Post # 1
The makeup thread got me thinking ….I am going grey tomorrow. I have been going grey since I was 14 years old and I’ve been dyeing my hair for almost 40 years. I am having my dyed dark hair hightlighted tomorrow with platinum streaks .. lots of them, so I can let the grey grow out. Depending on the color I may tone my hair to keep the yellow out and add some lowlights occasionally.
my question is… is grey hair unprofessional? I was told growing up, that grey hair is very unprofessional and that in order to get a keep a good job one must dye their hair and wear mAkeup ( and the obligatory business suit lol). I work in education so it’s not as big a deal for me, but I was wondering what you all think.
Post # 2
I have no idea why gray hair would be considered unprofessional. My opinion is, if it’s natural, it’s not a big deal. Velour jumpsuits? Unprofessional. Football jerseys? Unprofessional. Not dyeing your hair? Who cares.
Post # 3
I’m very worried about the idea that being human might be considered unprofessional. I know that social media puts so much emphasis on beauty ideals, but we really need to stop buying into it. Humans are beautifully flawed creatures with all sorts of shapes, colors, and sizes. I recognize certain job positions have different requirements, but for most jobs, being a neat, clean, good worker is all that should be expected. Personally, I love gray hair, and see nothing wrong with it.
Post # 4
I don’t think a natural hair color should be considered unprofessional.
Post # 5
i don’t wear makeup, except maybe a handful of times for special occassions. i do color my hair reddish (natural color is brown). my roots are way overdue for me to color my hair, but i haven’t had a chance to get to the store.
i work as a software developer, ive been in IT for 15 years. i am very professional. makeup and grey hair doesn’t make me unprofessional.
what if i was older and i decided to go all natural and let all my grey run through. firing me for that would be agism.
Post # 6
Not unprofessional at all.
Post # 7
Of course it’s not unprofessional. But does age and appearance discrimination exist, especially in certain fields? The unfortunate reality is that it sometimes can.
Post # 8
No. I have never for one thought going gray/being gray was unprofessional. It’s a natural hair colour. I work in law and know MANY female lawyers with gray hair. If anything its sort of a signal: “I have been doing this a long time, and know what I am doing, so back off young ‘un” – you know like a silverback gorilla but less aggressive (usually), LOL.
I am a redhead and usually redheads “fade” but at this point (in my mid-late 30s) I have many white hairs – and I mean WHITE – interspersed in my still very red hair. They started showing up in my later 20s. I have never coloured my hair and don’t intend to start. It will do what it does.
Post # 9
wifetobee63 : If anything I think grey hair has become trendy, not unprofessional.
Try Matrix Silver Shampoo for your grey hair to keep yellow tones out and to brighten your natural color.
Post # 10
wifetobee63 : Seriously. How is this even a question! Of course it isn’t.
Post # 11
Not at all! In fact, I’ve seen some very fashionable (and professional) women with gray hair.
Post # 12
Gray is a natural color.
So long as it’s neat and clean, I find all natural colors to be professional, and some not quite natural, but very close (ie, blue or pink or purple are not professional colors).
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
Natural grey hair is fine 🙂
Post # 14
JiminyCricket : *puts velour jumpsuit back in closet* 😢
I think grey hair is lovely and simply a part of life. My mom has the most wonderful hair, big curls all the way down her back and all silver. She worries sometimes that people judge her because she was always told older women are supposed to have short hair. But I think it’s beautiful.
Post # 15
I feel like we’re headed down a slippery slope here and it’s getting a bit ridiculous…