Can long hair be professional?

Posted December 10, 2010 by Marcy Twete in Building Your Brand
I have grappled with the issue of long hair and professionalism for years…literally years. So today, when Little Pink Book sent an email called “Long Hair in the Boardroom?” I simply had to weigh in.

I tend to keep my hair shoulder length or higher, in sort of a “bob.” But over the past few years, I’ve had stints where I’ve grown it longer, and have gotten tons of compliments. Friends, parents, men…love my long hair. But for some reason, I don’t feel professional when my hair is long. Because I have thick and wavy hair, I’m always afraid I’ll start to look like a Disney teeney bopper with too many extensions. Case in point:

Then again, just a couple of years ago, Sandra Bullock starred in “The Proposal” and sported a surprisingly professional ponytail.

So here’s the point where I pull my hair out. Which is it? At what point do I cross over from professional long hair to something that’s just a little bit too much for the office. Especially if I ever want to wear my hair down to the office.

Do we live in a world where the skin tight suits of the Victoria’s Secret models are becoming acceptable? And where long, sexy waves are appropriate for corporate America?

For now, I’ll keep my shoulder length coif. It makes me feel more polished. And significantly diminishes blow dry time for my ridiculously thick hair. The dilemma continues.

What do you think?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."