Monday, 8 November 2010

Hair and Jobs. The debate. An arguement for the creative.

Myself and my housemate were having a discussion last night because we're both on the job market and both have unnaturally coloured hair. The spark was from this dye job. I dyed my hair 'red' but the result was bright vivid magenta.
 Now, first of all, what makes it OK for jobs to (more often than not) allow bright scarlet red hair, but not pink? I know of more than one occasion that a girl going to work has had the same issue as myself and their work place has allowed the pink because it was supposed to be red. This kind of colour-blind politics is just ridiculous and more than frustrating.
 My housemate herself has blue hair and has been asked to change it for jobs during an interview process. She has said that yes she would, and did they have a colour preference. This question often stumps interviewers. They have no clue at all how people/customers react in turn to brunettes or blondes, but they make an assumption that bright colours will cause mistrust and offence.

 Alot of uniform policies require "neat and tidy hair" and an effort to make good your appearance.

Now, I put this to you.
 As women who dye our hair and prescribe to alternative styles, we put much much more time and effort into our appearance than the average woman. We are perfectionists, our styles are highly important to us, and we take pains to make sure that our locks are as perfect as they can be. In my case, this means neat and tidy indeed. I often put my hair in pin curls in the style of fifties women, this look takes alot of work and needs every hair to be in its place. To suggest that my style is anything otherwise would be an insult. The colour itself is a different matter entierly.

 I put this to you also, people act much more nicely to me when my hair is brightly coloured. They offer me compliments and talk to me more openly. This approachable nature sparked by my hair is surely something desirable in the workplace?

 In modern society, especially in the UK, we pride ourselves on offering equal oppertunites, for not discriminating in jobs for sexuality, race or colour of skin, so why is the colour of our hair any different?

 In the last couple of weeks I have filled out more than my fair share of "equal oppertunities forms" they usually read the following;

We have a policy of Equal Opportunities in employment.
To enable us to monitor our performance effectively, and for
that purpose only, please tick the appropriate box that relates
to you.

 The questions are always to tick your gender, sexuality, your race, your religion. These are recognised as things that make us different, but not that stop us from doing our jobs properly and in full.

Really, I see no reason at all hair should be any different.

In fact, I end with the idea that with my hair the colour I wish it to be, the style I wish it to be in, I would work far harder and be much happier. I would present myself in a much more confident and outgoing way, which is something workplaces always ask for.

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