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28 February 2008

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JMH

I have never heard of the "no long hair in the office" rule. BUT I am a teacher in an elementary school, so our "professional attire" rules are vastly different than the business world (high heels with kindergarteners? NOT!) Anyway, I don't think it is the length of the hair that matters, it is how polished and professional the cut and /or hairstyle is on the person. Example: I work with 2 women with long hair. One looks fabulous...modern cut and style; very appropriate. The other one has a bad perm and a bad 80's hairstyle (mall bangs!!!) She does not present well as a professional (based on looks)

Linda

Long hair, wear it down at work (in a hospital, not office). Sometimes clip back the front so it's neater.

Melody_NC

I think your friend has watched the movie "Working Girl" too much. :) Remember that scene where Melanie Griffith cuts her hair and says that line "If you want to be taken seriously, you need serious hair." I don't agree, I think it's all about style regardless of how long or short your hair happens to be.

I didn't get a chance to comment on your earlier hair posts but I'm one of those girls who have long straight hair. It was the bane of my existence during my high school years in the 80s (no big hair for me, my hair won’t curl at all!) but I absolutely love it now. I wear it down to the office all the time although where I work now (IT field) isn’t exactly corporate as I can pretty much wear flip-flops and track pants to work if I want to, although I have worked in a law firm as a paralegal and felt professionally adequate with my long hair.

I didn’t get a chance to comment on your earlier hair posts but in my experience men do prefer long hair although I don’t think it’s a deal breaker by any means. To be honest I hate how so many moms just whack off their hair when they have kids. I have nothing against short hair as long as it has some style. After my twin girls were born I kept my hair long, I just wore it up in a clip the first year of their life so I wouldn't spend all of my spare time showering the spit up out of it. I’m curious as to why so many new moms do cut their hair, is it to save time getting ready? I’ve got a lot of my femininity tied up in my hair and feel like I’ve already put enough of myself on the back burner due to motherhood, I guess my hair is the one vanity that I make an effort to keep for myself.

On a side note my cable provider does not carry the Bravo channel and I am heartbroken that I miss so many great shows from that channel. I would love to watch “Millionaire Matchmaker”, I’m all about some trashy reality tv. :)

Alicia

I used to have long hair on and off for all my adult life. Most of the time when I would get it cut short, it would be just wanting a change. I had long hair when I stayed home with Alaina. About 4 years ago my hair changed. It's always been very thick, but it became coarse and wavy too. Combine all three and it's just a devil to control and make it look nice. I can wear long or short hair to work so that's not a factor (I work at a university as department supervisor). What made me decide to cut off all (ok, most!) of my hair last year was buying my yellow Jeep Wrangler. My hair was longer and had long bangs that I would sweep to the side. Driving my Jeep with the top down would blow my hair in my face even if I had it pulled back. And I can't stand that. So I cut it very short. It was very cute. But I can only stand having the same hair for about 6 months lol, so I am in the process of growing it out a little so it will be at my shoulders. Just long enough to pull back. For me, it's a matter of being easy. My hair is not wavy enough to wear like that, but is too wavy to just dry straight. So I have to use a straightening iron and really work my hair to make it look like something other than Roseanna Roseanna-dana (If anyone is old enough to remember Gilda Radner's character on SNL in the '70's!). So there's only so long I will let it grow out and to my shoulders is about it. We'll see how long that lasts lol.

FishyGirl

bah, I typed in a long comment and it disappeared, so the short version is that I've always had long long hair and I never felt like I was not treated professionally because of it. I wore it up, down, loose, tied in clips, whatever. It matters more that you are confident, know what you are talking about, and maintain a professional demeanor than the length (or color) of your hair.

Lynn

I've worked in the insurance industry, and believe me, if there was a more uptight, fussier place to work, I haven't found it. I wore my hair long then, but almost always pulled back in a clip or half-pony tail or pinned up in a bun.

On the other hand, as a stay-at-home mom, I usually wear my waist length hair pulled back in a clip, pony-tail, or pinned in a bun.

I was just thinking the other day that I reminded myself of my grandmother, who had wonderful, waist-length red hair and kept it pinned on top of her head all the time.

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