What Hair Colors Are Appropriate for the Workplace?
There’s something exciting about dying your hair a different color, whether you choose a new color or make changes to enhance your natural color. One thing is for sure; your hair color could influence the way your superiors and colleagues perceive you at work. But today, however, it truly depends on the corporate culture at your office.
In the past, office dress codes were more conservative, which made it fairly simple for women to choose their preferred color. But today, corporations aim to attract new talent by relaxing their dress codes and independent style. But even today, first impressions still rate in the workplace, and your hair color will need to align with your corporation’s culture. The company you work for may have a list of rules and regulations that will better guide you to the right style path forward. For this reason, it is best to think ahead about what exactly you are trying to achieve and consider if the right decision is dying it a color that is presentable or if you even want to dye it at all.
The ideal way to mask the grey-peeking out for mature women is natural lightning. This effect will enhance your natural color while covering those dull grey strands which all too often pulls away from your natural glow. Women who have blonde hair shades might want to consider adding a few highlights and naturally blend in those bothersome grays. And speaking of greys, women shouldn’t underestimate the natural beauty of silver hair. In fact, a multitude of successful women are known for their beautifully grayed hair.
And if you have a specific hair color in mind to meet your expectations, a professional colorist can create a customized color that is a sure-fire way to meet your needs. For the most part, high-earning professionals have limited time to color their hair at home therefore they make a positive decision to search for a professional colorist to get it right as they continue working on their smartphones.
A professional colorist will have an abundant number of colors at your disposal. In addition, they often mix colors together to create a unique shade to fit your personal needs. Additionally, if you want to achieve a certain look by using multiple colors, then it is much more convenient for a professional to create your desired look. In my opinion, when you go to a professional hair salon, you have the confidence of knowing that your hair is being colored correctly. You see, highlights are flattering on most skin tones when done professionally. More to my point, the right color and highlights can help add a healthy dose of sophistication and take years off your age.
Hair Color for the office:
As a working professional, is it necessary to have an appropriate hair style and hair color? Although the color of your hair should not matter to a prospective employer: it does. You see, a prospective employer is looking at you as a potential representation for the company culture. Generally, only natural hair colors—blond, brown, black, natural red and gray—are acceptable at most workplaces, but this depends on the company culture.
Views at Workplace:
1. Brunettes are often perceived as grounded and stable.
2. Natural blond colors are perfectly appropriate.
3. Redheads tend to be noticed as it makes you appear goal-oriented.
4. Conservative hairstyles are often considered the most professional.
5. The color of your hair doesn’t dictate your professionalism but rather the company-culture.
Many stylists today see an influx of clients coming in looking to get colored hair as a freedom of expression through vibrant color. Not only are views changing, but some are working right alongside those with vibrant hair colors. While attitudes are changing regarding colored hair in the workplace, it still isn’t the preferred choice for business. And if you ask me, I think it’s still considered unprofessional.
While at work in professional settings, peekaboo highlights are always a good option and there’s always the option for hair extensions if you want to avoid damaging the hair.. It’s important to note that regardless of hair color, people are not going to be any less professional than people with colorful hair. If anything, bold color expression can inspire more people to be more independently authentic.
Although it seems that attitudes regarding colored hair in the workplace are changing in larger cities and creative industries, there’s still a great effort made to hide it in order to maintain a “professional appearance” in some businesses. If you’re interested in changing your hair color to a statement shade but are unsure of workplace expectations, it’s always a good idea to have a conversation with your manager first.
I recently had the privilege to speak with Founder Lana Kurayeva, from Shear Bliss NYC about the importance of meeting a customer’s needs and how her ability to connect with clients deeply contributed to her success!
Lana shares her experiences to help inspire and motivate women. “Being an immigrant from a third world country and coming to New York at fifteen, without speaking a word of English, really put things into perspective. Especially having been raised in a society where women weren’t given the same equal opportunities as men had been given. My aim was to change that notion by setting an example for my family— that it is possible to be a working woman and have a family.
Joseph DeAcetis: Talk to Forbes about your brand philosophy? This can be your code of ethics, principles, your values for Shear Bliss NYC
Lana Kurayeva: I believe that my values and principles are reflected in my workforce. I am very passionate and honest and I focus on each individual, meeting their needs. I take my work very seriously and realize the power I have when it comes to making people feel and look beautiful. In your words, what is your competitive advantage in the marketplace?
I am the only Board Certified Colorist in NYC. I continue growing and expanding my knowledge and I am always looking for new ways to beautify my customers. I am not afraid to face challenges and always strive to deliver the best results. I also tend to be my client’s therapist when they’re in the chair. For me, it’s as important to connect with the client as much as you connect with the scalp. My ability to connect with my clients on a personal level has deeply contributed to my success.
JD:What are your thoughts on the importance of dressing for success during office hours? Does it matter in 2022? why? or why not?
LK: My dress code is whatever makes you feel good, confident, beautiful, fashionable and makes you too show up for work ready to take on the world. It’s not so much about what you wear but how you feel. In 2022, it should still matter, because I know for a fact we all slacked off with a button down and sweats for those pandemic zoom calls! Everyone has their own perception of dressing for success, so it’s more so about how their clothes make them feel. When I put my outfit on every morning, I always make sure I feel like I can change someone’s life, and that’s my own definition of dressing for success.
JD: How does dressing well boost one’s self-confidence?
LK: Dressing well not only boosts your self confidence but also has the power to change your work ethics, the way you carry yourself and is a reflection of your confidence, self respect and self care. If you put the time and effort into making sure you feel and look good, you’ll automatically be seen in a brighter light.
JD: Talk to Forbes about your brand awareness and expansion strategy for the future?
LK: I would like to eventually open up an online education school where I get to share all my knowledge and years of experience with others. I believe that I am a great example of “ if you believe in yourself you can achieve anything.” I am a mother of 4 kids, a wife and an entrepreneur. I am someone who constantly thrives on growth and believes that balance is the key to life.