It’s a rule in most workplaces not to allow men with long hair in the office. Men with long hair are often seen as unprofessional and sloppy. In 2020, this is still the case for many workplaces. However, some do allow men to have long hair in the office if you present yourself properly.
People are becoming more lenient when it comes to hair length since this generation believes that hair is part of their self-expression and identity. More people realize that long hair does not mean unprofessional. Did you know that there are a couple of executive-level men who have long hair? Take John Legere, for example. He is the CEO of T-Mobile, or G.B. Heidarsson, the CEO of eDataSource. These are CEOs of some big companies, and they’ve got beautiful long hair.
Throughout quarantine, you probably decided to grow your hair. If you have no plans to cut it, even when you go back to work, then you should at least make yourself look presentable and neat. Here’s how you can make long hair for men look professional:
Always dry your hair before going to work
This is a rule for both men and women. Leaving the house with wet hair is a hassle. It can leave an awkward-looking wet-patch on your clothes. And if you tie up your hair while it’s wet, it can start to smell. It’s just not a good idea to leave your hair wet. Make sure to always leave the house with your hair dry. You can do this by simply blow-drying your hair before work. If you find yourself always in a rush, you could always wash your hair at night and then use dry shampoo in the morning. This method will save you lots of time.
Make use of hair care and styling products
The main idea behind looking professional is to keep yourself looking neat and clean. That means you do not want frizzy looking hair. Lucky for you, there are plenty of ways to get rid of hair frizz. You can control the frizz with hair care and styling products. Not only is it a good way to keep your hair from frizzing, but it can also make it look healthy.
Try out some hair masks, creams, sprays, and oils. Or find shampoo and conditioner that is specifically meant to treat frizzy hair. But when you do use styling products, avoid using too much that your hair looks greasy. You don’t want that either. You want to have shiny, bouncy, healthy-looking hair.
Usually, the best products to counter frizz are those that have the least amount of chemicals. You will want to avoid products that have sulfate, silicone, and alcohol. Sulfate is used to get rid of the grease and dirt in your hair. However, it can strip your hair of its natural oils, causing your scalp to create more oils that lead to greasiness.
Silicone repels water, and they can build up on the hair, coating your hair strands, which stop natural oils from being absorbed into the hair. There is good and bad alcohol for the hair. The bad one is drying alcohol, which dries the hair — as its name suggests — and causes frizz. It’s best to go with organic products if you’re looking to combat frizz.
Trim your hair occasionally
Just because you want to keep your hair long doesn’t mean you don’t trim your hair. Some myths say that trimming your hair will help make it grow longer and faster. However, whether you trim your hair or not, it will continue to grow. Trimming, it won’t speed up the process of hair growth. What it can do is keep the hair healthy by getting rid of split ends.
Long hair can also get unruly. Trimming your hair and giving it a good shape will make it look neater. So yes, it’s still important to trim your hair occasionally. Grab a pair of barber scissors and do it yourself while you’re still stuck at home cause of quarantine.
Tie your hair
Again, the key is to look neat and clean. You must keep your hair away from your face while working. Having hair on your face can get annoying and disrupt you from your work. Not only will tying your hair stop you from getting annoyed, but it can also make you look more professional.
Most men opt to have their hair slicked back and tied into a low ponytail. But feel free to experiment with other styles as long as they look clean. You could buy elastic bands at any store. Buy more than one because you will end up losing a lot of elastic bands in the long run.
If you want long hair, you’ll have to deal with the responsibilities of caring for it as well. That means making sure that it is always healthy and clean. People who assume that men with long hair can’t make a good living are wrong. Having long, beautiful hair means having to purchase tons of products to keep it looking professional. Now, go out there and prove that having long hair shouldn’t be a problem in the workplace.