Step 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.