Dyed Hair… for Professionals? Posted on 22 Dec 08:12

We can thank Kylie Jenner for popularizing dyed hair of every hue, filling us with envy as she found a new hair color to suit every outfit or whim.

It is such a neat concept to dye hair unnatural colors or give the look a test drive with a non-committal wig—making hair the ultimate, semi-permanent accessory.

Its harmless—physically and figuratively—so what’s the fuss?

Why don’t we see it more in the office, in big corporations or big schools?

Why isn’t it “professional” yet?

Perhaps seen as too alternative, dyed hair (of the unnatural color spectrum) for reasons never blatantly said has had a slow rise in the workplace despite being around for some time now.

Seeing as dyed hair can be a form of creativity, experimentation and self-expression, we tend to see it more often in creative fields of work such as art and cosmetology.

In more traditional work spaces like the bank or consulting offices, unnatural hair hues are slow to take off.

If you find yourself wishing you can join in on the hair color trends but are worried about how it would blow over in the workplace, here’s what you can do:

Temporary extensions are a great option for anyone looking to add in sections of colorful hair, instead of dyeing their whole head.

Plus, these clip-in extensions are easy to put in yourself, and also to remove yourself, meaning you can try out your colorful look as many times as you want without a commitment or violating any of your work’s rules on appearance.

Hair chalk is a quick solution for anyone with light hair. Sold in many beauty stores and drugstores, it’s easy to get your hands on and will only last until your next wash.  

Semi-permanent color is the most permanent color option—but bear in mind—all unnatural colors are all semi-permanent.

So unless you are dying your hair blonde, brunette or red, your hair dye is going to wash out in a few washes.

Which means you can test-drive the wild color you want, and know it will wash out within a couple weeks at most.

Lastly, talking to your employer about the policies in place is one approach that may help more than just you.

Asking what the policies currently are, and the reasoning behind them, may lead to policy changes in the future that give more creative freedom of dress to you and all your colleagues .