By Sharon Glickman, Contributor to US Daily Review.
If you are like most people I know, you care about how you look and how other people perceive you. If you don’t give a hoot, then stop reading this article now because I want to talk today about one of the most important elements of your presence image, and that’s your hair. I know this is a touchy subject for some of you, but it’s important to your personal and professional success to always have a sharp presence image so it’s worth a bit of discomfort to hash out the issues. Here’s my advice to you based on my decades of experience as a presence image coach.
First, your hair should always be neat and tidy every time you leave the house. Sure, not all of us have a thick mane of shiny, bouncing hair but that doesn’t mean that what hair we do have should be brittle, unkempt, or greasy. If you have thin or fine hair, consult with a hair stylist as to the type of cut and style that would work for your hair type and face shape. Conversely, if you have thick or curly hair, test different products to tame the strands so that your hair doesn’t resemble a steel wool pad. At the very, very least, learn how to pin-up your hair into a bun or chignon (it does not cost much to hire a hair stylist to show you how to do it), and wear your hair in that style when you leave the house. If you’re a man, then wear your hair short, and find a barber who knows what he’s doing with thinning hair. And, no comb overs, please!
Second, don’t choose a hairstyle that’s difficult or costly to maintain. Hair extensions, highlights and color, and complicated layer cuts all can look great but they also take time and money to achieve and maintain. If it takes you an hour each morning to blow dry, curl, or flat iron your hair, then it’s taking too long. Yes, your hair must look good but you should not waste time on a complicated hair routine each day. Sure, you can spend hours on your hair for a special occasion or event, but as a rule you should not spend more than 20 minutes on your hair from wet to finished product on a daily basis. Furthermore, unless you have plenty of cash to spare in your monthly budget, do not commit to expensive hair coloring or extensions. Always stay within your budget because you’re smart like that!
The third and final point for today’s discussion is that good hair is symbolic. It sends a message about the person. In fact, it is so important to one’s presence image that the United States hasn’t elected a bald/balding president since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. Coincidence? I think not. There have been many discussions both by the political pundits and social observers about the impact that television has had on the presidency and without question the president’s hair has consistently been a part of those discussions. Having “good hair” is a symbol of youth, virility, good health, and good grooming. While we all do not have “good hair” – we can’t change our genetics – we can make the hair we have look as good as is possible with some time and effort. When in doubt, pin it up in a twist and tuck the ends in. Neat and tidy will always win the day when it comes to your presence image.