Having Coloured Hair Doesn’t Make You Unprofessional

“My hair colour is super important to my look because I feel like it helps kind of define who I am. It’s like a characteristic of mine that makes me feel comfortable and different from the rest”.

Justine Skye
Group of different coloured hairstyles around a table in an office


“I’m sorry, but we can’t hire you unless you fix your hair” lots of people have lost their jobs and employment opportunities because of this phrase. Some individuals believe that coloured hair makes you appear unprofessional. One should have the flexibility to try different hairstyles to explore what works best for you, but there is a problem pursuing your hair fantasies because being judged gets terrifying.

purple coloured hair

I once admired and marvelled at a lady who had her hair coloured purple for how daring and great she appeared. I pictured myself doing the same, but I quickly dismissed the idea since I was thinking about my line of work and how unprofessional I may appear. She was later revealed to be the manager of the restaurant where I went to eat, and she went about her business with professionalism.

Then I realized what I had witnessed was not what society believes. We stereotype people with coloured hair as being irresponsible, stupid, or stubborn by society. What is on the outside, however, does not determine what is on the inside. People prefer more subdued hair colours, such as black, brown, or blonde. Changing your hair colour may not be as difficult as we assume. Mostly, the workplace’s dress code forbids us to experiment with new hair colours and styles, so we are afraid to attempt something new. 

Follow these steps if you want to change your hair colour and still look professional

It is a wide belief that persons with colourful hairstyles work in the entertainment or artistic industries. These individuals get noted for their freedom to express themselves through colour. Hairstylists, beauticians, artisans, painters, actors and actresses and self-employed people are among those who colour their hair. Most people who find themselves in a work setting make a choice for understated looks or none. However, if you want to dye your hair while maintaining a professional appearance, there are three options to consider. 

colour blocking hairstyle
  • Colour Blocking
    Colour blocking enables for a big stripe of colour to be applied from the roots of your hair to the end. 
Ombré hair
  • Ombré
    It’s a different manner of applying colour to the hair’s ends. If you don’t want it anymore, you can cut it out as it grows.
peekaboo hair colour
  • Peekaboo Highlights
    This is also a viable option to consider. Underneath the top layer of hair, colour highlights get applied. It’s a viable option for individuals who don’t want to colour their entire head of hair.

Hair extensions are a terrific method to get a burst of colour without commitment or causing damage to your hair.

hair extensions in different colours

Things to know before dyeing your hair

Before altering your hair colour, there are a few things to keep in mind. It might get terrifying to dye your hair for the first time if you have never done so before. It’s critical to follow the proper processes for how to go about it. Here are six things to think about before colouring your hair.

Consult your hairstylist
Before you begin the hair colouring process, make sure you and your hairstylist agree. This is to ensure that you choose the proper hair dye and to find out your hair’s readiness to accept hair dye, as well as its texture and thickness. Taking the time to discuss your hairstyle with your stylist is an important part of having a positive hair colouring experience.

How frequently do you intend to colour your hair?
It’s crucial to figure out how many times you’re willing to touch up your hair’s roots. If you don’t want to touch up your roots every month, talk to your stylist about finding a colour that complements your lifestyle and fashion sense.

Show pictures of what you want
Taking images and showing them to your stylist is an excellent method to make sure you and your stylist agree. When choosing photographs for a hair appointment, consider pictures for cuts and colours. You can help your stylist produce a comparable style to the picture while also letting them adapt it to you uniquely if you can specify what you enjoy about the pictures. It’s also a good idea to bring photos to help you explain the exact hue you want in your hair.

Start Simple
When making a selection, it is not a good idea to start with bright colours. To begin, small steps are acceptable. For first-timers, a glaze or faint tones get recommended. A glaze is a semi-permanent colour that adds a hint of hue to your hair but fades. Subtle highlights in your hair enhance your hair colour without being overpowering, and they’re simple to grow out. There are a variety of hair colours to pick from; if you’re unsure, go to your hairstylist.

Avoid Boxed Dye
Although box dyes are semi-permanent, the pigment can remain in your hair strands for years, affecting any other colour you apply to your hair. Even when a stylist tries to lighten your hair, using a box dye can cause an inconsistent colour. Allowing a professional to colour your hair is always a good idea.

Protect your hair colour
To keep the colour from fading after you’ve coloured your hair, you’ll need a colour-safe shampoo and conditioner. To avoid having your hair colour washed out, avoid washing it with hot water. If you have coloured your hair, avoid swimming in pool water. This is because chlorine can harm your hair even if it’s not coloured. You can, however, spray your hair with a leave-in conditioner before going to the pool. It will protect your strands from chemical damage from the pool.


It’s crucial to remember that coloured hairstyles have no bearing on professionalism. People can execute their work regardless of their appearance. A little hair colour doesn’t make you any less intelligent or irresponsible. However, it shows one’s creative side by allowing them to love and express themselves in a variety of ways. This may encourage people to be their most unabashed selves.

coloured hair

Have you ever gotten rejected by an employer or sacked by your employer because of your coloured hairstyle? Also, do you wish to colour your hair but get scared of others’ opinions? You can share your view in the comments section below.

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