Getting a drastically new haircut has got me thinking this week about hairstyles and the office. I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on my new hair from my coworkers, especially those in management levels above me. Several of my coworkers have said that the haircut makes me look more mature, or more professional, or just older.
Now, I'm definitely not in the "long hair = young/shorter hair = older" camp but I can't help but get the feeling that a lot of people are, whether it's intentional or not. Age is often a touchy subject in the workplace, and as disappointing as it is, can work either for you or against you.
I'm interesting in seeing how this perceived maturity plays out in the long term (or if it does at all). I've definitely gotten some slack at work for my age--some jokingly, some not (no one really know how young I was until I turned 26 last year and since then I've had to work just that much harder to prove myself), so I wonder if this will change things. But that's a topic to revisit later on when there are some results.
I'm all for changing my hair frequently, but there are certain folks that have found their style and stick to it (hey, when it works, it works). To each their own. Here is a sampling of the hair styles I've worn to work just in the past eight months since I've had this blog (the ones I got pics of, at least).
Early 2010: shoulder length angled cut
Same cut curled with bangs pulled back
Low ponytail with hair wrapped around the elastic.
Grown out angled cut
Low bun, bangs pulled back (btw, I did not wear this dress to work, but I have worn this hairstyle to work)
Longer hair, bangs
Looking back, I definitely liked my early-2010 angled cut the best--in fact, I nearly went back to that this time, but thought I'd try something different. Although I'm liking my hair now (it's only been four days), I just don't really see myself as a long-term short-hair girl.
Do you feel your age (or perceived age) has worked for or against you in your career? What do you think fuels these perceptions?