(Closed) Professional hair. Is it a thing?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 16
2356 posts
Buzzing bee

jennmariee :  Oh no! I never heard such a thing. Oh well, I’ve always embraced my curls.

for the OP. I think that shorter styles looke more professional because one tends to think of little girls and long hair…or longer hair. 

My hair is a little below my shoudlers. Is that medium? Who knows, but thats how I’ve always had it.

One should have clean hair, not wild styles or crazy colors not found in nature(as someone else said). Although to be fair, once I was established in my career, I had blue streaks. 

Post # 17
3332 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Ive worked in very strict business professional offices and more casual offices. While I much prefer the casual office, I’ve pretty much always had long hair. As long as it looks ok (or you aren’t seeing clients when its not LOL.) you’re fine to keep the length. I prefer to wear my hair down (past my waist now), but I end up stuffing a pen it most days because it can get in the way. Ive also had days where it looks kind of icky, but I close my door and dont see anyone those days so I dont care as much haha.

Dry shampoo and a stock of pony tails and bobby pins are your friend. That way if you start to feel a bit greasy or whatever later on you can just put it up.

VictorianChick :  I was growing out bleach damage last year and dyed the ends pink before I cut it off! I wish more offices embraced fun hair colours.

Post # 18
9368 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

You’re fine. I work in a law firm and my hair’s down to my elbows. I wear it down in loose curls everyday. My office is on the casual end of the spectrum, but I wear it the same way to our more formal client events and such.

Post # 19
8650 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

anonbee4321 :  as long as it isn’t unnatural looking I think you’re safe for any professional office. I work in a law firm and I have long (about 5 inches past my shoulders) hair and I can either do a blow out, set it wavy (in the summers when I’m lazy) or professional looking buns and low ponytails. 

Post # 21
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

anonbee4321 :  I’m a teacher in a private school, so we don’t have a formal dress code but there is an expectation of ‘professional dress’. My hair is long, half way down my back. Professional hair at my workplace means natural colours (so no bright blue or purple), no shaved heads for women, no dreads, and groomed. We aren’t explicitly told that it has to be off our faces, but as a primary school teacher you tend to tie your hair back for fear of nits. Hair length isn’t really an issue – I work with mostly older women who tend to have shorter hair, but nobody has said anything to me about the length of my hair that wasn’t a compliment!

Post # 22
2967 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i’m personally not a fan of long hair in general, but i think as long as it looks clean and taken care of and you’re not whipping it around all the time, it’s fine, but it also depends on what field you work in. my hair would probably not be considered appropriate for office environments. it’s a short, undercut pixie. it’s also various shades of pink, blue, green, turquiose….sometimes i style the top into a fauxhawk, sometimes i wear it straight down. but i work in the cosmetology industry, so i have the freedom to have a funkier style.

Post # 23
9454 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think its fine.  Tied back, bun, braided, half-up (so just the front strands pulled back) all look fine.  If your hair is straight enough you can get away with it being completely down, but if it gets too summer-goddess-y that may detract from the professional look.

Post # 24
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I think professional hair is long hair styled appropriately. A well kept bun or high pony looks great with office wear.

Post # 25
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I joke about my hair sometimes, knowing that it’s usually not very tidy. I have curly hair, and I usually just pull it back, and keep it somewhat contained. I’m a programmer, so I don’t really interact with anyone else, though.

Post # 26
1354 posts
Bumble bee

I think as long as long hair has a style then it looks professional. Think Kate Middleton. Her hair always looks styled and polished. 

Post # 27
1311 posts
Bumble bee

I think length is less of an issue than texture. I have curly hair that’s just past my shoulders and I have gotten remarks about how my hair would look “more professional if straightened.”

Post # 28
1898 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

anonbee4321 :  My work is business professional. I usually wear my hair in a neat ponytail or Bun.

Post # 29
3822 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

mrshmc1204 :  It’s sad that this as such an issue at times. The way your hair naturally grows from your head shouldn’t be considered less professional! I wear my hair straight most of the time but I like to embrace my hair’s natural waves, curls, and volume from time to time. I’m fortunate to work in a more liberal leaning environment where I’ve only received compliments on it. 

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