While you don't need to flaunt locks that look like they've been featured on the cover of a paperback romance novel, it is important when interviewing to have healthy, attractive, clean, nicely trimmed hair.
Even if you have no interviews lined up but you're in the market for a new job, don't get carried away with outlandish colors or overly wild looks when it comes to your hair. While you shouldn't have to misrepresent who you are, you should also give interviewers a chance to get to know you for your skills and abilities without having to overlook dreadlocks or rainbow-colored tresses.
Keep your hair neatly trimmed. Visit your barber or stylist at least a week before your interview. That will provide you with a fresh-looking haircut, but also enough time to fix any major errors should they occur.
Make sure your hair's not frizzy, and don't let other-colored roots be visible. Other than that, maintain a good, simple hair-care regimen:
- Shampoo and condition every other day (you can do so daily, but it's usually not needed), and the day of your interview.
- Brush and comb your hair regularly.
- Don't use too much hairspray or hair gel -- go for a more natural look.
- Don't put anything too heavily perfumed in your hair.
- Tweeze unwanted eyebrow hairs as well as nose and ear hairs.
Next: Avoid a major hygiene faux pas that could derail your career before it gets started.