Gray Hair In the Workplace, Does It Matter?

With the recovering economy, and high levels of competition in almost every profession, physical presentation becomes a more important factor than ever, not only for getting hired, but also for reaching the upper levels of success in the workplace.  While most of us pride ourselves on the work that we do, and rely on our skills and intelligence, the reality is that in today’s world, a youthful appearance is a commodity – one that many feel is compromised by the appearance of graying hair.

Common perceptions of gray hair.

Let’s face it.  Ageism is alive and well.  While having gray hair does not have any direct correlation to a person’s age or ability, many people who work in corporate America, and other professional business environments find that even a few burgeoning gray hairs can lead to negative reactions and to perceptions that a person is just too old to be capable of doing the job at hand.  Studies show that workers with graying hair receive less eye contact, and are less likely to be promoted to upper management positions.  They are also less likely to receive a raise, and on average earn less than their non-graying peers.  Forbes magazine business writer Ty Kiisel explains, “Like it or not, you are being judged by how you look, how you dress, and how you carry yourself – and if you’re lucky, how you do your job.”  So in a world where gray hair is so demonized, how can you keep it from being a professional liability?

To dye or not to dye?

The solution may seem simple.  To stay ahead of the curve you may need to dye your hair and get rid of the gray.  The problem is, traditional hair dying processes open up a dreadful can of worms.  The dangers are well documented.  Long-term effects of using hair dye include everything from scalp irritation and flakiness, to extreme allergic reactions, and in some cases it can even lead to cancer.  Even without any side effects, the use of harsh dyes on your more delicate gray hairs can cause drying, breakage, and tough to reverse patches of hair loss.  Thankfully, there is a natural solution.  Gray Riddance steps in to fill the void left by over the counter hair dyes, and offers a permanent hair coloring solution that is all natural and contains no lead, ammonia, or peroxide!  In fact Gray Riddance turns gray hair into a natural brown color, which results in beautiful, well-blended highlights.  Our best clients delight in the simple spray-on ease of product use, and the lack of adverse effects.

Next time you look in the mirror and find some gray, don’t let your workplace use it as an excuse to devalue your contributions.  With the subtle, effective, and all-natural assistance of Gray Riddance, you’ll be well able to maintain personal authenticity, without losing any of the workplace power that you have worked so hard to earn.