The selfie is a staple on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. You know which angles make you look your best, and you know which hairstyles flatter you the most. But once you start networking and applying for post-graduate jobs, you need a business professional hairstyle that matches your personal style and your career.

Professional networking sites like LinkedIn allow its users to post photos. Having a photo is one of the most important elements to being seen. Most employers say that the first thing that they notice about a potential employee’s profile is his or her photo. While a stellar resume matters, how you present yourself to the world can just as big of an impact in an interview and during your first days on the job.

Don’t just get your resume and your business attire ready. Here are three tips for selecting and maintaining a business professional hairstyle:

Balance Professional and Personal Style

Sleek and neat are two terms that are used to describe a professional hairstyle. If it looks like you just rolled out of bed, many of your coworkers will use that first impression to gauge your work ethic.

If you have naturally straight hair, style it by adding volume at the root. Use a volumizing shampoo from Kérastase and blow dry your locks in an upward motion. Then use a flat iron to straighten your hair in a C motion towards the ends to create smoothness. This easy style can be worn during professional hours as well as on the weekends. With regular hair trims and professional products that protect your hair, like Kevin Murphy’s Repair-Me.Rinse reconstructing conditioner, this style will always be a quick and easy way to start your day.

If you prefer to wear your hair in an updo, a timeless clean bun can easily fit into both an office setting and a corporate happy hour. This business professional hairstyle works for all hair types. If you have naturally curly hair and worry about frizz, an updo hides most of the uncontrollable wisps. Keep a smoothing serum or Kevin Murphy’s Easy.Rider anti-frizz créme in your bag for emergencies and sudden humidity.

Choose an Appropriate Hair Color for the Workplace

Your hair color should mesh well with the type of employment that you’re seeking. If your employer is more on the conservative side, stick with a natural color during your interview and the first months of employment until you find your footing. Customer-facing positions also tend to demand more traditional hair coloring than jobs behind the scenes.

If your employer offers a looser standard of attire, feel free to choose a bolder hair color that matches your personal style. As you get acquainted with more people in the company, you’ll get a feeling for what styling is best.

Regardless of the company culture, get your color touched up before you head out for an interview. Having grown-out color may result in not being called back for a second interview or a job offer. But a professional stylist can even out the color or recommend a new shade for your new job. You should also use a professional shampoo like Kérastase’s Bain Chromatique Riche to keep your color vibrant and your hair healthy.

Style According to Your Hair’s Texture

Different hair types can give employers different perceptions about a person. People with straight hair often seem serious. On the other hand, people with curly hair can come across as carefree and personable. But don’t let stereotypes get in your way. The best way to make a good impression is to have a tidy hairstyle, regardless of its curl and texture. Both men and women can have unique personal styles that fit in the business world.

Whether you have a calendar full of interviews or you start your job next week, schedule a trip to a professional salon. It’s important to talk with a professional hair stylist who can help you select the style that works best for you. With a business professional hairstyle, you can make a great first impression and show off your skills. Book an appointment with us at Deseo Salon & BlowDry. We will be happy to help you meet your professional hair care needs.

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