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Stylish But Professional: Styling Your Hair For The Workplace

Stylish But Professional: Styling Your Hair For The Workplace

There is some heavy truth to the idea that a woman’s choice of hairstyle makes a statement about her. Depending on your place of business, expressing your personality and sense of individualism through your hairstyle can be a tricky situation to navigate. Furthermore, not paying attention to the messages your hairstyle conveys can be just as much of a problem.

Here are some great tips to help you ensure your hair makes a solid impression in your place of business. Whether you own your own business or work for someone else, these tips will help you keep your hairstyle professional and workplace-appropriate.

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Styling Your Long Hair In The Workplace

Many professional women keep their hair shorter, since long hair can be distracting and time-consuming. When negative habits are formed, it can also cause these professional women to appear less professional.

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  • If your hair is long, avoid playing with it or touching it. Doing so makes you appear youthful and immature, which can adversely affect your credibility and sense of authority. It’s one thing to tie it up, but twirling it or continuing to fuss with it may impact how others view you.
  • Wearing your hair up will give a sense of authority. If you must make a presentation or attend an important meeting, it’s best to wear your hair up in a bun or sleek ponytail. This will make you appear more serious, strong, and credible.
  • Long hair is fine when you are younger, but older women should consider cutting their hair. While there are exceptions to this rule, most older women are aged by longer hair. This is because the long hair, especially when it is styled into layers that frame the face, call attention to aging facial features. If you are 45+ years old, it’s best to either cut your hair or wear it up whenever you are in the workplace.

Styling Your Short Hair In The Workplace

Women with short hair are generally seen as confident, self-assured, and capable. These are all great traits to have within a place of business, and would likely add to your standing on the corporate ladder.

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  • Short, but not superstyled, is the way to go. A woman who shows up for a corporate position with an overstyled ‘do will be perceived as high maintenance, finicky, and as someone who wastes time on things other than work.
  • Keep your curls short and tight. If your hair is curly, keep your curls cropped close and tight. This will make you appear more professional and less youthful and wild.
  • Bobs are the best option. Stacked bobs give a youthful appearance, let your personality shine through, and still look professional. They involve less upkeep and do not give the sense of fussiness.
  • If your hair is incredibly short, or you are dealing other issues that prevent your hair from looking styled, wigs are a great option. Wigs have come a long way over the years, and many of the top-of-the-line options look completely natural.

Dying Your Hair

One of the most popular ways women express their individualism and personality is to dye their hair whichever color appeals to them most. While it can be fun to sport some lavender locks, your manager and/or clients may frown upon it. In most professional settings, having your hair an unnatural color is considered inappropriate.

  • Going blonde or brunette can be a great move within the workplace. If you choose to go blonde, opting for a bold shade is suitable for a creative profession. A more natural shade of blonde is best for conservative offices.
  • Take care to ensure your roots are not showing. Get your hair dyed professionally and keep up with your growth. It looks unprofessional to have your roots showing and makes you look sloppy. If you cannot keep up with your own hair, why should a client trust you to take care of their business needs?

Extensions and Accessories

Your hair says a lot about you, as do the accessories you choose to adorn it with.

  • In a conservative place of business, keep your accessories neutral. You don’t want to be distracting yourself or others with jingly, sparkly, or otherwise “loud” hair accessories. A simple clip or ponytail holder should suffice.
  • Investing in some quality styling tools will make a world of difference in your appearance. Using inferior products can often lead to your hair reflecting that. If you do not take pride in your appearance, clients may doubt you take pride in your business.
  • Extensions are great for giving your hair a natural, styled appearance. If you are going to go with extensions, find some that are natural and will not damage your hair. These will offer versatility, but will not do damage to your locks. As a bonus, the more natural your hair looks, the more professional you will come across to others.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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