It’s the 21st Century, and hairstyles should NOT be used as indicators of personality, character, professionalism and capability. Unfortunately, workplace stereotypes still prevail and influence how various styles and colours are perceived… whether we like it or not.
What sort of messages are your tresses sending? We seek expert views from the #GetItFixed team at Chez Vous Hair Salon on how certain hairstyles might be perceived in the workplace.
BLUNT VS. SOFT BANGS
According to Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous, Oscar Lee, having a well-crafted hairstyle is important, but at the end of the day, it is your ability and job performance that matters the most. That said, a well-polished hairstyle can at times give you a head start, and this is something we cannot deny.
Cut, Amplified Treatment K-Perm and Colour by Oscar Lee, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Luanne
Blunt or full bangs are often interpreted as trendy and bold – perfect for creative workplaces or fashion industries (think Anna Wintour and Jessie J.). Many people perceive blunt bangs as high fashion, strong and definitive – if you have the personality and dress sense to pull it off, of course, says Readen Chia, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous.
Cut and Hair Contouring using Copper Brown Balayage hues by Readen Chia, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Joyceline
Soft side-swept fringe is usually regarded as a softer alternative, better suited for conservative office settings. The benefits of side-swept fringe are that it accentuates your facial features and complements a wide variety of hair textures and face shapes.
Cut and Hair Contouring using Olive Brown Balayage hues by Veyond Chong, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Caroline
SIDE PART VS. CENTRE PART
Similar to blunt bangs, many people consider middle part hairstyles (especially for blunt cuts) to be a stronger, bolder, edgier statement than the side-swept alternative. Side-swept parting is usually associated with preppy and approachable looks.
Cut and Hair Contouring using Bronde Balayage hues by Readen Chia, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Aldora
Normally, for job interviews, it’s better to go with a side part or no part at all as it frames one’s face in a softer way, without taking away the emphasis on what you actually can bring to the table, says Shawn Chia, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous. Of course, if the role that you are interested in requires you to be authoritative, a neat centre part will be a better option.
Cut, Colour and Highlights Customisation by Shawn Chia, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Jasmine
STRAIGHT VS. CURLS
Straight hair reflects more shine than curly hair, which can appear to be more groomed. In many workplaces, women with straight hair are often perceived as being more serious than those with curls, whereas women with curls are thought to be more carefree and approachable.
Cut and Amplified Treatment K-Perm by Oscar Lee, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Jean
One major rule, be it curls or straight hair, is to always keep them well-coiffed and healthy-looking. Otherwise, it might create the perception of an unkempt and disorganised personality, marring your credibility. If you have frizzy, unruly and damaged-looking hair, opt for Chez Vous’ Hair Botox & Fillers semi-permanent therapy programme to breathe life back into your tresses.
Cut and Hair Botox + Fillers Treatment by Thomas Teo, Chief Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Eunice
No matter how your employers or workplace perceive certain hairstyles due to stereotypes, you should try to balance between a hairstyle that suits your workplace atmosphere without overly compromising your personal aesthetic. Ultimately, the most office-appropriate hairstyle is the one that makes you feel the most comfortable, yet complement your personality. Wearing a ‘do that’s way out of your comfort zone will result in a lack of confidence, says Serene Tan, Salon Director of Chez Vous.
Cut, Base Colour Customisation and Cold Perm by Serene Tan, Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Katie
LONG VS. SHORT
Women with short hairstyles are seen to be fun, self-assured and confident, says Thomas Teo, Chief Salon Director of Chez Vous. The biggest benefit of sporting a short hairstyle like a pixie cut is that it takes only a few minutes to style it before you head to work. Say “yeah” to more time in bed!
Cut, Colour and Highlights by Thomas Teo, Chief Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Sarah
According to Veyond Chong, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous, when customers who are working professionals ask for a makeover, how she usually determines the length will largely depend on how the length can enhance their facial features.
If the hair is “dragging” their face and energy down, she will usually encourage them to go shorter. A shorter length at times can create an energised and fresh vibe, something she feels is vital in any workplace.
Cut, Colour and Highlights by Veyond Chong, Associate Salon Director of Chez Vous / Model: Joyce
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