(Closed) Do you think that doing your hair for work makes you appear more professional?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: does your hair matter at work?
    Yes, I do my hair daily; it shows that I put my best face forward : (112 votes)
    32 %
    No, my work should speak for itself : (20 votes)
    6 %
    My hair is a texture/length that is wash and go : (56 votes)
    16 %
    My hair is a texture/length that takes work : (59 votes)
    17 %
    Appearances do matter in my field/job : (73 votes)
    21 %
    Appearances do not matter in my field/job : (30 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 5
    967 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I voted wash and go….BUT, that’s because it’s generally always pulled back….I just find it easier, and with the work I do it’s definitely better…..

    I’m also a jeans and tshirt person….I can be casual but need to be tidy…

    Post # 6
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    1. Kind of. See #3

    2. My hair is pretty low maintenance. If I have time I can let it air dry for about an hour then spend 5 minutes blow drying and it looks fine down. Or I can throw it up in a bun and it is fine. 

    3. I’m a lawyer so I don’t think that I can wear my hair all crazy, messy, or like in a messy knot or something that looks young. But it definitely doesn’t need to be DONE done. I can put it in a pony tail or a bun and that is fine. Women lawyers tend to be pretty un-fussy in terms of appearance so it mostly is just the appearance of being neat/tidy.

    Post # 7
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My hair is wash, comb, and go. It’s simply long and straight. I wear it down if I’m having a really good day or up in a bun. I don’t come into contact with customers and only see my officemates so I don’t need to look as fantastic as I would if I were in the public eye. That being said, I think it’s important to put some effort into appearance, i.e not looking totally sloppy, underdressed, etc.

    Post # 8
    2866 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I wash and dry my hair every day. I usually wear it up, but it is obvious I didn’t throw dirty hair into a ponytail or anything. I just chopped off my hair at lunch ( eeeek!) so now I will be forced to wear it down and styled every day. 

    Post # 9
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    1. Yes definitely. If you don’t take yourself seriously or care enough to put yourself together, why should anyone else?

    2. I have to straightener my hair, and I do all the extra’s like root boost, teasing, hair spray, etc.

    3. I sit in an office all day at a company which is male dominated for the type of work we do, I am 1 of 4 females in a company of 90. I am at a desk, and can dress casual because it’s just us in here, but I always have makeup and hair done and am dressed nicely. We can have customers come in at any time, and I need to be professional and look professional. (we’re oilfield business, so dressing up is not for us, but we are dressed nicer than casual)


    Post # 10
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think doing your hair matters.  Doesn’t have to be anything special, but I think brushed and blow dried or neatly pulled back should be the minimum.  My hair is thick and wavy (in an uncontrollable, bad way), so I always blow dry and flat iron.  I do that every 3 days so most mornings I just need to run a brush through it for it to look presentable.  I have a big pet peeve about people coming to work with their hair down when it’s wet/damp.  Sometimes I wake up late and don’t have time to do my hair, so I pull it back, not show up half ready.  But I’m a lawyer so being put together comes with the job.  If I was in another profession that was more casual, I probably wouldn’t care.

    Post # 11
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I think my hair is of a length/style that it’s just wash and go… maybe it’s not!?  But I’ve never gotten comments and I think it looks nice enough.. ha.

    Post # 12
    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’ve got a wash-n-go pixie cut, and the only makeup I wear on any kind of regular basis is mascara. I have (FINALLY) been blessed with decent-looking skin and since SO and I have adopted an earlier bedtime, I don’t have the big ‘ol bags under my eyes any more.

    When my hair was longer and I wasn’t taking very good care of myself, I certainly felt like I was taken more seriously when I took the time to style myself. Otherwise, I have a very young-looking face and I am petite so I would often get confused for an intern or college student. Not fun.

    Post # 13
    1828 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    meehhh i can’t really vote.

    i work in a lab and could show up in a bathrobe and no one would care.

    my hair can be a bit weird sometimes and i’m totally guilty of running out the door with my hair still damp, so by the time i get to work its crazy and frizzy and out of control.

    my hair doesn’t take a ton of work… if i just am able to blow dry it completely it looks pretty nice. but if i step outside and there is ANY trace of moisture left in my hair, all my hard work is gone.

    and i find it incredibly difficult to get my hair 100% dry every time.


    Post # 14
    1358 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My hair is pretty low maintenance, despite being long. I pretty much just wash, brush, and go. Occasionally I’ll use some leave-in conditioner or gel/cream, and on very rare occasions, I’ll take a blowdryer or straightener to it. I also work in a semi-casual environment at a high chemistry-based company.

    That being said, I do wish I could do my hair in more updo’s, but I am not a morning person nor am I good at doing my own hair. If I try to do a style more complex than a messy bun or a braid, I pretty much get frustrated, curse my hair, and swear I’m going to chop it all off.

    Post # 15
    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I just leave my hair down and carry a big alligator clip if I need it out of the way for work. being an engineer is really nice, since I can go to work in jeans and a (n appropriate) t-shirt 😀

    Post # 16
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My hair is not fussy. But I do blow dry and straighten every morning. 

    Appearance in my work place doesn’t matter. That said, I know I certainly take people more seriously if they put some effort in. A groomed man in a suit is easier to trust professionally than a man in jeans and bedhead. 

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