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Simple hairstyles for the nurse on the go

We realize that you’re busy nurses who don’t always have the time necessary to spend on primping. But we also know you want to look and feel good. So we’ve found fast, easy and inexpensive ways to take you out of your ponytail comfort zone without going to beauty queen efforts.

Reinvent the Braid

The technique of braiding hair dates as far back 3500 B.C., according to some beauty historians. And it’s no wonder. A braid is woven hair art that can be as pretty as it is practical. But if you’re looking for a modern twist, check out these two variations on the traditional braid.

Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid looks intricate, but this simple tutorial takes you through it step by step. Via

Side French Braid

Shorter hair can be pesky, especially at work. This French braid, along the front, works as well for short hairstyles as it does for long. Via Real

Get Effortless Volume

The beauty world has a trade secret that can help a busy nurse feel great about their hair, without adding much time to your before work routine. Re-introducing…hot rollers! You may think of these as a historical artifact, but they’ve made a come back. Many in the movement recommend hot rollers over a curling iron for instant waves to help you create a softer style (even if you’re just throwing it in a pony tail).

‘Ooh … ahh… ‘ Jewelry for Your Hair

A pop of color from a headband, a hint of sparkle in a barrette, a glimmer of jewels from a rhinestone bobby pin. These inexpensive hair accessories brighten you up without any additional time in front of the mirror.

Rhinestone Bobbies

Who doesn’t love to feel draped in rich gems? These rhinestone bobby pins slide in instantly to bring any simple hairstyle from boring to blam!


What’s your favorite way to keep your hair up and out of the way for patient care, while still feeling great about the way you look?

By | 2020-04-15T16:34:49-04:00 January 20th, 2014|Categories: Archived|0 Comments

About the Author:

Meaghan O'Keeffe, BSN, RN
Meaghan O'Keeffe, BSN, RN, has worked in pediatric critical care and pre-operative care and enjoys working with individuals with special needs. She is passionate about writing and thrilled to write for Scrubbed In, where she gets to pay tribute to the nursing profession and help uplift those who practice every day. She has two children in preschool who refuse to stop growing and a supportive husband who works in the coffee industry and provides her with a steady stream of caffeine. She likes to laugh, and LOVES to sleep — something nurses and parents never get enough of! And like you, she's a master of multi-tasking, a sucker for suctioning and a translator of medical jargon.

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