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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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