Corporate HairstylesStep into an elevator in any office building and you will see the latest and not-so- greatest hairstyles of Corporate America. Trends and fashions are ever changing. People often invest in bad hairdos just to keep up with the styles that grace hair magazine covers. Are all these various looks appropriate for the workplace? Whether you realize it or not, you can tell a lot about a person from their hairstyle. So what does your hair say about you?
I work on the top floor of my office building, so I usually move towards the back corner of the elevator, where I enjoy the ride. From this spot, I notice numerous people and hairstyles. From my observations, hairstyles fall into three groups. First there are the women who have yet to realize that it is now the 21st century. They still have the 1980's "crunchy" hair, complete with the poof bangs and the spiral perm. It amazes me how people will update their closet but not their hair. This look doesn't send out a positive message.
To be successful in the workplace, you must constantly be prepared to deal with changes and have a "fresh" outlook. Although you could be a hard and diligent worker, your hair says that you're having problems keeping up with changing times.
Next you have the women who have hair, but no style. Every day they sport the same look. Seasons change, but their hair doesn't. Not only is this hair boring, but it's also lifeless. This look may tell your employers that you lack the ability to have new and fresh ideas needed to progress and be successful. The lack of time and energy spent on your personal upkeep may reveal that you have that "don't care" attitude that might carry over to other areas of your life, such as work.
Finally, there are the women who look as if they have a salon and a personal stylist in their home. Their look is perfect and not a hair is out of place. In fact they spend a lot of time achieving this perfection. Any time they are in front of a mirror, they have to take a glimpse of themselves and primp. Often, when no one's around, they pull out their compacts at their desk to make sure every hair is in place. This look may impress everyone else, but probably not your employers. To them, you are high maintenance and devote too much time to yourself and not the company.
Versatility is the key to the perfect office hairstyle. A clean cut, long layers, and a flattering color allow you to style your hair in a lot of simple ways. If you're in a hurry, a classic ponytail or a neat bun can help you create a quick style that is still very professional. Long layers allow you to either leave it straight for the office or have elegant curls for an evening office party or dinner. This style will shows your employers that you're prepared for changes and ready for what the day brings your way.
Susan Varghese hairfinder.com
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