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    Posted: May 20 2004 at 2:54am
This would be a rarer problem than men wearing long hair in certain professions, but I've heard of places where women are discouraged from wearing their hair long. This doesn't seem to be much of a problem today, but has anyone had the experience of being berated at work for having long hair - even though you weren't a guy?

I would imagine this happened more 20 or 30 years ago when women were still struggling to in traditionally male professions and tried to "look like men".
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There are some careers where employees are expected to project a polished, professional image, and extremely long hair projects a little-girlish rather than professional image, to a lot of people. So women in such professions tend towards more conservative styles. But I don't think a long-haired lawyer or corporate exec would be berated for having very long hair if she kept it ponytailed or otherwise held back in a tidy manner. *shrugs* Even if it's down I don't know that it would be a problem as long as it were tidy-looking, like Camryn Manheim played a lawyer very convincingly all those years even with her extremely long hair that she usually wore down. Maybe part of it just depends on the overall image you project?
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I think really long hair makes a woman look unproffesional because people think of it as looking too sexy for an office environment.
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I think maybe the Captain is suffering from cabin fever! Longhaired women to professional? It's those snappy crop-haired types you should be watching out for! They are actively bucking the trend - starting with the hairstyle, ending with taking your job! Mark my words, I've been there...
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Sounds like a good incentive to be one of the short-haired girls, then :-) .
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Umm... you might want to check your eyes, Phil. Re-read what CJ wrote.

Here's my take on the matter: Long hair in the office is not unprofessional. What is unprofessional are the people who cannot look beyond the appearances of others, and find themselves incapable of focusing on their own work.

Accusing long-haired women of being unprofessional is akin to "blaming the victim."
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I had many careers in my life and I never had problem wearing my hair long.
Although it can create conversation at times like the other day, one of my hair strands happen to be on one of the male supervisor's shirt lol. Yet he never even came close to me. Luckinly noone thinks it as being weird and I haven't had a phone call from someone's wife yet! lol
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Originally posted by phil phil wrote:

I think maybe the Captain is suffering from cabin fever! Longhaired women to professional? It's those snappy crop-haired types you should be watching out for! They are actively bucking the trend - starting with the hairstyle, ending with taking your job! Mark my words, I've been there...



What the hell are you talking about?
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What do you mean, what do I mean?! Look around you, Cap! See a sexy cropped chick - that hairstyle captivates more than us short hair fetishists - they make up an unfeasably large proportion of successful career women nowadays. And I say, good luck to them.
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I think thats right.
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Yep it should be
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