Hairstyles for Business Women
Presenting a Professional Profile: Hairstyle Tips for Business-Minded Women
Many young women today focus a great deal of attention on their appearance. They will spend hours getting their hair cut, colored, curled, straightened and myriad other things all in the name of looking good.
Yet, a surprising number don’t consider their jobs when choosing these hairstyle options and the fact is that your hairstyle can say more about you to an employer (or a potential employer) than you may realize. And this may not be the impression you want to give.
We’ll look at some of the categories of hairstyles and the general impressions they give in the workplace. Particularly when combined with different fashion looks, these styles can present unfortunate impressions.
The Big Hair look gets its name from the rural pageant circuit where most contestants (of ANY age) have their hair curled and styled to have as much volume as possible. Such hairstyles may include the use of hairpieces and other accessories, and always take a considerable amount of time. Of course, this isn’t always “pageant hair”. The ‘Big Hair’ type includes any hairstyle that looks to take a great deal of grooming effort to achieve.
Big Hair styles usually fall into two groups: those who are maintained and created on a daily basis, and those that are created and then “reworked” on subsequent days until they must be redone.
The general impression created by the ‘Big Hair’ look depends on which of the two groups an individual falls into. The impression of a Big Hair style that is recreated daily is of someone who takes a lot of time focusing on the appearance. It could give the impression that you are more concerned with how you look than how well you do your job.
On the flip side, the Big Hair style that is “reworked” can present a more significant negative. When your appearance seems to deteriorate day after day until you decide you need to make an effort to restore it, you leave an employer wondering whether you can present a consistently good impression to clients. No employer wants to have to think of what state an employee’s hair will be in when planning meetings.
Even when not dealing with clients, the Big Hair styles can have a negative impact on the way you are perceived. When it is obvious that you spend a great deal of time on your hair each day, any time that you might be late for work (yet still appear groomed normally) gives the idea that you simply didn’t manage your time wisely.
And the style that doesn’t get done daily can have an effect on how your coworkers feel about working with you. How comfortable would you be in working closely with someone whose appearance declines day by day?
I used to work in a small shop where the manager was an older woman who followed the traditions of her generation and went to her beauty shop once each week to have her hair done. She wore a beehive style that featured a Lucille Ball red rinse. She looked wonderful each Wednesday after her appointment, but on the Monday and Tuesday before her ‘beauty shop’ day, she looked completely unkempt. Customers would comment on the appearance and actually tried to time their visits until after she had gone for the day on the days when she looked her worst.
The ‘Super Trendy’ looks are the ones that follow the most current hairstyles in fashion and entertainment magazines, OR the iconic styles of a particular group. These looks can include a wide range of styles, from severe, angled bobs, to super-short spiky cuts and even dramatic color techniques.
The key characteristic of these looks is that they are usually changing. As soon as the next big look hits, the ‘Super Trendy’ individual will change her hair to match the new look, whether that means a whole new cut, a bold new color, or the latest technique.
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