Interview Hairstyles for Both Women and Men + Styling Tips

​Your hair is an expression of your appearance. Learn how you can make it look presentable for a job interview.

So you’ve managed to land a job interview, which is cause for celebration. Now you have to prepare for it. You may need to pick out new clothes, retouch your resume, and, of course, get your hair styled and cut. Your appearance is a large part of the first impression a potential employer gets of you, and you need to make it count in your favor.

We have a guide for you on how to care and style your hair leading up to a job interview, to keep the hair looking healthy, shiny, and well-kept. Hair that isn’t cleaned sends a negative message to the interviewer, and you are less likely to get the next step of the hiring process.

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​ Cleaning Your Hair

​First, you need to understand what shampoo and conditioner actually do to your hair. While shampoo can help clean your hair, it also removes many of the essential oils that keep your hair from drying out. Conditioner replenishes those oils. You should only apply shampoo every few days, but apply conditioner more often, such as whenever you take a shower.

Take note of your hair type. If you have naturally oily hair, look for cleaners and conditioners that match your hair. Use dedicated hair care products. Men’s cleaning products, in particular, are often marketed as a combination of body wash, shampoo, and conditioner: Trying to fulfill all of these functions makes it not as effective as dedicated products are.

​When you use shampoo and conditioner, it’s better only to use a small dollop, massage it into your scalp, and let the runoff carry it through the rest of your hair. It gives your hair a uniform sleekness that looks great during a job interview.

​Avoid using scented hair care products if possible. Many of the compounds that create the scents can negatively affect the hair, create an extremely oily look, and - if the interviewer has an acute sense of smell - possibly be a negative distraction. Subtle is generally the way to go.

​As an important tip, don’t scrub your hair with a towel. Let it dry naturally if you’re showering before your interview. Scrubbing your hair, for both men and women, makes it more prone to frizziness and even split ends, both of which look bad to an interviewer. Take extra time to prepare and clean if you need to. Extra time means you can be more attentive to detail.

Brushing And Combing

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​Use the type of brush or comb that matches your hair. If you have fine hair, use a fine-toothed comb and a similar brush with soft bristles. If you have coarse hair, use a wide-toothed comb. Otherwise, you risk pulling out your hair or getting it extremely tangled. On the topic of tangles, make sure you use detangling conditioner or hairspray and comb your hair regularly.

​The more regularly you get the tangles out of your hair, the easier it will be on the day of your interview. Tangled, messy hair can almost certainly cost you the chance at a job. For men with long hair, this goes double. Although long hair on men is gradually becoming more acceptable, it’s still somewhat risky; being unkempt counts even more against you.

​When you brush your hair, wait for it to dry after stepping out of the shower. Water weakens hair strands, and they can easily break and create split ends. It’s best to let your hair dry naturally, then comb it. Start from the ends and work your way to the roots. Hold your hair in place, don’t just pull the brush or comb through. If you do, you can rip your hair out at the roots.

​If you’re applying hair styling products like gel, hairspray, or pomade, do so lightly and follow the instructions on the packaging. You don’t want to leave greasy residue in your hair, especially after washing it. Often, you only need a small amount that you then comb through your hair and style as you go.

​Picking Out Hairstyles

We’ve provided a guide for the basics of keeping your hair clean and neat. Now you have to pick out a style for your interview. Here are the most important things to remember about styling your hair:

  • ​​Keep the company’s dress code in mind
  • ​​Ensure your hair is clean
  • ​​Avoid vivid colors
  • ​​Go for a natural look

​To pick out a good hairstyle, keep in mind the shape of your face. Your hair frames your face, and the style you pick should complement the natural contours of your head shape. For example, if you have a round face, you may want to pick something that has a little more volume on top. A thin, oblong face may benefit from a style that adds width and texture.

​You want to use a hairstyle that you can easily create yourself without a lot of accessories like clips and pins. For women, a simple low ponytail is a versatile hairdo that goes great with a variety of outfits and professional fields.

​In both men’s and women’s hairstyles, it’s imperative that you keep your hair out of your face. Not only does it project an unprofessional appearance and prevent the interviewer from seeing your eyes, but it can also make you prone to moving it during the interview. This habit makes you look like you’re nervous and damages your chances of making a good first impression.

 Other Hairstyles For Women


bun hair

A loose bun gives you a more relaxed look and is easier on your hair. If you try to keep your hair pulled too tightly, it can pull your hair out prematurely and be uncomfortable. You want to look comfortable, yet professional. However, this style is often suitable for higher-ranking corporate positions.

You can also opt for a low bun pulled toward the nape of your neck. Obviously, if you’re going for this look, your hair has to be longer in the back, so plan your next haircut accordingly.

​Half Updo

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In a similar vein of keeping your hair away from your face, you can go for a compromise of styles with one side pinned back and one side allowed to hang freely to your shoulders. Use a subtle, small bobby pin or two to keep it in place.


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curly hair

If you have time, consider putting your hair in loose curls. Curls can work wonderfully for a business casual look and if you’re interviewing for a job that has a more laid-back company culture. If your hair is naturally curly, this works even better.


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bob haircut

A short bob cut can give you a youthful, energetic look. To make a bob, your hair should be longer in the front and shorter as it approaches the back. The best part about this hairstyle is that it’s easy to maintain. Short hair, in general, is easier to deal with.

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​ Men’s Hairstyles

​Ivy League​

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The Ivy League hairstyle is a longer variant of a crew cut. You have the sides and back short, with enough hair kept at the top of your head to make a part. It’s best to part to the side, rather than in the middle. Overall, the Ivy League style is one of the most versatile cuts you can have.


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The crew cut looks like the Ivy League, but it’s shorter on top and doesn’t lend itself as well to a part. Like the Ivy League, the crew cut is suitable for a wide range of occasions and just about anyone can wear one and make it look good. However, if you have thinning hair, you might want to be careful about wearing this hairstyle.

​Slicked Side Part

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The slicked back side part is one of the most classic business hairstyles you can wear. To achieve this look, apply some pomade to your hair, part it to the side and comb toward the back of your head.


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If you have long hair, you can pull it back into a ponytail. It needs to be held in place with a simple elastic tie. Use hairspray to keep your shorter hair in place. Avoid letting stray hairs frizz out, especially over your ears. Ponytails should be kept low at the nape of the neck.

​Facial Hair

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For a job interview, it’s generally best to go clean-shaven, or keep a neatly-trimmed beard or mustache. Shave as close to your interview as possible, lessening the likelihood of getting a five o’clock shadow. Ensure you shave thoroughly and use aftershave lotion to lessen the chance of razor burn.

​   Conclusion

​​​​​​​​​Your hairstyle is a reflection of your personal appearance. It is vital to portray a professional look to increase the chances of your interview going well. We’ve given you a guide on how to care for your hair so it’s easier to style, as well as a list of some men’s and women’s interview hairstyles you can try for an interview. As long as you keep your hair neat, you can use almost any haircut.

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