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(CareerBuilder.com) -- Whether it's the Flock of Seagulls 'do you've sported since the '80s or the cotton candy pink Manic Panic hair color that you've only worn since last night, there's just something about you and it goes right to your head.
Unfortunately, the working world isn't always sympathetic to individual expression. In a conservative work environment, shocking blue locks may not only turn a few heads, they can also be grounds for termination -- regardless of what else you have to offer.
Like a bad bleach job, you want to avoid drawing a negative reaction.
While the company you choose to work for definitely plays a role, there's a little more to highlight -- where you live, what you do and the responsibilities of your position are all going to make a difference in what's acceptable.
Are you going to be behind-the-scenes or is your job customer-centered?
How far do you go with your look?
Will your bright red strands pass for "natural-looking?"
While workers in technology, science and creative fields tend to get away with more independent styles because of their lines of work and client interaction, the root of the issue comes down to what your employers are like. Small businesses may be more likely to applaud your look than a corporation, but that's only a general rule. It's the opinions of the people with whom you work the closest on a daily basis that are deciding the issue for you, so learn a little more about the employer and the environment before you reach for the dye or get a mohawk.
Here's a list of some job titles that offer more hairstyle leniency:
What they do: Prepare espresso drinks and other beverages as a full-time job. Why the job allows it: Although baristas work directly with the customer, coffee shop management tends to be laxed about the dress code with corporate chains being the usual exception.
What they do: Expertly enhance the appearance of hair, nails and skin through different treatments.
What they do: Manipulate the skin tissue by rubbing it into relaxation.
What they do: Take food and drink orders, run food and bus tables.
What they do: Edit written work to prepare it for publication.
What they do: Assist in ushering, box-office sales and set construction.
What they do: Create and maintain software applications.
What they do: Use graphic design, HTML and other coding elements to create Internet sites.
What they do: Educate students on subjects related to their expertise.
What they do: Take photos professionally.
What they do: Prepare, test and dispense drugs.
Mascot (pro sports or theme parks)
What they do: Dress up and represent a team or company.
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