For guys, there is kinda an unwritten rule that if you want to get ahead in the workplace, you need to have short hair. Just look around at your work and you’ll see an absence of men with flowing locks. For men who want to keep their long hair, or grow it out, there are only a few ways to do it.
Many men, including President Lyndon Johnson, grew their hair out after they retired. But why wait! If you’re a guy and you like to have long hair, then keep reading. Here are a few tips for men who want to get away with having long hair in the workplace.
1. You work in an industry that allows men to have long hair. There are many industries that will allow me to have their hair long, food service, entertainment, automotive repair, landscaping, etc. If you work in any of these industries, then keeping your hair long won’t be a problem for you.
2. Your boss is a man with long hair. Chances are that if you work at a company where your boss is a man with long hair, the likelihood of you having the freedom to grow your hair are pretty good. When you have the support of your superiors, getting away with long hair is easier.
3. You’re a men’s hair donor. Only about one percent of men are hair donors. While unicorn sightings are more common, men who are hair donors have an easier time getting away with long hair, because they are growing their hair for a good cause. Many studies have found that individuals who don’t conform to the “ideal worker norm” have a harder time finding and keeping a job in their field. If you’re a hair donor, you’ll be able to get around this.
4. You’re the boss. This goes without saying, but if you are already in a position of power in your career, growing your hair is easier because you have a record of success in your field.
It can be hard to get away with having your hair long in the workplace, if you’re a guy. In the end you may not be able to do it. If you can’t, the least you can do is follow these 7 steps to your most handsome face.
Christopher Bell is an accidental hair donor, advocating for men to embrace the journey of hair donation while also working to remove the social stigma preventing men from growing their hair in the workplace.
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