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Will colored hair be too unprofessional?

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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@Mariska P wrote:


that's fushcia? 

heeehee I don't know what you'd call it. lol


When I work onsite, I'm usually known as "the pink haired girl." It's become a brand of sorts. I started doing it in 2011. My sister said I'd never find a job, but never had a problem. IT is filled with anime loving weird dudes, so they don't care. Worked with guys with long hair, pierciengs, tattoos everywhere. I love that IT is cool with people. 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "hair color shouldn't matter."


There are many things which shouldn't matter, but which do matter.


Sometimes people need to make a choice between making more money or doing things their own way. I respect either choice. But I understand it is a choice.


My photo, my hairstyle, my shirt and tie all contribute to me being hired for well-paying projects over my competitors, due to the nature of the work I do. In some fields, my look would put me at a disadvantage. If I were competing in those fields, I would change my look to fit the part.

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Mariska P Member Since: Apr 27, 2015
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oh I'm well too aware that looks matter but like I said the quality of work has nothing to do most times with how someone looks. 

don't get me wrong Preston, if there's a job out there that I qualify i will definitely change my style for that. i've done that before and i've done subtle changes over the years of working for an employer and they didn't notice too much..except for when they asked how i got those really thick earings into my ear lobes and how they fit with all the other ones i had up and down my ears. lol.. they never knew i had a tattoo on my neck for a couple of years either.. but they knew i was one the best health care employees they had and they didn't care after a while what i looked like. so if it comes down to sacrificing my personal style for lots of money, i'll go with the money every time..i'm easy like that. lol. 

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Mr M Member Since: Apr 27, 2013
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pinky pinky Smiley Very Happy hahhaha nice 

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Marie D Member Since: Jul 19, 2015
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Your profile pic should portray you as you are, so if your thing is to have silver hair then go for it. Potential clients should only judge you on your ability to write not on your appearance. 


I'm a creative, fictional writer and my pic shows me with a rescued chinchilla sitting on my back. Clients have told me it's a great profile pic and shows me to be completely natural and approachable. 



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Heather J Member Since: Jul 22, 2015
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Hi Aiden, 


I have had bright red, purple, pink, multicolored, and blue hair since working on Upwork/oDesk. I kept my profile picture as a photo of me with  dark purple hair, where you couldn't really tell what color it was. 


I recently changed my photo to a more up-to-date photo of me with my current blue hair. I have actually had an increase of job invites since. All three of my current clients have seen me with blue hair. 


If a potential client chose not to hire me because I have blue hair, well that's a consequence I have chosen to accept. But so far, my bright hair hasn't affected me in a negative way. 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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heyyy I like the blue

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Aidan C Member Since: Jul 28, 2015
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Thanks everyone for great answers! It's something I've been debating for a long time and I appreciate all the input (especially from all the freelancers who have more experience trying different things out). I hope everyone has a great day and a ton of success Smiley Happy

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Scott E Member Since: Jul 26, 2015
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Hair's looking good Heather!

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Oreofe J Member Since: May 8, 2015
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To dye or not to dye ? that is the million dollar questions. Can all those in favour please say 'Aye'........... (so far the aye's/nays seem to be evenly tied ?).