Recently I was presenting the keynote on personal brand at the CPA Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta conference entitled Professional Presence. It generated quite a bit of questions on the subject of beards, avant-garde hairstyles, and bold hair colour at the office.
The CPA Alberta magazine included an article of my advice entitled What to Wear When It Comes to Hair. Here are a few of my tips below. (link to the photos and magazine article)
When it comes to colour, you want the focus to be on your skills and talents rather than on your vibrant blue or purple hair. Choose colours and highlights that are not extreme, yet define your style. For the best effect, choose a shade that harmonizes with your skin tone and your natural hair colour.
While hair does not have to be short, it should appear well-managed and controlled. Graduated bobs work well and there is also a new style called the “lob,” which is a bit of a longer bob and is attractive on most women.
If your hair is very fine or thinning, a shorter cut will look more distinguished. The ‘hipster’ look that is currently in vogue (closely cropped sides and fuller on the top) is attractive on young and youthful men, but take caution that it’s not too extreme.
Here are some tips and advice if you want to sport a beard at the office: