’s so subtle your office wouldn’t mind.

 
 
 
 
 
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#8. Short, natural hairdo

Timeless black elegance anyone? This surely needs no explanation, does it?

 
 
 
 
 
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#9. Spice things up with a fringe 

Your hair doesn’t have to be perfectly straight, you can adopt a more textured look and finish it off with a light fringe. A fun look like this works best for semi-formal workplaces. 

 
 
 
 
 
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#10. Sleek up/back into a bun or ponytail

This has the same vibe as a side-parted hairstyle: clean, elegant, and sophisticated! Your bun can either be your weave rolled into a doughnut, or you can opt for braided buns. Really, there’s no wrong way to do this.

 
 
 
 
 
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#11. Keep it short and stylish

Gone are the days when professional environments called for a compulsory prim and proper look. A short haircut gives you that unique and edgy appeal while at work and is a great look for the lady who wants to show off her inner creative side.

 
 
 
 
 
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#12. Wavy hairstyle

When wearing wavy hair at work, avoid covering both sides of your face with hair. Opt for simple, consistent curls and keep the color dark or natural — that is, matching your natural hair tone. Colored curly hair may come off as too showy for a professional environment.

 
 
 
 
 
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#13. Embrace your natural curls

A natural curly hairstyle is a trendy and timeless hairstyle for the professional environment and will definitely win you lots of second glances — good ones! Plus, it’s always a great idea to embrace your natural side. However, a tip to keeping your hair looking put-together all day long is to keep a leave-in conditioner handy. Who knows, you may need a quick touch-up during the day.

 
 
 
 
 
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