Appropriate Hairstyles for Nurses

Updated February 21, 2017

Nurses have strenuous, taxing jobs that require them to be on their feet all day, dealing with the public. They must both look professional and wear a hairstyle that withstands the rigours of the job. Also, most hospitals specify that hair has to be away from the face and sometimes off the neck to ensure hygiene. The best hairstyles for nurses conform to these guidelines, are easy to execute, and establish a polished appearance.

Basic Ponytail

A basic ponytail is quick and easy to make, and you don't need a lot of tools to create it. Ideally, use a fine-bristled brush to sweep the hair back into a smooth ponytail. If you don't have a fine-bristled brush, a regular brush should do an adequate job. For variation, brush the ponytail either up toward the top of your head or down to the nape of your neck. Secure with an elastic and spray once to smooth down wisps.

Chin-Length Cut

A chin-length cut, such as a bob reminiscent of the 1920s, keeps your hair out of your face with minimal to no styling, depending on your hair type. This particular cut traces the jawline, elongating the cheekbones, and if cut on an angle it will even make your face seem thinner. If you work in a hospital with very strict grooming standards, add a barrette above each ear to pull hair back from your face even more drastically.


Discerning women from fashionistas to ballerinas wear the elegant chignon hairstyle. A chignon looks more sophisticated than a ponytail yet is just as simple to make. Brush your hair back with a paddle brush down toward the nape of your neck and secure it with a clip at the nape. Fold the ponytail of hair that emerges from the clip under the clip, so that the ponytail is half as long. Pin this hair in place with several long hairpins or smaller clips. Finish the style with hairspray.

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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."