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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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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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Personally, in that environment, I would expect you to look smart!
So you are saying people with dreds look dumb?
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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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Oh how funny - really funny - roll on the floor laughing funny.

You not going to get past any personal interview with that hairstyle!
You not even going to be asked (maybe) to cater for anything outside of an Open Air festival, a Nostalgic Woodstock gathering, or anything to do with food handling/cooking. Probably not even to just deliver the food.

And when you do decide to get rid of them - you going to have to shave your head. Those hair twists/knots are in there for life. Ask any owner of a long haired dog that hasn`t been brushed for a while.

And if anyone tells you you can brush them out, they`re lying.

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I don't actually do much corporate catering. I do mainly creative events to be honest. Even if at one event we hund some chandeliers under the trees once. Ok. Fine. I was wondering how professional or not they look.

The crew cut EF section has responded. Showing me they would reject it. Understandable. But at the moment, most any work I get is on referral. So will that change if people see me different? We'll find out.
Well, I wish you well anyway. I hope it works for you. I guess it all comes down to the quality of the food you make? And as long as you tuck the lot into a cap and no stray hairs go wafting. And your scalp doesnt get itchy

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Oh how funny - really funny - roll on the floor laughing funny.

You not going to get past any personal interview with that hairstyle!
You not even going to be asked (maybe) to cater for anything outside of an Open Air festival, a Nostalgic Woodstock gathering, or anything to do with food handling/cooking. Probably not even to just deliver the food.

And when you do decide to get rid of them - you going to have to shave your head. Those hair twists/knots are in there for life. Ask any owner of a long haired dog that hasn`t been brushed for a while.

And if anyone tells you you can brush them out, they`re lying.
I have seen them combed out in front of me. But, please see the follow up that I intend on the clean ones. Also, I would be tying them back and in a toque.
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Also, I would be tying them back and in a toque.
If your prospective clients ask you if your dreads will be in the way and bother you while you're cooking, don't answer with "No worries... I'll just take a toque.."
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I have seen them combed out in front of me. <snip>
I would absolutely not count on that. I had to cut my hair VERY short (i.e. - 3cm or so) when I got rid of mine. If you're not prepared to go down that road, after about 3 months, you will seriously regret it. Any dreads that you do manage to comb out (i.e. - that have not thoroughly fused into one solid core (which is what they're supposed to do)) will be so incredibly painful to do so that you'll cut them out. And if you still proceed, your hair will be irrevocably ruined.

Sorry, mate, just trying to tell you how it is.. Eyes wide open and all that. Still wish you the best of luck; wish I could get away with wearing dreads still.
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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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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.
But you see- I really have not experienced this. In the UK I found that to be considered a good professional, you have to wear a suit and tie. Teachers here wear jeans and t-shirts or sweatshirts- in a way that would never be allowed in the UK- and many others too, including doctors, dentists, and business people. I am always amazed how informally people dress for funerals and weddings here, compared to the uk too.
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But you see- I really have not experienced this. In the UK I found that to be considered a good professional, you have to wear a suit and tie. Teachers here wear jeans and t-shirts or sweatshirts- in a way that would never be allowed in the UK- and many others too, including doctors, dentists, and business people. I am always amazed how informally people dress for funerals and weddings here, compared to the uk too.
Definitely! I don't think the Swiss are as formal as us Brits when it comes to clothes!
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

I just remembered, my daughter´s piano teacher here at the local School has dreadlocks. Sometimes she wears tutus and looks like a fairy
but she is very strict!
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Definitely! I don't think the Swiss are as formal as us Brits when it comes to clothes!
This conversation keeps coming back to Swiss interpretation. But, I would prefer Swiss people to answer this from their own perspective. I get most of my business, un intentionally from foreign people. So, it is more what I am interested as an answer.
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This conversation keeps coming back to Swiss interpretation. But, I would prefer Swiss people to answer this from their own perspective. I get most of my business, un intentionally from foreign people. So, it is more what I am interested as an answer.
I remember going into an optician in Bern 20 years ago, and the person who did the test had a pony tail. This would never happen in England, I thought, and I was quite bemused by the experience. In the meantime I have become Swiss and it would not bother me now (although I am not sure that the transition to Swiss is relevant here), but then again, there is much worse now to contend with: piercings, tattoos, ear loops (or what ever they are called) and what ever else the younger generation will think of doing to differentiate themselves. I guess in the ranking here, dreadlocks are pretty tame.
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I think Switzerland is quite conservative, and I personally believe that you are judged based on your appearance here more than other countries.
Rubbish.

I always wore suits, or at least ties in the US, simply not done here.

I even used to try to encourage my colleagues to dress up on Thursdays, to no avail (back in the US, we used to go to the local biker bar on Thursdays in three piece suits, me, my boss, and the VP engineering, and play pool with the local riff-raff )

People don't give a crap about your appearance here.

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Rubbish.

I always wore suits, or at least ties in the US, simply not done here.

I even used to try to encourage my colleagues to dress up on Thursdays, to no avail (back in the US, we used to go to the local biker bar on Thursdays in three piece suits, me, my boss, and the VP engineering, and play pool with the local riff-raff )

People don't give a crap about your appearance here.

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Some do, some don't.

Can you use one of those "make-over" iPad apps to get an idea how it looks like?
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Personally, I wear it very short, because it would be just too much hassle to maintain.
When it's short, I can wash it with water only most days of the week, without me looking like a dog that came into a rain-shower ;-)
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I have a lot of interest in doing more corporate/"high end" family events. I have en excellent reputation for both creativity and consistency. But I am so bored with, as my kids say, looking like Thor. I want to do something really different.
Cut them short?

I would love to see a picture of you, maybe in pm? Wink wink...
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