Offshoot of makeup thread… is grey hair unprofessional ?

posted 8 months ago in Career
Post # 2
12610 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I don’t think a natural hair color should be considered unprofessional.

Post # 5
8012 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
7495 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Not unprofessional at all.

Post # 7
8638 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
5467 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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
4229 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: San Francisco City Hall

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
5033 posts
Bee Keeper

wifetobee63 :  Seriously. How is this even a question! Of course it isn’t.

Post # 11
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Not at all!  In fact, I’ve seen some very fashionable (and professional) women with gray hair.

Post # 12
1054 posts
Bumble bee

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
4453 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

Natural grey hair is fine 🙂

Post # 14
2678 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

I feel like we’re headed down a slippery slope here and it’s getting a bit ridiculous…

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