Post # 1
Spin off of the makeup thread! Started at the behest of another poster.
So, do you think that doing your hair for work makes you appear more professional? Or are you a wash and go kind of girl?
I’ll explain the answers, since there are three categories in which to vote:
1. Yes/no to answer the main question (I couldn’t think of a good wording for the no, so sorry about that)
2. Does your hair need some taming or can you just wash and go?
3. Do you work in a field or job where your appearance matters (as in, you work in a business professional environment versus a lab, or you work in a position where you must wear your hair up)?
I can add more poll options if anyone wants them.
Post # 3
@vorpalette: Think you forgot to add the poll.
Post # 4
@hotpinkbride: I think I hit cancel instead of save before I posted! It’s up there now. 😀
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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.