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8/27/09

I'm a first year analyst and I have been feeling uncomfortable in my group. I need some advice for overcoming my sloppy hairstyle anxiety. Should I get a haircut? And if so, what style should I go for?

To give you a little bit of background: I work in the IBD of a bulge bracket bank. I'm about 6"1', blond, and am physically fit. I make an effort to be well dressed and I frequently receive compliments on my outfits; lets just say it's obvious that my mother doesn't dress me.

My hair is naturally quite "poofy" and doesn't seem to lay down. Throughout college I just let it do the natural thing but that isn't cutting it anymore. Please help!!!

Disclosure: I know some of you think I'm a d-bag and I don't really care.

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8/27/09

Mohawk.

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8/27/09
water_color:

Mohawk.

Reverse mohawk

I'm a fan of the low maintenance buzz cut...

8/27/09

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8/27/09

Go to the Vidal Sassoon salon. Ask for a male stylist as no female has a touch quite like theirs. When they ask what you want, just tell them "you can have your way with me." They'll probably give you some fruit cake hairstyle and then slather your butt hole with pomade and ram you with their meat stick, but its a small price to pay for such a valuable lesson: get a fucking personality, get your haircut however you like, if you dont know/care, just walk into any decent hair cutting place and tell them what your problem is and that you want them to fix it. Jesus.

8/27/09

Wait, you are a 1st year analyst at a BB, surrounded by bankers and you are asking what an appropriate hairstyle is? If this is a joke, i clearly missed the punchline

Marcus's advice is pretty good but as an alternative go #1 or 2 on the sides and scissors on top

8/27/09

Are you asking for advice or trying to find a date?

Go to a reputable hair stylist and ask for a recommendation on a low maintenance conservative professional haircut. How do you expect anyone here to help you choose a haircut when they don't even know what you look like? Go ask a professional.

8/27/09

Shave your head and you will look like Henry Kravis or Hank Paulson...

11/8/09
Machine:

Shave your head and you will look like Henry Kravis or Hank Paulson...

I' ve always wondered how a shaved head would look on analysts. I don't want to be confused with nazis.

8/27/09

I like Marcus' advice the best; it seems like he's rather experienced in the process...

I appreciate the suggestions. Please keep them coming.

monkeyman7

8/28/09

Go Vin Diesel on their ass....just shave it all

8/29/09

brooklyn fade/blowout. just make sure you always have a large enough supply of gel at all times. i like to keep a bottle at my desk, as well as a travel size in my bag.

i know what you're thinking, a bottle of hair gel on your desk makes you look like a complete d-bag. so what i like to do is empty out the gel into a purell hand sanitizer bottle. except once my MD took some and was wondering why the stuff wasn't rubbing off into his skin...that was awkward.

2/28/10

I slick my hair back Gordon Gecko or Pat Riley style.

3/1/10
BocaYankee:

I slick my hair back Gordon Gecko or Pat Riley style.

I couldve guessed that..

3/1/10
MC 002:
BocaYankee:

I slick my hair back Gordon Gecko or Pat Riley style.

I couldve guessed that..

Yes, but again it's not some used car-sales men look-I go to a top barber in Coconut Grove, and use $50 hair spray.

3/1/10
BocaYankee:
MC 002:
BocaYankee:

I slick my hair back Gordon Gecko or Pat Riley style.

I couldve guessed that..

Yes, but again it's not some used car-sales men look-I go to a top barber in Coconut Grove, and use $50 hair spray.

lol.. Oh ok, then thats a different story. Just dont go using any cheap hairspray!

3/1/10
BocaYankee:
MC 002:
BocaYankee:

I slick my hair back Gordon Gecko or Pat Riley style.

I couldve guessed that..

Yes, but again it's not some used car-sales men look-I go to a top barber in Coconut Grove, and use $50 hair spray.

DUDE, you can't be serious!!! LOL!! You should change your username from BocaYankee to PinkyRing, seriously. You're a troll, right? A joke? By the way, are you from New Jersey?

3/1/10
BigFatPanda:
BocaYankee:
MC 002:
BocaYankee:

I slick my hair back Gordon Gecko or Pat Riley style.

I couldve guessed that..

Yes, but again it's not some used car-sales men look-I go to a top barber in Coconut Grove, and use $50 hair spray.

DUDE, you can't be serious!!! LOL!! You should change your username from BocaYankee to PinkyRing, seriously. You're a troll, right? A joke? By the way, are you from New Jersey?

No, Scarsdale, NY.

3/1/10

Monkeyman, can you attach a picture of your current haircut with your face whited out? LOL

3/6/10

As a native of Miami, this supposed UMiami student (BocaYankee) seems to know his Miami territory. I went to school in Coconut Grove for 8 years and live 5 minutes away from it - there are no "top barbers" in Coconut Grove, they're all in the ghetto side of it. Also, I know a ton of kids from UMiami, and the quintessential UM student was either valedictorian of one of Miami's notoriously shitty high schools, the daughter of a patriarchal Cuban father that wouldn't let her leave home, or a drop out from Scarsdale. This kid is either trolling hard, or 100%, dead ass serious.

3/1/10

I've always hated my hair and since high school have been attacking it all over with a number 1 guard. Just make sure your head is somewhat symetrical or it won't work. I've never had any complaints about it, but then again I've never had to style it or do anything else with it in many years so even if people hated it a) it's mine and they can go eff themselves and b) I never have to worry about taking time to do anything with it.

3/1/10

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3/1/10

I have heard dreadlocks are in these days, just don't wash your hair for a good year and you will be moved up to VP in no time :)

3/1/10

Monkeyman, do this. Go to work tomorrow and create a spreadsheet with all the different categories of hairstyles across the sheet at the top. Tally the hairstyle of each person that works in the office, and then create a pie chart that shows the hairstyle percentages of the total number of people in the office. You should choose whatever style has the biggest piece o' pie.

This spreadsheet will also work for suit styles and brands, shirts, ties, certainly shoes, even socks.

3/6/10
BigFatPanda:

Monkeyman, do this. Go to work tomorrow and create a spreadsheet with all the different categories of hairstyles across the sheet at the top. Tally the hairstyle of each person that works in the office, and then create a pie chart that shows the hairstyle percentages of the total number of people in the office. You should choose whatever style has the biggest piece o' pie.

This spreadsheet will also work for suit styles and brands, shirts, ties, certainly shoes, even socks.

I like this advice. You can spread some comps on all the different kinds of hairstyles you've seen other analysts at your bank have. Get some multiples based on price of haircut, current bonus, etc...then apply multiples to yourself to find target price of haircut you should be looking for. This, combined with some other multiples, should make it easy to narrow down.

3/2/10

Boca, why does your name include "Boca:"?

3/6/10

Hi guys. I am a prospective first year analyst at a bank, and I am concerned that when I show up, I will have an uncomfortable feeling in my group and then get poked fun at by random people on the internet for asking what hairstyle to wear. Can anyone give me advice about not getting trolled when I post a question on WSO?

In all seriousness, go with a style that's 1/2 inch longer than what you need to be able to comb your hair and a 2-3 on the sides.

3/14/10

hairstyles are designed around face shapes.

Go to a top salon, pay $200 to get a great cut, then you can go to a lesser place and have the style maintained for a few years before you wanna change.

done.

4/8/10

Whats everyone think about the pushed back in the front/ hockey mullet type in the back.... like the dude from the hangover. That's what I'm rocking these days and I dont want to cut it when i start...

4/8/10
apple1634:

Whats everyone think about the pushed back in the front/ hockey mullet type in the back.... like the dude from the hangover. That's what I'm rocking these days and I dont want to cut it when i start...

I'd think that's too casual. I'd have someone shape it up a bit, and part it. Something like this:
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/92305462.jpg

4/8/10
h.e.pennypacker:
apple1634:

Whats everyone think about the pushed back in the front/ hockey mullet type in the back.... like the dude from the hangover. That's what I'm rocking these days and I dont want to cut it when i start...

I'd think that's too casual. I'd have someone shape it up a bit, and part it. Something like this:
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/92305462.jpg

That looks good, thanks for the input.

4/8/10

360 waves

4/8/10
Brown_Bateman:

360 waves

HUH?

4/8/10

lmao! @Brown_Bateman!

apple1634, you gotta have that colored-people hair to get 360 waves!
http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3520/1000810xsq.jpg

4/8/10

Combover...no doubt about it

4/8/10

Combover FTW.

2/21/11

business in the front, party in the back ooo yeaaaa

2/21/11

Bald!

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

2/21/11

Whatever you do. NO SPIKE! This isnt a frat party.

We've got half a million shares in the bag!

2/21/11
PeakLapel:

Whatever you do. NO SPIKE! This isnt a frat party.

Dammit. Now I'll have to create one of these threads asking for hairstyle advice when I start as an analyst.

3/3/11
3/6/11

receding hairline

3/11/11

Hipster mullet.

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3/13/11

The Donald Trump!

"It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired you quit when the gorilla is tired"
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4/7/11

shaved, with a swastica shape ... that will buy you a lot of friends in finance ...

4/7/11

the patrick bateman hair style is actually pretty popular over here (especially with dutch and germans in banking).

maybe not that long in the back, but almost

"too good to be true"

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4/7/11

Cornrowed Mullet OR Flock of Seagulls

There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

4/13/11

comb over, just like Trump. hahha

4/17/11

Shave your head and get a gay dolphin tattoo on top of your head. Your bosses will love it I promise!

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6/9/11

Don Drapper.

5/11/12

Ergh, Mad Men dude!!

The number of day traders on the Forbes Rich List is...zero

5/11/12

how long is your hair? It matters more if you go in with a certain style in your head. It makes more sense to shell out big bucks if you have enough hair to look GQ. (yeah, GQ's a good start, or men's vogue)

When my hair was shorter, I frequently got 60 dollar haircuts. Painly cut with sissors and no razers, for as long as fourty minutes. Personally, they didn't look that much better than a 20 dollar haircut, because, frankly, there wasn't that much hair to work with.

5/11/12

Most of the guys in GQ have short hair.

On another note - you should just buzz it yourself (about 1/4 or 1/8 inch). That's the way to go if you have a good hairline.

Then just have a cute girl edge the back and sides.

+Hammy

5/11/12

No, the "banker" look is medium-long top and either a 2-1.5 sides. I'm not talking about the GQ mass market magazine, but the big fashion oriented men's book from GQ.

5/11/12

What kind of faggy threaad is this...

5/11/12

Seriously, no one cares how you dress or how you cut your hair as long as you don't look stupid or too flashy for your position.

5/11/12
GreekGod:

anybody knows some good (don't mind if pricey, I'd be willing to pay up to 80-100$ for a haircut) hairstyle salons in manhattan?(for men...)

GreekGod,
When I was in Manhattan last summer, I went to Hair Kuwayama in the East Village and I thought they did an amazing job. I forgot the stylist name but I remember giving her a $10 tip because it was amazing. The hair cut was $50 but it was well worth it. There are a bunch of Japanese hair salon in the East Village so you will have to do a lil research to find out which one suits you the best. Good luck :-)

5/11/12

"Hair Kuwayama'

ah, yes, I've been there as well. good place.

5/11/12

It is very close to NYU. You get off at Astor Place and walk 3 blocks east and you'll find Hair Kuwayama. Can't wait to go back this summer... it sucks that other than Manhattan, San Fran and LA, you don't see trendy japanese salons at all. I am travelling right now and I can't trust any of the hair designers...rather grow my hair out and wear a hat, haha

5/11/12

hahaha, Mr. GQ.........

There's a second japanese salon across from the Stern building, as well, next to the nyu copycenter.

5/11/12

hm....my hair is a bit long/trendy style...(I even remember a trader from JPM at the pre-career fair presentation commenting on my cute haircut..yes, she was female:P:P:P)...i've seen some nice haircuts on japanese people (medium-long hair), so I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea to try a japanese salon....

5/11/12

Yeah, asians tend to take hair very seriously. A lot more than the others.
http://aubry.free.fr/apss2.jpg

Get Bateman's haircut...

5/11/12

hm...it's a bit too classic...and my hair is not "absolutely" straight..it gets a bit wild some times..:) but the length is nice (similar to mine)!

5/11/12

I remember my hair stylist... HIROMI! She's amazing!!

I like my hair short, clean and trendy:

http://www.niketenniscampamherst.com/images/haircut.jpg

5/11/12

wow...just wow.

5/11/12

Where can I get a hair cut for $10 or so (add $2 tip) in lower Manhattan? I'm serious.

5/11/12
brick:

Where can I get a hair cut for $10 or so (add $2 tip) in lower Manhattan? I'm serious.

Astor Hair is 14.

5/11/12

And not very good, either...it's like a haircutting sweatshop...

5/11/12

I guess I'll look around Chinatown or something too. I need a hybrid crew cut anyway.

5/11/12

chinatown for $5!!!

5/11/12

Hit up my Russian buddy Ivan on 34th and 2nd. He only charges $10.

5/11/12
5/11/12

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5/11/12

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Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot

5/11/12

this is an awful and disgraceful post. instead of talking about more important things, you are talking about haircuts. if you like haircuts so much, go to the forums of GQ or vogue or even hang out at your local salon

5/11/12
stockone50:

this is an awful and disgraceful post. instead of talking about more important things, you are talking about haircuts. if you like haircuts so much, go to the forums of GQ or vogue or even hang out at your local salon

Maybe that is why this forum is Monkeying Around...Duh

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5/11/12

Business in the front, party in the back...

Combined with Mainstreet's chin strap (as pictured), this look is unstoppable.

5/11/12
Philosopher:

Does a buzz cut make you look stupid/young/unprofessional (keep in mind I mean a conservative buzz cut- none of those fades or "boxy" front hairline)

How about keeping longer hair and gelling it back (slicked back). Does that make you look untrustworthy/poseur-ish?

With a buzz cut, it depends. Some people can rock the buzz cut while looking professional, some can not. I rock a buzz cut during the summer months. I have been told that it looks professional and that I look like I am in the military.

5/11/12

i once came in the office with a brooklyn fade. i had to be escorted out by security. although it might have been because i accidentally stabbed someone with my pointy aldo shoes.

5/11/12

Just go to a good hairstylist and ask for a conservative haircut.

5/11/12

this reminds me of a time I got a haircut during my analyst stint. needless to say it was WAY too short on the sides...basically bald. not squared off or anything in the front but still a complete disaster. barber got very creative.

luckily my hair grows out fast but it didn't help when this huge, notoriously loud-mouth associate saw me from 50 feet away in the bullpen and screamed across the entire floor, "PRINTER!!!! (my nickname BC I was always in the office), you can't get away with that!"

Half joking, I said I got it so short so I would never have to leave the office (I was already bitter and this was only 1 year in). He laughed and left me alone after that...I actually thought it was hilarious and nobody else really said anything even though I looked like an idiot.

i learned my lesson fast and made sure I was careful explaining my haircut the next time I went.

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5/11/12

oh please that is tame. The guys on my desk were going to pay me 700 to shave my head. I was holding out for 1000 but the next week they dropped their bid to 600 I decided to go with it while I still had the chance. hey scalped me down to like a 0 right on the trading floor but left a little mohawk strip in place.

Desk head was all nervous and came over to me and was like "you are ok with this right" im like yeah yeah it will be fun. For the rest of the summer I was known as private pyle.

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5/11/12

Did that shit for free in a buddy's garage when I lost a football bet. His 14 year old son shaved my head bald with a fucking flowbee.

Two lessons here:
1) When you make bank for the firm nobody says shit to you.
2) Fat guys should never rock the bald look. I kept it up for a few weeks, even took a Bic razor to my head every morning. I scared children when I left the house.

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5/11/12

Who needs bets to shave a head? Bic'ed a friends head once in high school just because we were bored and thought it would get a rise out of people at school. Closest Ive ever come was a #2 all over about 3 summers ago. Right now I rock the 1 inch all over. Not too short, but still requires very little maintenance. Also works well in this 100+ degree heat

5/11/12

#1 blade > #2 blade > 1 inch. on top

My hair's thick so I have to keep the sides short, unless going for the helmet look.

5/11/12

According to few article I read, your hair cut will totally depend on your face shape. If you are eager to get the best look maybe you can visit machohairstyles. com for different suggestions about the best haircut that will suit on your face shape.

5/11/12

i would say that that is a little aggressive for IBD but you could maybe do a more toned down version of that

5/11/12

You just want something that a VP won't have any reason to comment on. Seems fine to me.

5/11/12

SS haircut if you want to establish your role as the most alpha analyst in the office.
http://i.imgur.com/yEFmy.jpg

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8006/colwss2ec6...

5/11/12

StryfeDSP:
SS haircut if you want to establish your role as the most alpha analyst in the office.
http://i.imgur.com/yEFmy.jpg

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8006/colwss2ec6...

Not sure if you're serious, but this is my exact haircut.

Maybe that's why I haven't broken into IB yet. Haha.

5/11/12

StryfeDSP:
SS haircut if you want to establish your role as the most alpha analyst in the office.
http://i.imgur.com/yEFmy.jpg

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8006/colwss2ec6...

LOL you are one cheeky cunt i swear

but definitely agree, most alpha haircut.

5/11/12

StryfeDSP:
SS haircut if you want to establish your role as the most alpha analyst in the office.
http://i.imgur.com/yEFmy.jpg

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8006/colwss2ec6...

Pure gold

5/11/12

IB: combover
S&T: flow
Private Banking: slightly balding, maybe use 'Touch of Gray' for effect
MO/BO: Won't be seen, who cares

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

5/11/12

rogersterling59:
IB: combover
S&T: flow
Private Banking: slightly balding, maybe use 'Touch of Gray' for effect
MO/BO: Won't be seen, who cares

touch of gray LOL

And so it goes

5/11/12

ucmaroon47:
rogersterling59:
IB: combover
S&T: flow
Private Banking: slightly balding, maybe use 'Touch of Gray' for effect
MO/BO: Won't be seen, who cares

touch of gray LOL

It gives the look of experience.

*Most traders and people in QRM seem to have short hair.

*Flow or no hair looks good for sales.

*PE, VC, and Activist HFs should have power slick hair.

*Value PMs should have short hair.

5/11/12

I have a crew cut with a "messy" (but still neat) comb over on the top. As I have 0 offers, I would recommend not doing this.

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5/11/12

http://pozasalon.com/images/uploads/Charlotte_salo..."

5/11/12

BTbanker:
http://pozasalon.com/images/uploads/Charlotte_salo..."

This is about how my hair looks currently.... and that is where any physical comparison with me and that picture ends haha

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

5/11/12

There are three acceptable haircuts: High and tight, crew cut, buzz cut.

5/11/12

Other than sport, fish is practically a vegetable.

Go for the high and tight

We can't rely on anyone these days, we just have to do things ourselves don't we?

5/11/12

alphasilverback:
Other than sport, fish is practically a vegetable.

hahah

"Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."- Benjamin Franklin

5/11/12

lasampdoria:
alphasilverback:
Other than sport, fish is practically a vegetable.

hahah


Up late, or early lol

'Before you enter... be willing to pay the price'

5/11/12

BepBep12:
lasampdoria:
alphasilverback:
Other than sport, fish is practically a vegetable.

hahah


Up late, or early lol

Is this Flake?

Snootchie Bootchies

5/11/12

Seriously just depends on your group. Keep it a little more tame during interviews but observe your coworkers and keep it within reason (relative to what the do) but chances are that unless its really out there, no one cares.

5/11/12

Just make sure to put on an amount of hair gel that could kill a small rodent, and you should be slick.

Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky
5/11/12

You guys have it all wrong. Business in the front and party in the back so they know that you work hard and play hard!

5/11/12

High and tight seems to be the norm, at least at my bank.

Maybe you should invest in wax? Hair wax gives you a more natural look and less like a greaseball.

5/11/12

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5/11/12

NorthSider:

LOL
5/11/12

Why don't you shave it off? Problem solved.

5/11/12

High and tight, retro 90s lightskinned Harlem flow.

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5/11/12

Coiffed hair Harvey Specter style.

5/11/12

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5/11/12

Get something that doesn't need much time in the morning, hence something short. Every minute of sleep counts buddy ;)

5/11/12

Different type of hairstyles aree so nice and amazing.I like this effort so much.Like:

5/11/12

What do you have now? Why change it?

5/11/12

Haha really?

5/11/12

The swoop, and only the swoop.

5/11/12

Haven't you seen the movie Wall Street?? Slick back son.

5/11/12

The swoop, unless you work at MS and then you must gel it straight back.

5/11/12

and if MS don't forget your white loafers

5/11/12

Mohawk? If you can grow a flattop or fro with a pornstache the look is becoming hip again.

5/11/12

The most masculine haircut is a widow's peak.

5/11/12

Whatever it is, make sure it isn't too flashy or "out there"

5/11/12

fading glory mullet or GTFO

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

5/11/12

Slickback is the go to if you're in "finaunce". Be careful though, if you over do it people might think you're part of "that whole Yale thing"

5/11/12

Did you get the job yet? If so, just use the one that you hand when you interviewed.

Matrick:

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BatMasterson:

[in reply to Tony Snark's dating tip]
Sensible advice.

5/11/12

Look up Harvey Specter. Copy that. Works every time.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

5/11/12

80 degree part with frosted tips, middle parts are going the way of the blackberry. You still see them but you cringe.

In all seriousness, go with whatever suits your taste, face, and height as long as it's conservative. John molloy wrote a lot about this in dress for success, I'm a big fan of keeping your hair short enough so that you can see your eyebrows, top of your shirt collar, and top of your ears.

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5/11/12

Bald, with a dragon tatto on it. Make you badass

5/11/12

This will work, just don't forget to shank your MD on your first day to earn respect from your colleagues.

5/11/12

Anyone else just buzz their head every 6 weeks or so?

heister:
Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

5/11/12

GoldenCinderblock:

Anyone else just buzz their head every 6 weeks or so?

No...

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

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EvanM:

GoldenCinderblock:

Anyone else just buzz their head every 6 weeks or so?

No...

Oh, must suck to not have an awesome hairline and a strong jawline.

heister:
Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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GoldenCinderblock:

EvanM:
GoldenCinderblock:

Anyone else just buzz their head every 6 weeks or so?

No...

Oh, must suck to not have an awesome hairline and a strong jawline.

I have both...and excellent hair...therefore I prefer to keep it on my head.

Sorry can't tell if you're trolling...

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

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EvanM:

GoldenCinderblock:
EvanM:
GoldenCinderblock:

Anyone else just buzz their head every 6 weeks or so?

No...

Oh, must suck to not have an awesome hairline and a strong jawline.

I have both...and excellent hair...therefore I prefer to keep it on my head.

Sorry can't tell if you're trolling...


Not at all. I love my buzzcut.

heister:
Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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GoldenCinderblock:

EvanM:
GoldenCinderblock:
EvanM:
GoldenCinderblock:

Anyone else just buzz their head every 6 weeks or so?

No...

Oh, must suck to not have an awesome hairline and a strong jawline.

I have both...and excellent hair...therefore I prefer to keep it on my head.

Sorry can't tell if you're trolling...

Not at all. I love my buzzcut.

Fair enough, everyone has their preferences

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

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I'm bald, I shave every morning. receding hairline + black hair making the patchy-ness noticeable, makes sense. it's more sad to hang on to scraps than it is to go full Paulson

"The four most dangerous words in investing are: 'this time it's different.'" - Sir John Templeton

"The investor's chief problem - and even his worst enemy - is likely to be himself." - Benjamin Graham

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Not if you're interviewing to be the next Miley Cyrus.

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you mean like this?

I think that's a bit aggressive but I'm not in NYC and I'm bald so what the hell do I know

"The four most dangerous words in investing are: 'this time it's different.'" - Sir John Templeton

"The investor's chief problem - and even his worst enemy - is likely to be himself." - Benjamin Graham

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Haha yes actually it's exactly like that except slightly longer on the sides but still disconnected like that. I work full time now in an office and it's no problem but I've been here for 7 years so no one really said anything. Was wondering if it would look unprofessional if I was interviewing externally...

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Considering that that is the new hairstyle that every guy has now, I'd say you should have little issues.

make it hard to spot the general by working like a soldier

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As long as you keep it clean, cut and not overly flippant you should be okay. The brad pitt pic is what I would consider exactly the line not to cross. Also don't dye it.

As long as you don't look like this you'll be okay:

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

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Thanks guys. I keep it very clean. Actually pride myself in being very well groomed. And I have black hair so no dye for me.

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your kid brother sure does take after you man.

"The four most dangerous words in investing are: 'this time it's different.'" - Sir John Templeton

"The investor's chief problem - and even his worst enemy - is likely to be himself." - Benjamin Graham

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That head looks massive

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Don Draper, or bald.

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what about faux hawks??

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I'm assuming by your name that you are looking for finance jobs so to be honest, yes, it will look weird and negatively affect you at interviews. Remember that you'll probably be interviewing with people older than you, and if you've been working at the same office for 7 years you're at least knocking on 30's door so I'm assuming you'd be interviewing for non-entry level positions and therefore your interviewers will be late 30's or older. And they'll be much more conservative than you. Just stand outside any financial firm in the morning as people are going in and you'll see everyone with more or less the same look with regard to dress and hair. If they look different they're probably in the graphic design department.

I'm not arguing the merits of conformity, fashion or anything like that, but you should change your hairstyle for interviewing.

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I work in IB and have this hairstyle and it's fine (at least, no one has raised any issues about it) - it's definitely a pretty common hairstyle for guys now. That being said, only one other guy in my team has the same haircut so it's not common in finance. I didn't have it while I was interviewing and I definitely think it could be negatively perceived (by some) - for interviews I had the same but with more "normal" hair on the sides, just grow it out for interviews (should only take 2-3 weeks if it's not super short) and have the current top if you're concerned. To be honest not something I'd personally risk - I know people who have worn quite long hair to interviews (none I know have gotten an offer, but no way to say that's exactly why) and who say they wouldn't want to work for a place that won't let them "be them" etc., but if you really want the job changing your hair for a little while is not a big sacrifice. You can look very well-groomed (probably even more so) with conservative hair

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I mean my faux hawk is not exaggerated like if I was in a rock band. Mine is a bit tone down like David Beckham, and I currently work in Commercial Banking as a Credit Analyst. Everybody is older than me in my group my boss doesn't seem to care because I get shit done in an effective and timely manner. But since I'm looking to move into IB I don't want to be frowned upon because of that. Don't get me wrong I'm a very mature and professional person for my age.Also when it starts getting too long I use the comb over which "conservative".

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I personally wouldn't go to an interview with any faux hawk.

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Just get a conservative haircut, odds are no one will care, but why chance it?

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Just remember you will be judged within the first couple of seconds you meet someone.

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Remember who your target audience is. Do you see any VPs or Directors at the firm with that haircut? That will answer your question. Looking the part is half the battle. I would grow it out slightly more conservative while interviewing and once you are hired, shorten it up again if you must.

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If you want to look like you're homeless, the bowl cut is the way to go

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Wouldn't do fashion forward anything when interviewing. If you have been working at the same place for 7 years and have done a good job, you can get away with quite a lot. When you have 5 seconds to make a first impression you have to be conservative.

SophiaManna:

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What the heck?

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New hair style.

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Origin:

So I know a lot of you may think that this post is really stupid

yep

Origin:
Have any of you wondered the same thing?
nope
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...and could I assume your response is what a senior banker would give me if I asked the same question to him?

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Origin:

...and could I assume your response is what a senior banker would give me if I asked the same question to him?

Of course. I mean, how many professional men's hairstyles are there? As long as you don't have long hair, a man bun, a mullet, a flat top, or some other ridiculous haircut, you'll be fine and nobody will give two shits.
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lol

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bald is probably what you want, it shows how much you care

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mezzaninestrat:

bald is probably what you want, it shows you are cost effective

FIFY

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Origin:

I've been studying the hairstyles of many top CEOs, executives, bankers, consultants, and entrepreneurs, and I'm looking for a particular pattern in the way they style their hair.

Apart from going bald, you might also want to consider getting a girlfriend or smth to kill some free time

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In b4 someone posts the SS undercut

If you had time to follow the routine every morning: youtube.com/watch?v=xmwyIPD_pJ0

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Dude, are you a robot?

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How a man cares so much about his hairstyle tells quite a lot about him.

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What is the point of this? Why does it matter?

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It seems that most have agreed that a man bun is most appropriate:
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/is-a-man-bun...

LOL!

But in all seriousness, I actually had quite long hair, but had to get a cut for this recruiting season. I've never really had short hair (even when I was young), so it was new to me, but I just asked the barber for a short cut that was low maintenance, and something I could easily/quickly style by just combing it over.

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Thank you very much everyone for your comments! And special thanks to DickFuld for giving me a peek into how a senior guy would view my hairstyle.

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Mullet

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stopped reading at corporate

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The best thing about this kind of post is the responses.

Just tell your barber, "Make it neat," or something like that. Barbers know their strength, that's why they cut hairs and not trade commodities. You should find yours too. Good luck!

Fortes fortuna adiuvat.

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Let's put this into perspective once again: This is a website for people that are interested in finance not cosmetology...

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Get the vladimir putin.

Did you know that men who have low-shaved heads are 35% more likely to be viewed as having strong leadership skills than men with a conventional haircut?

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And the shaved head guys get laid 35% less

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Origin:
I've been studying the hairstyles of many top CEOs, executives, bankers, consultants, and entrepreneurs, and I'm looking for a particular pattern in the way they style their hair.

Good stuff OP. There are patterns everywhere. Nothing is random. I forget what it's called but there's actually a whole branch of social science dedicated to understanding the psychological effects of the individual minutiae of physical appearances. Obviously hair is a major area of study here. Keep searching, the answer is out there.

Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky
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If you go short on the sides and longer on top you should be just fine. That's what most junior guys in banking have from what I've seen.

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The asian is strong in this one.

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OP should just ask his Tiger Mom which haircuts are acceptable because he's going to need to check that box eventually.

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Can we get a quick prestige rankings on these styles?
http://www.menshairforum.com/talk/Thread-Short-Hai...

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mbavsmfin:

I don't wear watches bro. Because it's always MBA BALLER time!

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