5 great hairstyles for nurses

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While the work you do as a nurse may gain a lot of recognition and praise, you may feel that your work outfit is less likely to garner as much interest. 

After all, you're limited to scrubs and might not have much time to get ready before your long shift. However, your limitations don't have to be detrimental to your ability to show off your personal style. Think of it as a fun challenge. Start by investing in a new set of scrubs that fit well and complement your skin tone. Finish off your outfit with a pair of stylish nurse shoes. Then face the next challenge – your hair.  

Recognize the many options
It may seem as if you don't have many choices in hairstyle. After all, you have to keep your hair tidy and out of your eyes. Being a nurse means adhering to strict dress codes, but it doesn't mean that you can't add a bit of flair and personality to your look.

1. Keep it short: Short hair is always an option, and while it's easier to maintain, it also grows back more noticeably. Over time, you'll want to purchase some accessories that will keep the hair away from your eyes. Barrettes, hair clips and headbands will become a standard part of your uniform until your hair becomes long enough to tie up.

2. Return to the braid: Chances are, you braided your hair when you were younger. Return to this easy hairstyle for a look that's more interesting than the plain old ponytail. It may take a few weeks to get used to braiding again, but once you've cut down on the time it takes for you to complete the look, you can expand into other hairstyles, such as wrapping the braid around your head once your hair is long enough or spinning it into a bun.

3. Try the French twist: This can be a good go-to for mornings when you're short on time. The French twist doesn't take much time and isn't expected to be prim and perfect. This look will require several bobby pins to secure the twist in place, but once you've figured out the best anchoring points, you might find yourself favoring this easy, professional look.

4. Consider a medium-length cut: If you're not a fan of longer hair but don't want a short haircut, then a medium-length bob may be right for you. Before you commit to the idea, speak to your stylist about whether your face shape is right for the bob. It's a styled look that doesn't work for everyone. If your stylist recommends the look, don't hesitate to try it out. You can even ask him or her to cut it at a length where you can still tie it up, giving you the ability to wear it up or down.

5. Know your options as a male: As a male nurse, you have a wide range of shorter hairstyles to pick from. Whether you favor the buzz cut or a classic side part, getting ready in the morning can be a breeze. However, the longer your hair, the more time you have to spend styling it. Speak to your stylist to figure out which hairstyles best fit your face shape. Discuss the amount of time you have to get ready each morning to figure out the one that works best with your lifestyle.

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