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Women over 40, what are your thoughts on bold haircolors for women our age? Is it unprofessional? Is it fun? Would you do it? | Fairygodboss
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Bernadette Sheridan
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Laura Seeger
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Looks unprofessional and desperate. There are classier ways to look youthful
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Kim Lindsay
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It’s fun; state/cities vary in socially acceptable norms or taboos. If in doubt, hold off to confirm. The bottom line: management or executive level roles imply building and representing your best professional brand. Look the part to get the part. Ask in private what your mentors or managers say and consult handbook/policy. If you are not looking to advance or dress code policy for every role is accepting of hair colors then embrace the freedom. If buying a wig or hair weave to cover the colors gets you a promotion or better shot at one, do that. But underneath do what you want and just cover it or add color hair extensions clip ins on the weekend. In San Diego I had every color imaginable and was promoted regardless. I never had to worry about it. But it’s different everywhere so know your audience and your target audience expectations-what do they do or not do?
User edited comment on 02/13/20 at 5:52AM UTC
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No Onion
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Prince would be proud of your purple locks, if those are yours in the pic. It seems that people are establishing more of their personalities through what they wear including their hair, no matter their age. Unfortunately, those over 40 will be judged differently and more harshly because, well, our society is that way. Now, hair that is considered to stand-out at work can be a good distraction or bad distraction, depending on the person, as obviously seen by the comments made. I don't think opinions should stop anyone from dying their hair whatever color they wish; however, company culture and "policies" will direct how you want to go about it. It doesn't hinder your job (you know that). I think you do what you makes you feel confident and good. Go 40s!
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Michelle Louis Charles
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I like the look of it when done nicely. I admire those that can rock it. I incorporate my splash of color in softer tones or on my nails.
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Lori Caso
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Too much of a fad for me. The problem with these colors ( even done professionally) is that they are short-lived. They fade very rapidly. The other question you’ll want to ask yourself- “In my line of work does this add or distract from my performance.”
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Dona Greenlee
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Depends on the profession.
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Rachel Reynolds
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I agree with the comments that state it depends on the work environment, but I also think that if a company makes a policy about "non-natural" hair, they need to have a really good justification for how that (or something similar like tattoos or piercings) seriously impact the business or programming. If it's not for safety reasons or just some old school model of "propriety", I think it is very archaic thinking. More often than not, these rules fly in the face of promoting a culturally diverse and open workplace and that bothers me a great deal.
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User deleted comment on 01/31/20 at 2:44PM UTC
Susan Morgan
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Data and Analytics Manager in Indianapolis
Depends on the work environment and the person. I think it is bold when it is done nicely.
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Erin McCabe-Barbera
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I think you have to be aware of the environment you work in , I have very blonde hair and have splashed of light purple and sometimes a light red good put in, I work with some women who have had a blue splash here and there or even under the back it’s fun doesn’t hurt one single person and they are very professional , I think life is way to short to start worrying if you are “ to old” do wear your hair a certain way or dress a certain way . I will never be “ to old” and I won’t grow up , I am very professional but I don’t have to be old , if you love your grey hair then that’s great. If you dye it or wear a wig that’s great to maybe we should stop judging each other, it’s interesting I know and work with all kinds of men and I have never ever heard one say anything about how other men com their hair wether they dye it or how they dress, they just don’t seem interested in it, just be you
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