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Dreadlocks and Professionalism

So, I have long hair. I have wanted dreadlocks for a long time, but working in gastronomy, I have always been discouraged to do it. In fact having the long hair has always been an issue as it is. It's just, should I always live my life for other people, when I really haven't been doing that as it is? I have been doing work where I have to meet people personally to propose work.


I have never judged anyone on their appearances before. In fact, I normally feel more comfortable about people who express a strong impression about themselves(goths, punks, office geeks) because from my experience they have been the kindest of people. But I don't normally deal with these kind of people. I deal with business/office professionals. My hair at this point is about mid way down my back. If I don't get dreds, I will probably cut it almost half way down. I would never normally come to a forum to ask something like this, but, because it might impair my future income, I thought more information is never a problem.


But, if you were to meet someone with clean dreds, the real taken care of type, could that impair your ability to trust or believe in their value, even if they have strong references?


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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

This


Or this


It doesn't really matter.
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

Maybe more like this...


http://www.pinterest.com/pin/346917977517789952/
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

I don't like reggae .......... I love it!

Maybe just try it out for the holiday.
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

Personally, in that environment, I would expect you to look smart!
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I don't like reggae .......... I love it!

Maybe just try it out for the holiday.
Well they are very permanent. So it is a big leap if it works against me.
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Personally, in that environment, I would expect you to look smart!
So you are saying people with dreds look dumb?
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So you are saying people with dreds look dumb?

Probably more of a hygiene issue.
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So you are saying people with dreds look dumb?
….. smart as in not scruffy! I think dreads look scruffy
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

If you look them up, they actually are very clean, and have to be maintained more then what I am doing now, which is basically washing every 1 to 2 days, and brushing it out. But that is the thing, it's not what I know about them, it is what strangers perceive of them.


It's not just for catering, it is also for manual labor. I suppose I could tuck them under a toque or a baseball cap when I meet people. But, at the same time, that probably looks unprofessional in meetings as well.
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….. smart as in not scruffy! I think dreads look scruffy
Would you let me move your furniture with dreds?
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Would you let me move your furniture with dreds?
Yes. i wouldn't expect a removal person to be smart. I was more thinking of the gastronomy side of things… not sure what you do, but organising or working in catering especially high end, I'd expect people doing that for me to be super smart and tidy! Just my opinion
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Old 14.11.2014, 23:13
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

As Long as its not all over the place...or your face, it doesnt bother me.
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

Yep, no problem with me either.

This is my favourite guy with dreads at the moment, he can come and play... and cook for me anytime He might do, actually, lol.

http://youtu.be/WZgSUTyiEz8

Someone's smile is so much more important, and I don't think he loos scruffy at all.

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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

I would actually keep them neat, not like a jungle up there. It's just the dying it green or purple I have already done before, and it's not that interesting at the moment.
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

Just go for it, wear them and never wash them. Insects and bacteria will find their natural way to survive in this environ. Reasonable bosses should give you immediate promotion, well that's more likely in case of tatooes.
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Just go for it, wear them and never wash them. Insects and bacteria will find their natural way to survive
You have to wash them, and my skin is very reactive to not being washed. So I have to.
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

I think Switzerland is quite conservative, and I personally believe that you are judged based on your appearance here more than other countries. You have to remember that first impressions count for a lot. It's just my personal opinion, and what came to mind.
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

As has been said above, many people with dreads somehow make them look greasy and unwashed, although that could be because I tend to only come across them when I've been at a squat party or something, when we're all looking greasy and unwashed (as we are greasy and unwashed).

Keep them looking clean and tidy and I doubt there'll be a problem.
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

I think well maintained dreds would be great in a kitchen as you would be less likely to get stray hairs in the soup. Your hair would be its own hairnet. For appearance, I would say it depends on the business style and clientel. Eco-veggie-creative-alternative? Go for it. Not any of those things? Looking to do bank or investment company parties? Definitely not.
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