Hairstyles for Nurses


While it may be a societal standard for women to take care in their appearance, those employed as nurses should exercise a certain amount of restraint. An appropriate hairstyle for a nurse should focus, above all, on functionality. A short to medium hair style would be the most sensible choice for a nurse, and there are many popular styles to choose from.

Pixie Cut

  • Pixie cuts/crops are a popular choice for shorter dos. From Katie Holmes to Sharon Stone, many celebs have shown us how versatile this look can be. This style typically stays around ear length and is about as hip as short hairstyles get.


  • This cut never goes out of style and can complement any face shape. Particularly made famous by Jennifer Aniston, the bob is known as a classic cut. This cut is not quite long enough to pull into a ponytail or braid, so this look works best for those with low-maintenance hair.

Past the Shoulders

  • A medium length haircut is a sensible look for a nurse. This type of do is long enough that it can be pulled back quickly for a nurse who is in an operating room, but it is also a classy length to wear down for a nurse who is spending her day working with people in a doctor's office.

Pull It Back

  • For those unwilling to sacrifice the length of their coif, the next best thing would be a signature style with function. A ponytail, long braid, bun, or updo will keep your long hair where it belongs--out of the way.

Some Things to Avoid

  • Don't get stuck in the middle. Sometimes a happy-medium isn't so happy. Short hair will not need to be pulled back and long hair obviously needs to be pulled away from your face. Beware of medium cuts that get in the way and aren't quite long enough to pull into a ponytail.

    Don't cover your entire face with bangs. Skip the style that is so long it covers your eyes or the straggly bangs you're consistently pushing out of the way.

    Don't go blue (or green). Nurses spend a great deal of time interacting with people and a professional appearance is a must. Keep your colors conservative--avoiding any color that doesn't occur naturally on a human head.

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